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Ph.D., Health Education, Penn State University, University park, PA (1996)
M.S., Health Education, Penn State University, University Park, PA (1994)
B.S. Physical Education & Health, East Stroudsburg University, PA (1980)

Recent Courses

Comprehensive Health Education For Secondary Educators
Contemporary Health Issues
Dynamics Of Teaching Health
Principles Of Health And Physical Education
School Health Programs And Policies
Student Teaching Health ( Dual )

Teaching Specializations/Interests

Peer Education
Health and Physical Activity

Research Interests

Best practices in school health education; public/private partnerships to enhance school health education; implementing coordinated school health programs.

Book Chapters

Ludwig, M.J., & Harris, J.L. (2004). Society and Culture. In E. Weinstein & E. Rosen (Eds.). Teaching Children About Human Sexuality. (pp. 521-566). Belmont, CA: Thomson –Wadsworth.

Refereed Articles

Harris, Jean (2008), Positive, negative and interesting: A strategy to teach thinking and promote advocacy. Journal of Health Education, 39(3), 184-186.

Harris, J.L. & Zarco, E.P (2007), Regional conference planning: A roadmap to success. California Journal of Health Promotion, 5(3), 37-50.

Harris, Jean L. (2006), Using multiple perspectives to understand culture's influence on health. Journal of Health Education, 37(4),, 244-245.

Harris, Jean L. & Ludwig, Michael J. (2004), Lessons learned from a public-private partnership for school recess. Connections, A Journal of the School of Education, Kean University, 16(2),, 21-25.

Conference Presentations/Papers

Ludwig, M.J. & Harris, J.L. (2007). New York's health education leadership initiative:A gidance document for acheiving the New York State standards in health education. In American Public Health Association. Boston, MA.

Harris, J.L. & Zarco, E.P. (2007). HealthNets: A public-private partnership for professional development. In American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, National Convention. Baltimore, MD.

Ludwig, M.J. & Harris, J.L. (2007). Operationalizing standards and creating a blueprint for best practice. In American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, National Convention,. Baltimore, MD.

Other Scholarly/Artistic Work

Harlem RBI’s (Reviving Baseball in Inner-cities) DREAM Charter School Planning Team Member (2006-present). During planning, I contributed to the school’s focus on the health and wellness of students, families and staff through the use of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Coordinated School Health Program (CSHP) Model. Unlike schools and districts across the country that must reorganize or retrofit the CSHP for their existing schools, my participation in the planning team allowed DREAM Charter School to use the model as a foundational principle in the planning, organizing and eventual operating of the school. The DREAM Charter School was authorized by New York State Board of Regents January, 2008.

Ludwig, M.J. & Harris, J.L. (1997). Cooperation in health and physical education: Choosing the right conflict. Teaching Secondary Physical Education, 3(6), 7-9.

Harris, J.L. & Ludwig, M.J. (1996). The trading cards program: An evaluation of the use of high school role models for drug abuse prevention. Journal of Health Education, 27 (3), 115-118.

Harris, J. L. (1996). The trading cards program – Using high school role models for drug abuse prevention. Public Health Reports, November/December (3), 547-548.

Honors and Accomplishments

1995 U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Innovations in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Award, 2nd Place
1994 American School Health Association Scholarship Award

Professional Activities

Awards Committee, American Association for Health Education 2007-

Executive Committe, Youth Sport Coalition, National Association for Sport and Physical Education 2002-2005

Licenses & Certifications

New York State Permanent Teaching Certification, Health Education; Physical Education