Education and Training
Texas A&M University B.S. 1973 Major: Zoology
Texas A&M University M.S. 1976 Major: Health and Physical Education
The Penn State University Ph.D. 1984 Major: Health Education
Minors: Counseling, Rural Sociology
Education and Employment
I received my undergraduate degree in zoology from Texas A&M University, followed by my Masters degree in health education from A&M in 1976. I received my doctorate in health education form Penn State University in 1984 where my mentors were Drs. Jim Eddy, Dick St. Pierre, and Bob Shute in health education and Drs. John Swisher and Joey Herr (Counseling) and a host of quantitative methodologists from Rural Sociology, Statistics, and Educational Psychology. I have been at UNCG since August 1984. I have moved through the faculty ranks form assistant professor to professor. I served the Department as the director of graduate study for several years, and as Department head for more than 10 years, a post I currently hold. In the past I have worked as a university faculty member, elementary school teacher, marine science research associate, and professional golfer.
I am the immediate past-President and current board member of the Association of Accredited Public Health Programs. AAPHP promotes communication, networking and collaboration among accredited MPH Programs and creates linkages with public and private sector agencies. In particular, AAPHP was developed to facilitate collaborative and consultative opportunities for public health programs with national and international agencies and to work cooperatively with other professional associations.
My current scholarly interests focus on understanding and reducing or controlling chronic disease risks among adults using a socio-ecological approach to health education and health coaching. Within the area of chronic disease risk reduction I concentrate on reaching adult populations through health care, public health, worksite, and higher education organizations.
My current research projects are early in the developmental stages and include:
- HealthyUNCG, a health promotion program for 2,500 UNCG employees. I am part of a team of faculty members and students that coordinates the program. We are just getting to the point where we will be doing some pilot testing of interventions. We are also offering health risk assessments to UNCG employees to have data to drive program development, giving students “hands on” opportunities to put their growing professional knowledge and skills into action. In addition to its internal mission, HealthyUNCG is planning to expand its services into the North Carolina Triad community, offering new learning and research opportunities to students through community engagement.
- Collaborating with a variety of healthcare organizations to train health coaches to work intheir systems. We are trying to reach a critical mass of coaches so that our team can begin to collect data around the coaching process and and patient outcomes. Our team is looking to help expand the reach of this coaching innovation so that we can begin to assess the best approaches to help patients and families achieve the health they desire and to help medical practices meet their quality targets under the Affordable Care Act.
Courses Taught (recent)
- HEA 601 Principles of Community Health Education
- HEA 325 Public Health Data Analysis
- HEA 313 Medical Terminology
Links of Interest
AAPHP – http://www.mphprograms.org/
Health Coaching Links: