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Mary Odum (Dixon)

Mary Odum, PhD
Assistant Professor


  • PhD, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
  • MS, The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina
  • BA, Erskine College, Due West, South Carolina


Online research profiles: Texas State University Faculty Profile; Google Scholar; ResearchGate

Recent Courses Taught:

  • HED 1320: Introduction to Health and Wellness Promotion
  • HED 4640: Community Health Program Planning and Evaluation
  • HED 4336: Theoretical Foundations of Health and Wellness Promotion
  • HED 5312: Writing for Public Health Research

Research Interests:

  • Community and public health
  • Socio-ecological influences on obesity and nutrition-related chronic health conditions
  • Community-based nutrition programs
  • Writing as a tool to enhance learning

Indicates student author

  • Odum, M., & Xu, L. (n.d.). Racial and sex differences of fruit and vegetable self-efficacy and intake among college students in a rural, Southern location. Journal of American College Health. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2018.1515752
  • Xu, L. & Odum, M. (n.d.). Cancer awareness and behavioral determinants associated with cancer prevention: A quantitative study among young adults in rural settings. Journal of Cancer Education. doi: 10.1007/s13187-018-1342-8
  • Odum, M., Housman, J.M., & Williams, R.D. (2018). Intrapersonal factors of male and female adolescent fruit and vegetable intake. American Journal of Health Behavior, 42(2), 106-115. doi: 10.5993/AJHB.42.2.10
  • Odum, M., Outley, C.W., McKyer, E.L.J., Tisone, C.A., & McWhinney, S.L. (2017). Weight-related barriers for overweight students in an elementary physical education classroom: An exploratory case study with one physical education teacher. Frontiers in Public Health, 5, 305.
  • Xu, L., Jacobs, W., Odum, M., Meltin, C., Holland, L., & Johnson, C. (2017). Are young adults talking about their family health history? A qualitative investigation. American Journal of Health Studies, 32(2), 60-69.
  • Williams, R.D., Housman, J.M., & Odum, M. (2017). Adolescent energy drink use related to intake of fried and high-sugar foods. American Journal of Health Behavior, 41(4), 454-460.
  • Williams, R.D., Housman, J.M., Odum, M., & Rivera, A. (2017). Energy drink use linked to high-sugar beverage intake and BMI among teens. American Journal of Health Behavior, 41(3), 259-265.
  • 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.