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School of Education, Health and Human Behavior
School of Education

Dr. Nicole Klein

Associate Professor

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PhD, 1995, University of Texas Austin
MS, 1990, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
BS, 1989, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

sexuality education, LGBTQI, use of technology for improving health,  health education methods


2605 Lukas Annex, Vadalabene Center


About Dr. Klein

Dr. Klein obtained her Ph.D. in Health Education from the University of Texas at Austin.  Prior to completing her doctoral degree, Dr. Klein worked with low-income pregnant and parenting adolescents, leading to her interest in adolescent sexuality.  She teaches undergraduate coursework in community health program planning, program evaluation, contemporary and controversial issues in health, women's health, personal health, and instructional strategies in health education.  She was the recipient of the SIUE Teaching Excellence Award in 2012 and the highest national scorer on the Spring 2016 Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) exam.  

Research Profile

Dr. Klein's research focuses on creating sexually healthy individuals through inclusive sexuality education. She is especially interested in improving the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) individuals. She has an interest in technology and integrates the use of innovative tools in her teaching, service and research. Dr. Klein has published several research articles about mental health, sexuality, and a book chapter related to sexuality education. She has presented her research at many conferences, including the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) and the American College Health Association (ACHA). 


Xin, H., Karamehic-Muratovic, A., Klein, N.A. (2017). Examining the effectiveness of physical activity on mental health among Bosnian refugees: A pilot study. Universal Journal of Public Health 5(2), 76-84. 

Henry, D.S., Klein, N.A., Kempland, M., Rexilious, M., & Oswalt, S. (2017). Status of personal health requirement for graduation at institutions of higher education in the United States. Journal of American College Health 65(1). 50-57. 

Klein, N.A. (2016). Slapjack shuffle: Teaching instructional method selection using playing cards. Pedagogy in Health Promotion. December 19, 2016, DOI: 10.1177/2373379916682975

Klein, N.A. & Dudley, M.G. (2014). Impediments to academic performance of bisexual college students. Journal of American College Health 62(6), 399-406. 

Klein, N.A., Markowitz, L.J., Puchner, L. & Anderson, J.K. (2011). Undressing the hidden curriculum: Sexuality education and middle school literature. In D. Carlson & D. Roseboro (Eds.), The Sexuality Curriculum and Youth Culture. New   York: Peter Lang Publishing Group.

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