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About Michael Mann
He earned his Ph.D in Health Education & Behavior from the College of Health and Human Performance at the University of Florida. His professional background includes over 20 years serving children, adolescents, and their families as an alternative school teacher and administrator, the founder of a not-for-profit youth development organization, and a child and youth intervention/evaluation consultant.
His teaching has focused on the professional preparation of school teachers, counselors, and administrators as well as a wide variety of other child, youth, and health advocates. He has helped prepare teachers in all subject areas, including but not limited to, future school health educators. His teaching has emphasized how all teachers can: 1) use challenge and support to promote the healthy development of young people, 2) create learning environments and choose learning strategies that encourage student achievement, growth, and discovery, and 3) advocate for and with young people in ways that support student health and life success.
His research has focused on child and adolescent health, particularly early adolescent and middle grades health promotion. His research emphasizes program planning and evaluation and often culminates in the development of intervention programs that are firmly grounded in health behavior theory, heavily reliant on community and stakeholder participation, and deeply committed rigorous models of evaluation. He highly values research that effectively bridges the gap between practice and research, and sees advocating for the inclusion of practitioner participation in research as an essential element of his work