Dr. Karen Bell

Assistant Professor, Health Behavior and Health Systems


Dr. Karen Bell

Education & Experience:
I received a PhD in Health Studies from Texas Woman’s University. My MPH is from UNT Health Science Center, where my area of concentration was in Behavioral and Community Health.  I completed my Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Sciences from Texas Christian University.   Prior to joining the UNT Health Science Center faculty, I served as Assistant Dean of Students for nine years at Texas Christian University in the Campus Life-Dean’s Office. I have also held an adjunct position at Tarrant County College and worked as a health education specialist for the City of Fort Worth Public Health Department for several years.

Teaching Areas & Public Health Interests:
My teaching experience comes from a variety of settings, including the community and in higher education. Academic courses that I have taught include a nutritional science course as well as public health courses on health behavior theory and injury and violence prevention. I have had the privilege of mentoring both graduate and undergraduate students by serving as an internship site preceptor for a variety of disciplines, including public health, health studies, nutritional sciences and education. During my time at UNT Health Science Center, I have also had the opportunity to work with public health students as their faculty mentor during their practice experiences.

Professional Activities & Awards:
I have been an active member in several associations that pertain to higher education administration and college student health. These organizations include The American College Health Association and the National Association for Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. I have received awards for my work in college student mental health as well as for my efforts in collaborating with community partners.

Scholarly Interests:
My research interests are in college student mental health issues.  Specifically, my research examined the effectiveness of a suicide prevention program that taught community members how to recognize warning signs for suicide. For my doctoral dissertation research, I partnered with staff members from a large, public university in the southwest region of the country, to evaluate the results from a suicide prevention training program, known as Question, Persuade, Refer© (QPR).

My professional and research interests have provided me with an opportunity to interact with and engage multi-disciplinary colleagues.  Thus, additional scholarly interests include the application of interprofessional educational opportunities within public health coursework.


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