Tanya M. Benedict, PhD, CPH
Tanya M. Benedict, PhD, CPH

Tanya M. Benedict, PhD, CPH

Professor
Program Director, CHPE 211
Heider College of Business

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Marketing and Management

Position

  • Professor

Secondary Appointment

  • College of Nursing

Biography

Prior to joining Creighton University, Dr. Benedict was in the College of Health Sciences at West Chester University where she served for 15 years as Director of the Graduate Program in Health Care Management in the Department of Health and Associate Professor in the Masters of Public Health and Public Health/Health Promotion programs. Previously, Dr. Benedict was the Director of the Health Care Management graduate program and Assistant Professor in the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas. She graduated Cum Laude with B.A. and M.S. degrees from the University of Arkansas and received her Ph.D. in Health Policy and Administration from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, in 1999. Dr. Benedict also spent 10 years in a variety of managerial positions at Beverly Enterprises, the largest nursing home corporation in the world with an estimated $2.2 billion in yearly revenue and over 34,000 employees.
 
Dr. Benedict is a co-author of a nationally adopted college textbook in health and wellness and has been a contributing author for more than 20 health and wellness chapters. She has peer reviewed publications in the areas of health care access, health behavior and attitudes, and distance education. She has served as a textbook reviewer for Benjamin Cummings/Pearson Education and Wadsworth Thomson Learning. Her research is published in leading journals including the American Journal of Health Studies and The IAFOR Journal of Education. Dr. Benedict has presented extensively at both international and national conferences and she has had the honor of teaching at Oxford’s Harris - Manchester College in England. She is a Certified Public Health Professional (CPH) which is the only credential of its kind for public health demonstrating both knowledge of public health and commitment to the field through continuing education focused on emerging and established public health issues. Dr. Benedict is also currently pursuing board certification in healthcare management through the completion of the premier fellowship offered by the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). She has served as the Chairperson of the Society of Public Health Education (SOPHE) Health Advocacy committee and she is an active member in the American College of Healthcare Executives, the American Public Health Association, and the Society of Public Health Education.

Education

  • Ph.D. Health Policy and Administration, Minor Area of Study- Medical Geography, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
  • MS in Rural Sociology, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
  • B.A. Cum Laude in Psychology, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

Certifications


2016       American College of Health Care Executives Fellow (FACHE) (currently in progress)
2010       National Board of Public Health Examiners Certified Public Health (CPH) Professional
 

Publications and Presentations

Articles


  • Smidt, E., McDyre, B., Bunk, J., Li, R., & Gatenby, T. (2014) Faculty attitudes about distance education.The IAFOR Journal of Education, 2(2), 181-209. Retrieved from http://iafor.org/iafor/iafor-journal-of-education-volume-2-issue-2/.
     , The IAFOR Journal of Education, 2(2), 181-209, 2014

  • Smidt, E., Bunk, J., McGrory, B., Li, R., & Gatenby, T. (2014). Student attitudes about distance education: Focusing on context and effective practices. The IAFOR Journal of Education, 2(1), 40-64.Retrieved from http://iafor.org/iafor/ije-volume-2-issue-1/
     , The IAFOR Journal of Education, 2(1), 40-64, 2014

  • Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, Kotecki, Jerome, and Gatenby, Tanya Morgan. (2013). Health in the 21st Century: New Challenges, New Choices in Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, Kotecki, Jerome, Health: Making Choices for Life. San Francisco, CA: Pearson Higher Education, Benjamin Cummings – Applied Sciences.
     , Health: Making Choices for Life, 2013

  • Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, Kotecki, Jerome, and Gatenby, Tanya Morgan.  (2013). Psychological Health: Maintaining the Mind and Spirit in Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, Kotecki, Jerome, Health: Making Choices for Life. San Francisco, CA: Pearson Higher Education, Benjamin Cummings – Applied Sciences.
     , Health: Making Choices for Life, 2013
  • Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, Kotecki, Jerome, and Gatenby, Tanya Morgan. (2013). Stress Management: Coping with College Life in Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, Kotecki, Jerome, Health: Making Choices for Life. San Francisco, CA: Pearson Higher Education, Benjamin Cummings – Applied Sciences, Health: Making Choices for Life, 2013
  • Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, Kotecki, Jerome, and Gatenby, Tanya Morgan. (2013). Sleep: Repairing Your Body, Recharging Your Mind in Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, Kotecki, Jerome, Health: Making Choices for Life. San Francisco, CA: Pearson Higher Education, Benjamin Cummings – Applied Sciences, Health: Making Choices for Life, 2013

  • Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, Kotecki, Jerome, and Gatenby, Tanya Morgan. (2013).  Body Image, Body Weight: Achieving a Health Balance in Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, Kotecki, Jerome, Health: Making Choices for Life. San Francisco, CA: Pearson Higher Education, Benjamin Cummings – Applied Sciences.
     , Health: Making Choices for Life, 2013

  • Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, Kotecki, Jerome, and Gatenby, Tanya Morgan. (2013). Compulsive Behaviors and Psychoactive Drugs: Understanding Addiction in Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, Kotecki, Jerome, Health: Making Choices for Life. San Francisco, CA: Pearson Higher Education, Benjamin Cummings – Applied Sciences.
     , Health: Making Choices for Life, 2013

  • Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, Kotecki, Jerome, and Gatenby, Tanya Morgan. (2013). Alcohol: Choices and Challenges in Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, Kotecki, Jerome, Health: Making Choices for Life. San Francisco, CA: Pearson Higher Education, Benjamin Cummings – Applied Sciences.
     , Health: Making Choices for Life, 2013

  • Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, Kotecki, Jerome, and Gatenby, Tanya Morgan. (2013). Tobacco: A Clear and Present Danger in Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, Kotecki, Jerome, Health: Making Choices for Life. San Francisco, CA: Pearson Higher Education, Benjamin Cummings – Applied Sciences.
     , Health: Making Choices for Life, 2013
  • Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, Kotecki, Jerome, and Gatenby, Tanya Morgan. (2013). Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease: Reducing Your Risk in Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, Kotecki, Jerome, Health: Making Choices for Life. San Francisco, CA: Pearson Higher Education, Benjamin Cummings – Applied Sciences, Health: Making Choices for Life, 2013

  • Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, Kotecki, Jerome, and Gatenby, Tanya Morgan. (2013). Cancer: Choices for Prevention in Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, Kotecki, Jerome, Health: Making Choices for Life. San Francisco, CA: Pearson Higher Education, Benjamin Cummings – Applied Sciences.
     , Health: Making Choices for Life, 2013

  • Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, Kotecki, Jerome, and Gatenby, Tanya Morgan. (2013). Immunity and Infection: Breaking the Chain in Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, Kotecki, Jerome, Health: Making Choices for Life. San Francisco, CA: Pearson Higher Education, Benjamin Cummings – Applied Sciences.
     , Health: Making Choices for Life, 2013

  • Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, Kotecki, Jerome, and Gatenby, Tanya Morgan. (2013). Relationships: Communication, Conflict and Commitment in Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, Kotecki, Jerome, Health: Making Choices for Life. San Francisco, CA: Pearson Higher Education, Benjamin Cummings – Applied Sciences.
     , Health: Making Choices for Life, 2013

  • Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, Kotecki, Jerome, and Gatenby, Tanya Morgan. (2013). Sexuality: Your Body, Your Choices in Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, Kotecki, Jerome, Health: Making Choices for Life. San Francisco, CA: Pearson Higher Education, Benjamin Cummings – Applied Sciences.
     , Health: Making Choices for Life, 2013

  • Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, Kotecki, Jerome, and Gatenby, Tanya Morgan. (2013). Contraception: Avoiding Unintended Pregnancy in Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, Kotecki, Jerome, Health: Making Choices for Life. San Francisco, CA: Pearson Higher Education, Benjamin Cummings – Applied Sciences., Health: Making Choices for Life, 2013

  • Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, Kotecki, Jerome, and Gatenby, Tanya Morgan. (2013). Choosing Parenthood: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Challenge of Infertility in Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, Kotecki, Jerome, Health: Making Choices for Life. San Francisco, CA: Pearson Higher Education, Benjamin Cummings – Applied Sciences., Health: Making Choices for Life, 2013

  • Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, Kotecki, Jerome, and Gatenby, Tanya Morgan. (2013).  Consumer Health: Options in Health Care in Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, Kotecki, Jerome, Health: Making Choices for Life. San Francisco, CA: Pearson Higher Education, Benjamin Cummings – Applied Sciences., Health: Making Choices for Life, 2013

  • Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, Kotecki, Jerome, and Gatenby, Tanya Morgan. (2013). Personal Safety: Caution Ahead in Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, Kotecki, Jerome, Health: Making Choices for Life. San Francisco, CA: Pearson Higher Education, Benjamin Cummings – Applied Sciences.
     , Health: Making Choices for Life, 2013

  • Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, Kotecki, Jerome, and Gatenby, Tanya Morgan. (2013). Environmental Health: Protecting Yourself and Your World in Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, Kotecki, Jerome, Health: Making Choices for Life. San Francisco, CA: Pearson Higher Education, Benjamin Cummings – Applied Sciences.
     , Health: Making Choices for Life, 2013

  • Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, Kotecki, Jerome, and Gatenby, Tanya Morgan. (2013). Embracing Change: The Gifts and Challenges of Aging in Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, Kotecki, Jerome, Health: Making Choices for Life. San Francisco, CA: Pearson Higher Education, Benjamin Cummings – Applied Sciences.
     , Health: Making Choices for Life, 2013
  • Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, Kotecki, Jerome, and Gatenby, Tanya Morgan. (2012). Stress Management: Coping with College Life. In Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, and Kotecki, Jerome, Health: Making Choices for Life Test Booklet. San Francisco, CA: Pearson Higher Education, Benjamin Cummings – Applied Sciences., Health: Making Choices for Life, 2012
  • Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, Kotecki, Jerome, and Gatenby, Tanya Morgan. (2012). Alcohol: Choices and Challenges. In Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, and Kotecki, Jerome, Health: Making Choices for Life Test Booklet. San Francisco, CA: Pearson Higher Education, Benjamin Cummings – Applied Sciences., Health: Making Choices for Life, 2012
  • Morgan, Tanya. (2012). Stress Management: Coping with College Life. In Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, and Kotecki, Jerome, Health: Making Choices for Life Test Booklet. San Francisco, CA: Pearson Higher Education, Benjamin Cummings – Applied Sciences., Health: Making Choices for Life, 2012

  • Morgan, Tanya. (2012). Alcohol: Choices and Challenges. In Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, and Kotecki, Jerome, Health: Making Choices for Life Test Booklet. San Francisco, CA: Pearson Higher Education, Benjamin Cummings – Applied Sciences.
     , Health: Making Choices for Life, 2012
  • Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, Kotecki, Jerome, and Gatenby, Tanya Morgan. (2013). Physical Activity: For Fitness, Health, and Fun in Lynch, April, Elmore, Barry, Kotecki, Jerome, Health: Making Choices for Life

Presentations


  • Martin, V., and Gatenby, T. Mental Health Status and Access to Mental Health Care in Pennsylvania LGBT College Students. To be presented at the Society of Public Health Education (SOPHE) 66th Annual Conference, Portland, OR, April 23 – 25, 2015. 
     , 2015
  • Li, R., Smidt, E., Bunk, J. & Gatenby, T. (October 2014). Faculty and online education: A replication study of the 2012 National Survey. Paper presented at the World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2014 (E-Learn 2014). New Orleans, LA, 2014

  • Smidt, E., McDyre, B., Bunk, J., Li, R., & Gatenby, T. (September 2014). Faculty attitudes about distance education in an online faculty development program. Paper presented at the IAFOR North American Conference on Education (NACE 2014). Providence, RI.
     , 2014

  • Smidt, E., Bunk, J.,Li, R., & Gatenby, T. (November 2013). Continuing the Distance Education Scholarship at WCU: An Update on Current Research. Paper presented at the Pennsylvania Distance Learning Association (PADLA) 11th Annual Conference. West Chester, PA.
     , 2013

  • Smidt, E., Bunk, J., McGrory, B., Li, R., & Gatenby, T. (July 2013). Student reactions to and attitudes about distance education. Paper presented virtually at the European Conference on Technology in the Classroom (ECTC 2013). Retrieved July 4, 2013, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ea-ARc-akGYand http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OFobDL_07w.
     , 2013

  • Smidt, E., Bunk, J., McGrory, B., Li, R., & Gatenby, T. (May 2013). Student reactions to and attitudes about distance education. Paper presented at RECAP 2013. West Chester, PA.
     , 2013
  • Guidotti, T., Bunk, J., Smidt, E., Gatenby, T., & Li, R. (May 2013). Using I/O psychology to understand reactions to distance education: An applied, multi-disciplinary project. Paper presented at RECAP 2013. West Chester, PA, 2013
  • Li, Rui, Bunk, Jennifer, Funkhouser, Beverly, Gatenby, Tanya, and Smidt, Esther.  (Nov 16 2012). Distance Teaching and Learning: An Interdisciplinary Approach,  Presented at the Pennsylvania/Delaware/New Jersey Distance Learning Association (PADLA) 10th Annual Conference and Expo, Temple University: Ambler Campus, 2012

  • Bunk, J., Funkhouser, B., Gatenby, T., Li, R., & Smidt, E. (November 2012). Distance teaching and learning: An interdisciplinary approach. Paper presented at the Pennsylvania Distance Learning Association 10th Annual Conference (PADLA). Ambler, PA.
     , 2012

  • Smidt, E., Funkhouser, B., Li, R., Bunk, J. & Gatenby, T. (October 2012). Reactions to and attitudes about asynchronous online discussion forums in an online faculty development program. Paper presented at the World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2012 (E-Learn 2012). Montreal, Canada.
     , 2012