Kinesiology & Health

Faculty & Staff

College of Education, Health, and Society

Valerie Ubbes

Valerie A. Ubbes, PhD, CHES

Position: Associate Professor

Degree: PhD-Ohio State University

Area: Health Education

Office: 204D Phillips Hall

Phone:(513) 529-2736

Fax: (513) 529-5006


Vita: Current

Scholarly Activity:

My research focuses on health literacy, which is the ability to read, write, and speak about health in functional, interactive, and critical ways. I also design and develop electronic materials that educate for health. Two of my academic webs sites (in partnership with the Center for Digital Scholarship at Miami University) are examples of how I use technology as a tool for giving people access to valid and reliable health information. I also teach and encourage others how to promote health literacy and wellbeing across the lifespan. Some of the inquiry-based educational approaches that I use are problem based learning, service learning, and cooperative learning.


Courses Taught:

KNH 242 Personal Health

KNH 245 Health Issues for Children

KNH 362 Health Promotion Foundations

KNH 415 Health Education for Children and Youth

KNH 611 Behavioral Approach to Health Promotion and Education

KNH 613 Health Communication and Education


Recent Scholarly Publications:

Matthews, D., Ubbes, V.A., & Freysinger, V.J. (2014). A qualitative investigation of early childhood teachers’ experiences of rhythm as pedagogy. Journal of Early Childhood Research, 1-14, DOI: 10.1177/1476718X14523745.

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

Ubbes, V.A. (2013). Whole child. In Wiley, D.C. & Cory, A. C. (Editors).  Encyclopedia of School Health. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, pp. 661-663.

Ubbes, V.A. (2013). Promoting healthy eating: Patterns and concepts.  In Wiley, D.C. & Cory, A. C. (Editors).  Encyclopedia of School Health. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, pp. 483-485.

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., Black, J.M., & Ausherman, J.A. (2009). Teaching for understanding in health education: The role of critical and creative thinking skills within constructivism theory. In Black, J.M., Furney, S.R., Graf, H.M. & Nolte, A.E. (Eds.). Philosophical foundations of health education. San Francisco, CA:  Jossey-Bass.

Esch, L. & Ubbes, V.A. (2009). A culturally appropriate framework for educating collegiate international students about alcohol. International Electronic Journal of Health Education, 13, 24-28.

Ubbes, V.A. (2009). Foreword. Philosophical foundations of health education. Black, J.M., Furney, S.R., Graf, H.M. & Nolte, A.E. (Eds.), San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, xv-xvi.

Black, J.M., & Ubbes, V.A. (2009, February 24). Historical research: A thematic analysis of convention and conference themes for selected professional health education associations from 1975 to 2009. International Electronic Journal of Health Education, 12, 33-47.

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

Ubbes, V.A. & Zullig, K.J. (2008). Impact of a comprehensive health education curriculum on selected risk behaviors of students in grades 5-12. Future Focus:  Ohio Journal of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, 29(2), 25-31.


National Service Activity:

Ubbes, V.A. (2010). National Board for Professional Teaching Standards – Early Childhood. One of 15 national committee members selected from a pool of 500 applicants to establish professional standards for accomplished teachers of young children, preschool to grade 3.


Ubbes, V.A. (2005). The Children's Picture Book Database at Miami University: Recognized as one of the 101 Best Web Sites for Elementary Teachers by the International Society for Technology in Education. In Lerman, J. (2005). 101 Best Web Sites for Elementary Teachers. Washington, DC: International Society for Technology in Education. 


National Awards:

Ubbes, V.A. (2013 & 2011, November). Induction into two Halls of Fame at Colorado State University-Pueblo and the Greater Pueblo Sports Association for coaching my collegiate gymnastics team to second in the nation in 1981-82 at the NAIA National Gymnastics Championships.

Ubbes, V.A. (2008, October). HEDIR Technology Award in recognition of a health educator who has made outstanding contributions and transformed the profession of health education through technology. San Diego, CA: American Public Health Association Conference.

Ubbes, V.A. (2007, March). Presidential Citation from the American Association for Health Education. In recognition of distinguished contributions to the advancement of health through education during the National Health Education Standards Revision (2004-2006) while serving as one of 15 national committee members. Baltimore, MD: AAHPERD National Convention.


Recent Grants:

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

Ubbes, V.A. (2010). Environ-MENTAL supports surrounding literacy and health. Summer Research Award. School of Education, Health, & Society. Miami University, Oxford, OH. ($5000).

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. ($1500).

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