Weston Kensinger, Ph.D.

Associate Teaching Professor of Biobehavioral Health, School of Behavioral Sciences and Education
Director, Douglas W. Pollock Center for Addiction Outreach and Research
Olmsted Building, W319

Dr. Weston Kensinger currently serves as the Director of the Douglas W. Pollock Center for Addiction Outreach and Research, as well as an Associate Teaching Professor of Health Education at Penn State University. As Director of the Pollock Center, Dr. Kensinger oversees and manages an endowment of $2.5 million dollars which provides training, resources, and tools to community-based organizations and veterans throughout the state of Pennsylvania. His team at the center is focused on various projects that marry community outreach and evidenced based research to provide tangible outcomes in the area of Substance Use Disorder.

As an Associate Teaching Professor and Graduate Faculty Member at Penn State, Dr. Kensinger instructs courses and advises students in both the Health Education and Biobehavioral Health programs, as well as serves on numerous college and university level committees. Prior to directing the Pollock Center, Dr. Kensinger served as the Professor-in-Charge for the Health Education Graduate Program.

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. Dr. Kensinger has authored several peer-reviewed publications, presented his research throughout the country, and has been PI, Co-PI, or Faculty Sponsor over $4.6 million in project funding. His current outreach and research efforts are primarily focused on motivations of high risk health behaviors and stigma reduction, specifically as they apply to the opioid epidemic.


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

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