Mercyhurst University

James Teufel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Public Health, Director, Mercyhurst Institute for Public Health

Hirt 312B

(814) 824-2158

James Teufel is a national leader in health promotion and advanced models for health improvement. He has 15 years of professional experience in psychology and public health at research institutes, community-based organizations and universities.

Prior to Mercyhurst Dr. Teufel was the National Health and Evaluation Director of the OASIS Institute.  He oversaw successful aging programs in 42 cities across 25 states, with projects focused on improving the functional physical fitness and the chronic disease management skills of older adults. Prior to OASIS, Dr. Teufel was Director of Research and Evaluation for the Southern Illinois University Carbondale Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development.  He is also recognized for evaluating the return on investment of medical-legal partnerships and describing the civil legal access gap in the United States.


Medical-legal partnerships
Social inequities and health
Health promotion theory
Scaling and sustaining health programs


Dr. Teufel’s research and teaching expertise includes medical-legal partnerships, evidence-based practice dissemination, social determinants of health, social justice, and health promotion.  His service interests include developing community-university partnerships, conducting secondary data analysis, disseminating medical-legal partnerships, writing grants for community-based organizations and assisting organizations with strategic planning and evaluation.


Graduate Student Researcher of the year award, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
2012 Generations United Program of Distinction Award as CATCH Healthy Habits director, implemented in 14 states


Generations United
National Nursing Centers Consortium
OASIS Institute
Shawnee Health Service
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Southern Illinois Healthcare
American Evaluation Association
Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation
Public Health Management Corporation
National Center for Medical-Legal Partnerships
Society for Public Health Education
American Public Health Association


Dr. Teufel's national expertise in health promotion, evaluation, and integrated care systems has resulted in extensive publishing and presenting. He has made more than 60 professional presentations at regional or national conferences and has authored 30 published manuscripts.