Dr. Bernert received her PhD from Southern Illinois University. Prior to joining the HEDP faculty at Kent State University, she held various teaching and administrative positions for 10 years in the public schools. She is licensed in Ohio to teach special education, early childhood education, elementary education, and health education. As a former special education teacher, she has a passion for health education and promotion for youth and adults with disabilities. She also has a particular interest in sexuality education and has both taught sexuality education and worked as a sexuality educator. Dr. Bernert has conducted research, published, and presented her work involving sexual health and disability. She also has a passion for Kent State University, receiving her BS (1986) and MA (1997) degrees from here. To return to the university once again as faculty has been a wonderful professional opportunity and privilege, and she looks forward to giving back quality educational experiences as a faculty member she received here as a student.
B.S. in Special Education, Early Childhood Education &Elementary Education, Kent State University, M.A. in Health Education and Promotion, Kent State University, Ph.D. in Health Education and Promotion, Southern Illinois University
sexuality and disability, health education and promotion and disability, School Health
Mothers, Mentors, and Muses 2017
Boydston Excellence in Health Education Graduate Student Award (SIU) 2002
Outstanding Teaching Assistant in the University Core Curriculum (SIU) 2000