COL (Ret)Black, PhD, MPH, HSPP, CHES, CPPE, FSBM, FASHA, FAAHB, FASHE is Professor of Public Health; Health Sciences; Foods and Nutrition; and Nursing at Purdue University. Randy earned his PhD at Stanford University and an MPH from San Diego State University. Before joining the faculty of Purdue University, he held appointments at the Stanford University School of Medicine and as a member of the University of Nebraska Medical Center faculty.
Randy has produced 7 books, 25 book chapters, and ~160 scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals. He has made over 200 professional presentations, including many invited and keynote speeches to audiences in numerous countries around the globe. His nearly 25 grants and contracts for which he has served as principal investigator, co-investigator, or project evaluator totaling $2.5 million in funding. He is among the pioneers in the country to apply peer helping to health-related topics and elderly populations and promulgating the concept of peer helping from "cradle to grave."
Randy's research was first to suggest the superiority of the efficacy of peer helping programs that followed the National Association of Peer Program Professionals (NAPPP) Programmatic Standards and Ethics that helped underscore the uniqueness of NAPPP. He and colleagues helped develop in collaboration with the Future Farmers of America Association an electronic scoring system to evaluate peer programs. Randy is the longest running Editor of the Peer Facilitator Quarterly (PFQ) and also is a President-Emeritus of NAPP and currently treasurer of NAPPP.