Valerie A. Ubbes

Valerie Ubbes

Associate Professor

Area: Public Health
Office: 204D Phillips Hall
513-529-2736
ubbesva@miamioh.edu

Degree: Ph.D., Ohio State University
M.Ed., University of Toledo
B.S., Appalachian State University

Curriculum Vitae

Scholarly Interests:
My scholarship focuses on the relationship between literacy, health, and technology within public health education. I have a special interest in health literacy projects that promote cognitive-behavioral skill development for low literacy populations. I advance the principles of health communication message design when teaching professionals how to write and disseminate digital materials that increase the practice of health behaviors.

Recent Courses Taught:

KNH 125 Introduction to Public Health

KNH 242 Personal Health

KNH 362 Public Health Communication

KNH 462 Health Promotion Planning & Evaluation

KNH 611 Behavioral Approaches to Health Promotion and Education           

KNH 613 Health Communication and Education                                                                                                                                                     


Recent Publications:
Tzoc, E. & Ubbes, V.A. (2016). Digital Literacy Partnership: An interdisciplinary digital scholarship project. New Review of Academic Librarianship, In press.

Ausherman, J.A., Ubbes, V.A., & Kowalski, J. (2014). Using school gardening as a vehicle for critical and creative thinking in health education. The Health Educator, 46(1), 41-48.

Matthews, D., Ubbes, V.A., & Freysinger, V.J. (2014). Perceptions of rhythm in elementary education: Implications for child health. Journal of Early Childhood Research, 1-15.

Zullig, K.J., Ubbes, V.A., & Mann, M. (2013). Early adolescent literacy influences, reading ability, and preventative health behaviors. American Journal of Health Studies, 28(3): 134-141.

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. (2008). Educating for health: An inquiry-based approach to PreK-8 pedagogy. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.


Other Projects and Grants:

Ubbes, V.A.  & The Center for Digital Scholarship at Miami University. (2014-2017). Digital literacy partnership (DLP): Three websites to promote the relationship between literacy, health, and technology. Designed, maintained, and edited by V. Ubbes. http://dlp.lib.miamioh.edu

Ubbes, V.A. (2017). Evaluation of the Digital Literacy Partnership (DLP) and eBook for Health. EHS Committee for the Advancement of Faculty Research. Miami University, Oxford, OH. (Funded, $4,494).

Ubbes, V.A. (2015). Using narratives to promote habits of health. EHS Committee for the Advancement of Faculty Research. Miami University, Oxford, OH. (Funded, $4,050).

Boone, M., Blair, A.L, Cummings, H, Gorchov, D, Johnston, S., Moore, R., & Ubbes, V.A. (2013). Communicating science to society in the anthropocene. Office of Academic Research & Scholarship, Miami University, Oxford, OH. (Funded, $25,000).

Hershberger, S., Yezierski, E., Saine, P., & Ubbes, V.A. (2012). Scaffolding physical science inquiry through reflective writing. Columbus, OH:  Ohio Board of Regents. (Funded, $120,488).

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. (Funded, $1500).