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Erin Sweeney

Contributing Faculty

College of Health Professions

School of Health Sciences

Degree Program Ph.D. Health Education and Promotion

Erin N Sweeney, PhD, MEd, MCHES® received her PhD in Health Education from the University of Toledo, a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University, and a BS in K-12 Health and Physical Education from Slippery Rock University. Before turning to academia in 2011, Dr. Sweeney was a middle school health and physical education teacher. Dr. Sweeney currently teaches health education teacher method courses as well as general health courses to undergraduate students. At Walden University, Dr. Sweeney serves on dissertation committees for Health Education and Promotion students. She is involved in many professional health education organizations (Society for Public Health Education and American School Health Association), serving on committees and presenting at national conferences every year. She also is a reviewer for multiple journals in the field, while also having her own research published. Her research interests include adolescent health, student drug testing, injury/violence prevention, pedagogy, and sexuality.


PhD, University of Toledo

MEd, George Mason University

BS, Slippery Rock University

Public Service

Sibling Leadership Network, Board Member

Kidney Foundation of Northwest Ohio, Organizer

Northeast Ohio Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, Judge

Awards / Honors

Delbert Oberteuffer Scholarship, SOPHE, 2015


Sweeney, E. N., Glassman, T., Dake, J., Telljohann, S., Beekley, C. (2020). Parent Perceptions Regarding High School Drug Testing. Substance Use and Misuse.

Sweeney, E. N., Glassman, T., Dake, J., Telljohann, S., Beekley, C. High School Drug Testing Perceptions among Superintendents in Colorado. Journal of Scholarship and Practice.

Glassman, T., Castor, T., Karmakar, M., Blavos, A., Dagenhard, P., Domigan, J., Sweeney, E. N., Diehr, A., Kucharewski, R. (2017). A health communication intervention to prevent drowning among inner city youth. Health Promotion Practice.

Glassman, T., Paprzycki, P., Blavos, A., Sweeney, E. N., Sloan, J., Deakins, B., Diehr, A. (2016). Abstinence, social norms, and drinking responsibly messages: A health communication study. Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education.

Sweeney, E. N. (2010). Cooperative Learning in Physical Education.


Sweeney, E. N., Catalano, H. P., Boguslawski, M. (2019). Strategies to Address Microaggressions in Health Education Courses. SOPHE.

Sweeney, E. N. (2018). Delivering Sexuality Education Utilizing the Rights, Respect, Responsibility Curriculum. OAHPERD.

Shipley, M., Sweeney, E. N., Whitney, E., Catalano, H., Forsyth, E. (2018). Mentoring the Next Generation of School Health Leaders. ASHA.