Karen Gregory-Mercado

Lecturer Sr
Faculty
DTPHX Campus
Mailcode
9020

Biography

Karen Gregory-Mercado is a lecturer of health coaching, ethics and cultural aspects of health and U.S. health care systems with the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion in the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University. She is a Master Certified Health Educator and Certified Worksite Wellness Program Manager and an Intrinsic Certified Coach. Her postdoctoral studies included an ORISE fellowship with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) WISEWOMAN through the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. During her time at the CDC, she re-affirmed her desire to be true to her academic goals and health education mission.

In 2006, she chose to put her skills to practice in the public sector. Her desire to design and implement health educational interventions led her to work with a large national health insurance company (Cigna) as a health and worksite wellness coach for six years. During this time, she successfully designed and implemented worksite wellness interventions, developed strategic partnerships, performed coaching and health educational activities that led to significant improvements in patient well-being, health outcomes and care cost reduction.

More recently, she returned to her academic roots to share the valuable lessons and experiences learned in the field with the next generation of coachesher students. She is passionate in her commitment to guiding students through an outstanding educational experience that facilitates the path to creating the foundation of exceptional health and wellness coaches. When not teaching, you can find her polishing her culinary skills, taking a long walk, planning a trip, keeping up with her daughter and teenager boys, learning golf with her husband, and going to San Diego much as possible.

Education

  • Ph.D. Nutritional Sciences; minor: Health Ecucation and Promotion, University of Arizona 2004 
  • M.P.H. Minor: Health Education and Behavioral Sciences, University of Arizona 2001
  • M.S Microbiology, University of Connecticut-Storrs 1994 
  • B.S. Microbiology, InterAmerican University San German, Puerto Rico 1992

Research Interests

Worksite Wellness/Health and Wellness Coaching/Intrinsic Motivation/Behavioral Health/Health Promotion & Health Education

Courses

Fall 2020
Course Number Course Title
CHS 340 Health Theory
CHS 394 Special Topics
HSC 440 Health Coaching
HSC 441 Health Coaching Techniques
Summer 2020
Course Number Course Title
HSC 440 Health Coaching
HSC 441 Health Coaching Techniques
Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
HSC 440 Health Coaching
HSC 441 Health Coaching Techniques
EXW 592 Research
EXW 593 Applied Project
Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
HSC 440 Health Coaching
HSC 441 Health Coaching Techniques
HSC 598 Special Topics
Summer 2019
Course Number Course Title
HSC 440 Health Coaching
HSC 494 Special Topics
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
HSC 440 Health Coaching
HSC 441 Health Coaching Techniques
HSC 494 Special Topics
NTR 598 Special Topics
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
HSC 440 Health Coaching
HSC 441 Health Coaching Techniques
HSC 493 Honors Thesis
HSC 598 Special Topics
Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
HSC 440 Health Coaching
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
HSC 440 Health Coaching
HSC 441 Health Coaching Techniques
NTR 494 Special Topics
HSC 494 Special Topics
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
HSC 440 Health Coaching
HSC 441 Health Coaching Techniques
HSC 493 Honors Thesis
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
HSC 340 Changing Health Behaviors
HSC 440 Health Coaching
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
HSC 340 Changing Health Behaviors
HSC 440 Health Coaching
HSC 492 Honors Directed Study
HSC 494 Special Topics
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
HSC 340 Changing Health Behaviors
HSC 440 Health Coaching
HSC 494 Special Topics
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
HSC 340 Changing Health Behaviors
HSC 440 Health Coaching
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
HSC 330 Health Care Systems in the US
HSC 340 Changing Health Behaviors
HSC 440 Health Coaching