Assistant Professor, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
6122 Parran Hall
Primary Phone: 967-838-4174
I am gratified to be able to practice public health and prepare students to practice public health here at Pitt Public Health. I teach BCHS 2504, Overview of Health Communications, where students provide health communication support to a variety of local and national public health organizations; BCHS 2572, Risk Communication; and BCHS 3504, Doctoral Seminar in Health Communications and BCHS 2515, Worksite Health Promotion. I also enjoy advising students and serving on thesis and essay committees.
I co-direct the BCHS practicum program with Dr. Martha Ann Terry and serve on the BCHS Core Curriculum Committee, as well as the Chair of the Professional Preparation and Practice committee for the Pennsylvania branch of SOPHE.
In addition, I provide trainings to a variety of public health and health care agencies and organizations in the areas of health communications and health literacy. I am currently co-authoring a study guide for the Certified Health Education Specialist exam.
Finally, my research and practice-based work is focused mainly in the area of health education/communications and worksite health promotion. I have worked on a number of research projects including StairWELL to Better Health and the Garden Market Project at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and assessments of worksite wellness committee function at PPG Industries. I have also provided research support for the Allegheny County Department of Health's Maternal and Child Health Division. I also provide health communications support to many local human service organizations.
2011 | Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) | National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (Inaugural class)
2009 | University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA | Doctor of Public Health
2002 | Certified health Education Specialist (CHES) | National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
2001 | University of Georgia, Athens, GA | Master of Arts (Health Promotion and Behavior)
1997 | The College of Wooster, Wooster, OH | Bachelors of Arts (English)
BCHS 2504 Health Communications (Fall and Spring)
BCHS 2572 Risk Communication (Fall)
BCHS 3504 Doctoral Seminar on Health Communication (Spring 2017)
BCHS 2515 Worksite Health Promotion (Spring 2018)
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