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Jeff Hallam, PhD, MA, BS

Professor and Chair, Social & Behavioral Sciences

PhD, Health Promotion & Education, The Ohio State University, 1995; MA, Sport Management, emphasis in Fitness Management, The Ohio State University, 1991;
BS, Recreation Education, The Ohio State University, 1988.


Jeff Hallam is Professor and Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the College of Public Health at Kent State University.  Prior to his arrival at Kent State University, Dr. Hallam served as Professor and Founding Director of the Center for Health Behavior Research at The University of Mississippi.  His research focuses on the construct validation of health behavior interventions, specifically physical activity behavior.   He also conducts community based participatory research (CBPR) and examines how the built environment and policy influences physical activity.   Dr. Hallam has received funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Active Living Research, US Department of Education, NCAA, Anheuser-Busch, National Center for Safe Routes to School, Mississippi Department of Transportation, the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, and the James C. Kennedy Foundation.  He has extensive experience in developing and testing tools to measure theoretical variables.  Dr. Hallam is published in the leading health behavior journals and serves on the Editorial Board for several scholarly journals including the American Journal of Public Health.  Dr. Hallam the Immediate Past-Chair of the Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section of the American Public Health Association and Treasurer for the American Academy of Health Behavior.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Langlois MA, Hallam JS.  Integrating multiple health behavior theories into program planning: The PER worksheet.  Health Promotion Practice, 2010, 11(2), 282-288.

Orlowski MA, Wonders KY, Hallam JS.  Physical activity in an organized after school program:  A pilot study.  JEPonline, 2010, 13(3), 12-21.

Blunt GH, Hallam JS.  The worksite supportive environments for active living survey (Worksite SEALS): Development and psychometric properties.  American Journal of Health Promotion, 2010, Sep/Oct., 25(1), pp. 48-57.
Woodyard CD, Hallam JS.  Differences in college student typical drinking and celebration drinking.   Journal of American College Health, 2010, 58(6), 533-538.
Wadsworth DD, Hallam JS.  Effect of a website intervention on physical activity of college females. American Journal of Health Behavior, 2010, 34(1), 60-69.

Yousefian A, Hennessy E, Umstattd MR, Economos C, Hallam JS, Hyatt R, Hartley D. Development of the rural active living assessment tools.  Preventive Medicine, 2010, 50(1), S86-S92.

Pokhrel P, Sussman S, Regmi S, Hallam JS, Kniazev V, Masafutov R.  Spirituality and substance use in a sample of Russian adolescents.  International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, 2012, 24(2), 149-152.

Umstattd MR, Baller S, Hallam JS.  Development of the Rural Active Living Perceived Environmental Support Scale (RALPESS).  Journal of Physical Activity and Health. 2012, 9,724-730.

Gamble A, Waddell D, Ford MA, Bentley JP, Woodyard CD, Hallam JS.  Obesity and health risk of children in the Mississippi Delta.  Journal of School Health, 2012; 10 (October), 478-483.

King S, McCaffery D, Boulin A, Bentley J, Hallam JS, Wilkin N.  The Influence of symbols on the short-term recall of pharmacy-generated prescription medication information in a low-health literate sample.  Journal of Health Communication, 2012, 17, 280-293.

Hatchett A, Hallam JS, Ford-Wade MA An evaluation of a social cognitive theory based email intervention designed to influence the physical activity of survivors of breast cancer.   Psycho-Oncology, 2012,  DOI: 10.1002/pon.3082

Woodyard CD, Hallam JS, Bentley JP. Overestimation of drinking norms among college students: The case of celebratory drinking versus drinking in general.  American Journal of Health Behavior,  2013, 37(1), 14-24.

Nahar VK, Ford MA, Hallam JS, Bass MA, Hutcheson A, Vice MA.  Skin cancer knowledge, beliefs, self-efficacy, and preventative behaviors among North Mississippi landscapers.  Dermatology Research and Practice, 2013,

Chatfield S, Mumaw E, Davis T, Hallam JS.  Pre-test data and lessons learned from a group research project examining changes in physical activity behavior following construction of a rails-to-trails facility.  Journal of Community Health, 2013, DOI: 10.1007/s10900-013-9775-9.

Brewer CB, Bentley JP, Hallam JS, Woodyard CD, Waddell DE.  Use of analgesics for exercise-associated pain: Prevalence and predictors of use in recreationally trained college-aged students.  Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 2013, DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e318291ba98.

Nahar VK, Ford MA, Hallam JS, Bass MA, Vice MA. Socio-demographic and psychological correlates of sun protection behaviors among outdoor workers: A review. Journal of Skin Cancer, In press.

Jeff Hallam, PhD, MA, BS
College of Public Health
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