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Caile Spear, PhD, MCHES®

Professor, Emphasis Coordinator, Department of Community and Environmental Health

Caile Spear

Dr. Caile Spear joined the faculty in the Department of Community and Environmental Health in fall 2016 and oversees the Health Education and Promotion emphasis. Students who graduate with the BS in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Education & Promotion are eligible for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES® ) exam.

Dr. Spear is an American Association for Health Education past-president, past Society for Public Health Professional Preparation Board of Trustee, Faculty-In-Residence 2007-2009, 2016-2018, Service-Learning Faculty Liaison, UF 200 Founding Faculty member, and is excited to meet with you to discuss your career goals.

Contact Information

Phone: (208) 426-3656
Curriculum Vitae
Research Spotlight 


Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES® )

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Spear, C E and Hale, A. (2010) Increasing cultural competency through refugee-focused service-learning projects: Bringing the world home. In M. A. Cooksey & K. T. Olivares (Eds.), Quick Hits for Service-learning: Successful Strategies by Award-winning Teachers. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

Shimon, J, Spitzer-Gibson, T., & Spear, C. (2009) Stop the tears of drug and alcohol abuse-A teaching strategy. Journal of Health Education, 40(6), 373-377.

Spear, C. (2008).  Abstinence education [Encyclopedia entry].  In N. Salkind (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Educational Psychology (pp. 1-4).  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Ransdell, L, Hildebrand, K., Spear, C. & Lucas, S. (2007) Higher, faster, stronger, drunker?Journal Of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, 78(3). 5-7.

Young, K., & Spear, C. (2005). Addressing health education responsibilities and competencies through service-learning. California Journal of Health Promotion, 3(3), 17-23.

Denny, G., Young, M., Rausch, S., & Spear, C., (2002) An evaluation of abstinence education curriculum series: Sex can wait. American Journal of Health Behavior, 26(5), 366-377.

Bajracharya, S., & Spear, C., (2000) Student perspective in service-learning. In American Associate for Health Education Service-Learning in Health Education monograph.

Young, M., Denny, G. & Spear, C (1999) Area specific self-esteem and adolescent sexual behavior. American Journal of Health Studies, 15, 181-188.

Young, M., Denny, G. & Spear, C. (1999). An evaluation of the ‘Sex Can Wait’ abstinence education curriculum series. American Journal of Health Behavior, 23, 134-143.

Spear, C., Young, M., & Denny, G. (1997). Field testing of an abstinence-based sexuality education program for upper elementary students. Journal of Health Education, 28, 335-340