Valerie A. Ubbes

Valerie Ubbes

Associate Professor

Area: Public Health
Office: 204D Phillips Hall

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.

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).