ASHA Research and Publications Committee Chairs Profile

Mary Martinasek

Associate Professor Public Health, University of Tampa

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Area of Expertise/WSCC Component: Health Education – Tobacco/Nicotine Use

Mary Martinasek currently serves as an Associate Professor in Public Health in the Department of Health Sciences and Human Performance at the University of Tampa. Dr. Martinasek is also a registered respiratory therapist, a certified asthma educator, and a tobacco treatment specialist. Currently, her research has been focused on the social and behavioral aspects of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) among young adults within the U.S. and in other countries.

Hannah Catalano

Associate Professor of Public Health, University of North Carolina Wilmington

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Area of Expertise/WSCC Component: School Health Education

Hannah P. Catalano is Associate Professor of Public Health at University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). She earned a Ph.D. in Health Education and Promotion from The University of Alabama and a MAED in Health Education from East Carolina University. She is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES®) registered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. She has taught various public health courses, including Health Behavior, Foundations of Public Health, Evaluation Methods, Internship in Public Health, Individual Well-Being, among others. Her scholarship centers broadly around child and adolescent health, quality school health education, and the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model. She recently founded and launched the WSCC Virtual Research Collaboratory (WSCCRC) at UNCW to engage students in WSCC scholarship and facilitate meaningful research opportunities with local, state, and national partners. Catalano 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. Catalano is a former Future Leaders Academy Fellow of the American School Health Association (ASHA). She 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 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. 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, junior tennis teaching professional, and Division 1 collegiate assistant women’s tennis coach.