Biobehavioral Health Alumni Profile: Christine Karshin, Ph.D.

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B.S, 1990, Education, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
MS, 1996, Sport Science, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D. 2001, Biobehavioral Health, The Pennsylvania State University

On the Ph.D. program, in her words:

“Upon beginning the doctoral program in Biobehavioral Health, I was struck by the effort made by the BBH faculty to treat their students as colleagues. This professional collaboration proved to be a motivating factor to want to excel in my studies, and perform at a high level when working closely with faculty both in the classroom, and on research studies. The knowledge and skills acquired during my three years at Penn State not only enabled me to obtain a tenure-track teaching position upon
graduation, but I felt immediately comfortable and confident in my new position”.

Current areas of professional interest are:

School, Family, and Community Partnerships in Health Education
Health Program Evaluation

Current Position

Associate Professor
Health Education Program
College of Health and Human Services
Eastern Michigan University

Doctoral Thesis

“An Examination of the Relationship Between Alcohol Consumption and Risky Sexual Behavior Among College Students”

Brief Description: The study used a daily diary methodology to assess the relationship between alcohol use and subsequent sexual risk taking. In addition, factors that increase or decrease the likelihood that an individual who drinks alcohol will engage in sexual risk- taking were identified. Results indicated that when alcohol was consumed by college students, they were more likely to engage in sexual behavior. However, when alcohol was consumed by the students prior to engaging in sexual intercourse they were as likely to use condoms as were students who did not drink alcohol.

Ph.D. advisor

Dr. Patricia B. Koch