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Caile Spear, PhD, MCHES, FAAHE

Professor, Department of Community and Environmental Health

Caile SpearDr. Caile Spear came to Boise State to oversee the Health Promotion program. It has changed over the years and in the fall will become a part of the new BS in Public Health as one of the emphasis areas. Students who graduate with the current Health Education and Promotion degree or new BS in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Education & Promotion will be able to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam. Dr. Spear joins the faculty in the Department of Community and Environmental Health in Fall 2016.

Dr. Spear is an American Association for Health Education past-president, past Society for Public Health Professional Preparation Board of Trustee, Faculty-In-Residence 2007-2009, 2016-2018, Service-Learning Faculty Liaison, UF 200 Founding Faculty member.


Texas Woman’s University BS

University of Arkansas MS and Ph.D.


Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)

Research Interests

Healthy Habits, Healthy U program, service-learning, health promotion,

Select Publications:

Spear, C E and Hale, A. (2010) Increasing cultural competency through refugee focused service-learning projects: Bringing the world home. In M. A. Cooksey & K. T. Olivares (Eds.), Quick Hits for Service-learning: Successful Strategies by Award-winning Teachers. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

Shimon, J, Spitzer-Gibson, T., & Spear, C. (2009) Stop the tears of drug and alcohol abuse-A teaching strategy. Journal of Health Education, 40(6), 373-377.

Spear, C. (2008).  Abstinence education [Encyclopedia entry].  In N. Salkind (Ed.),            Encyclopedia of Educational Psychology (pp. 1-4).  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Ransdell, L, Hildebrand, K., Spear, C. & Lucas, S. (2007) Higher, faster, stronger, drunker?         Journal Of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, 78(3). 5-7.

Young, K., & Spear, C. (2005). Addressing health education responsibilities and competencies through service-learning. California Journal of Health Promotion, 3(3), 17-23.

Denny, G., Young, M., Rausch, S., & Spear, C., (2002) An evaluation of abstinence education curriculum series: Sex can wait. American Journal of Health Behavior, 26(5), 366-377.

Bajracharya, S., & Spear, C., (2000) Student perspective in service-learning. In American Associate for Health Education Service-Learning in Health Education monograph.

Young, M., Denny, G. & Spear, C (1999) Area specific self-esteem and adolescent sexual behavior. American Journal of Health Studies, 15, 181-188.

Young, M., Denny, G. & Spear, C. (1999). An evaluation of the ‘Sex Can Wait’ abstinence education curriculum series. American Journal of Health Behavior, 23, 134-143.

Spear, C., Young, M., & Denny, G. (1997). Field testing of an abstinence-based sexuality education program for upper elementary students. Journal of Health Education, 28, 335-340.

Courses Currently Taught

  • KINES 140 Personal Health
  • KINES 240 Foundations of Health Promotion & Prevention
  • KINES 340 Community Health
  • KINES 440 Health Promotion Programming
  • supervise KINES 493 Internship for Health Education & Promotion majors
  • UF 200 Civic & Ethical Foundations

Contact Information

Phone: (208) 426-3656
Vitae: Caile Spear Vitae
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