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Spencer Leon Willis, JR.

Coordinator of Academy for Health potenial/Health Promotion Faculty

Department of Health & Human Performance

Office Location: Field House 100K

Phone: 903.885.5573


Professional Vita



Dr.P.H. Jackson State University, Jackson, MS (August, 2009 – Present)
Major: Behavioral Health Promotion and Education
Dissertation: Ecological Predictors of Adequate Beverage Frequency among African
American Young Adults: A Pilot
Advisor: D. Brown, EdD, MCHES

M.A. The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL (August, 2009)
Major: Health Studies (Health Promotion and Education)
Advisor: L. Turner, PhD, RD/LD

B.S. Alcorn State University, Alcorn State, MS (May, 2008)
Major: Nutrition and Dietetics
Honors: Magna Cum Laude

Professional Experience


Assistant Professional Track Faculty/Coordinator, 1/2014 - Present
Academy for Health Potential
Department of Health and Human Performance
Texas A&M University – Commerce Willis 2


Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) Fellow, 1/2013 – 12/2013
DHPE Health Promotion and Policy Fellowship Program
Mississippi State Department of Health, Office of Preventive Health
Jackson, MS

Research Associate I, 6/2012 – 8/2012
Health Disparities Summer Pre-doctoral Program
Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research – The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI

Public Health Educator (WIC Nutritionist), 4/2010 – 12/2012
Mississippi State Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program
G.A. Carmichael Family Health Center
Canton, MS

Teaching Experience

Texas A&M University – Commerce

HHPH 410: Planning and Organization of Health Promotion, Spring 2014
Hours: 3
This course will involve program planning in the health promotion field, including needs assessment,
missions, goals and field objectives of health promotion programs

HHPH 430: Health Promotion with Special Populations, Spring 2014
Hours: 3
This course will include learning about and developing health promotion programs for special populations
such as older adults, children, and the physically challenged.

Jackson State University

PHS 519: Health Program and Evaluation (Guest Lecture), Spring 2013
This course provides an overview of theories and application of program planning, implementation, and
evaluation for public health programs while emphasizing essential components of program planning
models and a range or evaluation objectives and designs.

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