Weston Kensinger, Ph.D.

Assistant Teaching Professor of Health Education, School of Behavioral Sciences and Education
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Olmsted Building, W319

Dr. Kensinger is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Health Education in the School of Behavioral Sciences and Education at Penn State Harrisburg. Dr. Kensinger earned his Ph.D. in Health and Human Performance at Oklahoma State University in 2010, his M.Ed. in Health Education at Penn State Harrisburg in 2006, and his B.S. in Allied Health Science at Bridgewater College in 2004. Before coming to Penn State, Dr. Kensinger was an Assistant Professor of Health Promotion and Wellness at Oswego State University in New York. Dr. Kensinger has authored several peer-reviewed publications and presented his research throughout the country. His current research and community outreach is primarily focused on motivations of high risk health behaviors, specifically within the opioid epidemic.


Research Interests

Community engagement to prevent opioid abuse

Motivations of high risk health behaviors in college students

Drug and alcohol use/abuse

Implementation of wellness programs

Therapeutic recreation activities in an elderly population


Luquis, R.L., & Kensinger, W.S. (2017). Perceptions of health care and access to preventative services among young adults. Journal of Community Health. doi: 10.1007/s10900-017-0371-2

Baghurst, T., Tapps, T., Kensinger, W.S. (2015). Proper goal-setting for goal-achievement among physical education students. Strategies: A Journal of Physical and Sport Educators, 28, 27-33.

Woolsey, C., Barnes, L., Jacobson, B., Kensinger, W.S., Niels, C.B., & Resnik, A. (2014). Frequency of energy drink use predicts prescription stimulant misuse. Journal of Substance Abuse, 35(1), 96-103.

Tapps, T., Baghurst, T., Kensinger, W., & Bruning, P. (2014). Exercise to reduce depression among the elderly: A practical application. Academic Exchange Quarterly, 18(1), 99-104.

Kensinger, W.S., Woolsey, C., Divin, A.L., & Tapps, T. (2014). College student motivational determinants for combining alcohol and energy drinks: Early identification could be the key. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy 21 (1), 50-55.

Tapps, T., Passmore, T., Lindenmeier, D., & Kensinger, W. S. (2014). High school physical education students and experiential learning in the community: A classroom assignment. Stratigies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators 27, 9-12.

Woolsey, C.L., Mannion, J., Williams, R.W., Steffen, W., Aruguete, M., Evans, M.W., Spradley, B., Jacobson, B.H., Edwards, W.W., Kensinger, W.S., & Beck, N.C. (2013) Understanding emotional binge eating: From sports training to tailgating. The Sport Journal, 16, ISSN: 1543-9518 (online).

Kensinger, W.S., Tapps, T., & Luquis, R. L. (2013). Assessing employee interest in wellness programs at colleges and universities. The Journal of the Oklahoma Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 50(2), 51-62.

Kensinger, W.S. & Divin, A.L. (2013). Perceived positive reinforcements experienced by college students when combining alcohol and energy drinks. Journal of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence 1(2). doi:10.4172/jaldd.1000110

Tapps, T., Passmore, T., Lindenmeier, D., & Kensinger, W. S. (2012). High school physical education students and service-learning in the community. The Journal of the Oklahoma Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 48(3), 21-23.


Ph.D, Health, Leisure, and Human Performance, Oklahoma State University, 2010

M.Ed, Health Education, The Pennsylvania State University, 2006

B.S, Allied Health Science, Bridgewater College, 2004

Course Schedule
EDUC 586 Educational Research Designs*
HLTH 306 Physical Education, Health, and Safety in Elementary Schools
HLHED 406 Human Sexuality*
HLHED 415 Planning Health Education Programs*
HLHED 443 Alcohol and Drug Education*
HLHED 456 Advanced Educational Techniques in School and Community Health Education*
HLHED 530 Research Techniques in Health Education*
HLHED 552 Current Health Education Issues*
HLHED 590 Colloquium*
HLHED 591 Capstone Seminar in Health Education*
HLHED 596 Individual Studies*
HLHED 597 Special Topics – Social Marketing*
KINES 061 Fitness Theory
KINES 081 Wellness Theory
*Denotes Graduate Level Course