Julie W Merten

Assistant Professor • Internship Director

Public Health • Brooks College of Health

Areas of Expertise

Skin cancer prevention

Sun safety

Appearance-related health motivations

Health behavior assessment

Community outreach

Mass Media and Health

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

                                               

2011 University of North Florida Certified Online Instructor    

2015 Melanoma Research Foundation Certified Melanoma Educator                        
 

Biography

Julie Merten, PhD, MCHES is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health. 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 over 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. At the state level, she is the university liaison on the Board of Directors for the Florida Public Health Association. Nationally, she is involved with several national professional health organizations including the American Academy of Health Behavior and the Society for Public Health Education.
 

Awards

2015 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, UNF Faculty Association

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

2015 President’s 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

2012 -  present Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, Florida Department of Health
2010 – present Board of Associate Editors,  American Association of Health Education 
2010 – present MAPP Core Planning Team,  Duval County Health Department 
2009 – present Member,  American College Health Association 
2009 – present Board of Directors,  Us Group Women and Girls Health Initiative 

2006 – 2009 Education Committee,  Us Group Women and Girls Health Initiative
2008 – present Member/Volunteer,  First Coast Worksite Wellness Council 
2008 – 2009 Member,  American School Health Association 
2007 – 2009 Resolutions Committee,  Society of Public Health Education 
2005 – 2008 Member,  Florida Public Health Association 

 

UNIVERSITY SERVICE


University of North Florida

2012 - present Chair, Professional Development Leave Committee
2011 External Review Team,   Career Services 
2007 – present Steering Committee,   Healthy Osprey Initiative 
2010 Award Committee,   Academic Advising
2006 – 2009 Body Image Task Force,   Department of Health Promotion 

 

Brooks College of Health

2005 – present Co-Chair,  Faculty Development Committee 
2005 – 2011 Chapter Sponsor,   Eta Sigma Gamma National Health Science Honorary 
2008 Search Committee,   Academic Advisor
2007 Search Committee,   Career Coordinator 
 

Grants and Contracts Awarded

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.

 

Sandler, E., Merten, J.W., & Bechtel, A. (unfunded). Sun Safety in the Sunshine State: Implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s SunWise Curriculum to Suburban Youth. Hyundai Hope on Wheels Grant. Applied for a 2-year period at $250,000. Co-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

 

Vilaro, M.J., Barnett, T., & Merten, J.W. (Under Review). Persuasive techniques and nutritional content of
food advertisements during children’s television in the Unites States: Part of an unbalanced diet. Health
Education and Behavior,

 

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

 

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

MertenContact Information

(904) 620-2840

jmerten@unf.edu

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