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Joan E. Cowdery

Professor of Health Education

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Ph.D., Health Education & Health Promotion - University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa /University of Alabama Birmingham School of Public Health
M.S., Exercise Physiology - Purdue University
B.S., Community Health Education - Ohio State University

Professional Summary

A faculty member in the School of Health Promotion & Human Performance at Eastern Michigan University since 2006, Dr. Cowdery has an active research agenda in the areas of health communication, and the use of technology to encourage healthy behavior change in diverse populations.

Dr. Cowdery is involved in several professional organizations including the American Academy of Health Behavior and the Society for Public Health Education, and is a reviewer for multiple professional journals. She is also a founder and board member of the Academy for Sport Leadership. She has previously received the University of Alabama, College of Human and Environmental Sciences, Jack Davis Professional Achievement Award. (Nov. 2006), the Eastern Michigan University, Everett L. Marshall Fellow Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activity (2011), as well as the Eastern Michigan University Josephine Nevins Keal Professional Development Fellowship (2012).

Courses Taught


  • HPHP 677: Research Methods
  • HLED 562: Health Education Program Planning
  • HLED 550:  Foundations of Health Education
  • HLED 570:  Measurement in Health Education


  • HLED 120: Healthful Living
  • HLED 270: Principles of Health Education

Selected Presentations and/or Publications


  • Kindred, J., & Cowdery, J.E. (2012) Using a Virtual World to encourage Healthy Lifestyle Choices among  College Students. Cases in Public Health Communication & Marketing, 6, 3-20.
  • Brown, D.L.,  Conley, K.M., Resnicow, K., Murphy, J.  Sánchez, B.N., Cowdery, J.E., Sais, E., Lisabeth, L.D. Skolarus, L.E.,  Zahuranec, D.B.,  Williams, G.C.,  Morgenstern, L.B.  (2012)  Stroke Health and Risk Education (SHARE): Design, methods, and theoretical basis. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 33,721-729.
  • Cowdery, J.E., Kindred, J., Michalakis, A., & Suggs, L.S. (2011) Promoting health in a virtual world: Impressions of health communication messages delivered in Second Life. First Monday, Volume 16, Number 9 – 5. http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/viewArticle/2857/3048
  • Suggs, L.S., Cowdery, J.E., & Noll, D.  (2010). Health Information Seeking Behavior of Young Educated Hispanic Women.  American Journal of Health Studies.  Vol 25(4), 186-195.
  • Cowdery, J.E., Parker, & Thompson, A. (2010) Application of the PEN-3 model in a diabetes prevention intervention. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice. Vol 4(1), 26-41.
  • Suggs, L.S., McIntyre, C., & Cowdery, J.E. (2010)  Overweight and Obese Sedentary Adult’s
  • Physical Activity Beliefs and Preferences.  American Journal of Health Studies.  Vol 25(2),69-77.


  • Cowdery, J.E., Larkin, M., & Woodiel, D.K. (2012). Toward an Inclusive College Community: Evaluation of The SAFE Campaign. Paper presented at the Society for Public Health Education national conference. October 26-27, 2012.  San Francisco, CA. 
  • Soderberg, C., Cowdery, J.E., & Woodiel, D.K. (2012). Assessing the Need for Health Education for Classroom Teachers Caring for Students with Chronic and Acute Health Conditions. Paper presented at the Society for Public Health Education national conference. October 26-27, 2012.  San Francisco, CA. 
  • Cowdery, J.E., Seng, M., & DeLay, J. (2012). The Academy for Sport Leadership: Providing Career Pathways for Young Women in Coaching. Presented at the National Title IX at Forty Conference.  May 9-11, 2012.  Ann Arbor, MI.
  • Woodiel, D.K., Hernandez, J., Karshin, C., Schulz, J., & Cowdery, J.E.  (2011). The power of bystanders in the reduction of youth health risks.  Paper presented at the International Conference on the Health Risks of Youth.  January 5-8, 2011.  Cancun, Mexico.
  • Schulz, J., Cowdery, J., Karshin, C., Woodiel, K.  (2011). When the grant runs out: Next Steps to a School-University Partnership. Presented at the International Conference on the Health Risks of Youth. January 5-8, 2011. Cancun, Mexico.
  • Cowdery, J.E., Kindred, J., Michalakis, A., & Suggs, L.S. (2010).  Perceptions of body image in Real and Second Life and receptivity to health information; evaluating the ideal versus the real.  Presented at the American Public Health Association Conference, Nov. 6-10, 2010, Denver, CO.

  • Cowdery, J.E. (2010).  AAHE Technology workshop (Second Life).  Presented at the 125th American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance   National Convention. March 16-20, Indianapolis, IN. (Invited)

  • Cowdery, J.E.  (2010).  Health Education in a Virtual World.  Webinar presented as part of the HEDIR Technology Week. (Invited)

Additional Information

The Health Education Program is part of the School of Health Promotion & Human Performance, 318 Porter Building, 734.487.0090