Health Sciences & Social Work
R. Mark Kelley, Ph.D
Professor and Chair
Ph.D., University of Arkansas
Teaching Interests: Alcohol and drug education, mental and emotional health, research/statistics
Research Interests: Adolescent and young adult health issues including alcohol, tobacco and other drugs; sexuality issues including international HIV prevention; character education; physical activity and health
Biographical Sketch: R. Mark Kelley, Ph.D., is a Professor in and Chair of the Department of Health Sciences at Western Illinois University. The Department of Health Science offers majors in Health Science, Health Services Management and Emergency Management and a MS in Health Sciences. Since 1992, Dr. Kelley has been involved in training teachers, school and community health educators and community leaders through his career at the University of Arkansas, Southeastern Louisiana University, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Oklahoma State University and Western Illinois University. As a graduate student he directed two drug education programs including Keep A Clear Mind, a drug education curricula involving parents that is now recognized by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention as a model program. In addition to his academic responsibilities, from 1997 to 2005 he served as an HIV/AIDS and character education specialist for Youth at the CrossRoads. CrossRoads is a character education based HIV/AIDS risk elimination strategy currently being used in more than 50 countries worldwide. In this capacity Dr. Kelley trained teachers, medical personnel, and other public health professionals in Argentina, Belarus, Fiji, Lithuania, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Russia and Tobago. He has numerous presentations and published articles in the area of adolescent health and risk behaviors including research on the sexual behaviors and drug taking behaviors of adolescents in the U. S. and Russia.
In his free time Mark enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, riding bicycles and motorcycles, and wood working, primarily turning writing pens and making stringed musical instruments.