John Pelizza, Ph.D.

John PelizzaDepartment: Chair of Professional Education Programs (PEP)
Rank: Associate Professor
Program: Health Education

Contact Info:

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 518.244.2051
Office:  Education 203

Degree Information:

  • Ph.D., Health Education & Psychology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, Dissertation:    A Comparative Study of How Parents From Different Social Classes Perceive School Health Services
  • M.S., Health & Physical Education, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
  • B.A., Physical Education & Biology, Kansas State College now Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS
  • A.A.S., Dental Laboratory, New York City Community College, NY, NY

Professional Education Certifications:

State of Ohio Secondary Health Certification

Courses Taught:

HED 508 Personal Behavior Choice

HED 558 Foundations of Health Education

HED 570 Stress Management

HED 649 Health Education Student Teaching (K-8)

HED 650 Health Education Student Teaching (9-12)

HED 654 Health Education Student Teaching for Certified Teachers

PED 225 Concepts of Fitness & Wellness

PED 350 Sports Psychology

NCR 317 Health Education Standards Workshop

SCP 571 Working with Parents in Education


  • Stress Management
  • Motivation and Personal Change
  • Weight Management


  • Member, Albany Faculty Council
  • Member, Wellness Committee
  • School Health Education Advisor
  • Professional Motivational Speaker in the areas of Stress Management, Motivation, Change and Team Building


Approved as an artist in the BOCES Arts in Education Service for the following programs: Capital Region, Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery, Questar III and Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex


  • Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award, The Sage Colleges, May, 2014
  • Member, National Speakers Association
  • Consultant, NYS Teachers Retirement Association
  • Consultant, The AYCO Corporation
  • Written and published books: “Foot in the Door”, “There’s Magic in Discovery”, “The Big Secret” and “A Journal to Live By”
  • Recorded cassettes: “Keys to High Energy Living”,  “21 Ways to Get Up and Go” and “Staying Motivated during Change” in addition to CD recordings of  “I’m Here & I’m Ready!” and “Keys to Permanent Weight Loss”
  • Speaker to over 3500 business, school, professional and community organizations in the areas of Motivation, Stress Management, Team Building and Change
  • Outstanding Young Alumni Award 1982, Pittsburg State University (formerly Kansas State College of Pittsburg)
  • Honorary Member of the Russell Sage College Criminal Science Alumni Association 1977
  • Numerous professional memberships, offices held, article publications and media presentations over the years


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