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College of Public Health

Mary Ann Littleton

Mary Ann Littleton

Associate Professor
Department of Community and Behavioral Health, 
Significant roles: Faculty, MPH Community Health Concentration Advisor, Rural Health Certificate Coordinator, Wellness Peer Educator Program
423-439-5247 /
Lamb Hall 311


Ph.D. in Health Education and Promotion,  University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Public Health, (2001) 
B.A. University of California at Santa Cruz, Psychobiology (1985)


2016: Recipient of ETSU Distinguished University Faculty Teaching Award

2016: College of Public Health Dean’s Special Recognition Award: Senior Faculty  

2015: College of Public Health Faculty Teaching Award

2005: Delta Omega Innovative Curriculum Award for The “Trilogy”: An Innovative Course Sequence for Training Community Health Professionals. Alpha Pi Chapter/ Delta Omega. East Tennessee State University, Department of Public Health, Community Health Concentration. 


MPH Courses
Community Assessment Research; Planning and Evaluation of Community Health Programs and Services; Consultation and Implementation of Community Health Programs and Services.

Undergraduate Courses: 
Personal and Community Wellness – Wellness Peer Educator Training

DrPH Courses:
Qualitative Methods in Community Health Research; Organizing Communities for Health Action


  • Qualitative Research Methods and Data Analysis for Evaluation and Assessment.
  • The Promotion of Peer/Lay Leader Health Educational Strategies using Community Health Advisor (CHA) Models and Community-based Participatory Research Methods.
  • Subject interest areas include:
    • The relationship between stress, coping, and chronic disease
    • The study of healing arts therapies/self-care strategies and holistic, integrative models of health.
    • Transformative models of change.


Roberson, C., Mamudu, H.M., Littleton MA, Boghozian, R., Owusu, D., Collins, C., Wang, L. & Verranki, P. (2016). Using a Collaborative Approach to Tobacco Control Efforts in Marginalized Communities. International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS) Annual Conference Proceedings 2017. 

Society for Public Health Education 65th Annual Meeting. The Effectiveness and Impact of Peer Facilitators within Team Up for Healthy Living. Littleton, MA. Deborah Slawson, Ph.D., RD, LDN; William T. Dalton, III. Oral Presentation. Baltimore, MD. March 2014 

Appalachian Student Research Forum                                                                          
Scott, C, Littleton, MA (mentor). Understanding “Interdisciplinarity” in research collaborations: The LINKS research team.  Poster session awarded 1st place, presented at the, Johnson City, TN. April 2013. 

First Annual International Symposia for Contemplative Studies. Exploration of the Healing and Health Benefits from Chod Practice. Littleton, M.A. Denver, CO. April 2012. 

Littleton, M.A., Silver, K.Z., Grover, S.L, Ward, R., Byington, R.L., Florence, J.A. (2014). Community Partnership Interprofessional Program as Pedagogy: Process Outcomes and Faculty Impressions. Journal of Research in Interprofessional Practice and Education, 4, (2), 1-12 

Cornell, C.E., Littleton, M.A., Greene, P.G., Pulley, L., Brownstein, J. N., Sanderson, B.K., Stalker, V.G., Matson-Koffman, D., Struempler, B., & Raczynski, J.M. (2009) A Community Health Advisor Program to Reduce Cardiovascular Risk among Rural African American Women. Health Education Research, 24, No 4, 622-633.

133th Annual American Public Health Association Meeting. Invited Presentation Session: Delta Omega Innovative Curriculum Award. The “Trilogy”: An Innovative Course Sequence  for Training Community Health ProfessionalsMary Ann Littleton, PhD, James Florence, DrPH, CHES, Mike Dunn, PhD. Dec. 2005. 

Sanderson, B., Littleton, M.A., and Pulley, L. (November 2002). Environmental, policy, and cultural factors related to physical activity among rural, African American women. Women & Health, 36, 75-90

Littleton, M.A., Cornell, C.E., Dignan, M., Brownstein, N., Raczynski, J.M., Stalker V., et al., (February, 2002). Lessons Learned from The Uniontown Community Health Project. American Journal of Health Behavior, 26, 34-42. 

Clark, L., Aaron, L., Littleton, M.A., Pappas-Deluca, K. (1999). Stress, Coping, Social Support and Illness. In J.M. Raczynski & R.J. DiClemente (Eds.), Handbook for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. New York: Plenum, pp. 123-145. 


Choose Well Evaluation                                                                                            
Evaluation of an Initiative to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy
Qualitative Data Analysis. Role: Co-investigator. 2017-2022

Tennessee Department of Health Contract
Development of Population Health Improvement Plan (PHIP) for Tobacco Control.
In charge of qualitative data assessment. Role: Co-investigator. 2015-2016

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)
National Institutes of Health, 1 R01 MD006200-01. College Students as Facilitators to Reduce Adolescent Obesity Disparity. Role: Co-investigator.2011-2014

Fetzer Institute - Trasnformative Professional Development RFP
Courage to Teach Program at David Crockett High School. Role: Principal Investigator. 2006-2009.

The Appalachian Center for Translational Research Disparities (ACTRID)
National Institutes of Health Project Export Grant; Centers of Excellence Program National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Benefits of a Parkinson’s Disease Support Group Utilizing Complementary Medical Approaches in Rural Appalachia. Role: Principal Investigator. 2008


Hiking, Healing Arts (licensed massage therapist), Meditation - yogic practices, and Travel.


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