Doctoral Candidate

Department of Health Education and Behavior

University of Florida

Tyler G. James, M.S., CHES

I am a health education scientist, Certified Health Education Specialist, and doctoral candidate in Health Education and Behavior at the University of Florida. My research applies quantitative methods - including mixture modeling, structural equation modeling, and psychoemtrics -, qualitative methods, and mixed methods to (1) develop, refine, and advance health behavior theory and measurement, and (2) achieve health equity for priority populations.

I am expecting to graduate from my Ph.D. program in August 2021. My dissertation study is titled Developing a conceptual model of emergency department utilization among deaf and hard-of-hearing patients: an explanatory sequential mixed methods study, and is funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

My research has received generous support from:


  • Health services research
  • Applied quantitative and mixed methods
  • Health behavior theory development and advancement
  • Health behavior among people with disabilities and deaf/hard-of-hearing populations


  • PhD candidate in Health and Human Performance conc. Health Behavior, expected 2021

    University of Florida

  • M.S. in Health Education & Behavior, 2017

    University of Florida

  • B.S. in Psychology, 2016

    University of Florida

Recent News

Tyler Awarded Vivian Drenckhahn Student Scholarship

Recognizes graduate or undergraduate students who are national SOPHE members and who have excelled academically, demonstrated a commitment to addressing the public’s health through a career in health education, and who have demonstrated financial need.



Developing a Conceptual Model of Emergency Department Utilization Among Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Patients: A Mixed Methods Study

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Apr 2020 – Aug 2021 1R36HS027537-01

Assessing the Deaf Patient’s Experience in the Emergency Department

Society for Public Health Education

Jan 2016 – Dec 2016 Student Fellowship in Patient Engagement

Recent Publications