Deborah J. Rhea

Educational Background

Ed.D. University of Houston 1995 Sport Psychology and Pedagogy
M.Ed. University of Houston 1992 Sport Psychology
B.A. University of Texas-Arlington 1989 Exercise and Sport Studies

Teaching Responsibilities

Undergraduate: Elementary and Secondary Methods of Physical Education, Team and Group Sports, Health and Stress Management

Research Interests

Eating disorders in the K-12 setting focused on ethnic differences; effective pedagogical strategies for physical education settings; muscle dysmorphia in male populations

Selected Publications

Rhea, D. J., & Thatcher, Gregory (2013). Race, Ethnic Identity, Self-Esteem and At-Risk Eating Disordered Behavior Differences of Urban Adolescent Females. Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment & Prevention.

Rhea, D.J. (2012). High School Physical Education: Outdoor Education. TX: Finer Freelance Publishers. 2nd edition.

Rhea, D.J. (2012). High School Physical Education: Personal Foundations. TX: Finer Freelance Publishers. 2nd edition.

Rhea, D.J. (2012). Middle School Physical Education: Curriculum Framework Grades 6-8. TX: Finer Freelance Publishers. 2nd edition.

Rhea, D.J. (2012). Elementary School Physical Education: Grades K-5. TX: Finer Freelance Publishers. 2nd edition.

Rhea, D.J., & Lockwood, S. (2012). Adults surviving lung cancer two or more years: A systematic review. Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) Library of Systematic Reviews, 10 (34), 2295-2349.

Martin, S. B., Rhea, D. J., Greenleaf, C. A., Judd, D. E., & Chambliss, H. O. (2011). Weight control beliefs, body shape attitudes, and physical activity among adolescents. Journal of School Health, 81 (5), 244-250.

Rhea, D.J. (2011). Virtual physical education in the K-12 setting. Journal of Health, Physical education, Recreation, & Dance,82 (1), 5-7.

Rhea, D.J. (2010). Back to the basics: Eat right and get active. Journal of Health, Physical education, Recreation, & Dance,81 (3), 5-7.

Rhea, D.J. (Jan., 2009). The color of my skin and how much money I make: Protectors or risks of the body. In Beyond Sorority Sisters and Gymnasts: Body Image and Eating Disorders in Diverse Populations. Reel, J., & Beals, K. (eds.), NAGWS publication.

Smith, D., Hale, B., Rhea, D.J., Olrich, T., & Collier, K. (2009). Big, buff, and dependent: Addictive behavior in bodybuilders. In Men and Addictions, Columbus, F. (ed.): Nova Publishers: New York.

Greenleaf, C.A., Martin, S.B., & Rhea, D.J. (Nov., 2008). Fighting fat: How do fat stereotypes influence beliefs about physical education? Journal of Obesity: Supplement Issue on Weight Bias, 16, S53-S59.

Greenleaf, C., Chambliss, H., Rhea, D.J., Martin, S. B., & Morrow, J. R. (2006). Weight stereotypes and behavioral intentions toward thin and fat peers among White and Hispanic adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health, 39, 546-552.

Rhea, D.J., Lantz, C.D., & Cornelius, A. (2005). Development of the Muscle Dysmorphia Inventory (MDI). Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, 44, 428-435.

Rhea, D.J., & Lantz, C. D. (2004). Violent, delinquent, and aggressive behaviors of rural adolescent athletes and non-athletes. Physical Educator, 61, 170-176.

Lantz, C.D., Rhea, D.J., & Mesnier, K. (2004). Eating attitudes, exercise identity, & body alienation in competitive ultra-marathoners. International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, 14, 406-419.

Thatcher, G., & Rhea, D.J. (2003). Influences on body image and disordered eating among secondary school students. American Journal of Health Education, 34, 343-350.

Lantz, C.D., Rhea, D.J., & Cornelius, A. (2002). A test of a conceptual model of muscle dysmorphia using elite-level body builders and powerlifters. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 16 (4), 649-655.

Rhea, D.J., Lantz, C.D., & Mayhew, J. (2001). The drive for size: Characteristics and influences of muscular dysmorphia disorder. International Sports Journal, 5 (1), 71-86.

Selected Presentations

Rhea, D.J. (2012). Developing an Educational Model for Texas Schools through Finnish Lessons. TAHPERD Scholar Lecture. Texas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance (TAHPERD), Galveston, TX.

Rhea, D.J. (2012). A Transformational Journey: Finland to Texas Educational Reform. Texas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance (TAHPERD), General Session Invited Speaker.

Rhea, D.J. (2012). Keys to Stress: Unlocking your potential. Lecture series.

Rhea, D.J. (2012). Diversity and Body Image: Mindset Shift. ACSM Research Lecturer. Texas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance (TAHPERD), Galveston, TX.

Rhea, D.J., & Lockwood, S. (2012). Adults surviving lung cancer two or more years: A systematic review. Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) Conference. Thailand.

Hakala, L., Rhea, D.J. (2012). How do children perceive “normal” to be in physical education? Finland Association of Educators for Higher Learning. University of Helsinki.

Rhea, D.J., & Lockwood, S. (2011). Adults surviving lung cancer two or more years: A systematic review. TCU Harris College Faculty Research Symposium, Fort Worth, TX.

Reel, J., Rhea, D.J., Lantz, C.L., & SooHoo, S. (2010). Disorder Prevention in School and Community Settings Sponsoring Association: National Association for Girls and Women in Sport. (Symposium). American Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance (AAHPERD), Indianapolis, IN.

Rhea, D.J. (2010). The Effects of Perfectionism, Self-Esteem, and Athletic Identity on Muscle Dysmorphia Characteristics. Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), Providence, Rhode Island.

Grimes, R., & Rhea, D.J. (2010). Giving Students Choices & Responsibility in High School Physical Education. Texas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance (TAHPERD), Galveston, TX.

Reel, J., Rhea, D.J., Bucciere, R.A., Galli, N., & SooHoo, S. (2009). Breaking Body Image and Eating Disorder Stereotypes: Educate Diverse Groups. (Symposium). American Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance (AAHPERD), Tampa, FL.

Rhea, D.J. (2009). Creating Policy Change in Your Community. Invited Speaker. TAHPERD Administrator’s Instructional and Motivational (AIM) Conference, Austin, TX.

Memberships in Professional Organizations

  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
  • American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NASPE; Research Consortium)
  • Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP)
  • Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (TAHPERD)

Awards

  • 2012 Southern District AAHPERD Scholar Award
  • 2012 Professional Woman of the Year – Honored by National Association of Professional Women
  • 2011 TAHPERD Scholar Award
  • Marquis’ 2011 Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare
  • 2008 TCU Dean’s Teaching Award
  • Research Consortium Fellow – Awarded by AAHPERD Research Consortium
  • Health Care Hero award – Dallas Business Journal (2007)
  • University of Houston Outstanding Alumna Award (2007)