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Professor Helps Lead American School Health Association

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Dr. Elizabeth Whitney

Dr. Elizabeth Whitney’s contributions to the field of school health have been recognized by the American School Health Association (ASHA). She recently advanced to fellowship status with the organization and will serve on its 2020 board of directors.

Whitney, an assistant professor in the University of Kentucky College of Education Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, has been a member of ASHA since 2009.The association is a multidisciplinary organization of school administrators, counselors, dietitians, nutritionists, health educators, physical educators, psychologists, school health coordinators, school nurses, school physicians, and social workers focused on transforming all schools into places where every student learns and thrives.

Whitney teaches courses in UK’s health promotion (undergraduate and graduate) and health education (teacher education) programs. She developed a new course on youth violence to address the need for health educators and other health professionals to be trained to recognize and respond to violence-related issues of youth. Her research interests focus on child and adolescent health topics such as bullying prevention/school safety, drug and nutrition education, mental health, and classroom-based physical activity. Whitney’s work also focuses on the development of K-12 health education curriculum and the evaluation of the effectiveness of teaching strategies used with students in higher education.