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UC School Violence Researcher the "One to Watch" Nationally

Date: March 12, 2001
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Photo by Dottie Stover
Archive: Research News

A University of Cincinnati assistant professor is getting national recognition as a professional who's likely to reach outstanding prominence in his field. Keith King, assistant professor of health promotion, will be honored with the American Association for Health Education's (AAHE) Horizon Award when the American Alliance for Health Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) holds its national convention March 27-31 in Cincinnati.

Keith King

King will receive the honor during the AAHE Awards luncheon Friday, March 30, which will be held from 12:15-2:15 p.m. in the Colonnade Room of the Regal Cincinnati Hotel downtown.

The national convention is expected to bring 6,000 health professionals from around the country. As part of the conference, King will present his research on a mentoring program he developed with UC graduate Beth Davis. The program helps direct at-risk children away from tendencies toward school violence and other destructive patterns. King is getting national attention for his research on adolescent issues, including school violence and teen suicide and the development of programs to prevent those tragedies. His most recent research on developing a comprehensive school suicide prevention program is due to be published by the Journal of School Health in April.

The AAHE defines the Horizon Award as an honor in recognition of a professional who demonstrates an "outstanding potential to obtain prominence in the health education profession." Those qualities can be demonstrated by excellence in teaching, significant contributions in research and to professional literature, and outstanding community service.

In addition to his teaching and research at UC, King is an active consultant with local schools on issues such as the development of school health advisory councils, drug prevention programs, and partnerships that involve schools, families and their communities.

King began his work at the University of Cincinnati's Health Promotion and Education Program, College of Education, in September 1998, after earning his PhD in health education from the University of Toledo.

Other UC resarch being presented at the conference include:

  • "Family Based Prevention: The Ohio Experience
    Presenters: Donald Wagner and Randall Cottrell, professors of health and human services
    Keith King, assistant professor for health promotion
    Ohio First Lady Hope Taft
  • "Using Current Technologies to Increase Your Effectiveness as a Health Educator"
    Presenters: Amy Bernard and Lisa Peale, assistant professors of health and human services.

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