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Kim Howard

Program Director

Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences

Degree Program M.S. Health Education and Promotion

Dr. Kim Kato currently serves as the program director for the Ph.D./MS in Health Education and Promotion, MS in Health Informatics, and MS in Clinical Research and Administration. She received her EdD in Health Education at the University of Kansas in 2015. Other degrees include a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction and BS in Human Nutrition and Physical Fitness both from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Kato has spent more than 19 years working in higher education administration, faculty positions, and the health education and promotion industry. Before becoming the program director, Kim taught for four years for the BS Health Studies program as a contributing faculty member. Dr. Kato is certified as a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) and Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist (PAPHS) and actively maintain these certifications through continuing education opportunities. In 2011, Dr. Kato received the MU College of Education, Alumni Citation of Merit for Outstanding Achievement and Meritorious Service. Dr. Kato was named the Texas Association for Health and Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 2010 Health Teacher of the Year. She was also awarded the Stephen F. Austin State’s 2009 Teaching Excellence Award for the College of Education and the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science. Current research interests include health and physical activity promotion, sports nutrition education, body esteem and obesity prevention, and online learning for health and physical education. She holds memberships in the Society for Public Health (SOPHE), Society for Public Health Education Midwest, and Society for Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE). She currently serves as the SOPHE Midwest executive committee member for continuing education and SHAPE health education council member.


EdD, University of Kansas

MEd, University of Missouri - Columbia

BS, University of Missouri - Columbia

Public Service

YMCA of Platte County North and Greater Kansas City , Board Member - Platte City , MO United States

Compass Elementary Run Club , Volunteer - Platte City , MO United States

YMCA of Olathe Kansas, Board Member - Olathe , KS

Family Crisis Center of East Texas , Committee Member - Nacogdoches , TX United States

Nacogdoches County Sexual Assault and Violence Education Coalition , Committee Member - Nacogdoches, TX United States

Awards / Honors

Alumni Citation of Merit for Outstanding Achievement and Meritorious Service, University of Missouri, College of Education, 2011

Teacher of the Year for Health (College/University), Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, 2010

SFASU Teaching Excellence Award, College of Education , Stephan F. Austin State University , 2009

SFASU Office of Technology, Outstanding Excellence , Stephan F. Austin State University , 2011

Outstanding Professional Level Research Poster , TAHPERD, 2009


Kato, K., Dodd, R. (2016). 2014 Missouri school health profiles and teacher professional development. Missouri Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Journal.

Culpepper, D., Jevas, S., Kato, K. (2009). Metamotivational profiles of eating characteristics and body image in athletes. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport: Abstracts of Completed Research.

Thorton, J., Kato, K. (2012). Physical self-perception profile of female college students: Kinesiology majors vs. non-kinesiology majors. The Sport Journal .


Armstrong, S. N., Howard, K. J., Lupinski, K. G., Kaufman, M. (2017). Teaching Assistants (TAs) in the Virtual World: A Win-Win-Win-Win. Online Learning Consortium.

Archer, Jevas, S. (2009). Psychological Aspects of Body Image for Athletes: Risk and Prevention Factors. Girls’ and Women’s Health, Physical Activity.

Howard, K. J., Jevas, S., Culpepper, D. (2011). Disordered eating and body image disturbances in NCAA Division I and III Male Athletes. NSCA.

Dodd, R., Howard, K. J. (2017). Health and Physical Education Advocacy Using the School Health Profiles. SHAPE.

Howard, K. J., Kniss, D. (2011). HPV and Our Youth: Prevent and Protect. Second Annual International Conference on the Health Risks of Youth.

Burcin, M. M., Howard, K. J. (2018). More than a number: Strategies for personalizing learning environments.

Archer, Jevas, S., Culpepper, D. (2009). Overweight Preoccupation and Body Satisfaction in Division I and Division III Collegiate Athletes from a Reversal Theory Perspective. Reversal Theory .