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Public Health and Recreation Professions Faculty

Juliane Poock Wallace

Interim Chair, Public Health and Recreation Professions and Chair of Kinesiology

Education Ph.D. Iowa State University (Exercise Physiology), 2004 M.S. Iowa State University (Exercise Physiology/Biomechanics), 2000 B.S., Concordia University (Biology), 1993 About Dr. Wallace Dr. Wallace is an Associate Professor of Exercise Science and current Exercise Science Program full profile >>

Tina Colson

Senior Lecturer, 2005

Professional Interests:
Training and development of leisure services employees, factors affecting employee retention, planning and designing of recreational facilities, facilitation of therapeutic and inclusive programs for people with disabilities, and fieldwork placement and supervision.

Educational Background: 
Southern Illinois University Carbondale, M.S., Illinois State University, B.S.

Aaron J Diehr

Assistant Professor

Professional Interests:

  • Racial and ethnic health disparities
  • Social determinants of health
  • Sexual health
Educational Background:
  • PhD, University of Toledo
  • MA, DePaul University
  • BA, The Ohio State University

Jun Kim, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, 2014

Professional Interests:

  • Psychological / Therapeutic effects of scenic beauty combined with musical or natural sounds
  • Leisure philosophy
  • Evaluation in leisure services, Local tourism, International program development

Educational Background:

  • University of Utah, Ph.D.
  • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, M.S.
  • Université de Limoges, M.A.
  • Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, B.S.

Justin McDaniel

Assistant Professor of Public Health

Dr. Justin McDaniel, an assistant professor of public health, is interested in leveraging geographic information systems (GIS) to illuminate and solve mental and physical health problems among vulnerable populations using publicly available datasets from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Census Bureau.  His research has been presented at the annual meetings of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, the American Public Health Association, and the Society for Public Health Education, and has been published in journals such as PLoS ONE, Global Health Promotion, and the Journal of Veteran Studies. Dr. McDaniel has taught courses in epidemiology, biostatistics, and public health program evaluation, and has been an active member of the American Public Health Association since 2015.

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D., Southern Illinois University, 2016
  • M.B.A., Eastern Illinois University, 2012
  • B.B.A., University of Illinois, Springfield, 2010

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Wendi Middleton

Assistant Professor

Educational Background:
Doctor of Philosophy in health education, Southern Illinois University

Roberta J. Ogletree

Professor, 1991-Emerita

Professional Interests:
Foundations of health education, school and college health education, curriculum, women's health, human sexuality education, professional preparation. 

Educational Background: 
Indiana University, H.S.D., Bowling Green State University, M.S., Eastern Illinois University, B.S.

Brian M. Rice

Instructor, 1999

Professional Interests:
First Aid and CPR, health and workplace safety, injury control, occupational health and safety, stress management. 

Educational Background: 
Southern Illinois University Carbondale, M.S., B.S.

Kathleen J Welshimer

Associate Professor, 1990-Emerita

Kathleen J Welshimer

MPH Coordinator

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Professional Interests:
Community organizing, women's and children's health, social-psychological perspectives, community assessment and planning process, risk perception and health communications. 

Educational Background: 
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., B.A.

Peggy Wilken

Clinical Assistant Professor, 1998

Professional Interests:
First aid and advanced first aid concepts, environmental health, sexuality, international health, emotional health and aging. 

Educational Background: 
Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Ph.D., M.S., B.S.