Tyler G. James

Doctoral Candidate and Graduate School Fellow

University of Florida

Tyler G. James, MS, CHES

I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Health Education and Behavior at the University of Florida. I started working in health education/promotion in 2014, as a student assistant at GatorWell Health Promotion Services. At GatorWell, I worked with a team of health promotion specialists to develop and analyze needs assessments to inform health communication and social marketing campaigns. I also volunteered as an HIV testing and prevention counselor throughout North Central Florida, with primary focus on college student and Deaf populations. In 2017, I received my Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) credential from the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing.

Broadly, I am interested in health services research and healthcare utilization. More specifically, my research applies quantitative and mixed methods to (1) better understand the development and application of health behavior theory in research and practice, and (2) reduce health inequity among underserved populations. Guided by my experience in HIV prevention, my early research focused on STI/HIV prevention and treatment utilization among adolescents and emerging adults. However, through personal experiences and community-based partnerships, my interests evolved to focus on deaf and hard-of-hearing health equity. My work with the deaf community has included community-engaged quantitative health needs assessments and a qualitative inquiry off communication experiences in emergency settings. My dissertation, funded by a federal dissertation research award, applies mixed methods to better understand emergency department utilization among deaf and hard-of-hearing adult patients.

My research has received generous support from:


  • Health services research
  • Health behavior among Deaf and hard-of-hearing populations
  • Applied quantitative and mixed methods
  • Health behavior theory development and advancement


  • Ph.D. candidate, Health and Human Performance conc. Health Behavior, Current (exp. 2021)

    University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

  • M.S. Health Education and Behavior, 2017

    University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

  • B.S. Psychology, 2016

    University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Five Most Recent Publications

(2020). Preprint: Conducting low-cost community-engaged health research with Deaf American Sign Language users.


(2020). Suicidal behaviors and help-seeking attitudes among deaf and hard-of-hearing college students. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior.


(2020). Pre‐resolution drinking problem severity profiles associated with stable moderation outcomes of national recovery attempts. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.


(2020). Health insurance literacy and health service utilization among college students. Journal of American College Health.



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