Valerie A. Ubbes

Valerie UbbesProfessor

Area: Public Health
Office: 204D Phillips Hall
513-529-2736
ubbesva@miamioh.edu

Degree: Ph.D., Ohio State University
M.Ed., University of Toledo
B.S., Appalachian State University

Curriculum Vitae

Scholarly Interests

My scholarship focuses on the relationship between literacy, health, and technology within public health education. I have a special interest in health literacy projects that promote cognitive-behavioral skill development for low literacy populations. I advance the principles of health communication message design when teaching professionals how to write and disseminate digital materials that increase the practice of health behaviors.

The two main intersections of my work include the role of reading and writing in health literacy development and furthering the promise of functional health literacy, which I define as the ability to read, write, and speak about health habits in a variety of life situations and environments.

Recent Courses Taught

KNH 125 Introduction to Public Health

KNH 242 Personal Health

KNH 362 Public Health Communication

KNH 462 Health Promotion Planning & Evaluation

KNH 611 Behavioral Approaches to Health Promotion and Education           

KNH 613 Health Communication and Education

Recent Publications

Ubbes, V.A. & Ausherman, J. (in press). A historical comparison of reading materials originating in the 19th & 20th centuries that contributed a language and vocabulary for functional health literacy. The Health Educator

Ubbes, V.A. (2018). Three pedagogical approaches to independent studies. SPUR: Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research, 2(1),1.

Ubbes, V.A., Dillhoff, R., & Maldonado, W. (2018). Reading and writing attitudes of children: Conceptual implications for health education and health literacy. Journal of Health Education Teaching, 9(1), 49-67.

Ubbes, V.A., Coyle, J., & Tzoc, E. (2018). Evaluation of an oral health curriculum: Design feedback from three audiences. The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society, 8(4), 1-10. Accessed at http://doi.org/10.18848/2156-8960/CGP/v08i04/1-10 

Ubbes, V.A. (2018). Chapter 9: Conflict resolution skill development. In A manual for colleges and universities developing programs in peace & conflict studies: An updated and reorganized guide supporting the development of conflict studies in higher education (2nd Edition). Jennifer Batton, Julie Shedd, David J. Smith and Bill Warters (Eds). Conflict Studies Collaborative: Press Books. Accessed at https://conflictstudies.org/books/manual-pcs-v2/chapter/conflict-resolution-skill-development/

Tzoc, E. & Ubbes, V.A. (2017). The Digital Literacy Partnership Website: Promoting interdisciplinary scholarship between faculty, students, and librarians. New Review of Academic Librarianship, https://doi.org/10.1080/13614533.2017.1333013

Ausherman, J.A., Ubbes, V.A., & Kowalski, J. (2014). Using school gardening as a vehicle for critical and creative thinking in health education. The Health Educator, 46(1), 41-48.

Matthews, D., Ubbes, V.A., & Freysinger, V.J. (2014). Perceptions of rhythm in elementary education: Implications for child health. Journal of Early Childhood Research, 1-15.

Zullig, K.J., Ubbes, V.A., & Mann, M. (2013). Early adolescent literacy influences, reading ability, and preventative health behaviors. American Journal of Health Studies, 28(3): 134-141.

Zullig, K. J. & Ubbes, V.A. (2010). Impact of literacy influences and perceived reading ability on self-rated health of public middle school students. Research in Middle Level Education, 33(8): 1-9.

Zullig, K.J., Koopman, T.M., Patton, J.M. & Ubbes, V.A. (2010). School climate: Historical review, instrument development, & school assessment. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 28(2): 139-152.

Ubbes, V.A. (2008). Educating for health: An inquiry-based approach to PreK-8 pedagogy. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Other Projects and Grants

Ubbes, V.A.  & The Center for Digital Scholarship at Miami University. (2014-2018). Digital Literacy Partnership (DLP): Three databases and one curriculum to promote the relationship between literacy, health, and technology. Designed, maintained, co-written, and edited by Valerie A. Ubbes:

The Children’s Picture Book Database at Miami University©

The Electronic Text for Health Literacy at Miami University©

The Health Advocacy Database at Miami University©

The Oral Health Literacy eBook Curriculum©

Ubbes, V.A. (2017). Evaluation of the Digital Literacy Partnership (DLP) and eBook for Health. EHS Committee for the Advancement of Faculty Research. Miami University, Oxford, OH. (Funded, $4,494).

Ubbes, V.A. (2015). Using narratives to promote habits of health. EHS Committee for the Advancement of Faculty Research. Miami University, Oxford, OH. (Funded, $4,050).

Boone, M., Blair, A.L, Cummings, H, Gorchov, D, Johnston, S., Moore, R., & Ubbes, V.A. (2013). Communicating science to society in the anthropocene. Office of Academic Research & Scholarship, Miami University, Oxford, OH. (Funded, $25,000).

Hershberger, S., Yezierski, E., Saine, P., & Ubbes, V.A. (2012). Scaffolding physical science inquiry through reflective writing. Columbus, OH:  Ohio Board of Regents. (Funded, $120,488).

Lee, J.D. & Ubbes, V.A. (2010). Scale development for students’ attitudes toward physical activity in accordance with standards-based physical education. Research grant from the Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. (Funded, $1,500).