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Elaine Belansky, PhD 

Associate Professor, Director - Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center 

Research Interests:

  • ​Adolescent Health
  • Childhood Obesity Prevention
  • Physical Education
  • Youth Development/Youth Engagement
  • School-Based Research
  • Community-Based Participatory Research

Courses Taught:

  • ​CBHS 6613: Program Planning and Implementation

Current Research Projects:

The Colorado Health Foundation:  Working to Improve School Health (WISH) (2016-2018):  The Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center received a $1.1M gift from The Colorado Health Foundation to be a partner in ensuring all Colorado schools provide an environment and culture that promotes health and wellness equitably for students and staff by 2025.  Working to Improve School Health (WISH) is a two-year project led by Drs. Elaine Belansky and Ben Ingman and has four initiatives:

  • ​Provide grant writing assistance to 36 rural school districts serving 44,364 students in the San Luis Valley (SLV) and southeast Colorado (SEC) to help those districts receive "Creating Healthy Schools" funds from the Colorado Health Foundation.
  • Facilitate rural school districts across the SLV and SEC through the Assess, Identify, Make it Happen ("AIM XL") strategic planning process to develop district-level comprehensive health and wellness plans addressing physical, social-emotional, and academic health.
  • Train and support school health and wellness leaders across the state on AIM to increase opportunities for healthy eating, physical activity, health education, and staff wellness.
  • Participate in a research collaborative with Colorado State University and University of Northern Colorado to address important questions about school health in Colorado.


  • University of Colorado Department of Psychology, PhD, 1994
  • George Washington University, BA, Psychology, 1989 

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