Professor Emeritus, Health and Kinesiology
Office#: 318-C Blocker
Mail Stop: 4243
Office Phone: (979) 845-3503
No longer in the college
Other Title: Associate Department Head and Graduate Programs Ch
Primary Emphasis Area: Health Education
Vita: View Document
Short Bio
Professor of Health Education, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX (1985-present).Chairperson, Division of Health & Safety, Department of Health & Kinesiology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX (1996-1999).Adjunct Professor, Department of Social and Behavioral Health, School of Rural Public Health, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX (1998 to present).Adjunct Associate Professor of Health, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX (1989-present).Assistant Professor of Health Education, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR (1975-1982).
Area(s) of Emphasis
Health and Safety
Publications (journal articles, books, book chapters)*

1. Rahn, R. N., Pruitt, B., & Goodson, P. (2016). Utilization and limitations of the American College Health Association[48]19s National College Health Assessment instrument: A systematic review. Journal of American College Health, 64(3), 214-237.

2. Sosa, E.T., Mckyer, E.L., Pruitt, B., Goodson, P., Castillo, L. (2015). The complexities of childhood obesity: A qualitative study among Mexican American Mothers. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, 8 (3), 28-41.

3. Harriger DJ, Lu W, McKyer ELJ, Pruitt B, Outley C, Tisone CA, McWhinney SL. (2014). Assessment of School Wellness Policies Implementation by Benchmarking Against Diffusion of Innovation Framework. Journal of School Health, 84(4). 275-283

4. Harriger DJ, Lu W, McKyer ELJ, Pruitt B, Outley C, Tisone CA, McWhinney, S. (2014). School Wellness Policy Implementation: A Case Study. Journal Child Nutrition Management, 38(1)

5. Michel, K.L., Goodson, P., & Pruitt, B.E. (2013). Mr. & Mrs: A Social Cognitive Approach to Understanding how the Marital context Influences Physical Activity. Californian Journal of Health Promotion, 11(2), 73-85

6. Michel, K.L., Goodson, P., Pruitt, B.E. (2012). A Systems Theory Perspective to Understanding Marital Physical Activity. American Journal of Health Studies, 27(3), 146 - 156

7. Menn, M., Goodson, P., Pruitt, B., Peck-Parrott, K. (2011). Terminology of sexuality expressions that exclude penetration: A Literature Review. American Journal of Sexuality Education, 6:4, 343-359

8. Wilson, K., Pruitt, B.E., Goodson, P. (2008). The impact of middle school principals on adoption of abstinence-only-until-marriage programs in their schools curriculum. American Journal of Health Education 39(5), 258-271. *

9. Pruitt, B. E. (2007) An abstinence education research agenda: What I really learned. American Journal of Health Education 38(6) 25-258.

10. Pruitt, B.E., Allegrante, J.P. & Prothrow-Smith, P. (2007). Prentice Hall Health. Boston: Pearson Prentice Hall.

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* Publication was joint-authored with students
Diss Publication was from a dissertation
ROS Publication was from a record of study

College of Education and Human Development Grants and Contracts
No current grants/contracts
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Courses Taught
Former Doctoral Students
Eun Young Song (Fall, 1998), Ph.D.
Shelly Peacock (Spring, 2003), Ph.D.
Kelly Wilson (Spring, 2004), Ph.D.
Linda Ponder (Fall, 2005), Ph.D.
Christopher Ledingham (Fall, 2006), Ph.D.
Heather Honore (Summer, 2008), Ph.D.
Erica Sosa (Fall, 2009), Ph.D.
Elisa McNeill (Spring, 2010), Ph.D.
Andrea DeMaria (Spring, 2011), Ph.D.
Bruce Hanik (Spring, 2011), Ph.D.
Ami Rothberg (Spring, 2011), Ph.D.
Mary Dixon (Summer, 2011), Ph.D.
Dinah Harriger (Summer, 2011), Ph.D.
Kacy Michel (Spring, 2012), Ph.D.
Lori Reichel (Summer, 2013), Ph.D.
Rhonda Rahn (Summer, 2014), Ph.D.
Editorial Positions

Assoc Editor (1998 - 2004). American Journal of Health Education

Editorial Board Member (1998 - 2004). Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Journal


(2009). SLATE award. 

(2008). Presidential Citation.  American School Health Assocation

(2007). AAHE Scholar.  American Association for Health Education

(2007). John. P. McGovern Award.  Texas School Health Association

(2006). Teacher of the Year.  Division of Health Education

(2004). Research Award.  Division of Health and Safety Research Award

(2002). Service Award.  American Association for Health Education Professional Service Award

(1997). Charter AAHE Fellow.  American Association for Health Education

(1990). Recognition.  Eric Clearinghouse on Teacher Education

(1990). Teaching.  AFS

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