John Pelizza, Ph.D.

[John Pelizza] 

Department: Health, Physical Education and School Counseling (HPSC)
Rank, Program: 
Associate Professor of Health Education

Contact info:     
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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  Foundation of Health Education
  • HED 570  Stress Management
  • HED 649 & HED 650  Health Education Student Teaching


  • Stress Management
  • Motivation and Personal Change
  • Weight Management


  • 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 2500 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


  • 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

Contact: (Pelizza & Associates)


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