Julie W Merten

Assoc Professor | Internship Director

Public Health | Brooks College of Health

Areas of Expertise

My research involves behavioral cancer prevention, specifically in the areas of skin cancer (the most common cancer in the US) and tobacco control (the leading cause of preventable deaths in the US). I’ve used my research training to evaluate the effectiveness of school-based sun safety education, analyzed how people utilize the Internet and social media for cancer information, surveyed children, adolescents and young adults on their skin cancer prevention behaviors, and assessed cancer prevention programs among special populations.

Education

PhD in Public Health - 2014

University of Florida

Department of Behavioral Science and Community Health

Dissertation Title: Prevalence and Correlates of Skin Cancer Risk Behaviors Among College Students

 

MSH in Health Promotion and Education - 2005

University of North Florida

Department of Public Health

 

BA in Psychology and Public Relations - 2002

University of North Florida 

 

2011 - present Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) #12402                 

2005 - 2010 Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)

The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing   

2015 Melanoma Research Foundation Certified Melanoma Educator                        
 

Biography

Julie Merten, PhD, MCHES is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health and Clinical Coordinator for the Exercise Science and Chronic Disease Graduate Program. She directs the undergraduate Public Health Internship program and teaches Public Health Practice in the Master of Public Health program. Through a partnership with UFHealth Jacksonville, she has worked with students to train more than 5,000 faculty, staff, and students in Hands Only CPR. She is currently in the fifth year of a research project, Our Campus, Our Health analyzing the health risk behaviors of the UNF student body.

Dr. Merten serves as the Chair of the Skin Cancer Prevention Task Force in Northeast Florida to reduce skin cancer through advocacy, policy, and education efforts. Nationally, she is involved with the American Academy of Health Behavior.

Awards

2018 Jacksonville Outstanding Young Professional Award, Jacksonville Jaycees

2017 Research Scholars Mentorship Program, American Academy of Health Behavior

2015 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, UNF Faculty Association

2015 Frank Barker Wellness Leader Award, First Coast Worksite Wellness Council

2015 Presidential Award for Community Service, Junior League of Jacksonville

2013 Huffington Post Girls in STEM Mentorship Program

2013 American Heart Association Excellence in Community Teaching Award

2012 Girls, Inc Rising Leader Society

2012 Jacksonville Business Journal 40 Under 40

2011 Eta Sigma Gamma National Faculty Sponsor of the Year Award 

2011 University of Florida Linton E. Grinter Fellowship 

2011 University of Florida Emergency Medicine Recognition of Academic Partnership Award 

2010 Community Scholar Award 

2008 Brooks College of Health Outstanding Teaching Award 

2007 Professional Development Award 

2005 Graduate Scholarship 

2005 Eta Sigma Gamma Health Education Honor Society Inductee 

2001 Honors Program Scholar
 

Affiliations

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Academy of Health Behavior, 2016 to present
Society for Public Health Education, 2013 to 2015
American Public Health Association, 2013 to 2015
American Association for Health Education, 2009 to 2013
Eta Sigma Gamma, National Professional Health Education Honorary, 2005 to 2013
American College Health Association, 2009 to 2011
American School Health Association, 2008 to 2009

Grants and Contracts Awarded

Merten, J. W. & Schafer, J. L.  (2017). Partnership to develop and test a brief skin cancer risk assessment and referral intervention. Brooks College of Health Deans Research Professorship, Funded for a 3-year period at $54,000. Principal Investigator.

 

Merten, J. W. (2016). Edward H. White Military Academy of Leadership Needs Assessment. Children’s Home Society, Funded for a 6-month period at $6,000. Principal.

 

Bechtel, A., Merten, J. W., & Sandler, E. (2016). Skin Cancer Prevention in the Sunshine State. Florida Cancer Collaborative, Funded for a 1-year period at $20,000. Co-investigator.

 

Barr, E.M., Moore, M.J., Merten, J.W., & Lustig, B. (2015). Providing Health Education through Meaningful Community Service. Florida Blue Foundation, Funded for a 1-year period at $10,000. Co-investigator.

 

Merten, J. W. (2015). Skin Cancer Prevention in the Sunshine State. University of North Florida Academic Affairs Scholarship Grant. Funded for a 1-year period at $7,500. Principal Investigator.

 

Merten, J.W., Moore, M.J. & Barr, E.M. (2013). Community Engaged Department: Public Health. University of North Florida, Center for Community Based Learning. Funded for a 3-year period at $12,000. Co-Investigator.

 

Barr, E., Moore, M. J., Merten, J.W., & Lustig, B. (2013). Providing Health Education through Meaningful Community Service. Florida Blue Foundation. Funded for a 1-year period at $25,000. Co-Investigator.

 

Merten, J.W. (2013). Our Campus, Our Health: A Student-led Campus Health Assessment, University of North Florida Undergraduate Transformational Learning Opportunity Award. Funded for a 1-year period at $7,500. Principal Investigator.

 

Merten, J.W. (2012). Our Campus, Our Health: A Student-led Campus Health Assessment, University of North Florida Undergraduate Transformational Learning Opportunity Award. Funded for a 1-year period at $7,500. Principal Investigator.

 

Merten, J.W. (2012). Neighborhood Learning Network Resource Guide Development: Hyde Park, Ribault and Spring Park Full Service Schools. Florida Institute of Education. Funded for a 4-month period at $10,000. Principal Investigator.

 

Merten, J.W. (2011). Our Campus, Our Health: A Student-led Campus Health Assessment, University of North Florida Undergraduate Transformational Learning Opportunity Award. Funded for a 1-year period at $6,00. Principal Investigator.

 

Merten, J.W. (2011). Student Conference and Professional Development Award, University of North Florida Student Government. Funded for conference travel at $3,400. Project Leader.

 

Merten, J.W. (2011). Neighborhood Learning Network Resource Guide: Arlington Full Service Schools: Phase One. Florida Institute of Education. Funded for a 4-month period at $5,000. Principal Investigator.

 

Merten, J.W. (2010). Student Conference and Professional Development Award, University of North Florida Student Government. Funded for conference travel at $2,300. Project Leader.

 

Merten, J.W. (2008). Student Conference and Professional Development Award, University of North Florida Student Government. Funded for conference travel at $2,900. Project Leader.

 

Merten, J.W. (2007). Student Conference and Professional Development Award, University of North Florida Student Government. Funded for conference travel at $3,200. Project Leader.

 

Bright, S., Colvin, P., & Merten, J.W. (2006). Walking Buddies Fall Prevention Program, Brain Injury Association of Florida, Department of Elder Affairs. Funded for 3-months at $15,000. Co-Investigator.

 

Merten, J.W. (2006). Student Conference and Professional Development Award, University of North Florida Student Government. Funded for conference travel at $2,800. Project Leader.
 

Publications & Presentations

PUBLICATIONS

Largo-Wight, E., Wlyudka, P. S., Merten, J. W. & Cuvelier, E. A. (2017). Effectiveness and feasibility of a 10-minute employee stress intervention: Outdoor booster break. Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health, 1-13. doi: 10.1080/15555240.2017.1335211

 

King, J. L., Pomeranz, J. L., Young, M. E., & Merten, J. W. (2017). Pharmacist recommendations for adolescent smoking cessation: Results from a Delphi study. Journal of Pharmacology and Clinical Toxicology, 5(4), 1080-1085.

 

King, J. L., Merten, J. W., Wong, T. J., & Pomeranz, J. L., & (2017). Applying a social ecological framework to factors related to nicotine replacement therapy for adolescent smoking cessation. American Journal of Health Promotion, doi: 10.1177/0890117117718422

 

Peacock-McLaughlin, C., Largo-Wight, E., Wlyukda, P. S., Johnson, T., & Merten, J. W. (2018). The built environment, transportation policy and population health: A comparison of two cities. Urban Research and Practice, 11(3). doi 10.1080/17535069.2017.1322134

 

Merten, J. W., King, J. L., & Largo-Wight, E. (2017). Total body skin examination adherence among young adults with an increased risk for skin cancer. Dermatology Online Journal,

 

Vilaro, M. J., Barnett, T. E., Watson, A. M., Merten, J. W., & Mathews, A. E. (2017). Weekday and weekend food advertising exposure varies on children's television programing in the U.S. but persuasive techniques and unhealthy items still dominate. Public Health, 142, 22-30.

 

Bechtel, A. S., Merten, J. W., & Sandler, E. (2016). Sun safety knowledge, attitudes and behaviors among children in Northeast Florida. Northeast Florida Medicine, 67(3), 61-64.

 

Merten, J. W., Parker, A., Williams, A. N., King, J. L., Largo-Wight, E., & Osmani, M. (2016). Cancer Risk Factor Knowledge Among Young Adults. Journal of Cancer Education, doi:10.1007/s13187-016-1093-3


Merten, J. W., King, J. L., Vilaro, M. J., & Largo-Wight, E. (2016). Lifestyle Factors Associated with Sunscreen Use among Young Adults. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, doi:10.1007/s13187-016-1093-3

 

King, J. L., Wong, T., Merten, J. W., & Pomeranz, J. L. (2016). Adolescent attitudes toward nicotine replacement therapy for adolescent smoking cessation. Florida Public Health Review, 13, 24-28.
 

King, J. L., Pomeranz, J. L., & Merten, J. W. (2016). A systematic review and meta-evaluation of adolescent smoking cessation interventions that utilized nicotine replacement therapy. Addictive Behaviors, 52, 39-45. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2015.08.007

 

King, J. L., Pomeranz, J. L., Young, M. E., Moorhouse, M., Merten, J. W. (2016). Qualitative evaluation of a newly developed tobacco cessation program for people with disabilities. Disability and Health, 9(1), 145-149. doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2015.08.002

 

Merten, J. W., King, J. L., Walsh-Childers, K. B, Vilaro, M.J., & Pomeranz, J. L. (2015). Skin cancer and
other health behaviors: A scoping review. Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, doi:10.1177/1559827615594350

 

Merten, J. W. (2015). Skin cancer prevention behaviors among Northeast Florida college students. Florida Public Health Review, 12, 23-30. Retrieved from http://www.ut.edu/floridapublichealthreview/

 

Merten, J. W., Barr, E. M. Monroe-Ossi, H., King, J. L., Griner, S. & Vosoughi, M. (2014). Asset mapping and resource guide development in partnership with Title I schools. International Journal of Social Science, 3(5), 66- 71.

 

Barr, E. M., Moore, M. M., Johnson, T., Merten, J. W., & Stewart, P. (2014). The relationship between screen time and sexual behaviors among middle school students. The Health Educator, 46(1), 6-13.

 

Merten, J. W., Pomeranz, J. L., King, J. L., Moorhouse, M., & Wynn, R. (2014). Barriers to cancer screening for people with disabilities: A scoping review. Disability and Health, 7(3), 25-33. doi.org/10.1016/j.dhjo.2014.06.004

 

Merten, J. W. & Johnson, D. (2014). Our campus, our health: A model for undergraduate health education research engagement. Journal of Health Education Teaching, 5(1), 14-19.

 

King, J. L., Pomeranz, J. L., & Merten, J. W. (2014). Nutrition interventions people with disabilities: A scoping review. Disability and Health,7(2), 26 – 35, 10.1016/j.dhjo.2013.12.003

 

Merten, J. W., Higgins, S., Rowan, A., & Pragle, A. (2014). Sun safety attitudes, knowledge and behaviors among beach-going adolescents. American Journal of Health Education, 45(1), 37 – 41 doi.org/10.1080/19325037.2013.852997

 

Merten, J. W., Walsh-Childers, K. B., Rodman, L., Birchwood, N. E., & Young, M. E. (2013). Rural breast cancer patients and survivors’ perspectives using online health resources. Journal of Women’s Health, Issues and Care, 2(6), 1 – 6. doi.org/10.4172/2325-9795.1000124
 

SELECT PRESENTATIONS

Smotherman, C., Bilello, L., Lukens-Bull, K., Merten, J. W., Wells, S. (2018, November). Opioid dependence and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in hospitalized patients in Florida: A Retrospective study. Oral presentation to be presented at 146th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, San Diego, CA

 

Merten, J. W., King, J. L., & Largo-Wight, E. (2018, March). Total body skin examination adherence among young adults with an increased risk for skin cancer. Poster presented at the 18th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Health Behavior, Portland, OR

 

King, J. L., Merten, J. W., & Wagoner, K. G. (2018, March). Parent awareness of adolescent tobacco use: Results from a population-based study of US youth. Poster presented at the 18th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Health Behavior, Portland, OR

 

Weissman, J., Merten, J. W., McCoy, H. V., Bhatt, C., France, R., Waskovich, J., Edwards, E., Jordahl, L., Salfinger, Y., & Hughes, S. (2017, November). Florida Public Health Association membership initiative for millennials and beyond. Poster presented at 145th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Atlanta, GA

 

Largo-Wight, E., Peacock-McLaughlin, C., Merten, J. W., Wludyka, P., Wight, J. T., & Johnson, T. (2017, June). The relationship among the built environment, transportation behavior, and population health: Comparison of two cities. Poster to be presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting, World Congress on Exercise is Medicine®, and World Congress on the Basic Science of Exercise and the Brain of the American College of Sports Medicine, Denver, CO

 

Merten, J. W., King, J. L., & Largo-Wight, E. (2017, March). Skin cancer risk and other health risk behaviors: A scoping review. Poster presented at the 17th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Health Behavior, Tucson, AZ

 

King, J. L., Merten, J. W., Young, M. E., Dallery, J., Markowtiz, J, & Pomeranz, J. L. (2017, March). Adolescent perspectives on nicotine replacement therapy for smoking cessation: a qualitative study. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco, Florence, Italy

 

King, J. L., Merten, J. W., Young, M. E., & Pomeranz, J. L. (2017, March). Exploring adolescent perspectives on nicotine replacement therapy for smoking cessation: a qualitative study. Poster presented at the 17th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Health Behavior, Tucson, AZ

 

Merten, J. W., King, J. L., Moore, M. J., & Barr, E. H. (2016, February). The association of multiple health risk factors with sunscreen use among college students. Poster presented at the 16th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Health Behavior, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
 

Merten, J. W. & King, J. L. (2015, April). Asset mapping and resource guide development in partnership with Title I elementary schools. Poster to be presented at the 66th Annual Meeting of the Society for Public Health Education, Portland, OR

 

King, J. L, Pomeranz, J. P, & Merten, J. W. (2015, April). Assessing attitudes toward nicotine replacement therapy for adolescent tobacco cessation. Poster to be presented at the 66th Annual Meeting of the Society for Public Health Education, Portland, OR

 

King, J. L, Pomeranz, J. P, & Merten, J. W. (2014, November). Improving how we deliver tobacco cessation programs: Findings from an intervention for people with disabilities. Poster presented at the 142nd Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, New Orleans, LA

 

King, J. L, Pomeranz, J. P, & Merten, J. W. (2014, November). Evaluation of a newly developed tobacco cessation program for people with disabilities. Poster presented at the 142nd Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, New Orleans, LA

 

Leavel, V., Bosco, E., & Merten, J. W. (2014, March). An examination of health risk factors among college students majoring in health and those majoring in other fields. Poster presented at the 14th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Health Behavior, Charleston, SC

 

Merten, J. W., Higgins, S., Moore, M. J., & Barr, E. M. (2014, March). Sun safety knowledge, attitudes and behaviors among beach-going adolescents. Poster presented at the 14th Annual American Academy of Health Behavior Meeting, Charleston, SC

 

Cranley, N., Merten, J. W., Williams, A. & Parker, A. (2013, November) Attitudes toward risk factors associated with cancer among college students. Poster presented at the 141st American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA
 

Merten, J. W., Higgins, S. & Pomeranz, J. L. (2013, March). Sun safety attitudes, knowledge and behaviors among beach-going adolescents. Poster presented at the University of Florida Cancer Center Research Day, Gainesville, FL

 

Merten, J. W. (2013, April). Our campus, our health: A model for media campaigns. Poster presented at the Research Consortium at American Association of Health Education Annual Meeting, Charlotte, NC

 

Pomeranz, J., Merten, J. W., Hinson, W. P., & Moorhouse, M. (2012, October). Barriers to cancer screening for individuals with disabilities: A literature review. Oral presentation at the Association of Public Health Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA

 

Merten, J. W., Walsh-Childers, K. B., & Rodman, L. (2012, August). Breast cancer patients and survivors’ perspectives using online health resources. Poster presented at Florida Public Health Association Annual Education Conference, Orlando, FL

 

Merten, J. W. (2012, March). Our campus, our health: Implementing a student-led health assessment. Poster presented at the Research Consortium at American Association of Health Education Annual Meeting, Boston, MA

 

Merten, J. W. (2012, March). Our campus, our health: Implementing a student-led health assessment. Poster presented at the Research Consortium at American Association of Health Education Annual Meeting, Boston, MA

 

Merten, J. W. (2011, June). Grow great citizens through community-based learning. Poster presented at International Institute on Partnerships, Portland, OR

 

Merten, J. W. (2011, April). Grow great health educators through community-based learning. Poster presented at Annual Meeting of American Association of Health Education, San Diego, CA

 

Merten, J. W. (2010, June). Implement an interactive campus health fair through a multidisciplinary course. Poster presented at Annual Meeting of American College Health Association, Philadelphia, PA

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