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Health Behavior and Health Education

Along with providing education and training, department of Health Behavior and Health Education faculty and researchers have achieved national and international reputations for excellence in their respective fields of research and expertise. Short summaries of faculty are detailed below.

Department Chair

Cathleen Connell Cathleen M Connell, Ph.D.
Chronic illness self-management, dementia family caregiving

Core Faculty

Jose Bauermeister Jose A. Bauermeister, M.P.H., Ph.D.
Sexuality and health; LGBT health; HIV/STI prevention and care; transitions from adolescence into young adulthood; microbicides; quantitative methods
Cleopatra Caldwell Cleopatra Howard Caldwell, Ph.D.
Social networks and social supports and mental health, better health outcomes among adolescents, network interventions, family relationships, cultural factors associated with the health behavior and health status of adolescents and women.
Linda Chatters Linda M. Chatters, Ph.D.
Religion and health, aging, social support, family studies, African Americans.
Cathleen Connell Cathleen M Connell, Ph.D.
Chronic illness self-management, dementia family caregiving
Chris Coombe Chris M. Coombe, Ph.D, M.P.H.
Racial and economic equity, urban neighborhoods and health, social determinants, community-based participatory research, health impact assessment.
Arline Geronimus Arline T. Geronimus, Sc.D.
Structure, culture, and health; racial/ethnic inequalities in health; poverty and health; population-variation in fertility-timing and in family economic and caretaking systems; structurally rooted biospyschosocial models of health inequality.
Gary Harper Gary Harper, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Primary and secondary HIV prevention intervention development in the US and Kenya, resiliency among African American gay/bisexual male adolescents/young adults, health promotion among adolescents living with HIV, community-university partnerships, qualitative research methods.
Justin Heinze Justin E. Heinze, Ph.D.
Developmental transitions, social exclusion/ostracism, issues of gender and sexuality and longitudinal data methodology.
Barbara Israel Barbara A. Israel, Dr.P.H.
Community-based participatory research, stress, social networks, social support, community capacity, evaluation research, empowerment, health disparities, social determinants of health.
Mary Janevic Mary Janevic, M.P.H., Ph.D.
Chronic disease management among older adults and family caregivers.
Nancy Janz Nancy K. Janz, Ph.D.
Impact of chronic disease and its treatment on quality of life, psychosocial factors that influence preventive and disease management behaviors, breast cancer survivorship.
Toby Jayaratne Toby E. Jayaratne, Ph.D.
Lay genetic explanations for disease and perceived gender and race differences in disease.
Neal Krause Neal Krause, Ph.D.
Stress and health in late life; religion and health among older people; social support among older people in Japan, Taiwan, and the People's Republic of China.
Daniel Kruger Daniel J. Kruger, Ph.D.
Altruism, cooperation, competition, risky behavior, mortality patterns, life history, birth outcomes, Geographical Information Systems.
Laurie Lachance Laurie L. Lachance, Ph.D., MPH
Prevention and management of chronic disease; evaluation of community-based interventions to improve health outcomes; behaviors related to diet and nutrition; complementary and alternative medicine use.
Alison Miller Alison L. Miller, Ph.D.
Childhood mental health, emotion, self-regulation, stress, eating behavior/obesity, developmental psychopathology, interventions for high-risk children and families, poverty, socio-emotional development, school readiness.
Ritesh Mistry Ritesh Mistry, Ph.D.
Socioecological influence on health and health behaviors; adolescent health; global health; capacity building
Harold Neighbors Harold W. Neighbors, Ph.D.
Diversity in public health workforce, racial and ethnic influences on psychiatric diagnosis and community case-finding of mental disorder, use of informal and professional mental health services by African Americans.
Minal Patel Minal R. Patel, Ph.D., M.P.H
Socioeconomic barriers and concerns with chronic disease self-management; management of multiple chronic conditions; patient-clinician behavior, education, and communication; self-management tools; care coordination.
John Piette John D. Piette, Ph.D.
Chronic disease self-management, mobile health interventions.
Thomas Reischl Thomas M. Reischl, Ph.D.
Community psychology, program evaluation, violence prevention, family support programs, citizen controlled interventions, measurement and design issues in community-based research.
Ken Resnicow Ken Resnicow, Ph.D.
Design and evaluation of health promotion programs for special populations, understanding the relationship between ethnicity and health behaviors, school-based health programs, substance use prevention and harm reduction.
J. Roberts J. Scott Roberts, Ph.D.
Genetic testing, personalized medicine, social and behavioral interventions, risk communication, Alzheimer's disease, mental health & aging, public health ethics
Amy Schulz Amy Jo Schulz, Ph.D.
Racial and socioeconomic health equity, urban health,  social determinants of health, community-based participatory research.
Rachel Snow Rachel Campbell Snow, D.Sc.
International reproductive health, contraception, HIV/AIDS, policy and planning.
Victor Strecher Victor J. Strecher, Ph.D.
Behavior change, health promotion, disease prevention and management, computer-tailored interventions, multimedia.
Brian Zikmund-Fisher Brian J. Zikmund-Fisher, Ph.D.
Health and medical decision making, application of psychological and economic principles to health education, risk communication (health, medical, and environmental), numeracy, survey and experimental design.
Marc Zimmerman Marc A. Zimmerman, Ph.D.
Empowerment theory, adolescent health and resiliency, youth violence prevention, community-based prevention and evaluation research.

Faculty with Joint Appointments

no photo available Alan P. Baptist, M.D., M.P.H.
Asthma, allergy, and immunology.
no photo available C. Raymond Bingham, Ph.D.
Adolescent development, with a focus on adolescent driving and alcohol use.
Rebecca Cunningham Rebecca M. Cunningham, M.D.
Brief interventions for violence and substance misuse in Emergency Department settings and injury prevention.
Michele Heisler Michele Heisler, M.D., M.P.H.
Patient self-management of chronic illnesses, patient-doctor relations, disparities in processes and outcomes in chronic illnesses.
Harvey Leo Harvey L. Leo, M.D.
Asthma and allergic disease in children in emerging nations, food allergies in childcare and school settings, psychological impacts of food allergy in young children, impact of chronic disease in children and families.
Jean Shope Jean Thatcher Shope, Ph.D.
Young drivers, older drivers, substance use, crash and offense risk, adolescent risk factors, problem behavior.
Sarah Stoddard Sarah A. Stoddard, Ph.D.
Adolescent health and resiliency, adolescent substance use and violence.
Tiffany Veinot Tiffany C.E. Veinot, M.L.S., Ph.D.
Community health informatics, health information service models, social networks and social capital, rural health, youth, collaborative health information behavior, HIV/AIDS.
no photo available Antonia M. Villarruel, Ph.D., R.N.
Health promotion with Latino populations, sexual HIV risk reduction interventions.

Lecturers and Adjunct Faculty

Kirsten Herold Kirsten F. Herold, Ph.D.
The teaching of writing at the graduate level.
Palmer Morrel-Samuels Palmer Morrel-Samuels, Ph.D.
Surveys, assessments, and program evaluations in the workplace.

Emeritus Faculty

Ruth Simmons Ruth Simmons, Ph.D.
International family planning and reproductive health policies and programs, scaling up innovations in health service delivery, community perspectives.