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Elissa M Barr

Professor

Public Health | Brooks College of Health

Areas of Expertise

Reproductive health & sexuality, mental & emotional health, adolescent health, evidence-based programs, program planning & evaluation  

Education

Ph.D. Health Behavior (Minor - Research Methodology; Specialization - Human Sexuality) University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 2001

 

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

 

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

 

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 addresses improving access to evidence-based sexual health programs and reproductive health services through advocacy and policy change. 

 

Dr. Barr works with the Florida Department of Education on various projects including 1. research to advance reproductive health services and sexuality education and 2. advocacy to improve policy at the county and state levels.  She has served as lead developer of several online professional development courses, delivered over 50 onsite professional development trainings across the country, and led multiple task-forces to improve adolescent health. 

 

She currently works on a CDC funded project with Duval County schools as a research coordinator. This work has resulted in: a) 8 Teen Health Clinics at local high schools offering STD/HIV testing & treatment, pregnancy testing, and health education, b) the implementation of evidence-based programs in all Duval County middle and high schools, and c) the collection and dissemination of county level YRBS data.  

Awards

UNF Faculty Fellow, Office of Faculty Enhancement, 2016-2017, 2017-2018

 

1 of 10 Nationally Selected Sexuality Educators. Future of Sex Ed (FoSE) Project: Professional Standards for Teaching Sex Education Advisory Committee, Advocates for Youth, Answer and SIECUS,  2012–2014

 

Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, UNF, 2014

 

UNF Certified Online Instructor, Teaching Online (TOL) Seminar,  Center for Instruction & Research Technology, UNF, 2011

 

DRC Empowerment Award (to empower students with disabilities to strive for success), UNF Disability Resource Center, 2010.

 

The Business Journal’s Forty Under Forty, 2009.

 

Faculty Mentor, Brooks College of Health, 2009.

 

Brooks College of Health Teaching Award, 2006.

 

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

Affiliations

American Public Health Association (APHA)

Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)

The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS)

American School Health Association (ASHA)

The Florida Healthy Teens Campaign

Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Advisory Team, Duval County

Grants and Contracts Awarded

Barr, E.M., & Owen, D. (2019). Providing Health Education through Meaningful Community Service. Florida Blue Foundation. Funded for a 1-year period at $12,000. Co-investigator

 

Jacksonville Partnership for Promoting the Health of Emerging Adults. (2018). Promoting Adolescent Health through School-Based HIV Prevention. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Disease Control, NCHHSTP, PS18-1807. Funded for a 5-year period at $400,000. Research Coordinator

 

Brown, E. & Barr, E.M. (2018). Pregnancy Prevention Amongst College Students in Greatest Need. UNF Faculty Development Grants, Funded for a 2-year period at $19,000. Co-Investigator

 

Jacksonville Partnership for Promoting the Health of Emerging Adults. (2013). Promoting Adolescent Health through School-Based HIV/STD Prevention and School-Based Surveillance. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH). Funded for a 5-year period at $450,000. Research Coordinator

 

Merten, J., 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

 

Moore, M.J. & Barr, E.M. Development of an Evidence-Based Sexual Risk Reduction Program for College Students. (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. Co-Investigator.

Publications & Presentations

JOURNAL ARTICLES

 

Barr, E., Moore, M.J., Wilson, K., Parisi, T, & McCann, H. (2017). Documenting Support for Ongoing and Improved Efforts in Sexuality Education. Florida Public Health Review, 14, 45-55.

 

Moore, M. J., Barr, E., Wilson, K., & Griner, S. (2016). Support for Offering Sexual Health Services through School Based Health Clinics. Journal of School Health, 86(9), 660-668.

 

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

 

Barr, E., Goldfarbe, E., Russel, S. Seabert-Baily, D., Wallen, M., Wilson, K., (2014). Improvingsexuality education: The development of teacher-preparation standards. Journal of School  Health, 86(6), 395-408.

 

Barr, E., Moore, M. J., Johnson, T., Forrest, J. & Jordan, M. (2014). New evidence: Data documenting parental support for earlier sexuality education. Journal of School Health, 84 (1), 10-17.

 

Barr, E. & Moore, M.J. (2014).  Safer sex day: Methods to help reduce risky behaviors. International Journal of Social Science, 3(4).

 

Moore, M. J., Barr, E., & Johnson T. (2013). Sexual risk behaviors of middle school students: Youth risk behavior survey results from 16 locations. Journal of School Health, 83(1), 61-68. 

 

Barr, E., Moore, M.J., & Howard, A. (2012). A pilot project to increase parent comfort communicating with their children about sexual health. American Journal of Sexuality Education, 7(3), 253-266. 

 

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), 27-37.

 

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 ofcurricula 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.

 

 

BOOKS

 

Howard-Barr, E.M., Barrineau, S.M., Golden, R.N., & Peterson, F.L. (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. (2005). The Truth About Sexual Behavior and Unplanned Pregnancy. ISBN: 0816053073. Facts on File, Inc., New York, NY.

 

 

PUBLISHED PROGRAMS & PROJECTS

 

Barr, E.M., Zipperer, K, Roy, L, Bowles, K, Lazo, L, Kane, R, Kellermeier, G. & Patel, R. (Aug, 2019). A Professional Development Course to Strengthen K-12 Health Education Instruction in Florida: 10-hour Online Course. University of South Florida, Title IV, Part A Project.

 

Barr, E.M., & Zipperer, K. (Jan, 2019). Florida Folder: 3R’s Meeting Florida Standards. A link on the 3Rs Rights, Respect, Responsibility curriculum by Advocates for Youth containing the 3R’s curriculum aligned to the Florida Standards, teacher materials, assessments, and middle school and high school lessons. University of South Florida Healthy School Project. https://3rs.org/3rs-curriculum/download-3rs/

 

Barr, E.M. & Zipperer, K. (2016). Sexual Health Education 102. A 6-hour interactive, theory–based program based on the CDC’s 16 Recommended Topics for teaching sexuality education, developed  for Florida teachers. University of South Florida Healthy School Project.

 

Barr, E.M. & Griner, S. (2014). Sexual Health Education 101. A 6-hour interactive, theory-based program based on the CDC’s School Health Impact Measure #4 (STD, HIV, & Teen Pregnancy Prevention), developed for Florida teachers. University of South Florida Healthy School Project. 

 

Moore, M.J. & Barr, E.M. (2014). Sexual Risk Reduction for College Students.  A 5-hour interactive, theory- based program addressing pregnancy and STD/HIV prevention for college students. UNF. 

 

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.

 

 

SELECTED NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL PRESENTATIONS *student

 

Barr, E., *Rooney, M., Moore, M. & Zipperer, K. (September, 2019). Meeting the Sexual Health Needs of Adolescents. 2019 Adolescent Health Coming of Age Conference – Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health and the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. Ascot, England.

 

Moore, M. J., Barr, E., Binder, M., & *Corwin, M. (July, 2019). Statewide Support for Sexual Health Services through School Based Health Clinics. 2019 National Sexual Health Conference. Chicago, IL.

 

Moore, M. J., McCann, H., & Barr, E. (July, 2019). Sexual Health Services in Schools: A Successful Community Collaborative. 2019 National Sexual Health Conference. Chicago, IL.

 

*Phillips, R., *Olds, C., Brown, E., Barr, E., *Graham, J. & *Rooney, M. (March 2019). Thinking about your Sexual Partner: Examining Communal Motivations and Birth Control Use. The 65th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Jacksonville, FL.

 

Barr, E., Moore, M.J, *Rooney, M. & Zipperer, K. (January 2019). Data to Support Advances in Adolescent Sexual Health. Health Advocates 10th Annual International Conference on the Health Risks of Youth, Los Cabos, Mexico.

 

Moore, M.J. Barr, E. & Wilson, K. (April 2018). Community Support for Offering Sexual Health Services through School Based Health Clinics after Two Years of Awareness Efforts. The Society of Behavioral Medicine 39th Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA.

 

Barr, E., Zipperer, K., Calhoun, S., Moore, M., & *Parisi, T. (March 2018). Reducing HIV/STD Rates and Births to Teens: A Collaborative and Ongoing Program. The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine Annual Conference, Seattle, WA. 

 

Barr, E., Zipperer, K., Calhoun, S, & Moore, M.J. (2016, November). Exemplary Sexual health Education: A Statewide Initiative.  The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality Annual Conference, Phoenix, AZ.

 

Barr, E., Moore, M.J., Wilson, K. & *Griner, S. (2016, June). Support for Sexuality Education: Meeting the Needs of All Youth.  American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists 48th Annual Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

 

Merten, J.W., King, J., Moore, M.J., & Barr, E. (2016, February). The Association of Multiple Health Risk Factors with Sunscreen Use among College Students. American Academy of Health Behavior 16th Annual Scientific Meeting, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

 

Moore, M.J., Barr, E., & *Glassman, R. (2016, February). Feasibility of an Evidence-Based Sexual Risk Reduction Program for College Students. American Academy of Health Behavior 16th Annual Scientific Meeting, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

 

Moore, M. J., Barr, E., Lukens-Bull, K., & Wilson, K. (2015, June). Voter support for school-based sexual health services. Annual Guelph Sexuality Conference. Guelph, CA.

 

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

 

Moore, M.J., Barr, E.M. Lukens-Bull, K., & Remo, R. (2014, May). Documenting the Need for Earlier Prevention: Sexual Behavior in Grades 6 through 12. Society for Prevention Research 22nd Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

 

Moore, M.J., Barr, E.M. & Johnson, T. (2014, May). Middle School Youth Sexual Behaviors & Team Sports.  Society for Prevention Research 22nd Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

 

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

 

Mitchell, T. & Barr, E.M. (2014, January). Authentic assessment aligned with FoSE’s national sexuality education standards. Fifth Annual International Conference on the Health Risks of Youth, Nassau, Bahamas, January 1-4, 2014.

 

Barr, E.M., Johnson, T., Moore, M.J, & Largo-Wight, E. (2013, May). The relationship between suicide and sexual behaviors among middle school students. The Society for Prevention Research 21st Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, May 28-31, 2013.

 

Barr, E.M., Johnson, T., Moore, M.J., Stewart, P. (2012, November). The relationship between TV/Computer use and sexual behaviors among middle school students.  Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Tampa, FL, November 8-11, 2012.

 

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

 

Watkins, J.A., Howard-Barr, E.M., Moore, M.J., Werch C.E. (2004, November). Parental influence as a protective factor to increase self-efficacy in resisting alcohol. American Public Health Association, 132nd National Convention, Washington, DC.

 

Tackmann, D., Howard-Barr, E.B., Wiley, D., Hatfield, C., English, G. Lyter, P., &, Splendorio, D. (2004, October). Symposium on adolescent health issues. American School Health Association 78th National School Health Conference, 8 hour pre-conference workshop, Pittsburg, PN.

 

Lang, D., Howard-Barr, E.B., Wiley, D., Hatfield, C., Tackmann, D, & Sauer, S. (2004, October).  Abstinence-only through comprehensive human sexuality education:  Bridging the gap in the heartland of America.  American School Health Association 78th National School Health Conference, Sponsored by the ASHA Sexuality Council, Pittsburg, PN.

 

Howard-Barr, E.M. (2004, June). The impact of teen beliefs and sexual behavior on the increasing rates of HIV/STDs. American School Health Association Summer Institute, Kansas City, MO.

 

Thompson, S.H., Digsby, S, & Howard-Barr, E.M. (2003, October). Subclinical eating disorders and calcium consumption of female high school cheerleaders. American School Health Association 77th National School Health Conference, El Paso, TX.

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Contact Information

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(904) 620-1479

ebarr@unf.edu