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College of Public Health

Taylor Dula

Taylor Dula, MPH 

Academic Advisor for Public Health 
Contact:
423-439-4826 /   
Room 51 Lamb Hall

EDUCATION

Master of Public Health, (May 2014)
Concentration: Community and Behavioral Health
Field Experience with Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee – January 2014 – May 2014

Bachelor of Science in Public Health, (May 2011)
Concentrations: Health Care Administration and Community Health
Minor: Women's Studies
East Tennessee State University (ETSU), Johnson City, TN
Honors: Dean's List at East Tennessee State University (Spring 2010, Spring 2009, Fall 2008)
Field Experience with Mountain States Health Alliance – January 2011 – August 2011

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Project Co-Manager for MedlinePlus Project (Jan 2011-May 2011)
• Grant-funded by NN/LM
• Assisted in grant writing
• Duties: Grant writing, training undergrads to present in area high schools, development of materials and hands-on activities

Project Coordinator for ETSU RO1 Obesity Grant (Aug 2011-November 2014)
• Grant name: College Students as Facilitators to Reduce Adolescent Obesity Disparity
• Funded by NIH
• Two wave program testing effectiveness of grant's wellness curriculum for high school students compared to current wellness curriculum with the use of college students as peer facilitators
• Duties: ensure training fidelity for the undergraduate peer facilitators, serve as liaison between school districts and ETSU faculty, oversee staff tasked with data collection, cleaning, and management, and dissemination of outcomes through conference presentations, posters and manuscripts, clerical duties

Research Assistant for ETSU TBR Boundaries to Bridges Grant (Feb 2014-June 2014)
• Funded by Tennessee Board of Regent's
• Focus groups and interviews conducted with school personnel, parents, and students at area high schools to assess perceptions of school and parent roles in students' lifestyles
• Duties: assist in focus groups, transcribe recordings, thematic analysis, manuscript writing

Academic Advisor for College of Public Health (July 2014-Present)
• BSPH Program advisor
• Duties: attend orientation, advise students on course schedule, career counseling, recruitment and retention focus, attend career fairs, health fairs, and other related recruiting events

COURSES TAUGHT

COBH 2750 Medical Terminology

AWARDS

Dean's Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Contribution: Recruitment and Retention Working Group – 2014
Tiejian Wu Research Award - 2014
Tennessee Public Health Association East Grand Division Meeting Best Poster Presentation Award – 2013
Appalachian Student Research Forum award 3rd Place - 2013

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Manuscripts
Mozen, Diana M., Dalton, William, McKeehan, Taylor L., Slawson, Deborah. (June 2014). Report of a Curriculum Used in a Peer-Delivered Intervention to Reduce Obesity in Adolescents in Southern Appalachia and its Relationship to the National Health Education Standards. International Journal of Health Sciences Education 2:(1).

Southerland, Jodi, Williams, Christian L., Dula, Taylor McKeehan, Slawson, Deborah Leachman (in press). School-Based Adolescent Obesity Prevention Programming: Perceptions of School Personnel in Southern Appalachia. Southern Medical Journal. SMJ-14-149R2

Slawson, Deborah Leachman, Dalton III, William T., Dula, Taylor McKeehan, Wang, Liang, Southerland, Jodi, Schetzina, Karen, Littleton, Mary Ann, Stoots, James Michael, Mozen, Diana, Lowe, Elizabeth F., Relyea, George, Wu, Tiejian. (in press). College Students as Facilitators in Reducing Adolescent Obesity Disparity in Southern Appalachia: Team Up for Healthy Living. Contemporary Clinical Trials.

Presentations
Williams, C.L., Slawson, D.L., Dalton, W.T., Wang, L., Littleton, M.A., Lowe, E., Mozen, D.M., Schetzina, K.E., Stoots, J.M., Southerland, J., McKeehan, T.L., Wu, T. (2012, April). Design and Methods for An Intervention Utilizing Peer Facilitators to Reduce Adolescent Obesity: Team Up for Healthy Living. Poster presented at the Appalachian Student Research Forum, Johnson City, TN

Williams, C.L., Slawson, D.L., Dalton, W.T., Wang, L., Littleton, M.A., Lowe, E., Mozen, D.M., Schetzina, K.E., Stoots, J.M., Southerland, J., McKeehan, T.L., Wu, T. (2012, May). Design and Methods for An Intervention Utilizing Peer Facilitators to Reduce Adolescent Obesity: Team Up for Healthy Living. Poster presented at TPHA's East Tennessee Grand Division meeting, Knoxville, TN

Dalton, Slawson, Littleton, Lowe, Mozen, Schetzina, Stoots, McKeehan, Ward, & Maphis (2012, November). Development of a Peer Delivered Intervention to Reduce Adolescent Obesity:Team Up for Healthy Living in Southern Appalachia. Poster presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 46th Annual Convention.

Slawson, DL, Dalton, WT III, Wang, L, Littleton, MA, Lowe, E, Mozen, DM, Schetzina, KE, Stoots, JM, Williams, CL, Southerland, J, McKeehan, TL, Wu, T. (2012). Design and Methods for an Intervention Utilizing Peer Facilitators to reduce Adolescent Obesity: Team Up for Healthy Living. Poster presented at: The Obesity Society Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX.

Williams, C.L., McKeehan, T.L. (2012, October). Utilizing Theory of Planned Behavior to Guide Interventions Aimed at Reducing Adolescent Obesity: Team Up for Healthy Living. PowerPoint presented at 6th Annual Southern Obesity Summit, Charlotte, NC.

McKeehan, T.L., Relyea, G., Slawson, D.L. (2013, March). Rural Appalachia Adolescents Association of Eating Away from Home and Dietary Quality. Poster presented at Tennessee Public Health Association East Grand Division meeting, Sevierville, TN.

McKeehan, T.L., Southerland, J., Slawson, D.L. (2013, March). Best Practices in Community-Academic Partnerships: The Team Up for Healthy Living Project Experience. Poster presented at Tennessee Public Health Association East Grand Division meeting, Sevierville, TN.

Taylor L. McKeehan, George Relyea, Dr. Deborah L. Slawson (2013, April). Rural Appalachia Adolescents Association of Eating Away from Home and Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables. Poster presented at the Appalachian Student Research Forum, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN.

Nathan Cunningham, Kendra Johnson, Khuyen Nguyen, Terrence Washington, Taylor McKeehan. (2013, April). Food Insecurity in Elderly in South Central Appalachia: A Community Organization Approach. Poster presented at the Appalachian Student Research Forum, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN.

Mozen, Diana, McKeehan, Taylor, Richards, Kasie, Middlebrooks, Jenna, Dalton, William. (2013, October). Curriculum Used in a Peer-Delivered Intervention to Reduce Obesity of Adolescents in Southern Appalachia. Presented at the 87th Annual School Health Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Southerland, Jodi, Slawson, Deborah L., McKeehan, Taylor. (2013, October). Using the Give-Get Grid to Understand Partners' Perspectives in a Community-Academic Partnership. Presented at the 87th Annual School Health Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Nathan Cunningham, Kendra Johnson, Khuyen Nguyen, Terrence Washington, Taylor McKeehan. (2013, November). Food Insecurity in Elderly in South Central Appalachia: A Community Organization Approach. Poster presented at the American Public Health Association, Boston MA.

McKeehan, Taylor L. & Southerland, Jodi. (2013, November) A community-academic approach to addressing adolescent obesity disparity in Southern Appalachia: The Team Up for Healthy Living Research Project Experience. Poster presented at the 7th Annual Southern Obesity Summit Conference in Nashville, TN.

McKeehan, Taylor L. & Slawson, Deborah L. (2013, November) Eating out is related to increased sugar intake among rural Appalachian adolescents: Results of the Team Up for Healthy Living Project. Presented at the 7th Annual Southern Obesity Summit Conference in Nashville, TN.

McKeehan, Taylor L., Relyea, George, & Slawson, Deborah L. (2013, November) Eating out is related to increased sugar intake among rural Appalachian adolescents: Results of the Team Up for Healthy Living Project. Presented at the 30th Annual Obesity Society meeting in Atlanta, GA.

Slawson, D., Relyea, G., McKeehan, T., Holt, T., Lowe, E. (2013 November). Dietary Intake Among Rural Appalachian Adolescents: Baseline Results From the Team Up for Healthy Living Project. Poster presented at The Obesity Society's 31st Annual Scientific Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

 

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