Ralph J. Wood, Ph.D., CHES

Ralph J. Wood, Ph.D., CHES


Office: KHS 113 Ralph Wood

Phone: (985) 549-2131



Southeastern Louisiana University faculty since 1999


Ph.D., Health Education, 1999,Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (SIUC)
MS, Rehabilitation Counseling,1991, SIUC

Certified Health Education Specialist,#7052, 1998-P,
The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.


Classes Taught
HS 162 Drugs and Society
HS 439 Spirituality and Health
HS 440 Research Methods in Health Sciences
HS 454 Health Behavior Change
HS 606 Introduction to Research
HS 617 Spiritual Health
HS 620 Drug Education Programming
HS 624 Health Counseling


Research Interests
Drug, Alcohol, &Tobacco Prevention, Health Counseling, Spiritual Health, Death Education


Selected Publications
Synovitz, L, Gillan, W., Wood, R., Martin-Nordess, M, & Kelly, J. (2006). An exploration of

college students’ complementary and alternative medicine Use: Relationship to health locus of control and spirituality level. American Journal of Health Education. 37(2), 84-93.

Diez, K., Pleban, F.T., Wood, R. (2005). Lights, camera, action: Integrating popular film in

the health classroom. Journal of School Health. 75(7), 271-275.

Wood, R.J., Drolet, J. C., Wood, A.R., & Diez, K.D. (2004). Pull yourself up: Fostering

positive youth development on an adolescent substance abuse treatment unit.In Focus on Psychotherapy Research. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Wood, R. J., Drolet, J. C., Fetro, J. V., Synovitz, L., & Wood, A. R. (2002). An Analysis of

Residential Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment: Implications for Coordinated School Programs. The Journal of School Health, 72(9), 363-367.


Taylor Dodson Young Professional Southern District AAHPERD2004

College of Nursing and Health Sciences-Excellence in Service Award2002/2003

Dept. of Kinesiology and Health Studies-Excellence in Service Award2002/2003

Dept. of Kinesiology and Health Studies-Excellence in Teaching Award2000/2001

College of Nursing and Health Sciences-Excellence in Teaching Award 2000/2001