Dr. Christine Black joined IUP in 1991 as an assistant professor of Health and Physical Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Black has been a core faculty member for 16 years in the Department of Health and Physical Education (HPED), where she teaches both undergraduate and graduate level courses. Her research and teaching focus on school and community health, health and wellness, health aspects of aging, and curriculum and sexuality education. She has also been instrumental in establishing a model for Student Assistance Programming at the collegiate level which led to multiple national presentations and an article published with HPED colleagues in the respected, peer-reviewed Student Assistance Journal.
Christine has twice received the Faculty ROSE Award (for recognition of superior effort), and also has been honored by IUP’s former president, Dr. Lawrence Pettit as “one of the outstanding instructors whose extra effort and concern for students has made a difference.” This provides testimony for the fact that she positively impacts the lives of her students.
Responding to the frequently expressed needs of her students, Christine helped to initiate the College Student Assistance Program (CSAP) in the HPED department. The purpose of CSAP is to identify students who are experiencing problems that may interfere with their academic success, and to provide a system for referring them to university or community services for assistance.
Dr. Black has been actively involved in a three-year tobacco prevention grant awarded by the Tobacco Settlement Funding to the Armstrong-Indiana County Drug and Alcohol Commission, of which she is a board member. She was author and recipient of $111,215 grant funding (December 2001–August 2005) that originated from the national Master Tobacco Settlement Agreement and was awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
She has been an invited lecturer/presenter at numerous community, school, and public health conferences across the country in the area of high-risk adolescent sexual behavior. In addition, Dr. Black was the project director of a Centers for Disease Control grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Education, for which she developed and delivered 20 in-service HIV-update trainings for teachers and school personnel throughout the Commonwealth.
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