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Robin Sawyer, PhD
Associate Professor & Associate Chair
SPH 2368
sawyer@Umd.edu
301.405.2517
Link to Current CV


Education

Ph.D., Health Education, University of Maryland College Park 1990
M.Ed., Health Education, University of Virginia, Charlottesville 1980
B.S., Health and Physical Education, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
Cert Ed., Education, University of London, College of St. Mark & St. John, London, England 1972

Courses Taught

HLTH 377: Human Sexuality
HLTH 420: Methods & Materials in Health Education

Research Focus

Adolescent sexuality - particularly college students

  • Contraceptive compliance
  • Sexual communication
  • Date Rape
  • STI prevention

Selected Publications (within last 10 years)

Sawyer, R.G., Howard, D.E., Brewster-Jordan, J., Gavin, M., Sherman, M. (2007) "We Didn't Have Sex . Did We?" College Students' Perceptions of Abstinence. American Journal of Health Studies 22(1):46-53.

Miller, L.M., Sawyer, R.G. (2005) Emergency Contraceptive Pills: A 10-year follow-up survey of use and experiences at college health centers in the mid-Atlantic United States. Journal of American College Health 54(5):249-256.

Sawyer, R.G., Thompson, E. (2003) Knowledge and attitudes about emergency contraception in university students. College Student Journal 37(4):523-531.

Howard, D.E., Greenberg, J.S., Murray, C., Sawyer, R.G. (2002) The role of student health centers in community-university collaborations. Journal of American College Health 51(3):133-137.

Sawyer, R.G., Thompson, E., Chicorelli, A.M. (2002) Rape myth acceptance among intercollegiate student athletes: A preliminary examination. American Journal of Health Studies 18(1):19-25.

Additional Scholarly Activities (Film Production)

Wrote and produced five sexuality-related films that have received fourteen international and national film awards:

"People Like Us" 1987.

Wrote screenplay and co-produced film on sexually transmitted diseases.

Used by over 250 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. (Examples: American University, North Carolina State University, University of Massachusetts, UCLA, Indiana University, University of Maryland, SUNY Brockport, Columbia University.)

"AIDS: A Decision for Life" 1988.

Wrote screenplay and co-produced film on HIV/AIDS.

Used by over 650 colleges, universities, public and private school systems, and organizations in the United States, Canada and Great Britain. (Examples: American University, Pennsylvania State University, University of North Carolina, Wake Forest University, University of Saskatchewan, Minnesota State Department of Education, Health Education Authority of Great Britain, Columbia University. )

"Playing the Game" 1991.

Wrote screenplay and co-produced film on sexuality and communication/date rape.

Used by over 470 colleges, universities, public and private school systems, and organizations in the United States, Canada and Great Britain. (Examples: Dartmouth College, SUNY Brockport and Cortland, Calgary Health Services, Brock University, Maryland State Department of Education, University of Texas, Pennsylvania State University, Health Education Authority of Great Britain, University of Delaware, University of Connecticut, Kansas State University.)

"Tina's Appointment" 1995.

Wrote screenplay and produced videotape focusing on a young woman's first pelvic examination.

Used at 50 colleges and universities in the United States. (Examples: Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Florida State University, Gallaudet University, Johns Hopkins University, Smith College, University of Manitoba, College of William and Mary.)

"Playing the Game 2" 2008.

Wrote screenplay and co-produced remake of film on sexuality and communication/date rape.

Currently used at over 150 university campuses. (Examples: University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University, Temple University, Seton Hall University, University of Denver, Virginia Tech, Bentley College, University of Louisville, Illinois Wesleyan University, California University of Pennsylvania, University of California-Riverside.)

Career Highlights

  • Received the University of Maryland System Board of Regents Award for Excellence in Teaching, April, 2001.
  • Nominated for Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the Panhellenic Association & the Interfraternity Council at the University of Maryland, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001.
  • Recognized as an "Outstanding Teacher" and invited to join the Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Maryland, February, 1992.
  • Received the "University of Maryland Outstanding Teacher of the Year" award for 1992, from the Panhellenic Association, the Panhellenic Council, and the Interfraternity Council, April 1992.
  • Received the "Doris Sands Outstanding Teacher of the Year" award in the College of Health & Human Performance, May, 1992.
  • Received the "University of Maryland Outstanding Teacher of the Year" from the Panhellenic Council, November 1993.
  • Selected as a Lilly-Center for Teaching Excellence Teaching Fellow for 1996-1997, University of Maryland, College Park.
  • Received the "Doris Sands Outstanding Teacher of the Year" award in the College of Health & Human Performance, May, 2006.
  • Fourteen international and national film awards, including third place for Playing the Game in the prestigious CINDY Film Competition, Los Angeles, CA., February 1992.
    To frame this third place award for Playing The Game in context, the films winning first and second places in this educational film category were produced by the following film production companies:

    First place: Walt Disney Productions
    Second place: HBO Movies
    Third place: HealthVisions (Playing the Game)

 

 
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