Hannah P. Catalano, Ph.D., MCHES®, Associate Professor

Hannah CatalanoHannah P. Catalano earned her MAED in Health Education from East Carolina University and Ph.D. in Health Education/Promotion from The University of Alabama. She is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES®) registered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. She has taught courses in Health Behavior, Foundations of Public Health, Evaluation Methods, Explorations in Public Health, Substance Abuse Prevention, Individual Well-Being, and Internship, among others.

She is a former Future Leaders Academy Fellow of the American School Health Association and NextUp Leadership Development Fellow at UNCW. She previously served as the UNCW Public Health Program Coordinator. She also previously served as Editorial Associate for The Health Educator. Currently she serves as Editorial Board Member for Journal of School Health and member of the Society for Public Health Education's (SOPHE) Awards Committee and National Committee on the Future of School Health. Additionally, she serves on a SOPHE Think Tank work group to develop a CDC Model Toolkit for School Health Educators. Dr. Catalano is a professional member of Eta Sigma Gamma, American School Health Association, and Society for Public Health Education.

Her scholarship centers broadly around child and adolescent health, quality school health education, and the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model. She has a specific interest in developing, implementing, and evaluating public health education interventions aimed at preventing sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy, and promoting healthy sexuality among adolescent populations. Her interest in child and adolescent health stems from her academic preparation in health education/promotion as well as her former experiences as a K-12 school health and physical education teacher, childcare provider, fitness professional, tennis teaching pro, and Division 1 collegiate assistant women’s tennis coach.