Dr. Kele Ding
Dr. Kele Ding has a doctorate in Health Behavior (Specialization in adolescent's and college students' drug use, and Measurement and Evaluation) from Indiana University Bloomington, a master's in Community Health Education from Western Illinois University, and a bachelor's in Western Medicine from Wenzhou Medical University, China. Prior to his study at Western Illinois University, Dr. Ding was a surgeon in China, practicing abdominal surgery between 1983 and 1992. After his doctoral study at Indiana University, Dr. Ding went to Idaho State University as a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Health Sciences and Nutrition in 2000 where he was tenured. He came to Kent State University in 2005, serving as an assistant professor in Health Education and Promotion. He was promoted to be tenured associate professor in 2011. Dr. Ding’s applied experiences in the Health Education and Public Health fields include large survey data analysis and technical report in adolescent’s drug use and other risk factors, graduate assistant support of survey data analysis in HIV/AIDS knowledge and attitude among rural population, and program evaluation of After School Programs of drug prevention and education. His primary research focus is on behavior intention and peer influence in drug initiation among school aged children, trend, prevalence, and gateway theory of drug use among adolescence and college students, and measurement and evaluation in health education and promotion. Dr. Ding has served on the Research Board of American Association for Health Education, and chaired the Multicultural Diversity Committee of the association. Currently he is a member of the American Public Health Association.