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Mary Odum (Dixon)

Mary Odum

Mary Odum, Ph.D
Assistant Professor of Health Education


  • Ph.D, Texas A & M University
  • M.S., The Citadel
  • B.A., Erskine College

Contact: or 512-245-8304

Courses Taught:

  • HED 1320: Introduction to Health and Wellness Promotion
  • HED 4640: Community Health Program Planning and Evaluation

Research Interests:

  • Childhood obesity
  • Nutrition
  • Writing as a tool to enhance learning

Recent Publications:

* Indicates student author

Williams, R.D., Housman, J.M., Odum, M., & *Rivera, A. (Accepted, 2017). Energy drink use linked to high-sugar beverage intake and BMI among teens. American Journal of Health Behavior.

Odum, M., Housman, J.M., Williams, R.D., Bishop, J.M., & Burson, S. (2016). Predicting U.S. adolescents fruit and vegetable consumption: Which socio-ecological factors matter? American Journal of Health Studies, 31(4), 213-221.

Recent Grants and Funding:

$16,000 - Odum, M., & Housman, J.M., Childhood Obesity Prevention for low-income, minority families in San Marcos, Texas.  Research Enhancement Program, Texas State University, 2017.

$5,000 -  Wiley, D.C., Odum, M., Evaluating graduate student writing: Productivity, anxiety, and self-regulatory efficacy.  College of Education Faculty Pilot Grant, Texas State University, 2015.