Roy Oman, Ph.D., FAAHB

Professor; Associate Dean of the School of Community Health Sciences; Director, Graduate Program Studies; Director, Undergraduate Program Studies in Public Health
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  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, Stanford University
  • Ph.D. - School and Community Health, University of Oregon
  • M.S. - Sport and Exercise Psychology, University of Oregon
  • B.A. - Psychology, Seattle University


Dr. Oman is a social and behavioral scientist. His research interests include investigating associations among youth assets, neighborhood context, demographic factors, and youth risk and positive health behaviors. Dr. Oman has also conducted several studies investigating associations among psychosocial factors and physical activity behavior. One of Dr. Oman's recently completed projects focused on the exploration of intervention strategies for strengthening youth, family and community assets in Choctaw Indian families with the goal of promoting positive health behaviors, decreasing risk behaviors, and reducing the risk for diabetes. Another recently completed study involved the evaluation of a cluster randomized controlled trial of a pregnancy prevention program for youth living in group care foster homes located in Maryland, California and Oklahoma.



  • *Cheney MK, Oman RF, Vesely S, Tolma E, Aspy, C. The prospective association between negative life events and adolescent alcohol use. Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education.



  • Haegerich TM, Shults RA, Oman RF, Vesely SK. (2016). The predictive influence of youth assets on drinking and driving behaviors in adolescence and young adulthood. The Journal of Primary Prevention, 37(3), 231-245. DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2016.07.002.
  • Oman RF, Vesely SK, *Green J, Fluhr J, Williams J. (2016). Short-term impact of a teen pregnancy prevention intervention implemented in group homes. Journal of Adolescent Health, 59.(5). 584-591.


  • *Cheney MK, Oman RF, Vesely SK, Aspy CB, Tolma EL, John R. (2015). The prospective association between negative life events and initiation of sexual intercourse: The influence of family structure and family income. American Journal of Public Health. 105(3), 598-604.
  • DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2014.302311.
  • *Cheney MK, Oman RF, Vesely SK, Aspy CB, Tolma EL. (2015). The prospective association of youth assets with tobacco use in young adulthood. American Journal of Health Education. 46, 1-9. DOI:
  • *Cheney MK, Oman RF, Vesely SK. (2015). Prospective associations among youth assets in young adults and tobacco use. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 48(1), S94-S101.  DOI:
  • *Scott M, Oman RF, John R. (2015). The benefits and barriers related to regular participation in physical activity by African-American women: Implications for intervention development. Open Journal of Preventive Medicine, 5(4), 169-176. DOI:
  • Oman RF, *Merritt B, Williams J, Fluhr J. (2015). Comparing school-based teen pregnancy prevention programming: Mixed outcomes in at at-risk state. Journal of School Health, 85(12), 886-893. DOI: 10.1111/josh.12343.