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Kathleen Mullen Conley, PhD

Professor, Undergraduate Program Coordinator

Kathleen Conley 318V Porter Building


PhD, Health Education, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
MS, Health Science, Ball State University
BS in Ed, School Health Education, Central Michigan University

Professional Summary

Dr. Conley has served as a member of the health education faculty at EMU since 1999. Dr. Conley’s research interests include health education interventions for stroke prevention, the use of technology in health education practice, and the professional preparation of health educators. During her tenure at EMU, Dr. Conley has served as the national president of Eta Sigma Gamma, the professional health education honor society (2003-2005), and as the Coordinator of the Coalition of National Health Education Organizations (CNHEO) (2006 – 2009). Dr. Conley has received several awards recognizing her service to Eta Sigma Gamma, including the Loren B. Bensley Eta Sigma Gamma Honor Award (2003) from Central Michigan University’s Eta Chapter, the national Eta Sigma Gamma Warren E. Schaller Presidential Citation (2007), the national Eta Sigma Gamma Distinguished Service Award (2008), and the national Eta Sigma Gamma Fellow Award (2017).

Courses Taught

HLED 120 Healthful Living
HLED 242 Theoretical Foundations of Health Behavior
HLED 250 Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases
HLED 305 Current Health Issues I
HLED 371 Injury and violence Prevention
HLED 555 Current Health Issues and Trends
HLED 695 Health Education Seminar

Selected Presentations and/or Publications

Skolarus, L.E., Morgenstern, L.B., Sánchez, B.N., Conley, K.M., Resnicow, K., Cowdery, J.E., Sais, E.,  Lisabeth, L.D., Filardo, T.D. & Brown, D.L. (2017). Demographics and cardiovascular risk factors in a bi-ethnic church-based intervention: Baseline results of the Stroke Health and Risk Education (SHARE) project. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, 10(3): 180-193. Article 1. Available at https://digitalscholarship.unlv.edu/jhdrp/vol10/iss3/1

Cowdery, J., Xing, J., Sanchez, B.N., Conley, K.M., Resnicow, K., Morgenstern, L., & Brown, D. (2017). Relationship of Self-Determination Theory constructs and physical activity and diet in a Mexican American population in Nueces County, Texas. Health Behavior Research: 1(1). https://doi.org/10.4148/2572-1836.1002

C.N. Krukowski, K.M. Conley, M. Sterling, A.J. Rainville. (2016). A qualitative study of adolescent views of sugar-sweetened beverage taxes, Michigan, 2014. Preventing Chronic Disease. 13:150543. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5888/ped13.150543.

Morgenstern, L.B., Conley, K.M., Sanchez, B.N., Morgenstern, M.C., Sais, E., Skolarus, L.E., Levine, D.A. & Brown, D. (2016). The association between changes in behavioral risk factors for stroke and changes in blood pressure. Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases, 25 (9): 2116-2121. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2016.06.003

Brown, D.L., Conley, K.M., Sánchez, B.N., Resnicow, K., Cowdery, J.E., Sais, E., Murphy, J., Skolarus, L.E., Lisabeth, L.D. & Morgenstern, L.B. (2015). A multicomponent behavioral intervention to reduce stroke risk factor behaviors: The Stroke Health And Risk Education cluster-randomized controlled trial. Stroke,  46(10). doi: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.115.010678.

Conley, K. M., Majersik, J., Gonzales, N. R., Maddox, K. E., Pary, J. K., Brown, D. L., Moyé, L. A. Espinosa, N., Grotta, J. C. & Morgenstern, L. B. (2010). Kids Identifying and Defeating Stroke (KIDS): Development and implementation of a multi-ethnic health education intervention to increase stroke awareness among middle school students and their parents. Health Promotion Practice, 11(1): 95-103.

Gambescia, S.F., Cottrell, R.R., Capwell, E., Auld, M.E., Conley, K.M., Lysoby, L., Goldsmith, M. & Smith, B. (2009). Marketing health educators to employers: Survey findings, interpretations, and considerations for the profession. Health Promotion Practice, 10 (4): 495-504.

Morgenstern, L. B., Gonzales, N. R., Maddox, K. E., Brown, D. L., Karim, A. P., Espinosa, N., Moyé, L. A., Pary, J. K., Grotta, J. C., Lisabeth, L. D. & Conley, K. M. (2007). A Randomized, controlled trial to teach middle school children to recognize stroke and call 911: The Kids Identifying and Defeating Stroke project (KIDS). Stroke, 38(11): 2972-8.

Additional Information

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