Elissa M Barr

Professor

Public Health • Brooks College of Health

Areas of Expertise

Evidence based sexuality programs to reduce risky sexual behaviors of youth, teen pregnancy prevention, and program planning & evaluation 

Education

Ph.D., Health Behavior (Specialization: Human Sexuality) - 2001
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

 

M.S., Health Education - 1997
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois

 

B.S., Health Studies, Community Health Option - 1995
Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois

 

C.H.E.S., Certified Health Education Specialist - 2001
National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
 

Biography

Elissa Barr is a Professor of Public Health. Her research efforts include documenting support for sexuality education to drive policy change and implementation of evidence-based programs to reduce risky sexual behaviors of youth. 

Dr. Barr has worked with the Florida Department of Education on various projects since 2004 including 1. serving on the State’s AIDS Education Advisory Council, 2. developing and delivering onsite professional development for sexuality educators, and 3. serving as the lead developer of an online sexual health education professional development course for Florida practitioners and educators

She currently works on a CDC funded project with Duval County schools as a research coordinator addressing reproductive health of youth. This work has resulted in Teen Health Clinics opening at 4 local high schools offering STD/HIV testing and treatment, pregnancy testing, and health education.  

Awards

Nominee, American School Health Association Fellowship, June, 2011 and February, 2009.


Recipient, Selected for Teaching Online (TOL) Seminar, Center for Instruction & Research Technology,
University of North Florida, Summer, 2011.


Nominee, University of North Florida Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, November, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, and 2005.


Recipient, University of North Florida Disability Resource Center: DRC Empowerment Award (to empower students with disabilities to strive for success), February, 2010.


Recipient, The Business Journal’s Forty Under Forty, April, 2009.


Recipient, Faculty Mentor, Brooks College of Health, April, 2009.

 

Recipient, Brooks College of Health Teaching Award, Fall 2006.


Nominee, American School Health Association Health Education Professional of the Year, October, 2005.

 

Recipient, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, April, 2005.

Affiliations

 

Florida AIDS Education Advisory Council, 2/07 to present

 

American Public Health Association, 2011 to present

 

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD), 1999-2011

 

American School Health Association (ASHA), 1995-present

 

The Florida Healthy Teens Campaign, 8/08 to present

 

Florida Department of Education HIV/AIDS Prevention Education Training Cadre, 4/10 to present

 

Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Advisory Team, Duval County, 9/08 to present

Grants and Contracts Awarded

Moore, M.J. & Barr, E.M. Development of an Evidence-Based Sexual Risk Reduction Program for College Students. (Submitted April, 2010). University of North Florida, College of Health, Brooks Research Professorship. Applied for three-year period at $56,000. Co-Investigator.


Florida Department of Education (2008-2010). Improving Health and Educational Outcomes of Young People. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC Grant - 210246. Funded for a three-year period at $150,000. Barr, E.M. – Collaborator.

Publications & Presentations

 

REFEREED JOURNAL ARTICLES

 

 

Moore, M. J., Barr, E., & Johnson T. (Under Review). Sexual risk behaviors of middle school students:
Youth risk behavior survey results from 16 locations. Journal of School Health.
   

Barr, E., Moore, M.J., & Howard, A. (In Press). A pilot project to increase parent comfort
communicating with their children about sexual health. American Journal of Sexuality Education.
 

Howard-Barr, E.M., Moore, M.J., & Weiss, J.A. & Jobli, E. (2011). Public opinion toward sexuality education: Findings among one south Florida county. American Journal of Sexuality Education, 6 (2), 1-16.

 

Largo-Wight, E., Moore, M., & Barr, E., (2011). Improving health through stress reduction: An experiential activity. Journal of Health Education Teaching, 2 (1), 8-11.

 

Howard-Barr, E.M., Wiley, D., Moore, M.J, Lang, D., & Zipperer, Ksena. (2011). Addressing sexual health in Florida youth: Improving communication, collaboration and consensus-building among providers. Health Promotion Practice, 12(4), 600-609.

 

Weiss, J.A., Dwonch-Schoen, K., Howard-Barr, E.M., & Panella, M. (2010). Learning from a community action plan to promote safe sexual practices. Social Work, 55 (1), 19-26.

 

Howard-Barr, E.M. & Moore, M.J. (2007). Florida residents’ preferred approach to sexuality education. American Journal of Sexuality Education, 2 (3).

 

Wiley, D. & Howard-Barr, E.M. (2007). Health education textbook adoption in Texas: A lesson in politics and morality. American Journal of Health Education, 38 (5), 296-301.

 

Watkins, J.A., Howard-Barr, E.M., Moore, M.J., & Werch, C.E. (2006) The mediating role of adolescent self-efficacy in the relationship between parental practices and adolescent alcohol use. Journal of Adolescent Health, 48 (4), 448-450.


Howard-Barr, E.M., Rienzo, B., Pigg, M., James, D., & Seraphine, A. (2005) Teacher beliefs, professional preparation, and practices regarding exception students and sexuality education. Journal of School Health,75 (3), 99-104.

 

Wiley, D. & Howard-Barr, E.M. (2005) Advocacy to action: Addressing coordinated school health issues with school boards. Journal of School Health, 75 (1), 6-10.

 

Howard, E.M. & Weiler, R.M. (2003). Development of a scale to assess the appropriateness of
curricula materials for diverse population. American Journal of Health Education,34 (3), 141-145.

 

Howard, E.M. & Nozicka, D. (2000) From life savers to glitter: Interactive activities to teach about
infectious disease. Journal of School Health, 70 (9), 385-386.

 

Howard, E.M. (2000) Involvement of Illinois school nurses in the eight-component model of
coordinated school health programs. The Health Education Monograph Series, 17 (3), 12-16.
 


 


TEXT BOOKS

 

Howard-Barr, E.M., Barrineau, S.M., Golden, R.N., & Peterson, F.L. (August, 2009). The Truth About Sexual Behavior and Unplanned Pregnancy, Second Edition. ISBN: 0816076340. Facts on File, Inc., New York, NY.

 

Howard-Barr, E.M. & Kittleson, M.J. (April, 2005). The Truth About Sexual Behavior and Unplanned Pregnancy. ISBN: 0816053073. Facts on File, Inc., New York, NY.

 

 

INVITED ARTICLES 

 

Kane, J. & Howard-Barr, E.M. (in Press). Nutrition and Women. The Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World, Sage Publications, editors: Zeiss-Stange, M., Oyster, C.K., & Golson, J.G.


 

Howard-Barr, E.M. (2010). Definitions of Human Sexuality Education Programs, Florida’s Adolescent Sexual Health Committee, Florida Departments of Education and Health: Tallahassee, FL. Pamphlet Contributor.

 

 

PUBLISHED PROGRAMS & PROJECTS 

 

Barr, E.M. (2011) Urban League of Greater Miami Parent Training Evaluation Report, pg. 1-17. An impact evaluation report measuring changes from pre to post-test among participants attending the Beyond the Birds and the Bees: Communicating about Sexuality program.

 

Barr, E.M., Zipperer, K. & Howard, A. (2010). Beyond the Birds and the Bees: Communicating about Sexuality. A 1.5 hour interactive, theory-based program developed for Florida parents to facilitate communication with their children about sexuality to reduce unintended pregnancy, STDs & HIV. Florida Department of Education & The Urban League of Miami.

 


INTERNATIONAL/NATIONAL/REGIONAL PRESENTATIONS

 

REFEREED


Moore, M.J. Barr, E.M. Johnson, T. (accepted). The relationship between middle school students and sexual behaviors and alcohol and tobacco use. American Academy of Health Behavior, 12th annual meeting, Austin, Texas, March 18-21, 2012. 

 

Moore, M.J. Barr, E.M. Johnson, T. (2011, November). Support for school-based sexuality education: No longer just for high school students. American Public Health Association 139th National Convention, Washington, DC.

 

Moore, M.J., Barr, E.M., Johnson, T. (2011, June). Sexual behaviors of middle school students. Society for Prevention Research 19th Annual Meeting. Washington DC.

 

Lang, D., Hammond, L. & Barr, E. (2010, April). Meeting the needs of special education students in human sexuality education (120-minute workshop). 26th Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disabilities, Honolulu, HI.

 

Howard-Barr, E.M. & Alton, F. (2010, January). Support for evidence-based programs in sexuality. First Annual International Conference on the Health Risks of Youth – “Evidence Matters: Addressing the Health Risk Behaviors of Youth,” Cancun, MX.

 

Howard-Barr, E.M., Moore, M.J., & Weiss, J.A. (2009, October). Public support for sexuality education in one rural south Florida county. American School Health Association, 83rd National School Health Conference, Denver, CO.

 

Howard-Barr, E.M. (2009, June). STD/HIV prevention: Keeping it simple silly. 7th Annual HIV/AIDS/STDs and Human Sexuality Education Regional Conference, Kansas City, MO.

 

Howard-Barr, E.M., Lang, D., & Wiley, D.C. (2008, November). Crowded bed: Teaching technique for sexual risk reduction among adolescents. American School Health Association, 82nd National School Health Conference, Tampa, FL.

 

Howard-Barr, E.M., Moore, M.J., & Barnes, A. (2008, June). Having fun with data…Really! 6th Annual HIV/AIDS/STDs and Human Sexuality Education Regional Conference, Kansas City, MO.

 

Howard-Barr, E.M., Wiley, D.C., Lang, D. (2008, April). Discovering common ground among diverse sexuality education programs. American Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance National Convention, Dallas, TX.

 

Howard-Barr, E.M., Moore, M.J., Wiley, D., Lang, D., Zipperer, K. (2007, July). Evaluation of a statewide initiative to promote collaboration in reducing sexual risk behaviors. American School Health Association, 81st National School Health Conference, Honolulu, HI.

 

Howard-Barr, E.M. (2007, June). Effective STD/HIV prevention: Keep the “abstinence,” lose the “only.” Teaching Partnerships in HIV/AIDS/STDs and Human Sexuality Education Regional Conference, Kansas City, MO.

 

Moore, M. J. & Howard-Barr, E.M. (2006, November). Florida residents’ support for school-based sexuality education. American Public Health Association 134th National Convention, Boston, MA.

 

Howard-Barr, E.M., Wiley, D., Lang, D., & Zipperer, K. (2006, October). Finding common ground in sexuality education: A state-wide initiative. American School Health Association, 80th National School Health Conference, St. Louis, MO.

 

Howard-Barr, E.M. (2006, June). Students with special needs: Addressing their increased risk of STDs/HIV through modified sexuality education. American School Health Association Summer Institute: Teaching About HIV/AIDS/STDs and Human Sexuality Education, Kansas City, MO.

 

Howard-Barr, E.M. (2005, June). Female teens and STD's: Disparities in lifelong consequences. American School Health Association Summer Institute: HIV/AIDS/STDs in Youth at Risk: Eliminating Disparities among All Youth, Kansas City, MO.

 

 

STATE/LOCAL PRESENTATIONS

REFEREED 

 

Barr, E.M. (2011, July). Reducing STDs and unplanned pregnancy through evidence-based Initiatives. Annual Summer Academy for Teachers of Health Education, Florida Department of Education – Office of Healthy Schools, Gainesville, FL.

 

Howard-Barr, E.M. & Lang, D. (2010, July). Family life and special education (2-day session). School Health and Education Partnership Annual Conference, Virginia Department of Education and Longwood University, Farmville, VA.

 

Howard-Barr, E. M. (2010, July). Taking the mystery and misery out of STD education. Annual Summer Academy for Teachers of Health Education, Florida Department of Education – Office of Healthy Schools, Gainesville, FL.

 

Howard-Barr, E. M. (2010, July). I teach abstinence-only or is it abstinence-plus: What’s the difference? Annual Summer Academy for Teachers of Health Education, Florida Department of Education – Office of Healthy Schools, Gainesville, FL.

 

Howard- Barr, E.M. (2010, May). STD/HIV prevention education: Why, when & how. Florida School Health Association 2010 Conference, Altamonte Springs, FL.

 

Howard-Barr, E.M. (2009, June). Family planning and teen pregnancy prevention: Tools for educators. South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Summer Institute, Charleston, SC.

 

Howard-Barr, E.M. (2009, June). STD/HIV prevention: Keeping it simple silly. South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Summer Institute, Charleston, SC.

 

Howard-Barr, E.M. & Lang, D. (2008, June). Sexuality education needs for students with disabilities. South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Summer Institute, Greeneville, SC.

 

Howard-Barr, E.M. (2008, June). Effective sexuality education: Combining abstinence AND contraception. South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Summer Institute, Greeneville, SC.

 

Howard-Barr, E.M. (2007, November). Rape and sexual assault: A growing epidemic. Kansas Association of Health, P.E., Recreation, & Dance State Convention, Emporia, KS.

 

Howard-Barr, E.M. (2005, October). Female teens and STDs/HIV: Disparities in lifelong consequences. Iowa HIV/AIDS Prevention & Care Conference, Des Moines, IA.

 

Howard-Barr, E.M. (October, 2005). The media and teen sexuality: Addressing conflicting messages with interactive activities. Iowa HIV/AIDS Prevention & Care Conference, Des Moines, IA.

 

Howard-Barr, E.M. (2005, June). Improving adolescent reproductive health through interactive learning, 8-hour pre-conference session. South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Summer Institute, Charleston, SC.

 

 


INVITED PRESENTATIONS

 

Barr, E.M. (October, 2011). A tool to assist in developing effective curriculum, Pre-Conference to the Statewide Prevention Conference: Developing Sexual Health Education Curriculum, Orlando, FL.

 

Barr, E.M. (September, 2011). Evaluation results from Liberty City HIV/AIDS project, AIDS Education Advisory Council Meeting, Altamonte Springs, FL.

 

Howard-Barr, E.M. (August, 2010). Evidence-based sexuality education: Local needs and answers. Duval County public school teachers, Duval County School Board, Jacksonville, FL.

 

Howard-Barr, E.M. (June, 2010). Implementing evidence-based human sexuality education to reduce teen pregnancy, STDs, and HIV/AIDS. Osceola County Public Schools, St. Cloud, FL.

 

Howard-Barr, E.M. & Lang, D. (2009, September 17-18). Family life education for students with disabilities. Virginia Department of Education, Richmond, VA.

 

Lang, D. & Howard-Barr, E.M. (2008, October). Meeting the needs of special education students in human sexuality education. South Carolina Department of Education, Columbia, SC.

 

Wiley, D.C., Howard-Barr, E.M., Splendorio, D., & Lang, D. (2008, September). Six risk behaviors of Youth. South Carolina Department of Education, Columbia, SC.

 

Howard-Barr, E.M. (2008, July). Effective sexuality education: Keep the abstinence, lose the only. Florida Public Health Association, 8th Annual Regional Conference, Orlando, FL.

 

Howard-Barr, E.M. (2007, November). The six risk behaviors of adolescents workshop. Kansas Department of Education, Kansas City, KS.

 

Howard-Barr, E.M. (2007, September). Advanced human sexuality education for professionals. South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Columbia, SC.

 

Howard-Barr, E.M., Lang, D., & Wiley, D. (2006, August). South Carolina DOE cadre training – Sexuality education. South Carolina Department of Education, Greeneville, SC.

 

Lang, D., Howard-Barr, E.M., & Wiley, D. (2006, September). Finding common ground in sexuality education. South Carolina Department of Education, Columbia, SC.

 

Howard-Barr, E.M. (2006, September). Sexuality education: Finding common ground in a time of controversy. 2006 Regional Training of Trainer’s Workshop, Professional Development for State HIV Prevention Trainers, Ankeny, IA.

 

Howard-Barr, E.M. (2006, May). Proven effective curricula. Florida School Health Association, Orlando, FL.

 

Howard-Barr, E.M. (2006, May). Teen sexuality and sexual behavior: The impact of conflicting messages. Florida Public Health Association, 6th Annual Regional Conference, St. Augustine, FL.

 

Howard-Barr, E.M. (2006, May). Sexuality education for special populations. Florida School Health Association, Orlando, FL.

 

Howard-Barr, E.M. (2005, February). STD’s: The national local challenge. Women’s Health Symposium, Jacksonville, FL.

 

Howard-Barr, E.M. (2005, February). STD update & totally awesome teaching strategies for teaching abstinence education. Project SOS, Jacksonville, FL.

 


UNIVERSITY RELATED PRESENTATIONS 

 

Barr, E.M. & Moore, M.J. (2011, July). Adolescents and their risky sexual behaviors. Second Annual Public Health Symposium. Department of Public Health, University of North Florida.

 

Howard-Barr, E.M. (2009, October). Addressing trends in sexuality issues among our youth. Healthy Ospreys, Department of Health Promotions, University of North Florida.

 

Howard-Barr, E.M. (2009, November). Pillow talk. The Department of Residence Life Faculty Friends Program, University of North Florida.

 

Howard-Barr, E.M. (2009, August). An STD update: The hidden epidemic. Department of Health Promotions: Life Choices Team, University of North Florida.

 

Howard-Barr, E.M. (2006, November). Pillow talk. The Department of Residence Life Faculty Friends Program, University of North Florida.

 

Howard-Barr, E.M. (2006, October 9). Ask the UNF expert: “Teen sexuality & mixed messages.” First Coast News interview, Jacksonville, FL.

 

Howard-Barr, E.M. (2005, October). HIV & STDs: An update. Department of Health Promotions: Life Choices Team, University of North Florida.

 

Watkins, J.A., Howard-Barr, E.M., Moore, M.J., Werch C.E. (2005, January). Parental influence as a protective factor to increase self-efficacy in resisting alcohol. College of Health Poster Presentation at the Dean’s Council Meeting, Jacksonville, FL.

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