Dean, Esteves School of Education
Associate Professor, Health Education

John Pelizza

Education Building 203, Troy
[email protected]


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

B.A., Physical Education & Biology, Kansas State College now Pittsburg State University

A.A.S., Dental Laboratory, New York City Community College

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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