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Gwendolyn Francavillo

Contributing Faculty

College of Health Professions

School of Health Sciences

Degree Program Master of Public Health (MPH)

Dr. Gwendolyn Francavillo is an experienced contributing faculty member in the Health Sciences/Public Health programs at Walden University. She is also a tenured Associate Professor of Public Health at Marymount University. She has taught college-level health since 1998 and has conducted research with a focus on knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of public health ethics, sexuality, holistic wellness, global health, and stress management. A professional endeavor of hers is to establish an interest among her students in research methods and theoretical foundation. Dr. Francavillo has a PhD and Master’s degree in Public Health, and is also a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). One of her true passions is teaching yoga to varied populations for over 20 years and is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). As a result of her research, she has received funding, published findings, and presented at international, national, and local conferences. Dr. Francavillo feels her calling is to help others embrace positivity, feel empowered to take responsibility for their own health, and be the best selves they can be!

Courses Taught

PUBH 6030 - Socio-Ecological Perspectives on Health

PUBH 9000 - Public Health Dissertation

Education

PhD, University of Maryland, College Park

MPH, The George Washington University

BA, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Public Service

American Journal of Social, Behavioral, and Health Science, Peer-Reviewer

American Public Health Association, Abstract Reviewer

Society of Public Health Education, Abstract Reviewer

Awards / Honors

Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor, Marymount University, 2018

First Place Oral Presentation, Student Research Conference Faculty Mentor, Marymount University, 2017

Malek School of Health Professions “Most Collegial” , Marymount University, 2017

Eta Sigma Gamma Health Education Honor Society, University of Maryland, College Park, 2004

AAHPERD Acknowledgement Award, 2002

Who's Who in American Universities and Colleges, UMBC, 1997

Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1997

Visionary Leader, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1997

Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honor Society, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1997

Who's Who in American Universities and Colleges, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1996

School of Public Health and Health Services Schola, The George Washington University, 1998

President's Student Advisory Council, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1997

Member of InterCorps Council, AmeriCorps, 1998

Educational Scholarship, AmeriCorps, 1998

Outstanding Service Organzation, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1997

Publications

Wong, A., Nordvall, M., Walters-Edwards, M., Lastova, K., Francavillo, G. S., Summerfield, L., Sanchez-Gonzalez, M. (2017). Cardiac Autonomic and Blood Pressure Responses to an Acute Bout of Kettlebell Exercise. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

Wong, A., Nordvall, M., Walters-Edwards, M., Lastova, K., Francavillo, G. S., Tripken, J. L., Figueroa, A. (2017). Cardiac Autonomic and Blood Pressure Responses to an Acute Bout of Kettlebell Exercise. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.

Francavillo, G. S. (2009). Sexuality Education, Sexual Communication, Rape Myth Acceptance, and Sexual Assault Experience among Deaf and Hard of Hearing College Students.. Doctoral dissertation.

Francavillo, G. S. (2006). Sexuality and HIV/AIDS Education among Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students.. Deaf Worlds International Journal of Deaf Studies.

Francavillo, G. S. (2005). HIV/AIDS Sexual Risk Reduction Behaviors among College Students: A Literature Review. The Health Education Monograph Series.

Presentations

Francavillo, G. S. (2017). College Students Experience Sexual Assault Disproportionately as a Result of Disparities. National Wellness Institute.

Francavillo, G. S. (2017). Educating vulnerable students with evidence-based sexual assault information. Marymount University.

Francavillo, G. S. (2015). Improving prevention and response to sexual misconduct on campus: How the data help us.. American College Health Association.

Francavillo, G. S. (2013). Sexuality assault knowledge among deaf and hard of hearing college students . American Public Health Association.

Francavillo, G. S. (2013). Sexual education, sexual communication, sexual assault knowledge, rape myths, acceptance, and sexual assault experience among deaf and hard of hearing college students . VERA and Department of Justice.

Francavillo, G. S. (2010). Sexuality Education, Sexual Communication, Rape Myth Acceptance, and Sexual Assault Experience among Deaf and Hard of Hearing College Students. American Public Health Association.

Francavillo, G. S. (2008). Sexuality and HIV/AIDS Education among Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students. University of Maryland, College Park.

Francavillo, G. S. (2008). How to Stay Healthy in College. MonkeySee.com.

Francavillo, G. S. (2007). HPV: Women's Hidden Sexual Health Risk. Gallaudet University.

Francavillo, G. S. (2008). Party Your Head Off. The Bacchus Network.

Roberts, G. S., Francavillo, G. S. (2005). Risqué Business. Bacchus and Gamma.

Francavillo, G. S. (2004). 1, 2, 3…Breathe!. Bacchus and Gamma.

Francavillo, G. S. (2008). Yoga. Gallaudet University.

Roberts, G. S., Francavillo, G. S. (2004). Yoga. National Black Deaf Conference.

Roberts, G. S., Francavillo, G. S. (1998). World AIDS Day. Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).