Kerry Morgan, Ph.D.
Kerry D. Morgan, Ph.D., MCHES® is faculty in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies at UCO. She teaches public health courses and is the public health program co-coordinator. Among Morgan’s professional interests are health literacy, school health programs, physical activity, prescription drug misuse prevention, sexual health promotion and service learning. Her research interests center on intervention research, including peer educator and community health worker approaches to promote health. She also enjoys mentoring student researchers.
Education and Certifications
Ph.D., Health, Leisure and Human Performance, Oklahoma State University
M.S., Health and Human Performance, Oklahoma State University
B.S., Finance, Oklahoma State University
Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES®), National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
Tobacco Treatment Specialist, UMass Medical School Center for Tobacco Treatment Research and Training
- HLTH 3203 Introduction to Epidemiology
- HLTH 4203 Health Assessment and Evaluation
- HLTH 4313 Healthy Aspects of Sexuality
- HLTH 4433 Community Intervention
- HLTH 5113 Foundations of Public Health
- HLTH 5463 Epidemiological Methods
Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities
- Hubach, R. D., Shannon, B., Morgan, K. D., Alexander, C., O’Neil, A. M., Ernst, C., & Giano, Z. (2022). COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among rural Oklahomans. Rural and Remote Health, 22(2), 1–9. https://doi.org/10.22605/RRH7128.
- Samuolis, J., Morgan, K., Greer, A., Diaz, G., & Elimanco, K. (2021). Simultaneous use of alcohol and electronic nicotine delivery systems among college students: Vaping history, motivations for use, and outcome expectancies. Substance Use and Misuse, 56(5), 674–682. https://doi.org/10.1080/10826084.2021.1887256
- Greer, A. E., Morgan, K. D., Samuolis, J., Diaz, G., Merighi, J., & Mahoney, P. (2020). An examination of electronic nicotine delivery system use among college students using social cognitive theory as a framework. Journal of American College Health. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/07448481.2020.1835922
- Henderson, T. L., Dinh, M., Morgan, K., & Lewis, J. (2015). Alaska Native grandparents rearing grandchildren: A rural community story. Journal of Family Issues, 38(4), 547‒572. https://doi.org/10.1177/0192513X15597292
- Morgan, K. D. (PI). University of Central Oklahoma New Faculty Start-up Grant. The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on dietary and cooking habits in Oklahoma residents. April 2021–present. Amount Funded: $500.
- Morgan, K. D. (Co-PI), Samuolis, J. (Co-PI), & Greer, A. (Co-I). The Connecticut Healthy Campus Initiative (CHCI) Continuation Grant. Campus opioid education and awareness program. September 2019–December 2020. Amount Funded: $20,000.
- Morgan, K. D. (PI). Sacred Heart University Academics for Creative Teaching (ACT) Grant. Enhancing a service learning project in HS 304 Community and Public Health. Funding Period: July 2019–June 2020. Amount Funded: $600.
- Morgan, K. D. (Co-PI), Greer, A. E. (Co-PI), & Samuolis, J. (Co-I). Southern Connecticut State University Campus Tobacco Prevention and Control Funding. Examining and addressing vaping on Sacred Heart University’s campus. Funding Period: January 2018–June 2019. Amount Funded: $11,500.
- Morgan, K. D. (PI), & Fugate, C. S. (Co-I). Oklahoma State University Center for Family Resilience Seed Funding for Research Associates. Exploring pediatric weight management program non-participation and attrition through a mixed-method inquiry. Funding Period: January 2017–June 2017. Amount Funded: $1,000.
- Fugate, C. (PI), Morgan, K. (Co-I), Bourdeau, T. (Co-I), & Huber, J. (Co-I). Oklahoma State University Interdisciplinary Grant. Interdisciplinary Training Program for the Prevention, Assessment and Treatment of Childhood Obesity. Funding Period: September 2012–August 2013. Amount Funded: $33,541.
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