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ASPPH Teaching Excellence Award

The ASPPH Teaching Excellence Award recognizes faculty who are outstanding in teaching and mentoring students toward distinction in public health research, teaching, and practice. The award is given annually to a full-time faculty member from an ASPPH-member, CEPH-accredited school or program of public health.

2022 Winner

Catherine Sherwood-Laughlin, HSD, MPH

Indiana University School of Public Health - Bloomington

Dr. Sherwood-Laughlin earned her undergraduate degree in Health Education and Chemistry from Central Michigan University, a Master of Arts in Secondary Health Education from Ball State University, and both her Master of Public Health and Health and Safety Doctorate degrees from Indiana University-Bloomington.  Catherine began her teaching career in middle school health education and science.  She then became a public health educator at a county health department where she was responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating public health programs for a variety of populations. Dr. Sherwood-Laughlin’s primary focus was HIV/AIDS education and she served as a consultant to many school corporations.  During her doctoral studies, she began focusing on sexuality education in schools and community-based organizations.  Dr. Sherwood-Laughlin’s goal is to help adults who work closely with young people become more comfortable and confident talking about sexual health topics.  She has conducted sexual health education workshops for teachers, administrators, and parents that provide the participants with the skills and knowledge to provide developmentally, and medically-fact based sexual health information to young people.  A current project  is developing strategies to help special education teachers teach their students about sexual health topics based on students’ developmental capacities.  This is a two-year data-driven project utilizing a systematic approach to develop and test a sexual health education program for youth with disabilities.  The project aims to utilize instructional design models and leverage teachers’ expertise to adapt the school corporation’s sexual health education curriculum.  She has also made training college students to teach a focus of her career at Indiana University.  In collaboration with a doctoral student, a new course was  implemented for public health doctoral students at IUB to provide them with opportunities to think critically about their teaching practices and to enhance their pedagogical skills.  Rooted in the scholarship of teaching and learning, this course helps students prepare for teaching, feel more comfortable in the classroom, utilize pedagogical best practices, and provide a supportive environment to discuss teaching experiences.