Bio-Abridged: Sandra Owen
Owen received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (Florida State
a Masters degree in Education (Georgia State University,
1981); and is ABD in Educational
Psychology from Georgia State University.
a Fellow of the American School Health
Association; a member of the peer
review panel for the Journal of School Health; and is a charter member
of the Georgia
Federation for Professional Health Educators. Ms. Owen was one of nine people
appointed to participate on the national
C.D.C. Expert Panel for Elementary School
Programs in Tobacco-Use Prevention. This panel assisted the CDC
in developing Elementary level tobacco prevention guidelines. She served as
editor of the recent revision of Health Ahead/ Heart Smart
K-6 curriculum of the Bogalusa Heart Study.
This panel assisted the CDC in developing Elementary level tobacco prevention guidelines. She served as editor of the recent revision of Health Ahead/ Heart Smart
K-6 curriculum of the Bogalusa Heart Study.
contributions to School Health Education span 28 years. Ms. Owen has:
and co-authored health curriculum K-12;
2. Coordinated the Georgia component of the National School Health
Education Evaluation Study;
3. Co-authored the Program Evaluation Logic Model for the Metro
Atlanta Chapter of the American Red Cross;
4. Assessed the K-6 Health Ahead/Heart Smart Curriculum
(Bogalusa Heart Study) using the Curriculum Analysis Tool
developed by the Educational Development Center for the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention; and
5. Authored and co-authored 25 articles for refereed journals.
Ms. Owen has
served in the roles of principal investigator, outside evaluator, and project
director on eight USDOE
and NHLBI funded grants. Her research interests
2. Contemporary teaching models for Health Education;
3. Measuring Student interest (health specific);
4. Web-Questing Through Technology;
5. Peer Health Education Model for Learning (K-4)
Ms. Owen has been cited by the US Department of Health and Human Services as a Young Prominent Woman in Science. She is the national recipient of the Founders Award in Creativity from Sigma Theta Tau, International Nurses Honor Society and was recognized by President Ford in the Rose Garden of the White House for her development of the 6th grade “3 R’s and HBP” curriculum. In 2003, Ms. Owen was honored by the Georgia Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance as the "Health Educator of the Year (University-based)". In 2005, she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Kinesiology and Health, College of Education, Georgia State University and was selected to appear in Who's Who in Education (published by Academic Keys).
Ms. Owen is
a charter and life-time member of the Georgia Federation of
Professional Health Educators(GFPHE), a SOPHE Chapter. She has served on the
GFPHE Board as Secretary(2002) and President-elect(2003). Ms. Owen has also
positions on the Research Council, American School Health Association (secretary), and the Emory University Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau (president).
"Poison Prevention Curriculum"
"Health CADETS" (K-4)
"3 R's and HBP" (6th grade)
Revision of Health Ahead/Heart Smart (K-6)
"Risk Reduction It's the Name of the Game" (7th grade)
Clinic coordinator, Emory University, HDFP, NIH funded HBP research
1975-85: Health Educator, Georgia Affiliate, American Heart Association
coordinated "3R's and HBP" participation in the National School Health
Education Evaluation Study(1983-85)
1976-present: Consultant, Health Ahead/Heart Smart (K-6) Curriculum,
Bogalusa Heart Study; Curriculum assessment/revision using the
Curriculum Analysis Tool (CAT; 1999-2001)
1985-87: NIH funding to evaluate "3R's and HBP" (through University of Georgia)
1987-91: Field Operations Manager, SE Regional Center for Drug-Free Schools
and Communities (School-Community drug prevention education, (K-16)
1991-present: Professional Education Faculty (Health); Dept. Kinesiology and
Health, Georgia State University (teach undergraduate health courses in
the College of Education for preservice K-12 teachers and coordinate the
Health emphasis of the graduate HPE program; teach educational
technology applications specific to health education)
S. & Brighton, S. (1997) Description of Comprehensive School Health
Program/Wellness Conference Impact: A Three Year U.S. Department of Education
Funded Project. Final
Owen, S. & Lambert, R. (1996). Early intervention referral issues surrounding family and staff identification of need for services. Making a Difference for Children, Families and Communities: Partnerships among Researcher, Practitioners, and Policy Makers. Proceedings) Washington, D.C.: Administration of Children, Youth, and Families.
Owen, S. (1994). Final Evaluation Report: School Personnel Training Grant, #s207A10123-93, University of West Florida. Washington, D.C.: US Department of Education.
Owen, S. (1994). Final Evaluation Report: School Personnel Training Grant, #s207A10176-92A, East Tennessee State University. Washington, D.C.: US Department of Education.
McLaughlin, J., Owen, S., Fors, S.,& Levinson, R. (1992). The school child as health educator. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education,5(2),147-165.
Fors, S., Owen, S., Hall,D., McLaughlin, J., & Levinson, R. (1989). Evaluation of a diffusion strategy for school-based hypertension education. Health Education Quarterly,16(2), 255-261.
Fors, S. & Owen, S. (July, 1986). Diffusion of hypertension education using a school-based program. International Symposium on Health Education in Schools. Jerusalem, Israel.
Owen, S., Kilpatrick, M., Lavery,S., Gosner,H. & Nelson,S. (1985). Selecting and recruiting health programs for the School Health Education Evaluation. Journal of School Health,55(8), 305-308.