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Carol Cummings

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Academic Background

Carol Cummings, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Health Education, is the Coordinator for the Bachelor of Science in Community Health and Wellness (CHW) and the Masters of Health Education programs of study at Rhode Island College. 

  • Her educational background includes a baccalaureate and masters in Community Health and Research Methodology, and a Ph.D. in Health Education with a minor in Educational Psychology.
  • She also holds a certificate in Maternal and Child Health from Boston University School of Public Health. 

Courses Taught

HPE 101 Human Sexuality
HPE 221 Nutrition
HPE 300 Concepts of Teaching
HPE 303 Community Health
HPE 406 Program Development in Health Promotion
HPE 426 Seminar in Community Health
HPE 429 Internship in Community Health
HPE 530 Sex and Family Life Education
HPE 562 Seminar in Health Education

Dr. Cummings serves on the Rhode Island College Institute for Education in Healthcare executive committee, COEXIST curriculum committee and is Co-chair of the Age Friendly RI Food and Nutrition Workgroup. Dr. Cummings has presented at both state and national conferences on effective strategies to promote health and well being for all populations, and is published in scholarly journals. Dr. Cummings work is focused on planning and implementing culturally responsive, authentic, and engaging community and public health education, and promotion efforts that support health literacy, self-efficacy, and healthy outcomes for all populations.


Grants Awarded

  • Healthy Initiatives Evaluation Grant, RI Department of Education. ($20,000). Cummings, C. & Pepin, K.  Examination of Data Sources that Support Sexual Health in Rhode Island Youth (2018).
  • Future of Sex Education Grant. ($1500). Cummings, C., Fisher, C., & Hoopis, L.  Application of Teacher Preparation Standards for Sexual Health Education to a Graduate Course.
  • Rhode Island College Center for Research and Creative Activity, Grant. ($1500).  Cummings, C. & Fisher, C.   Community Health and Wellness students Utilization of iPads to Implement College Health Needs Assessments.

Grant Work

  • Age Friendly RI Grant (Tufts Health Plan Grant) : Co-chair Food and Nutrition Workgroup (2016-Present)
  • RIC COEXIST Grant (HIV Student Intensive Case Management Teams): Curriculum Development (2016-Present)
  • Real Jobs Grant: Community Health Worker Curriculum Development and Training (2016-Present)


Cummings, C. & Fisher, C. (2017). Assessing health teachers’ confidence and proficiency with sexuality education standards. Sage Research Method Cases, Retrieved at

Cummings, C. & Obel-Omia, C. (2016).  Healthy Reading: Teaching strategies for integrating health and literacy education.  Childhood Education. Accepted for Publication and in press.

Fisher, C. & Cummings C. (2016). Assessing teacher confidence and proficiency with sexual health education standards: Implication for professional development. Pedagogy in Health Promotion, 2(2), 101-107.

Cummings, C. (2015). Rethinking the fishbowl discussion strategy: A mechanism to construct meaning and foster critical thinking and communication skills through student dialogue. Journal of Health Education Teaching Techniques, 2(3), 23-37.

Cummings, C. (2014). Rhode Island College community Health and Wellness – Wellness & Movement Studies Internship Manual. Providence, RI: Rhode Island College.

Cummings, C. (2012). Rhode Island College Community Health and Wellness Internship Manual. Providence, RI: Rhode Island College

Carreiro, D., Cummings, C., & Flato, A. (2010). Attleboro Public Schools Health Education Curriculum, Grades 5-8. Attleboro, MA: Attleboro Public Schools.

Cummings, C. (2002). Family Life Education Curriculum. Brocton, MA: Health Care of Southeastern Massachusetts.

Feinstein School of Education & Human Development Grant ($300). Cummings, C., Furtado, G., & Percoco, V.  Professional Development for Food Logging and Blogging Central Falls/Rhode Island College Innovation Lab Project.

Professional Peer Reviewed Presentations

Cummings, C., & Fisher, C. (October, 2017). Building Teacher Candidates Confidence to Successfully Teaching Sexual Health. American School Health National Conference, St. Louis, MI.

Cummings, C., Fisher, C. & Reilly-Chammat, R. (December, 2017). Building Indispensable Professional Development for Sexual Health Education educators. Center for Sex Education National Sex Education Conference, Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Cummings, C., Fisher, C. & Reilly-Chammat, R. (March, 2016). Let’s Talk About Sexuality Education! SHAPE America National Conference, Boston, Massachusetts.

Cummings, C. & Fisher, C.  (March, 2016).  Assessing Teacher Confidence and Proficiency with Sexual Health Education Standards: Implication for Professional Development.  SOPHE National Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Cummings, C., Furtado, G., & Percoco, V. (October, 2015). Blogging and Food-Logging towards Healthier Nutrition: Central Falls / Rhode Island College Innovation Lab. American School Health Association National Conference, Orlando, Florida.

Cummings, C., Furtado, G., & Percoco, V. (March, 2015). Blogging and Food-Logging towards Healthier Nutrition: RIC / Central Falls Innovation Lab (A Collaboration Between Upper Elementary and College Students). New England League of Middle School Conference 34th Annual Conference, Providence, RI.

Cummings, C. & Johnson, K. (2015). Literacy Walks: How Can Health Educators, Physical Educators, & Classroom Teachers Collaborate Together? Eastern District Association of Health Physical Education Recreation & Dance, Springfield, Massachusetts.

Cummings, C. & Johnson, K. Common Core Literacy Walk. (2014). Rhode Island Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance General Session, Providence, RI.

Cummings, C. & Johnson, K. (2014) What Does My Health Look Like? Eastern District Association of Health, Physical Education Recreation & Dance, Newport, RI.

Cummings, C., Carreiro, D. & Parenteau, J. (2014). Development, Implementation & Impact of a Middle School Grade 6 Nutrition Unit. Eastern District Association of Health, Physical Education Recreation & Dance, Newport, RI.

Cummings, C. & Johnson, K. (2013) Using Engaging Activities Including Movement Based Learning for Teaching the Dimensions of Health and Wellness to Students in Grades 4-6. Massachusetts Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Endicott College, MA.

Cummings, C. (2013) Fishbowl Discussion Format. Rhode Island Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, East Greenwich, RI.

Certifications and Memberships

  • CHES, Certified Health Education Specialist
  • Rhode Island Public Health Association
  • Society of Public Health Education
  • American School Health Association​​

Page last updated: May 21, 2018