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Center for Transdisciplinary Research
USF College of Public Health
13201 Bruce B. Downs Blvd
Tampa, FL 33612


  • 2018

    DeBate, R. D., Gatto, A., & Rafal, G. (2018). The effects of stigma on determinants of mental health help-seeking behaviors among male college students: An application of the Information-Motivation-Behavioral skills model. American Journal of Men's Health, 12(5), 1286-1296. doi:10.1177/1557988318773656


    Gatto, A., Powell, S. E., Walters, E. F., Zamani, S., Sales, L. B., & DeBate, R. (2018). A Mixed-Methods Assessment of a Peer-Enforced Tobacco- and Smoke-Free Policy at a Large Urban University. Journal of Community Health. doi:10.1007/s10900-018-0593-y


    Gregory, S. T., Hall, K., Quast, T., Gatto, A., Bleck, J., Storch, E. A., & DeBate, R. (2018). Hormonal Contraception, depression, and Academic Performance among females attending college in the United States. Psychiatry Research, 270, 111-116. doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2018.09.029


    Paola, J., & DeBate, R. (2018). Employing Evaluation Research to Inform Campus Food Pantry Policy. Health Behavior & Policy Review, 5(4), 83-94. doi:10.14485/HBPR.5.4.9


    Rafal, G., Gatto, A., & DeBate, R. D. (2018). Mental health literacy, stigma, and help-seeking behaviors among male college students. Journal of American College Health, 66(4), 284-291. doi:10.1080/07448481.2018.1434780


  • 2016

    Cortese S, & Bleck J. (2016). Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Co-morbidities in Eating Disorders. In. Wade T (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Feeding and Eating Disorders. Springer Publications.

    Sun H, Vamos C, Flory S, DeBate R, Bleck J, & Thompson E. Correlates of long term physical activity adherence in women. Journal of Sport and Health Science. Published Online January 12, 2016.  

  • 2015

    DeBate R, & Bleck J. (2015). Long-term association between developmental assets and health behaviors: An exploratory study. Health Education & Behavior, 43(5), 543-551.

    Vamos CA, Sun H, Flory S, DeBate R, Daley E, Thompson E, Bleck J, & Merrell L. (2015). Community level predictors of physical activity among women in the preconception period. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 19(7), 1584-1592.  

    DeBate R, Petersen D, Wathington D, Wolfe-Quintero K. (2015). Our practice is our passion: Development and delivery of a 21st century DrPH. American Journal of Public Health, 105 (S1), S27-S33.  

    Bleck J, DeBate R, & Olivardia R. (2015). The comorbidity of ADHD and eating disorders in a nationally representative sample. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 42(4), 437-451.  


  • 2014

    Oberne A, DeBate RD. (2014). Self-induced vomiting as a function of Bulimia Nervosa increases risk for oral health issues. Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice, 10:1-2.

    DeBate R, Cragun D, Severson H, Bleck J, Brickhouse TH, Keysek D, & Isringhousen K. (2014). Psychosocial and skill-based differences between dental and dental hygiene students regarding secondary prevention of eating disorders. Journal of Oral Hygiene & Health, 2(1), 123.  

    DeBate R, Cragun D, Merrell L, Bleck J, Severson H, Shaw T, Christiansen S, Koerber A, Tomar S, McCormack Brown K, Tedesco L, & Hendricson, W. (2014). Randomized trial of two e-learning programs on secondary prevention of eating disorders. Journal of Dental Education, 78(1), 5-15.  


  • 2013

    DeBate R, Severson H, Cragun D, Gau J, Merrell L, Bleck J, Christiansen S, Koerber A, Tomar S, McCormack Brown K, Tedesco L, & Hendricson W. (2013). Evaluation of a theory-driven e-learning intervention for future oral healthcare providers on secondary prevention of disordered eating behaviors. Health Education Research, 28(3), 472-487.

    Bleck J, & DeBate RD. (2013). Exploring the co-morbidity of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder with eating disorders and disordered eating behaviors in a nationally representative community-based sample. Eating Behaviors, 14(3), 390-393.

    Cragun D, DeBate RD, Ata RA, Thompson JK. (2013). Psychometric of the Body Esteem Scale for Adolescents and Adults in an early adult sample. Eating and Weight Disorders, 18, 275-282.  

    Kim J, DEBATE RD, Daley E. (2013) Dietary behaviors and oral health in women. In Halpern L and Kaste L, eds. Evidence-based Women’s Oral Health.  

  • 2012

    DeBate RD, Cragun D, Gallentine A, Severson H, Shaw T, Christiansen S, Koerber A, Tomar S, McCormack Brown K, Tedesco L, Hendricson, W. (2012). Evaluate, Assess, Treat: Development and evaluation of the EAT framework to increase effective communication among oral health students regarding sensitive oral-systemic health issues. European Journal of Dental Education, 16(4), 232-238.
  • 2011

    Cragun D, DeBate RD, Severson H, Shaw T, Christiansen S, Koerber A, Tomar S, McCormack Brown K, Tedesco L, Hendricson, W. (2011). Developing and pretesting case studies in dental and dental hygiene education: Using the diffusion of innovations model. Journal of Dental Education, 76(5), 590-601.

    DeBate RD, Cragun D, Severson H, Shaw T, Christiansen S, Koerber A, Tomar S, McCormack Brown K, Tedesco L, Hendricson, W. (2011). Factors for increasing adoption of e-courses among dental and dental hygiene faculty. Journal of Dental Education, 75(5), 589-597.  


  • 2010

    Thompson SH, DeBate RD. (2010). An exploratory study of the relationship between night eating syndrome and depression among college students. Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, 24(1), 39-48.

    DeBate RD. (2010). Eating Disorders. In Levin BL, Becker M (eds). A Public Health Perspective of Women's Mental Health Services. New York: Springer Publishing, 2009.  


  • 2009 and prior

    Buhi E, DEBATE RD, McDermott RJ. (2009) Planning health promotion and disease prevention programs. In Coreil, Jeannine, ed. Social and Behavioral Foundations of Public Health, 2nd Ed.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. 

    Bryant CA, McCormackBrown K, McDermott RJ, Alfonso A, DEBATE RD, Monahagn P, Baldwin P, Phillips L. (2009). Community-Based Prevention Marketing: A New Planning Framework for Designing and Tailoring Health Promotion Interventions. In DeClemente, R, ed. Emerging Theories in Health Promotion Practice and Research, 2nd Ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.   

    DeBate RD, Lewis M, Blunt H, Zhang, Y, Thompson S. (2008). Similar but different: Sociocultural attitudes towards appearance, body shape dissatisfaction, and weight control behaviors among male and female college students. American Journal of Health Education, 39(5), 296-302.  

    DeBate RD, Shuman D, & Tedesco L. (2007). Eating disorders and the oral health curriculum. Journal of Dental Education, 71(5), 655-663.  

    Thompson SH, Smith P, DeBate RD. (2004). Performance-related injuries and exercise orientation of National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I, II, and III female collegiate cross country runners. Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal, 13(2), 17-26. 

    DeBate RD, Davis T. (2004). LEAP: Lifestyle enhancement for African-American women population. Journal of Health Education & Behavior, 31(6), 662-664.  

    Wethington H, DeBate RD, Flowers C, Turner M. (2002). Eating attitudes, body image, and nutrient intake in female triathletes. Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal, 11(2), 115-139.  

    DeBate RD, Wethington H, Sargent RG. (2001). Body size dissatisfaction among male and female triathletes. International Journal of Eating and Weight Disorders, 7(4), 316-323.  

    DeBate RD, Wethington H, Sargent RG. (2001). Subclinical eating disorder characteristics among male and female triathletes. International Journal of Eating and Weight Disorders, 7(3), 210-220.  

    DiGioacchino RF, Topping M, Sargent R. (2001). Racial and gender differences in weight status and dietary practices among college students. Adolescence, 36 (144), 819-834.  

    DiGioacchino RF, Sargent RG, Topping M. (2001). Body dissatisfaction among white and African-American male and female college students. Eating Behaviors, 2(1), 39-50.

    DiGioacchino RF, Sargent R, Sharpe PA, Miller P. (1999). Gender differences among those exhibiting characteristics of binge eating disorder. Journal of Eating and Weight Disorders, 4(2), 76-80.  

    DIGIOACCHINO RF (1991). Lighten-Up: Weight Loss Manual for Open Door-Student Health Center. Assisted in writing and producing manual/workbook, which is used by more than 250 University of South Carolina students each semester. University of South Carolina Press.