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Nancy L. Weaver, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Associate Dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs
College for Public Health and Social Justice

Behavioral Science and Health Education

It's so exciting to develop new strategies for promoting healthy relationships between parents and children. Our partners are amazing.

- Nancy L. Weaver, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Courses Taught

Health Communication; Injury Control; Program Evaluation; Research Methodology; Theories of Health Behavior


  • Ph.D., Health Behavior and Health Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • M.P.H., Biostatistics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • B.S., Mathematics and Statistics, James Madison University

Research Interests

Health communication; injury prevention; physical activity.

Community Work and Service

Weaver applies communication and public health principles to promote positive parenting of young children. Whether encouraging correct car seat use or nurturing relationships, she advances strength-based messages that are easy to understand and are highly relevant to caregivers.

Her work to date has led to the widespread dissemination of efficacious programs (e.g.,, and the development and evaluation of RISE Up!, a program promoting injury prevention and protective factors to guard against child abuse and neglect. 

Weaver is the founding Director of Operations for SLU’s REACH Center: Research and Equity in Action for Child Health, a newly formed regional initiative that brings together academic and community partners to advance the health of moms, dads, families and children.

Weaver frequently consults with health care providers and non-profit agencies to design and evaluate community health improvement plans, health education programs and prevention approaches.