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College of Human Sciences

Optimizing Human Performance


Gregory J. Harris, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Associate Teaching Professor

gjharris@fsu.edu    850-644-2694   Vita

Get to know Dr. Harris

Interests

As a Family scientist, I am interested in inequities in the psycho-social and health status among ethnically diverse families across the life course with a particular interest in mid-life and older populations. Family stress, violence, mental health, substance abuse, and disease prevention are of primary interest to me within the context of the family and the community.

Education

All of my academic preparation has been interdisciplinary and human-based

  • B.S. Sociology –Florida State University
  • M.A.S.S.- Sociology/Psychology-Florida A&M University
  • M.C.J. Criminal Justice-Boston University
  • Ph.D.- Human Development and Family Sciences (Family Relations)- Florida State University
  • Certificates in Geriatrics –University of Florida
  • Certificate in Gerontology-Florida A&M University

Publications

  • Harris, G. J. (2018). Handbook on aging: A multidisciplinary perspective with critical readings. 1st Edition. Cognella Publishing Company.
    More on “A Handbook On Aging”  
  • Harris, G. J., Green, K., & Fiorella, C. (2019). Family stress, coping and resilience. Kendall-Hunt Publishing. (Under Contract).
  • Carlos Chavez, F. L., Hernandez, D. C., Harris, G. J., Grzywacz, J. G. (2017). Household Food Security Disconcordance Among Latino Adolescents and Parents. American Journal of Health Behavior, 41, 6, 775-783.
  • Harris, G. J. (2016). Theoretical considerations and disproportionate minority contact. In P. Gray-Ray (Ed). The Disparate Treatment of Black Youth. Kendall Hunt Publishing.
  • Harris, G. J. & Raymond, J. (2016). The family and disproportionate minority contact. In P. Gray-Ray (Ed.). The Disparate Treatment of Black Youth. Kendall Hunt Publishing.

Accomplishments

  • 2017-2018 Selected participant in the Advance Leadership Development Program through the Training and Organizational Development, Florida State University, Office of Human Resources.
  • 2017-2018 Awarded a Faculty Fellows Program Grant in Critical Thinking, Florida State University, Office of the Provost.
  • 25 years of Federal & State funding experience and grant management
  • 27 years of continuous University teaching experience
  • 25 years of direct community-based, coalition and partnership development experience in helping to reduce health risks, disease prevention, and health promotion among at-risk minority populations

A DAY IN MY LIFE

LIFE PHILOSOPHY

“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.  Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.”
– Galatians 6: 9-10

STRENGTHS

Grant Management Grant Writing Leadership Development Community and Public Health Research Mentoring

FAMILY

Faith, family, and friends are the pillars of a meaningful and purpose-driven life. I am the fortunate father of two adult children: Janicka and Jatia’. I have a lovely granddaughter, Jania’, and a wife of 28 years, Toletha. We enjoy family time that includes fun, cooking, eating, watching movies, and traveling.

LANGUAGES

English
Spanish

WORDS TO LIVE BY

“Whenever you get what you want in life, you lose something you had. The key in life is to figure out what you are willing to lose.”
– G.J. Harris

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