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Chia-Liang (Leo) Dai, Ph.D., CHES

Assistant Professor

Teaching and Learning
CEB 354
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Dai is an assistant professor of health education. He received his Ph.D. in health promotion and education with a concentration in counselor education and supervision from the University of Cincinnati. He is an active certified health education specialist registered by the National Commission of Health Education Credentialing. He was an elementary school teacher, where he taught PE classes, a sports team coach, a school psychologist, and a military mental health counselor in Taiwan. His research focuses on health behavior change research and interventions and the association between family/cultural factors and risky behaviors. He has published his studies in the Alternative Therapies in Health & Medicine, International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, Journal of Child & Family Studies, Journal of Physical Education & Sport, Journal of Primary Care & Community Health, Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, and Substance Abuse: Research & Treatment. He currently serves as the editorial board member for the Journal of School Health and Journal of Global Education and Research. He has also partnered with the Greater Youth Sports Association to provide after-school sports programs to children from low-income households in Southern Nevada.

Research Expertise

Health behavior change research, health education program evaluation, mental health, mind-body practice (esp. yoga/mindfulness meditation), obesity prevention, social-emotional learning, substance use, and cultural/family studies.