Kinesiology & Health
Faculty & Staff
Valerie A. Ubbes, PhD, CHES
Position: Associate Professor
Degree: PhD-Ohio State University
Area: Health Education
Office: 204D Phillips Hall
Fax: (513) 529-5006
I investigate the contributions of curriculum, pedagogy, and technology to health education. Much of my work looks at how individuals access health-related messages via interpersonal communication and traditional and electronic media to solve problems and construct meaning about their health and well being. I also prepare education and health professionals to design and use culturally responsive materials to promote health literacy. As a health promoter, I help to bridge the gap between lay and professional populations, designing and translating health-related information into a variety of educational formats – guided by curriculum standards and evidence-based pedagogy.
KNH 362 Health Promotion Foundations
KNH 415 Health Education for Children and Youth
KNH 419 Intern Teaching in Health Education
KNH 613 Health Communication and Education
Recent Scholarly Publications:
Zullig, K. J. & Ubbes, V.A. (2010). Impact of literacy influences and perceived reading ability on self-rated health of public middle school students. Research in Middle Level Education, 33(8): 1-9.
Zullig, K.J., Koopman, T.M., Patton, J.M. & Ubbes, V.A. (2010). School climate: Historical review, instrument development, & school assessment. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 28(2): 139-152.
Ubbes, V.A., Black, J.M., & Ausherman, J.A. (2009). Teaching for understanding in health education: The role of critical and creative thinking skills within constructivism theory. In Black, J.M., Furney, S.R., Graf, H.M. & Nolte, A.E. (Eds.). Philosophical foundations of health education. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Esch, L. & Ubbes, V.A. (2009). A culturally appropriate framework for educating collegiate international students about alcohol. International Electronic Journal of Health Education, 13, 24-28.
Ubbes, V.A. (2009). Foreword. Philosophical foundations of health education. Black, J.M., Furney, S.R., Graf, H.M. & Nolte, A.E. (Eds.), San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, xv-xvi.
Black, J.M., & Ubbes, V.A. (2009, February 24). Historical research: A thematic analysis of convention and conference themes for selected professional health education associations from 1975 to 2009. International Electronic Journal of Health Education, 12, 33-47. http://www.aahperd.org/aahe/publications/iejhe/2009Issue.cfm
Ubbes, V.A. (2008). Educating for health: An inquiry-based approach to preK-8 pedagogy. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
Ubbes, V.A. & Zullig, K.J. (2008). Impact of a comprehensive health education curriculum on selected risk behaviors of students in grades 5-12. Future Focus: Ohio Journal of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, 29(2), 25-31.
Ubbes, V.A. & Ward, R.M. (2007). Design of a conceptual model for the study of education, health, and communication: Professional preparation issues. California Journal of Health Promotion, 5(1), 30-38. http://www.csuchico.edu/cjhp/5/1/030-038-ubbes.pdf
Recent Outstanding Service Activity:
Ubbes, V.A. (2010). National Board for Professional Teaching Standards – Early Childhood. One of 15 national committee members selected from a pool of 500 applicants to establish professional standards for accomplished teachers of young children, preschool to grade three.
Ubbes, V.A. (2005). The Children's Picture Book Database at Miami University: www.lib.muohio.edu/pictbks Recognized as one of the 101 Best Web Sites for Elementary Teachers by the International Society for Technology in Education. In Lerman, J. (2005). 101 Best Web Sites for Elementary Teachers. Washington, DC: International Society for Technology in Education.
Ubbes, V.A. (2008, October). HEDIR Technology Award in recognition of a health educator who has made outstanding contributions and transformed the profession of health education through technology. San Diego, CA: American Public Health
Ubbes, V.A. (2007, March). Presidential Citation from the American Association for Health Education. In recognition of distinguished contributions to the advancement of health through education during the National Health Education Standards Revision (2004-2006) serving as one of 15 national committee members. Baltimore, MD: AAHPERD National Convention.
Ubbes, V.A. (2010). Environ-MENTAL supports surrounding literacy and health. Summer Research Award. School of Education, Health, & Society. Miami University, Oxford, OH. ($5000).
Lee, J.D. & Ubbes, V.A. (2010). Scale development for students’ attitudes toward physical activity in accordance with standards-based physical education. Research grant from the Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. ($1500).