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Rita Debate, PhD

Dr. Rita DeBate is a Professor in the Department of Community and Family Health, Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, and Co-Director of the Center for Transdisciplinary Research in Women’s Health at the University of South Florida, College of Public Health.

Dr. DeBate’s research interests include adolescent and women’s health. Dr. DeBate is the Principal Investigator on a number NIH funded research studies pertaining to secondary prevention of eating disorders. More specifically, her research focuses on increasing the capacity of oral healthcare providers (i.e., dentists and dental hygienists) to identify oral signs of disordered eating behaviors, communicating findings to the patient, providing patient specific care, and referring the patient for treatment. As part of her research, she has developed and evaluated an innovative theory- and web-based training program for dentists and dental hygienists to increase knowledge, skill, and behaviors regarding secondary prevention of eating disorders.

In addition, she is the Co-Principal Investigator of a longitudinal study assessing the psychosocial and behavioral impacts of a girl-focused positive youth development program through sport program (Girls on the Run) among 3rd-5th grade girls.
Roy F. Oman, PhD

Dr. Roy F. Oman is Professor and Vice-Chair of the Department of Health Promotion Sciences, College of Public Health, at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Oman received his doctoral degree from the University of Oregon in 1992 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University Medical School in 1994.

Dr. Oman’s research agenda includes investigating associations among youth assets, neighborhood context, demographic factors, and youth risk and positive health behaviors. He has also conducted several studies investigating associations among psychosocial factors and physical activity behavior. One of Dr. Oman’s current research projects focuses on evaluation of a randomized controlled trial, with 6- and 12-month follow-ups, of a pregnancy prevention program for youth living in group care foster homes located in Maryland, California and Oklahoma. Dr. Oman has secured more than $8 million in federal and state grant funding to support his research agenda. He also served for 6 years as reviewer for an NIH study section.

Dr. Oman teaches health promotion theory, program evaluation, advanced research methods, social and behavioral sciences, introduction to health promotion sciences, and physical activity and public health.

Joanne Sommers, M.Ed.,CHES
Executive Director 
Phone: (419) 760-6020
Email:  jsommer@bgsu.edu 


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