Faculty and Staff Profiles

ONYEJEBOSE OKEM OKWUMABUA
Professor, Health Sport Sciences
Email: ookwumab@memphis.edu
Office Location: 275 Fieldhouse
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Dr. Jebose Okwumabua is a professor of health promotion in the Department of Health and Sport Sciences. He has served as principal investigator on a number of community-based initiatives with priority populations including African American in rural and urban Tennessee, rural Alabama, as well as with Native American and Hispanic populations in New Mexico.  His research interests have been in the areas of needs assessment, health intervention program development, implementation, and evaluation designed to improve the health status of underserved populations. Dr. Okwumabua established the Urban Youth Wellness Initiative in partnership with Memphis City Schools and several community-based organizations aimed to improve the wellness and quality of life of youth and their families residing in Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee. Dr. Okwumabua has also served as principal investigator on a number of research grants to enhance the health and wellbeing of adult populations in Tennessee. As part of the Stroke Belt Initiative, sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), he developed and implemented a comprehensive project with five African American churches in Memphis and Shelby County, targeting smoking cessation, nutrition education, and weight management.  In response to HIV/AIDS crisis in Memphis and Shelby County, Dr. Okwumabua directed a field study in partnership with Memphis and Shelby County Health Department, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)/Office of HIV/AIDS Policy (OHAP), aimed to understand the dynamics and determinants of the high prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Memphis and Shelby County, as well as to identify action plans toward mitigating the HIV/AIDS crisis in this region. Funded by the Tennessee Office of Minority Health (OMH) and the U.S. Office of Health Disparities, Dr. Okwumabua also co-directed a study with the faith leaders of color in six key urban areas and the Jackson/Madison metropolitan region in Tennessee, to determine the role of the faith communities of color in reducing the disproportionately high incidence of cerebrovascular disease among ethnic populations in Tennessee. Dr. Okwumabua is currently engaged in health promotion interventions with adult individuals suffering with severe and persistent mental illness in community residential facilities in Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee.






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The Department of Health and Sport Science 

Education
  • B.S. Microbiology - Memphis State University - 1976
  • M.S. Community Health - Memphis State University - 1980
  • Ph.D. Community Health Education - The University of New Mexico - 1985

Work Experience

  • Professor, Health and Sport Sciences - The University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee - 2003 - Present
  • Associate Professor, Human Movement Sciences & Education - The University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee - 1989 - 2002
  • • Director , Urban Youth Wellness Initiative, Human Movement Sciences & Education - The University of Memphis - 1996-Present
  • • Field Team Coordinator , Rapid Assessment, Response, and Evaluation Project (RARE) ., An outreach partnership (Invited). Crisis Response Initiative for HIV/AIDS prevention. - City of Memphis Government, Memphis and Shelby County Health Department, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Service Sponsor: The U.S.DHHS/OHAP, Washington, DC. - 2001-2002
  • Assistant Professor, Health Physical Education & Recreation - Memphis State University - 1986-1989
  • Assistant Professor, Area of Health Physical Education & Recreation - The University of Alabama - 1985-1986
  • • OSHA Program Coordinator, Industrial Safety and Health programs for reservation-based industries in the Continental United States and Alaska. - National American Indian Safety Council, Inc Albuquerque, New Mexico - 1983-1984
  • •Program Specialist, Industrial Safety - National American Indian Safety Council, Inc Albuquerque, New Mexico - 1982-1983
Honors/Awards
  • Igniting Excitement for Academic - The University of Memphis, Excellence Black Scholars Unlimited & The Black Graduate Students Association. - 2002
  • • Fellow, Research Consortium - American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance - 2001
  • • Outstanding Award for Community Service - College of Education, The University of Memphis - 2000
  • • Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 1998 - Who's Who Among America's Teachers - 1998
  • • Leadership Memphis, Class of 1995 - Leadership Memphis Institute - 1995
  • • Phi Kappa Phi - National Academic Honors Society - 1985
  • • Kappa Delta Pi Lambda Gamma - National Academic Honors Society - 1980

Teaching Experience

  • Principles and Application of Epidemiology (Undergraduate) - University of Memphis
  • Global/International Health (Undergraduate) - University of Memphis
  • Introduction to Public Health (Undergraduate) - University of Memphis
  • Epidemiology (Graduate) - The University of Memphis
  • Health Intervention Theories and Application (Graduate) - The University of Memphis
  • Occupational Health (Graduate) - The University of Memphis
  • Organization & Administration in Public Health (Grad/Undergrad - The University of Memphis
  • Drug Education (Grad/Undergrad) - The University of Memphis
  • Health Promotion Strategies (Undergrad) - The University of Memphis
  • Health Promotion Program Development & Admin. (Undergrad) - The University of Memphis
  • Elementary School Health and Wellness (Undergrad) - The University of Memphis
  • Personal Health (Undergrad) - The University of Memphis
  • Introduction to Community Health (Undergrad) - The University of Memphis
  • Chronic and Communicable Disease (Undergrad) - The University of Memphis
  • Evaluation in Health Education (Graduate) - The University of Alabama
  • Principles and Assessment of Health (Honors Program) - The University of Alabama
  • Drug Awareness and Education (Undergraduate) - The University of Alabama
  • Consumer Health (Undergraduate) - The University of New Mexico

Creative Activities

  • "Is It Worth It ?": A Public Service Announcement (PSA) on "Stop Smoking". (30 seconds) - 1995 - The Warner Brother Production, Memphis, TN. PSA aired on ABC-TV Affiliate, Memphis and Nashville - The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and Tennessee he National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and Tennessee < Department of Health. A campaign targeting African Americans in Tennessee. < Production included developing scripts, editing scripts, conducting auditions, and actual production.
  • " It's A Killer" : A play focusing on the ( 14:56 minutes) - 1995 - The Warner Brother Production, Memphis, TN. Target audience: African American Youth. - The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and Tennessee he National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and Tennessee < Department of Health. A campaign targeting African Americans in Tennessee. < Production included developing scripts, editing scripts, conducting auditions, and actual production.
  • "Health Consequences of Smoking: Youth Mentor Update ‘95" ( 10:42 minutes) - 1995 - Memphis, TN. Target audience: African American Youth. - The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and Tennessee Department of Health.
  • Smoking the Youth Mentor Approach: The Stroke Belt Initiative . (10:52 minutes) - 1995 - Memphis, TN. Target audience: African American Youth. - The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and Tennessee Department of Health.

Support

  • Co-Principal Investigator, "Your Health is in Your Hands: Reversing Health Disparities". In partnership with the TN Office of Minority Health (OMH). Focus: I conducted a series of focus group interviews with the faith communities in addressing the disproportionately high rate of cerebrovascular disease among African American and Hispanics in TN. - The National Institute of Health (NIH) - $50,000 - 2003-2004
  • Principal Investigator, "The Urban Youth Wellness". - The United States Department of Labor and City of Memphis Government - $100,000 - 2001-2002
  • Principal Investigator, "Health and Wellness Assessment" - David and Beverlyn Mays Foundation, Inc., Baton Rouge, Louisiana - $3,260 - 2001-2002
  • Principal Investigator, "The Urban Youth Wellness". - The United States Department of Labor and City of memphis Government - $153,043 - 2000-2001
  • Co-Principal Investigator, "School-Based Smoking Cessation Program for Adolescents". - National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institute of Health (NIH) - $1,875,973 - 2000-2002
  • Principal Investigator, "Urban Youth Wellness Initiative: Community-Based Partnership". - The United state Department of Labor and Memphis Youth Fair Chance - $70,593 - 1998-1999
  • Co-Principal Investigator, "Evaluating an African-Centered Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Model". - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS), Office of Women's Health - $139,600 - 1996-1997
  • Principal Investigator, "The Stroke Belt Initiative: A Church-Based Health Promotion Project for African American Communities", Memphis and Shelby County TN - National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the Tennessee Department of Health - $54,064 - 1993-1997
  • Principal Investigator , "Health Promotion for Low Income Minority Senior Citizens: A Coalition of Senior Centers', Memphis and Shelby County TN" - Delta Commission on Aging and Delta Area Agency on Aging - $15,475 - 1995-1996
  • Principle Investigator, "Teen Dads' Night In: Male Responsibility" Tennessee. - United Way of Greater Memphis Special Project - $1000 - 1994-1995
  • Principal Investigator, "Tobacco Use: A Risk Fctor for Stroke in African American Population", Memphis and Shelby County TN - TN Department of Health and Environment - $5000 - 1992
  • Principal Investigator, "Adolescent Drug Prevention Project", Greene County School System, Eutau, West Alabama - Metropolitan Life Foundation - $5000 - 1986-1987

Outreach

  • "Health Promotion Trial with Mental Patients: A Community-based partnership". (A pilot project) - Chronically mentally ill individuals residing in group homes by Mid-South HealthNet, a local residential psychiatric facility in Memphis, Tennessee. - 2004-2005 - Faculty Research Grant, The University of Memphis.
  • "Your Health Is In Your Hands, Reversing Health Disparities": Stroke prevention initiative in partnership with the Tennessee Office of Minority Health (MH). - Faith-based organizations and faith leaders of color within six urban areas in Tennessee. - 2003- 2004 - U.S. Office of Health Disparities, Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Rapid Assessment, Response, and Evaluation (RARE): A crisis response initiative for HIV/AIDS prevention. - City of Memphis Government, Memphis/Shelby County Health Department, and U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Office of HIV/AIDS Policy. - 2001-2002 - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of HIV/AIDS Policy.
  • Urban Youth Wellness Initiative - Youth (13-18 years) and their families residing in Memphis, Tennessee. - 1998-2002 - U.S. Department of Labor and Memphis Youth Fair Chance.
  • Memphis/Shelby County Regional Health Council (RHC) on HIV/AIDS/STDs - Community-Based agencies and organizations. - 2001-2002 - Tennessee Dept. of Health, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Agenda for HIV/AIDS among African American youth. - Community leaders and policy makers in Memphis/Shelby County, Tennessee. - 1995 - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Joint Center for Economic Studies, Washinton, DC., and Memphis/Shelby County Health Department.
  • Shelby County Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Council. - Memphis and Shelby County Community - 1991-1995 - Tennessee Department of Health
  • Coalition for Preventing African American Strokes from Tobacco Use (PAAST). - African American community in Memphis and Shelby County. - 1991-1994 - National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and Tennessee Department of Health.
Service
  • University of Memphis - Coordinator, Health Promotion & Nutrition, Dept. of HSS - 2005 - 2008
  • University of Memphis - Master's of Puhblic Health degree program - 2006-2007
  • University of Memphis - School of Public Health Planning Committee. - 2007 - 2008
  • University of Memphis - College of Education Aspiratios Team - 2004 -present
  • The American Academy of Health Behavior - Journal Review Board - Current
  • American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. - Reviewer of Abstracts - 2002-2003
  • AIDS Education and Prevention Journal - Review Board - 1991 - 2000
  • Journal of Education for Students Placed At Risk (Special Edition) - Review Board - 1998
  • Journal of Pediatric Psychology - Review Board (Special Edition) - 1986
  • The Welcome Trust, London, England. (Invited) - Grant Review Committee. Title of Project: "Research Training Fellowship in Health Consequences of Population Change: Migration experience of abuse and mental health in the young Thai Population". (£68,820) - 2002-2003
  • The Welcome Trust, London, England. (Invited) - Grant Review Board. Title of Project: " Persistence of depression among low-income urban women in developing countries: Identifying social risk factors and testing a preliminary intervention". (£324,632) - 1998
  • AAPHERD, Southern District, Visibility Committee -   - 2000-20002
  • Memphis and Shelby County Health Department, Regional Advisory HIV/AIDS Prevention Planning Group - Co-Chair - 1995-1997
  • American Heart Association, Affiliate Community Site Committee -   - 1995-1997
  • Memphis in May International Festival, Inc. - Board of Directors (Education Committee) - 1996
  • Leadership Memphis Institute - Health and Environment - 1996-2000
  • Tennessee Department of Health - HIV Prevention Planning Group - 1994-1995
  • Memphis and Shelby Health Department. - County Adolescent Prevention Council - 1991-1995
  • Metro Senior Citizens Services, Inc. - Board of Directors - 1992-1994
  • Department of Human Services - Beat The Odds - 1994
Consulting
  • Memphis/Shelby County Health Department, and City of Memphis Government. Field Team Coordinator, HIV/AIDS Crisis response project (Rapid Assessment, Response, and Evaluation (RARE)). - 2001 - 2002
  • Tennessee Alcohol and Drug Prevention Outcome Evaluation (TADPOLE), Tennessee Deapartment of Health, Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services. Focus: program evaluation and methodology - 2001 - 2008
  • Memphis and Shelby County Health Department, Memphis, Tennessee. Syphilis Elimination Project. Via focus group interviews, examine community readiness to build partneships toward eliminating syphilis in Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee. - 2001
  • Memphis and Shelby County Health Department, Tennessee. Via focus group interviews, examine the determinants of high rates of syphilis and HIV/AIDS among low-income African Americans residing in Memphis/Shelby County, Tennessee. - 1999
  • Project ECHO: Empowered Choices for Healthy Opportunities. West Tennessee Area Health Education Center, Inc. Focus on project evaluation and methodology. - 1991-1997
  • Tennessee Department of Health. Focus: Tobacco use, a risk factor for stroke in African American population in Memphis/Shelby County, Tennessee. Program development and evaluation. - 1990-1991
  • Department of Critical Care, The University of New Mexico School of Medicine (Edward Bernstein, MD). Adolescent alcohol and substance abuse prevention. Focus: evaluation and data analysis. - 1985
Books Published/Reviewed
  • Book Chapters
  • Okwumabua, J.O. (1990). Child and Adolescent substance abuse: Etiology and prevention. In S.B. Morgan & T.M. Okwumabua (Eds), Child and adolescent disorders: Developmental and health psychology perspectives. New Jersey: Erlbaum.
  • Duryea, E.J., Dempsy, T., Okwumabua, J.O., & Perry, C. (1988). The Solomon Four-Group Design: An Application for Health Education Research. In J.H. Humphrey (Ed.), Advances in Health Education Current Research, 143-151, New York: AMS Press.
  • Technical reports/unpublished documents
  • Okwumabua, J.O. (2003). Preventing HIV/AIDS incidence in Memphis/Shelby County, Tennessee: Rapid assessment, response, and evaluation project (RARE). A Technical Report submitted to the City of Memphis Government, Memphis/Shelby County Health Department, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of HIV/AIDS Policy, Washington, DC.
  • Okwumabua, J.O. & Williams,C (2002). Building community coalition toward syphilis elimination: Perspectives of community residents and organizations (Syphilis Elimination Project). Via focus group interviews, identified strategies to strengthen community involvement and organizational partnerships toward eliminating syphilis in Memphis and Shelby County. A Technical Report submitted to Memphis and Shelby County Health Department, Memphis, Tennessee and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Okwumabua, J.O. (2000). Determinats of HIV and syphilis incidence in Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee: Perspectives of low-income African Americans. A Technical Report submitted to Memphis and Shelby County Health Department, Tennessee and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Okwumabua, J.O. & Pearson, C.M. (1997). Resources on Stroke Prevention for African American Churches and Communities. A resource document submitted to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institute of Health, Bethesda, Maryland.
  • Okunoren, T., Speight, B., Mercier, G., Okwumabua, J., & Crowson, C. (1994). A Church-Based Nutrition Education Program Training Manual: Eating Healthy for Spiritual Well-Being. Preventing African American Strokes from Tobacco Use (PAAST).
  • Adams-Graves, P., Jackson, A.L., Okwumabua, J., Brooks, A., Crews, W. & Dickens, C. (1994). A Church-Based Smoking Cessation Program Training Manual: Stop Smoking with Spiritual Power. Preventing African American Strokes from Tobacco Use (PAAST).
  • Okwumabua, J.O. (1994). A Church-Based Health Promotion Program for African-American Churches: Stroke Belt Initiative. A Technical Report submitted to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and Tennessee Department of Health.
  • Okwumabua, J.O., Weddle, K., Bol, L. McWillaims, A., & James, S. (1994). Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Programs and Services in Memphis/Shelby County. A Directory prepared in response to over 400 surveys mailed to community agencies, organizations, and churches. Memphis and Shelby County Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Council.
  • Okwumabua, J.O. (1988). Risk Reduction/Health Promotion Project.. Technical Report submitted to the Superintendent, Greene County School System, Eutau, West Alabama.
  • Okwumabua, J.O. and Zotigh, R. (1984). An Assessment of Safety Needs of Santa Fe Indian School.. Technical Report submitted to the Superintendent, Santa Fe Indian School, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  • Okwumabua, J.O. (1984). Implementation and Training Source Document: Occupational Health and Safety. The Navajo Forest Products Industry. Document submitted to the Board of Managers, Navajo Forest Products Industry, Navajo, New Mexico.
  • Okwumabua, J.O. (1983). Needs Assessment: Occupational Health and Safety, Navajo Forest Products Industry. Technical Report submitted to the Board of Directors, Navajo Forest Products Industry, Navajo, New Mexico.
  • Okwumabua, J.O. (1983) Needs Assessment: Occupational Health and Safety, Quinault Fisheries Industry (Phase I Report). Technical Report submitted to the Board of Directors and Tribal council, Quinault Fisheries Industry, Tahola, Washington.
  • Okwumabua, J.O. (1982). Implementation and Training Source Document: Occupational Health and Safety. The Navajo Agricultural Products Industry: Model Demonstration Project. Document submitted to the Board of Mangers, Navajo Agricultural Products Industry, Navajo, New Mexico.
  • Okwumabua, J.O., Beatty, H., Brown, O., Kill, B., and Redford-Lowe, J. (1981). Needs Assessment, Occupational Health and Safety: Navajo Agricultural Products Industry. Technical Report submitted to the Board of Directors, Navajo Forest Products Industry, Navajo, New Mexico.
Journal Articles
  •     Okwumabua, J.O., Williams, C., & Glover, V. (2007). Building community coalition toward syphilis elimination: Perspectives of residents and organizations. Journal of the National Society of Allied Health, 4, 9-28.

        Okwumabua, J.O., Wong, S.P., & Duryea, E.J. (2003). Depressive symptoms and decision making among African American youth. Journal of Adolescent Research, 18, 436-453.
       
        Duryea, E.J. & Okwumabua, J.O. (2002). Use of cause and effect language in health behavior research literature. American Journal of Health Behavior, 26, 221-228.
      
        Okwumabua, J.O., Duryea, E.J. & Wong, S.P. (2002). Decision making correlates of depressive symptoms among African American adolescents: Implications for prevention approaches. American Journal of Health Education, 33, 28-35.

       Okwumabua, J.O., Glover, V., Bolden, D., & Edwards, S. (2001). Perspectives of low-income African Americans on syphilis and HIV: Implications for prevention approaches. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 12, 474-489. 
      
        Okwumabua, J.O. (1999). An investigation of the decision-making skills of at-risk African American male youth. The Journal of Negro Education, 68, 154-163. 
      
        Okwumabua, J.O., Wong, S.P., Duryea, E.J., Okwumabua, T.M., & Howell, S. (1999). Building self-esteem through social skills training and cultural awareness: A community-based approach for preventing violence among African American youth. The Journal of Primary Prevention, 20, 61-74.
       
        Okwumabua, J.O., & Duryea, E. J. (1998). A synthesis of etiology and prevention of drug abuse in youth: Application and critique of the epidemiologic model. American Journal of Health Studies, 14, 31-41.
       
        Okwumabua, T.M., Okwumabua, J.O., & Elliott, V. (1998). "Let the circle be unbroken" helps African Americans prevent teen pregnancy. Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) Report, 26, 12-17.

        Okwumabua, J.O., Baker, F.M., Wong, S.P., & Pilgram, B. (1997). Characteristics of depressive symptoms in elderly urban and rural African American residents. Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences , 52A, M241-M246. 
      
        Okwumabua, J.O., Martin, B., Clayton-Davis, J., & Pearson, C.M. (1997). Stroke belt initiative: The Tennessee experience. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 8, 292-299. 
      
        Baker, F.M., Okwumabua, J.O., Philipose, V., & Wong, S.P. (1996). Screening African American elderly for the presence of depressive symptoms: A preliminary investigation. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology, 9, 127 - 132.
           
        Okwumabua, J. O., Okwumabua, T. M., Hayes, A. & Stovall, K. (1994). Cognitive level and health decision-making in children: A preliminary study.The Journal of Primary Prevention, 14, 279 - 287. Abstract published in Prevention Abstracts, Southeastern Regional Center for Drug-Free Schools and Communities, Fall, 1994.
       
        Okwumabua, J.O., Okwumabua, T.M., Winston, B.L., & Walker, Jr. (1989). Onset of drug use among rural black youth. Journal of Adolescent Research, 4, 238-246.
       
        Okwumabua, J.O., Okwumabua, T.M., & Duryea, E.J. (1989). An investigation of health decision-making skills among American Indian Adolescents. The Journal of the National Center: American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research, 3<
  •     Okwumabua, J.O., & Duryea, E. J. (1998). A synthesis of etiology and prevention of drug abuse in youth: Application and critique of the epidemiologic model. American Journal of  Health Studies, 14, 31-41.

        Okwumabua, T.M., Okwumabua, J.O., & Elliott, V. (1998). “Let the circle be unbroken” helps African Americans prevent teen pregnancy. Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) Report, 26, 12-17.

        Okwumabua, J.O., Baker, F.M., Wong, S.P., & Pilgram, B. (1997). Characteristics of depressive symptoms in elderly urban and rural African American residents. Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences , 52A, M241-M246.

  •     Okwumabua, J.O., Martin, B., Clayton-Davis, J., & Pearson, C.M. (1997). Stroke belt initiative: The Tennessee experience. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 8, 292-299.

        Baker, F.M., Okwumabua, J.O., Philipose, V., & Wong, S.P. (1996). Screening African American elderly for the presence of depressive symptoms: A preliminary investigation. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology, 9, 127 - 132.

        Okwumabua, J. O., Okwumabua, T. M., Hayes, A. & Stovall, K. (1994).  Cognitive level and health decision-making in children: A preliminary study.The Journal of Primary Prevention, 14, 279 - 287. Abstract published in Prevention Abstracts, Southeastern Regional Center for Drug-Free Schools and Communities, Fall, 1994.

        Okwumabua, J.O., Okwumabua, T.M., Winston, B.L., & Walker, Jr.  (1989). Onset of drug use among rural black youth.  Journal of Adolescent Research, 4, 238-246. 
       
        Okwumabua, J.O., Okwumabua, T.M., & Duryea, E.J. (1989).  An investigation of health decision-making skills among American Indian Adolescents. The Journal of the National Center:  American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research, 3, 42-52.

        Okwumabua, J.O., & Duryea, E.J. (1989).  A test of the ability of Native American seventh-grade students to learn and apply four-step decision-making process.Journal of American Indian Education, 23, 14-23.

    Duryea, E.J. & Okwumabua, J.O. (1988).  Effects of a preventative alcohol education program after three years. Journal of Drug Education, 18, 23-31.

        Okwumabua, J.O. & Duryea, E.J. (1987).  Age of onset, periods of risk, and patterns of     progression in drug use among American Indian high school students.The International Journal of the Addictions, 22, 1269-1276. Abstract published in Prevention Pipeline (#88-0094), May/June, 1988.  Article invited for publication in RISK ABSTRACTS  : A Quarterly Journal of Abstracts, Reviews and References. (Monitors and reviews the world scientific literature on risk and related subjects).

        Duryea, E.J. , English, G. & Okwumabua, J.O. (1987).  Health promotion efforts in an isolated
    Hispanic community:  The Mora substance abuse prevention project. American Journal of Health Promotion, 1, 16-23.

        Duryea, E.J., & Okwumabua, J.O.  (1985).  An exploratory study of the health decision-making variables of New York and Montana ninth-graders. Adolescence, XX, 899-908.

        Duryea, E.J. Okwumabua, J. O. & Rouse, J.W. (1984).  Follow-up outcomes of a preventive alcohol education intervention. The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation National Journal, 104, 15-18.

        Okwumabua, J.O., Mahan, J.T. & Biggers, C.J. (1976).  Tetrazolium oxidase polymorphism in dipodomys ordii, bufo woodhousei fowleri and bufo americanus americanus. Journal of the Tennessee Academy of Science, II,150.

Presentations
  • Okwumabua, J.O. & Williams, C. & Xueming Mei, MS. (2012). Drug attitude, self-esteem, decision-making, conflict resolution, and family management: Predictive factors for substance use among at risk adolescents. A paper presented at 140th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Washington, DC.
  •     Okwumabua, J.O. & Williams, C. (2011). Reducing the burden of stroke in African American communities: Perspectives of the faith leaders of color. A paper preneted at 139th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Washington, DC.
  •       Okwumabua, J.O. & Okwumabua, T.M. (2011, March). Minority health research: Critical reflections on the role of acculturation in eliminating health disparities. A Professional Development Luncheon Seminar on "The Art and Science of Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR): Methods, Measures, and Evidence for Health Behavior Change." The American Academy of Health Behavior, 11th Annual Scientific Meeting, Hilton Head, South Carolina.
  •     Okwumabua, J.O. (2009, October). Let the Circle Be Unbroken: Implementing a community-based prevention program for African American adolescent males. An intervention approach presented at the national conference of the Think Tank for African American Progress, Memphis, Tennessee. (Invited presentation)

  •  Okwumabua, J.O., Edwards, S.M., & Wong, S.P. (2008). HIV knowledge, adaptive and maladaptive cognitions in relation to the threat of HIV infection among African American females of childbearing age. A paper presented at 136th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, San Diego, CA.
  •     Okwumabua, J.O. (2007). Rapid assessment, response, and evaluation (RARE) project: HIV/AIDS crisis response field study, Memphis and Shelby County , Tennessee. A report presented at the summit of the West Tennessee Health Diversity Institute and the Division of Minority Health and Health Disparity Elimination, Tennessee Department of Health, Memphis, Tennessee.
  •     Okwumabua, J.O., Rosato, F., Okwumabua, T.M., & Wong, S.P. (2007). Health promotion trial with mental patients:A community-based partnership. A paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Health Behavior, Savannah, Georgia.

        
  • Okwumabua, J.O., Edwards, S., & Chatman, D. (2005). Project HOPE: HIV/AIDS prevention outreach with high-risk African American females of childbearing age. A paper presented at 133nd Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Okwumabua, J.O., Glover, V.D., Edwards, S., & Foster, N. (2004). Preventing HIV/AIDS incidence in West Tennessee: A crisis response field study. A paper presented at 132nd Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Washington, DC.
  • Okwumabua, J.O., Williams, C. & Glover, V. (2004). Community coalition toward syphilis elimination: Perspectives of community residents and organizations. A paper presented at the American Academy of Health Behavior Annual Scientific Conference, Sedona, Arizona.
  • Okwumabua, J.O., Jones, A., Neal, T., & McFarland, S. (2003). Attitudes, intentions, and self-efficacy concerning condom use among high risk African American females of childbearing age. A paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, San Francisco, CA.
  • Okwumabua, J.O. (2003, January). Preventing HIV/AIDS incidence in Memphis/Shelby County, Tennessee: Rapid assessment, response, and evaluation project (RARE). A Technical Report presented to the City of Memphis Government, Memphis/Shelby County Health Department, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of HIV/AIDS Policy, and community-based organizations, Memphis, Tennessee.
  • Okwumabua, J.O., Wong, S.P., & Okwumabua, T.M. (2003. March). Anger expression mode, depressive symptoms, decision making, and hopelessness among African American adolescents. Paper presented at the American Academy of Health Behavior Annual Scientific Conference, St. Augustine, Florida.
  • Okwumabua, J.O. & Williams, C. (2003, March). Building community coalition toward syphilis elimination: Perspectives of community residents and organizations. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Society of Allied Health , West Palm Beach , Florida.
  • Okwumabua, J.O., Wong, S.P., & Wright, T.D. (2001, October). Depressive symptoms and decision making among African American youth. A paper presented at the 129th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Okwumabua, J.O., Glover, V.C., Bolden, D.S., & Edwards, S. (2000, November). Perspectives of low-income African Americans on syphilis and HIV: Implications for prevention approaches. A paper presented at the 128th Annual Conference of the American Public Health Association, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Okwumabua, J.O., Wong, S.P., & Wright, T.D. (2000, September). Depressive symptoms and decision making patterns among low-income African American youth. A paper presented at the First Annual Conference of the American Academy of Health Behavior, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Abstract published in the American Journal of Health Behavior (2000), 25, 321-322.
  • Okwumabua, J.O. (1999, February). Building self-esteem through social skills training and cultural awareness: A community-based approach for preventing violence among African American youth. A paper presented at the 1999 Southern District AAHPERD convention, February 17-21, Greensboro, North Carolina.
  • Okwumabua, J.O. (1999, April). Health promotion trial for low-income African American senior citizens: A coalition of senior centers. A paper presented at the 1999 AAHE/AAHPERD National convention, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Okwumabua, J.O., Kreider, R., & Coble, C. (1997, April). Health Promotion for African American Senior Citizen: Preliminary Findings. A paper presented at the 18th Annual Meeting of the Southern Gerontological Society, Norfolk, Virginia.
  • Okwumabua, J.O., Baker, F.M., & Wong, S.P., Pilgram, B.O. (1996, November). Characteristics of depressive symptoms in elderly urban and rural African American residents. A paper presented at the 124th Annual Conference of the American Public Health Association, New York, New York.
  • Okwumabua, J.O., Bernstein, R., Shead, G., (1996, June). Health promotion trial for senior citizens: A coalition of senior centers. A paper presented at the 23rd Annual Conference of the National Council for International Health, Crystal City, Virginia.
  • Okwumabua, J.O., Baker, F.M., & Wong, S.P. (1996, April). Depressive Symptoms in Africa American Elderly: A Preliminary Investigation. A paper to be presented at the 17th Annual Meeting of the Southern Gerontological Society, Little Rock, Ark.
  • Okwumabua, J.O. (1995, June). Partnerships to Prevent Violence Among Youth. A paper presented at the 22nd Annual Conference of the National Council for International Health, Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia.
  • Okwumabua, J.O.(1994, November). Building Health Promotion Programs for African American Churches: Accomplishments and Challenges. A paper presented at the Second Annual Conference of the National Smoking Cessation Campaign for African American Women, Silver Spring, MD.
  • Okwumabua, J.O., Baker, J., & Henderson, C. (1994, April). Zoofari Walkers: An innovative approach to health promotion in the elderly. A paper resented at the 15th Annual Meeting of the Southern Gerontological Society, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Okwumabua, J.O., Dickens, C. & Pearson, C. (1992, November). Community Coalition for Prevention of Tobacco Use and Stroke in African Americans in Tennessee. A paper presented at the 120th Annual Conference of the American Public Health Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Okwumabua, J.O., Pilgram, B.O. & Walker, H. (1991, March). Depression in Elderly Black Women: A Pilot Study. A paper presented at the 13th Annual Meeting of the Southern Gerontological Society, Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Okwumabua, J.O., & Okwumabua, T. M. (1990, February). Implementing Afrocentric Interventions and Treatment. Problems in African-American Communities: Afrocentric Perspectives on Intervention and Treatment. A symposium at the Southern conference on African American Studies, Memphis, Tennessee.
  • Okwumabua, J.O. & Okwumabua, T.M. (1989, May). Children's Cognitive Level and Health Decision-Making Skills. A paper presented at the 24th Annual Conference of the Association for the Care of Children's Health, 1989, Anaheim, California.
  • Pieh, S.H. & Okwumabua, J.O. (1988, August). Environmental Health Education Program for a Rural Community: The Koinadugu Model Demonstration Project.A paper presentedat the XIII World Conference on Health Education, Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
  • Okwumabua, J.O. , Okwumabua, T., Winston, B., & Walker, H. (1987, October). Patterns of Drug Use Among Rural Black Youth: Implications for Drug Prevention-Education Programs. A paper presented at the 115th Annual Conference of the American Public Health Association, New Orleans, LA.
  • Nagy, S., Westerfield, C. & Okwumabua, J.O. (1987, October). Risk Behaviors Related to Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer in Rural Southeastern School-Age Children. A paper presented at the 115th Annual Conference of the American Public Health Association, New Orleans, LA.
  • Okwumabua, J.O., Duryea, E.J., & Okwumabua, T.M. (1986, October). An Investigation of Health Decision-Making Skills Among American Indian Adolescents. A paper presented at the American Public Health Association 114th Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Okwumabua, J.O. & Duryea, E.J. (1986, November). A Test of Education Strategies to Promote Health Decision-Making Among American Indian Seventh-Grade Students. A paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American School Health Association, Denver, Colorado.
  • Duryea, E.J., Okwumabua, J.O., & Romo, E.D. (1986, April). The Mora Experience: Drug and Alcohol Prevention in Rural, Hispanic Environment. A paper presented at the AAHPERD Annual Convention, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Okwumabua, J.O.(1986, February). Age of Onset, Patterns of Progression, and Periods of Risk on Drug Use Among American Indian High School Students. A paper presented at the AAHPERD (Southern District) Annual Convention in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
  • Duryea, E.J., Okwumabua, J.O.,& Romo, E.D.(1985, August) The Use of Theory and Reality in Generating a Preventive Alcohol and Drug Program for Rural, Hispanic School System. A paper presented at the Alcohol and Drug Problems Association National Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Duryea, E.J., Okwumabua, J.O. & Rouse, J.(1984, November). Three-Year Follow-Up Outcomes of a Preventive Alcohol Education Program. A paper presented at the American Public Health Association National Conference, School Health Education and Services Section, Anaheim, California.
  • Duryea, E.J. & Okwumabua, J.O. (1984, March). An Exploratory Study of the Health Decision-Making Variables of New York and Montana Ninth-Graders. A paper presented at the AAHPERD Convention, Anaheim, California.
  • Okwumabua, J.O. & Zotigh, R. (1982, November). NAISC-OSHA Industrial Safety and Health Programs for Native Americans: Two Model Demonstration Projects. A paper presented at the 110th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Montreal, Canada.
  • Okwumabua, J.O., Mahan, J.T., & Biggers, D.J. (1976, March). Tetrazolium Oxidase Polymorphism in Diipodomys ordii, Bufo woodhousei fowleri, and Bufo americanus americanus. A paper presented at the Annual Meeting (Western Region) of the Tennessee Academy of Science, Memphis, Tennessee.
  • INVITED PRESENTATIONS (Conferences)
  • Okwumabua, J.O. & Sutherland, M. (2002, March). Research Issues in Priority Populations. Breakfast Roundtable Presentation, Second Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Health Behavior, Napa Valley, California.
  • Okwumabua, J.O. (2000, April). Determinants of HIV and syphilis incidence in Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee: Perspectives of low-income African Americans. A special forum on HIV/AIDS, Memphis and Shelby County Government, Memphis, Tennessee.
  • Okwumabua, J.O. & Bolden, D.S. (1998, March). Involving the African American faith community toward preventing HIV/AIDS in Memphis and Shelby County. Third Annual African American AIDS Consortium. Memphis, Tennessee.
  • Okwumabua, J.O. (1997, January). Evaluating an African-Centered adolescent pregnancy prevention model. The National Conference on Minority Women's Health, U.S. Public Health Service's Office of Women's Health, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington,
  • Okwumabua, J. O., Kreider, R., Coble, C. (1996, November). Health promotion for urban senior citizens: A demonstration project. A paper presented at the International Symposium, Sport in the City: Culture, Economic, and Political Considerations, Memphis, Tennessee.
  • Okwumabua, J.O. (1996, October). Stroke Belt Initiative: The Tennessee Experience. The National Conference on "Issues of the Heart: Prevention, Management, and Control of Cardiovascular Risk Factors in African Americans", Meharry Medical School, Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Okwumabua, J.O., Gasque, D., & Wall, D. (1995, May). Male Responsibility: Rites of Passage for Males.. A paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Regional Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Council Conference, Memphis, Tennessee.
  • Okwumabua, J.O. (1993, April) Community Coalition to Prevent Tobacco Use and Strokes in African-Americans in Shelby County: Strategies and Challenges. A paper presented at the 18th Southeastern Conference on High Blood Pressure, Memphis,Tennessee.
  • Okwumabua, J. O. (1993, November). Community coalition for the prevention of tobacco use and stroke in African Americans in Memphis/Shelby County. A paper presented at the First Annual Conference of the National Smoking Cessation Campaign for African American Women, Annapolis, M.D.
  • Okwumabua, J.O. (1983, August). Innovative Safety Programs in Operation on Tribal Lands Today - NAPI and NFPI. A paper presented at the 12th Annual Convention of the National American Safety Council, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • Other (universities/industry/community-based organizations)
  • Okwumabua, J.O. (2001). Designing and Completing a Needs Assessment. Current Topics in Developmental Disabilities: Promoting Quality of Life Through Good Health, Education, and Community Participation. Interdisciplinary Leadership Training Series, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities (BCDD), Memphis, Tennessee.
  • Okwumabua, J.O. (1995, December). Shared Rights, Shared Responsibilities". A press conference, World AIDS Day, Memphis and Shelby County Health Department, Memphis, Tennessee.
  • Okwumabua, J.O. (1994, August ). "School Counselors: Partners in Violence Prevention". An in-service for K - 12 counselors, Memphis City Schools, Memphis, Tennessee.
  • Okwumabua, J.O. (1994, November). "Rites of Passage" Facilitators Training for program facilitators, Memphis City Schools, Memphis, Tennessee .
  • Okwumabua, J.O. (1993, November). "Rites of Passage" Facilitators Training for program facilitators, Memphis City Schools, Memphis, Tennessee .
  • Okwumabua, J.O. (1991, June)."Traveling Seminar: The University of Western Cape Health and Welfare Mission Project, Bellville, South Africa". An initiative sponsored by Kellogg Foundation with the University of Western Cape to develop a greater coherence among all parts of the University's Health and Welfare Education sector and establish guidelines for its future development. A team of professionals from the University visited major universities and public/community health agencies in the United States to discuss pertinent issues and guidelines.
  • Okwumabua, J.O. (1988, August). Resistance to Peer Pressure Training Model: Drug Education In-service for Teachers. Geeter Junior High School, Memphis City Schools, Memphis, Tennessee.
  • Okwumabua, J.O. (1983, April) "Health Care in Africa in the Year 2000". The Voice of America, Washington, D.C., World Health Day. (Relayed on the Voice of America worldwide).
  • Okwumabua, J.O. (1983, April) "Health Care and Wellness: Issues and Problems for the African Nations and a new dimension for United States". FM Radio, Critical Issues and Community Affairs, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • Okwumabua, J.O., & Winston, B. (1987, March). Social Skills Training: An Approach to Substance Abuse Prevention Among Adolescents. A workshop for principals and teachers, Greene County School System, Eutau, West Alabama.
  • Okwumabua, J.O. & Papenfuss, D. (1983, November). The effect of cardiac rehabilitation on the health and wellness of cardiac outpatients: A retrospective study. A paper presented to the Health Education Research Symposia Series, Health Education Program, Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, The University of New Mexico.
  • Duryea, E.J., & Okwumabua, J.O. (1983, October) An Exploratory Study of the Health Decision-Making Variable of New York and Montana Ninth-Graders. A paper presented to the Health Education Research Symposia Series, Health Education Program, Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, The University of New Mexico.
  • DeFelice, B., & Okwumabua, J.O. (1983, February). Health and Safety Program Planning Workshops (8 hr. session). Target Population: Tribal leaders, health and safety division directors, health program directors and planners, and community health representatives. The National American Indian Safety Council, Albuquerque, New Mexico.