Positions

Overview

  • I have a broad background in health and physical activity, with training in health education, exercise science and nutrition. I have worked with school systems over the past 15 years to implement interventions to improve health and wellness among the student population. My research and resulting presentations and publications have focused primarily on youth and schools related to nutrition, physical activity and wellness. I have also assisted in the development of state policies outlining improvements in nutrition in schools.

    Service

    Service to the health education and health promotion profession is an important obligation to me. I have served as a board member of ASAHPERD and the Southern District of SHAPE America, which promotes the important work that school health educators and physical educators do everyday. I also serve on several sub-committees of SHAPE America, which serve the interests of health educators. I also volunteer my time as a member of the State Obesity Task Force and the Jefferson County Health Action Partnership. I have also volunteered time and served the YMCA, and Jones Valley Teaching Farms.

    Personal

    Away from academia, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I love to travel and also enjoy gardening, hiking and anything active and outdoors. I am an avid runner and teach group exercise at the UAB Recreation Center and YMCA.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2019 A Theoretical Approach to the Development of Instruments to Assess Knowledge and Beliefs of Breast Self-Awareness in Adolescent Females 2019
    2019 Research on freshman and sleeping habits: A text message-based sleep intervention 2019
    2018 Exploring social media group use among breastfeeding mothers: Qualitative analysis 2018
    2018 Assessing Elementary Health Education: Instrument Development for School District Readiness and Delivery 2018
    2018 Addressing School District Readiness for Elementary Health Education Using the Transtheoretical Model 2018
    2018 Utilization of online focus groups to include mothers: A use-case design, reflection, and recommendations. 2018
    2015 Does Short Sleep Lead to Obesity Among Children and Adolescents? Current Understanding and Implications 2015
    2013 Body Mass Index and Chronic Health Conditions as Predictors of Exercise Fear-Avoidance Beliefs 2013
    2013 Comparison of Breast Health Teaching Methods for Adolescent Females: Results of a Quasi-Experimental Study 2013
    2013 Component analysis and initial validity of the exercise fear avoidance scale 2013
    2012 Preparing students to practice evidence-based dentistry: A mixed methods conceptual framework for curriculum enhancement 2012
    2012 Mentoring the “Net Generation”: Faculty perspectives in health education 2012
    2011 Fear of physical response to exercise among overweight and obese adults 2011
    2011 The Healthy Web – Access to Online Health Information for Individuals with Disabilities 2011
    2010 Responding to health information and training needs of individuals with disabilities 2010
    2009 Nutrition and physical activity resources to promote health among youth 2009
    2009 Developing valid and reliable online survey instruments using commercial software programs 2009
    2009 Responses of health and physical educators to overweight children in Alabama. 2009
    2008 Benefits and barriers to medically supervised pediatric weight-management programs 2008
    2008 Body-shape perceptions and body mass index of older African American and European American women 2008
    2008 Ecological strategies to promote healthy body image among children 2008
    2005 An analysis of health promotion and risk behaviors of freshman college students in a rural southern setting 2005
    2005 Preferred body type of fitness instructors among university students in exercise classes 2005
    1997 What Could your Spouse do to Increase your Sexual Satisfaction? Some Answers to this Question. 1997

    Book

    Year Title Altmetric
    2016 Health and Physical Education for Elementary Classroom Teachers An Integrated Approach 2016

    Chapter

    Year Title Altmetric
    2013 School Nutrition Policy Requirements 2013

    Research Overview

  • I spent seven years training teachers in rural Georgia to implement innovative nutrition and physical activity initiatives in the elementary schools. I have spent the last 16 years in Alabama working with public schools on wellness initiatives. In addition, I worked with state agencies to collaborate with K-12 schools to increase physical activity during the day and improve district wellness policies across the state. My resulting scholarship endeavors have focused primarily on youth and young adults related to nutrition, physical activity and the prevention of weight gain.
  • Teaching Overview

  • Teaching is both an art and a science. I try to use reflective practice in my teaching and incorporate my professional experience into practical applications in the classroom. I enjoy seeing students grow both personally and professionally and strive to mentor that process.
  • Teaching Activities

  • CHHS200 - Quality of Life (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • CHHS489 - Interven Strateg Health Ed/Pro (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • CHHS601 - Curr Readings in Health Educ (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • CHHS689 - Interven Strat Health Ed/Pro (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • CHHS692 - Supervised Res in Health Edu (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • CHHS731 - Adv Theor/Sci Basis of HE/HP (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • CHHS736 - Health Education Seminar III (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • CHHS799 - Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • CHHS200 - Quality of Life (Summer Term 2019) 2019
  • CHHS490 - Special Projects in Health Ed (Summer Term 2019) 2019
  • CHHS498 - Lifespan Dimensions Women (Summer Term 2019) 2019
  • CHHS598 - Lifespan Dimensions Women (Summer Term 2019) 2019
  • CHHS640 - Content Issues I (Summer Term 2019) 2019
  • CHHS692 - Supervised Res in Health Edu (Summer Term 2019) 2019
  • CHHS799 - Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2019) 2019
  • CHHS200 - Quality of Life (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • CHHS642 - Applied Behav Theory in Health (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • CHHS735 - Health Education Seminar II (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • CHHS798 - Supvs Res Hlth Ed/Promotion (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • CHHS799 - Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • CHHS200 - Quality of Life (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • CHHS689 - Interven Strat Health Ed/Pro (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • CHHS731 - Adv Theor/Sci Basis of HE/HP (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • CHHS736 - Health Education Seminar III (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • CHHS798 - Supvs Res Hlth Ed/Promotion (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • CHHS799 - Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • CHHS423 - Human Sexuality (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • CHHS498 - Lifespan Dimensions Women (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • CHHS523 - Human Sexuality (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • CHHS598 - Lifespan Dimensions Women (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • CHHS798 - Supvs Res Hlth Ed/Promotion (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • CHHS799 - Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • HPE200 - Quality of Life (Summer Term 2018) 2018
  • CHHS642 - Health Behavior and Health Edu (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • CHHS692 - Supervised Res in Health Edu (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • CHHS735 - Health Education Seminar II (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • CHHS798 - Supvs Res Hlth Ed/Promotion (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • CHHS799 - Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • HPE200 - Quality of Life (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • CHHS489 - Interven Strat Health Ed/Pro (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • CHHS689 - Interven Strat Health Ed/Pro (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • CHHS691 - Special Topics in Health Educ (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • CHHS731 - Adv Theor/Sci Basis of HE/HP (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • CHHS736 - Health Education Seminar III (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • CHHS798 - Supvs Res Hlth Ed/Promotion (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • CHHS799 - Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • HPE200 - Quality of Life (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • CHHS423 - Human Sexuality (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • CHHS498 - Lifespan Dimensions Women (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • CHHS523 - Human Sexuality (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • CHHS641 - Content Issues II (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • CHHS798 - Supvs Res Hlth Ed/Promotion (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • CHHS799 - Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • HPE200 - Quality of Life (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • CHHS640 - Content Issues I (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • CHHS642 - Health Behavior and Health Edu (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • CHHS692 - Supervised Res in Health Edu (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • CHHS735 - Health Education Seminar II (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • CHHS798 - Supvs Res Hlth Ed/Promotion (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • CHHS799 - Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • HPE200 - Quality of Life (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • CHHS489 - Interven Strat Health Ed/Pro (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • CHHS689 - Interven Strat Health Ed/Pro (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • CHHS731 - Adv Theor/Sci Basis of HE/HP (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • CHHS798 - Supvs Res Hlth Ed/Promotion (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • CHHS799 - Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • HE423 - Human Sexuality (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • HE523 - Human Sexuality (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • HE601 - Curr Readings in Health Educ (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • HE702 - Supervised Res in Health Edu (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • HE799 - Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • HPE200 - Quality of Life (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • HB772 - Doctoral Stud Sem Session II (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • HE642 - Health Behavior and Health Edu (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • HE700 - Health Education Seminar (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • HE702 - Supervised Res in Health Edu (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • HE799 - Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • HPE200 - Quality of Life (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • HE689 - Mthd/Mat Planning Hlth Ed Prog (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • HE702 - Supervised Res in Health Edu (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • HE705 - Adv Theor/Sci Basis of Health (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • HE799 - Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • HE799 - Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2015) 2015
  • HPE200 - Quality of Life (Summer Term 2015) 2015
  • HE490 - Spec Projects in Hlth Ed/SL (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • HE601 - Curr Readings in Health Educ (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • HE642 - Health Behavior and Health Edu (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • HE702 - Supervised Res in Health Edu (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • HE799 - Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • HPE200 - Quality of Life (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • HPE200 - Quality of Life (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • HE343 - Theor and Determ of Hlth Behav (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • HE489 - Health Education Methods (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • HE689 - Mthd/Mat Planning Hlth Ed Prog (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • HE702 - Supervised Res in Health Edu (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • HPE200 - Quality of Life (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • HE491 - Problems in Health Education (Summer Term 2014) 2014
  • HE691 - Spec Topics in Health Educ (Summer Term 2014) 2014
  • HE702 - Supervised Res in Health Edu (Summer Term 2014) 2014
  • HPE200 - Quality of Life (Summer Term 2014) 2014
  • HE642 - Health Behavior and Health Edu (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • HE699 - Thesis Research (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • HE702 - Supervised Res in Health Edu (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • HE799 - Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • HPE200 - Quality of Life (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • HE343 - Theor and Determ of Hlth Behav (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • HE489 - Health Education Methods (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • HE640 - Content Issues I (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • HE689 - Mthd/Mat Planning Hlth Ed Prog (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • HE691 - Spec Topics in Health Educ (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • HE699 - Thesis Research (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • HE799 - Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • HPE200 - Quality of Life (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • HE491 - Problems in Health Education (Summer Term 2013) 2013
  • HE691 - Spec Topics in Health Educ (Summer Term 2013) 2013
  • HPE200 - Quality of Life (Summer Term 2013) 2013
  • HE343 - Theor and Determ of Hlth Behav (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • HE799 - Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • HPE200 - Quality of Life (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • HPE200 - Quality of Life (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • HE343 - Theor and Determ of Hlth Behav (Fall Term 2012) 2012
  • HE641 - Content Issues II (Fall Term 2012) 2012
  • HE689 - Mthd/Mat Planning Hlth Ed Prog (Fall Term 2012) 2012
  • HE799 - Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2012) 2012
  • HPE200 - Quality of Life (Fall Term 2012) 2012
  • HE692 - Supervised Res in Health Edu (Summer Term 2012) 2012
  • HE702 - Supervised Res in Health Edu (Summer Term 2012) 2012
  • HE799 - Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2012) 2012
  • HPE200 - Quality of Life (Summer Term 2012) 2012
  • HE343 - Theor and Determ of Hlth Behav (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • HE497 - Sec Health Ed Stud Teaching (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • HE601 - Curr Readings in Health Educ (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • HE691 - Spec Topics in Health Educ (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • HE799 - Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • HPE200 - Quality of Life (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • HE343 - Theor and Determ of Hlth Behav (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • HE491 - Problems in Health Education (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • HE689 - Mthd/Mat Planning Hlth Ed Prog (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • HE691 - Spec Topics in Health Educ (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • HE700 - Health Education Seminar (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • HE799 - Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • HPE301 - Teaching HE and PE in Elem Sch (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • HE491 - Problems in Health Education (Summer Term 2011) 2011
  • HE601 - Curr Readings in Health Educ (Summer Term 2011) 2011
  • HE640 - Content Issues I (Summer Term 2011) 2011
  • HE641 - Content Issues II (Summer Term 2011) 2011
  • HE691 - Spec Topics in Health Educ (Summer Term 2011) 2011
  • HE799 - Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2011) 2011
  • HPE200 - Quality of Life (Summer Term 2011) 2011
  • HPE200 - Quality of Life (Summer Term 2011) 2011
  • HE343 - Theor and Determ of Hlth Behav (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • HE497 - Sec Health Ed Stud Teaching (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • HE641 - Content Issues II (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • HE702 - Supervised Res in Health Edu (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • HE799 - Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • HPE200 - Quality of Life (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • HPE301 - Teaching HE and PE in Elem Sch (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • HE343 - Theor and Determ of Hlth Behav (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • HE489 - Health Education Methods (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • HE497 - Sec Health Ed Stud Teaching (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • HE601 - Curr Readings in Health Educ (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • HE689 - Mthd/Mat Planning Hlth Ed Prog (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • HE692 - Supervised Res in Health Edu (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • HE702 - Supervised Res in Health Edu (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • HE799 - Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • HPE301 - Teaching HE and PE in Elem Sch (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • HE491 - Problems in Health Education (Summer Term 2010) 2010
  • HE601 - Curr Readings in Health Educ (Summer Term 2010) 2010
  • HE691 - Spec Topics in Health Educ (Summer Term 2010) 2010
  • HPE200 - Quality of Life (Summer Term 2010) 2010
  • HPE200 - Quality of Life (Summer Term 2010) 2010
  • HE640 - Content Issues I (Summer Term 2010) 2010
  • HE702 - Supervised Res in Health Edu (Summer Term 2010) 2010
  • HE799 - Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2010) 2010
  • HE343 - Theor and Determ of Hlth Behav (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • HE601 - Curr Readings in Health Educ (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • HE640 - Content Issues I (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • HE692 - Supervised Res in Health Edu (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • HE702 - Supervised Res in Health Edu (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • HE799 - Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • HPE200 - Quality of Life (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • HPE301 - Teaching HE and PE in Elem Sch (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • HE343 - Theor and Determ of Hlth Behav (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • HE489 - Health Education Methods (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • HE490 - Spec Projects in Hlth Ed/SL (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • HE640 - Content Issues I (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • HE689 - Mthd/Mat Planning Hlth Ed Prog (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • HE691 - Spec Topics in Health Educ (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • HE692 - Supervised Res in Health Edu (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • HE702 - Supervised Res in Health Edu (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • HPE301 - Teaching HE and PE in Elem Sch (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • HE491 - Problems in Health Education (Summer Term 2009) 2009
  • HE691 - Spec Topics in Health Educ (Summer Term 2009) 2009
  • HPE200 - Quality of Life (Summer Term 2009) 2009
  • HPE200 - Quality of Life (Summer Term 2009) 2009
  • HE641 - Content Issues II (Summer Term 2009) 2009
  • HE692 - Supervised Res in Health Edu (Summer Term 2009) 2009
  • HE702 - Supervised Res in Health Edu (Summer Term 2009) 2009
  • HE343 - Theor and Determ of Hlth Behav (Spring Term 2009) 2009
  • HE490 - Spec Projects in Hlth Ed - SL (Spring Term 2009) 2009
  • HE640 - Content Issues I (Spring Term 2009) 2009
  • HE641 - Content Issues II (Spring Term 2009) 2009
  • HE692 - Supervised Res in Health Edu (Spring Term 2009) 2009
  • HE695 - Junior/Secondary Health Educ (Spring Term 2009) 2009
  • HE702 - Supervised Res in Health Edu (Spring Term 2009) 2009
  • HPE200 - Quality of Life (Spring Term 2009) 2009
  • HPE301 - Teaching HE and PE in Elem Sch (Spring Term 2009) 2009
  • HE343 - Theor and Determ of Hlth Behav (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • HE489 - Health Education Methods (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • HE490 - Spec Projects in Health Educ (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • HE640 - Content Issues I (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • HE689 - Mthd/Mat Planning Hlth Ed Prog (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • HE692 - Supervised Res in Health Edu (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • HE702 - Supervised Res in Health Edu (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • HPE301 - Teaching HE and PE in Elem Sch (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • HE491 - Problems in Health Education (Summer Term 2008) 2008
  • HE689 - Mthd/Mat Planning Hlth Ed Prog (Summer Term 2008) 2008
  • HPE200 - Quality of Life (Summer Term 2008) 2008
  • HE640 - Content Issues I (Summer Term 2008) 2008
  • HE691 - Spec Topics in Health Educ (Summer Term 2008) 2008
  • HE692 - Supervised Res in Health Edu (Summer Term 2008) 2008
  • HE702 - Supervised Res in Health Edu (Summer Term 2008) 2008
  • HE799 - Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2008) 2008
  • HE423 - Human Sexuality (Summer Term 2008) 2008
  • HE343 - Theor and Determ of Hlth Behav (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • HE490 - Spec Projects in Health Educ (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • HE640 - Content Issues I (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • HE695 - Junior/Secondary Health Educ (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • HE702 - Supervised Res in Health Edu (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • HE799 - Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • HPE200 - Quality of Life (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • HPE200 - Quality of Life (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • HPE301 - Teaching HE and PE in Elem Sch (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • HE489 - Health Education Methods (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • HE689 - Mthd/Mat Planning Hlth Ed Prog (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • HE692 - Supervised Res in Health Edu (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • HE702 - Supervised Res in Health Edu (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • HE799 - Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • HPE200 - Quality of Life (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • HPE301 - Teaching HE and PE in Elem Sch (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • Full Name

  • Retta Evans