September 09, 2008

Association names Joyce Fetro its top scholar

by K.C. Jaehnig


CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Joyce V. Fetro, professor in the Department of Health Education and Recreation at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, has been named the American Association for Health Education’s 2009 scholar. She will be honored April 3 of next year during the group’s annual conference in Tampa, Fla.

“This is the largest health education professional organization in the United States, and this is its top scholarship award, given to only one person each year,” wrote department head David A. Birch in an e-mail.

“This is especially noteworthy for our program as we have had faculty members selected for this national honor two years in a row.”

The association chooses its scholars based on their records of in-depth, significant publications and presentations on health-related material and on their communication skills. All honorees have at least 10 years of experience in the field. Fetro, a faculty member at SIUC since 1997, focuses her research on youth development and resilience and on youth health risk behaviors.

Fetro is a two-degree graduate of SIUC, earning her master’s and doctoral degrees in 1985 and 1987 respectively. She earned her undergraduate degree in 1970 from the University of Massachusetts.