Health Sciences & Social Work
Diane Hamilton-Hancock, Ph.D., RD
Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
Teaching Interests: Health education methodologies, sexuality education, cultural awareness/competencies in health instruction, web-based health education technologies, program planning, evaluation, and health communication theory
Research Interests: The role of social networking sites in public health education/promotion, analysis of feedback models for project design in community and public health, and Socio-Economic Model application and analysis of U.S. obesity policies
Biographical Sketch: Dr. Diane Hamilton-Hancock teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the Department of Health Sciences. Most recently, she has worked in instructional design to train students and professionals to use technologies to promote health and wellness using various online social networking sites. She has also presented in the area of health technology at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom and has been invited to provide training to faculty and students at the College of Education, Ganesha University of Education, Bali, Indonesia. During the past three years, Dr. Hamilton-Hancock has authored or presented over 30 peer-reviewed papers on virtual health instruction and methodologies in refereed journals and at national and international conferences.
In addition to her current faculty position at Western Illinois University, she served as the department's Chair from 2005-2008. During her 30-year career, Dr. Hamilton-Hancock as been a faculty member at The Pennsylvania State University, Youngstown State University, Georgia Southern University, and the University of Texas-Arlington. As well as a Ph.D. in Health Education, she is a Registered Dietitian (R.D.) having received a B.S. in nutrition/dietetics from Youngstown State University. Also she earned a M.S. in counseling from the same university and has worked in private practice and in eating disorders treatment. Before joining the academy, she served as Nutrition Educator for the National Dairy council and provided health and wellness consulting to numerous corporations, organizations, and institutions. She also hosted the WYTV "Good Mooring Youngstown" televised health segment, and for 10 years hosted the WBBW health-focused talk radio program.
In her free time, Dr. Hamilton-Hancock enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband Bruce, a pilot for American Airlines. She has four stepsons ranging in age from 13-20 years. A former jogger (with knee problems) she now swims for fitness. She also appreciates Indian, Italian, and Asian cuisine, eats vegetarian food 90 percent of the time, and enjoys being outdoors gardening and landscaping.