Doctoral Candidate

Department of Health Education and Behavior

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 underserved populations (e.g., Deaf individuals, people experiencing homelessness). In 2017, I received my Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) credential from the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing.

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 of communication experiences in emergency settings. My research applies quantitative methods - including mixture modeling, structural equation modeling, and psychometrics -, qualitative interviews, and mixed methods to (1) develop, refine, and advance health behavior theory and measurement, and (2) reduce health inequity among underserved populations. I am currently writing my dissertation: a mixed methods study to better understand emergency department utilization among deaf and hard-of-hearing adult patients.

My research has received generous support from:


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


  • 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



Development of 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 – Present 1R36HS027537-01
PI: James

Assessing the Deaf Patient’s Experience in the Emergency Department

Society for Public Health Education

Sep 2018 – Sep 2019 Student Fellowship in Patient Engagement
PI: James

Graduate School Fellowship

University of Florida

Aug 2016 – Aug 2020
Trainee: James; Mentor: Cheong

Five Most Recent Publications


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