Heather Clark
Clinical Assistant Professor, Health and Kinesiology
Office#: 317 Blocker
Mail Stop: 4243
Office Phone: (979) 845-7649
E-mail:
Other Title: Community Health Internship Program Coordinator
Primary Emphasis Area: Health Education
Short Bio
Dr. Heather Clark received her Dr.P.H. from the Texas A&M University School of Public Health in 2014. She joined the Department of Health and Kinesiology (HLKN) that same year as a Clinical Assistant Professor. Her graduate and undergraduate courses such as Introduction to the Health Education Discipline, Community Health, Grant Writing, and Applied Epidemiology are infused with examples from 10 years of work in non-profit health organizations, nine years of working on various projects at the Texas A&M School of Public Health's Center for Community Health Development, and 12 years of evaluation projects and research. She has sponsored a faculty-led study abroad program in Germany the past two summers and a variety of directed studies including impacts of health policies and network analysis. Dr. Clark also serves as the Community Health Internship Program Coordinator placing students in health education internships in health organizations across the state, nation, and globe, as well as aligning the experience with University learning outcomes.

Her research area of interest is the evaluation of community-based partnerships using interorganizational network analysis, and program evaluation. She has coordinated and collaborated on local program needs assessments, as well as multi-site statewide evaluations. She is currently Co-Principal Investigator on a multidisciplinary program evaluation for the Prevention and Early Intervention Program at the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. She has 12 presentations at national and international conferences, four peer-reviewed journal articles, one book chapter, and one technical report since joining HLKN 2014. Dr. Clark has served on one doctoral and three master's committees.

She currently serves as the HLKN Program Assessment Coordinator and serves on a variety of departmental, college and university committees. She is a member of the Society for Public Health Education, American Evaluation Association, and the International Network for Social Network Analysis. She also serves on the local Bryan ISD School Health Advisory Committee, Brazos County Health Coalition, Brazos County Mental Health Task Force and the Trafficking, Exploitation, Slavery, and LGBTQ (TESLA) Association.
Research Interests
Community Health Development
Evaluation
Social Network Analysis
Publications (journal articles, books, book chapters)*

1. Honeycutt, S., Leeman, J. McCarthy, W. J., Bastani, R., Carter-Edwards, L., Clark, H....Kegler, M. (2015). Evaluating policy, systems, and environmental change interventions: Lessons learned from CDC's Prevention Research Centers. Preventing Chronic Disease, 12, 150281. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5888/pcd12.150281

2. Honeycutt, S., Leeman, J. McCarthy, W. J., Bastani, R., Carter-Edwards, L., Clark, H....Kegler, M. (2015). Evaluating policy, systems, and environmental change interventions: Lessons learned from CDC's Prevention Research Centers. Preventing Chronic Disease, 12, 150281. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5888/pcd12.150281

3. Pennel, C., Clark, H., & Rahn, R. (2015). Rural health education and community-based programs. In J. N. Bolin, G. Bellamy, A. O. Ferdinand, B. A. Kash, & J. W. Helduser (Eds.), Rural Healthy People 2020 (pp.15-28). College Station, TX: Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health, Southwest Rural Health Research Center.

4. Garney, W. G., Beaudoin, C., Clark, H., Drake, K., Wendel, M., McLeroy, K.,... Shaw, R. (2015). Using community-based participatory research to disseminate a mass media campaign into rural communities. Journal of Health Communication, 20(7), 799-806.

* Publication was joint-authored with students
Diss Publication was from a dissertation
ROS Publication was from a record of study

College of Education and Human Development Grants and Contracts (Current)

DFPS Program Evaluation. (PI)
Texas A&M Agrilife Research-TDFPS (State)
2016/03/01 - 2019/08/31
Total Funding: 58,567.
Past
Special Topics: Foundations of Social Networks and Social Support (HLTH 689, CoInstructor, TAMU Health and Kinesiology) Program Evaluation (PHSB 613, Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health) Spring 2014 Social & Behavioral Determinants of Health (PHSB 602, Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health) Fall 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Courses Taught
HLKN Faculty   |   HLKN Staff