Dr. Nicole Klein
Dr. Klein obtained her Ph.D. in Health Education from the University of Texas at Austin and is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). Prior to completing her doctoral degree, Dr. Klein worked with low-income pregnant and parenting adolescents, leading to her interest 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.
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 and intersex (LGBTQI) individuals in school settings. 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 and a book chapter related to sexuality education. She has presented her research at many conferences, including the International Conference on Teacher Education and Social Justice and the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT).
Klein, N.A. & Dudley, M.G. (2014). Impediments to academic performance of bisexual college students. Journal of American College Health 62(6), 399-406.
Puchner, L. & Klein, N.A. (2012). Skirting the issue: Teachers' experiences addressing sexuality in middle school language arts. Research in Middle Level Education Online 36(1), 1-16.
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.
Puchner, L. & Klein, N.A. (2011). The right time and place? Middle school language arts teachers talk about not talking about sexual orientation. Equity and Excellence in Education 44(2), 233-248.
Klein, N.A. & Breck, S.E. (2010). “I wish I had known the truth sooner”: Middle school teacher candidates’ sexuality education experiences. Research in Middle Level Education Online 33(6) 1-10.
Dudley, M.G, Klein, N.A. & Marz, S.M. (2009). An evaluation of a peer education program to increase sexuality knowledge of urban minority youth. Missouri Journal of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance 19, 112-124.
Klein, N.A. & Markowitz, L.J. (2009) “Rewind and Replay”: Changing teachers’ heterosexist language to create an inclusive environment. American Journal of Health Education 40(6), 329-332.