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Michele Pettit

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Associate Professor
Public/Community Health Edu
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Michele Pettit Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Associate Professor

Public/Community Health Edu

Specialty area(s)

Mental and emotional health to include stress and coping, violence and injury prevention, health risk behaviors, health equity, teaching strategies, and professional preparation

Current courses at UWL

HED 207 Youth Health Issues

HED 345 Issues in Mental and Emotional Health

HED 425/525 Violence and Injury Prevention


PhD (Health Education), Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

MPH, University of Illinois at Springfield

BS (Health Science/Community Health) and Minor in Psychology, Truman State University



Patrick Barlow, Institutional Research, Assessment & Planning; and Michele Pettit and Karen Skemp, both Public Health & Community Health Education; presented "Coping with a crisis: The intersection of spirituality and social media" at American Public Health Association 2023 Annual Meeting & Expo: on Nov. 13 in Atlanta, GA. Spirituality includes a sense of connection to something bigger than oneself and may become prominent when an individual confronts emotional stress, physical ailments or mortality. Resilience refers to the ability to bounce back when presented with challenging situations. COVID-19 presented a challenging situation for people across the globe. To that end, the purpose of this study was to examine spiritual coping in relation to social media use, resilience, stress, depression, and anxiety among a campus community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Submitted on: Nov. 20, 2023


Kathy A. DeBarr Ph. D., Department of Public Health, University of Illinois at Springfield and Michele Pettit, Public Health and Community Health Education, co-authored the article "SROs and School Violence: A Perspective on Roles and Training Needs" in Journal of School Health published on Nov. 14 by American School Health Association.

Submitted on: Nov. 30, 2022