Dr. Elise A. Gurgevich
State Coordinator
Penn State Nutrition Links


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Elise A. Gurgevich assumed the role as the state coordinator for Penn State Nutrition Links in June 2002. As the Nutriton Links state coordinator she is responsible for leadership and overall coordination of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program and Cooperative Extension's Pennsylvania Nutrition Education Program. Both programs are dedicated to providing research-based information and nutrition education in the home, the classroom, and community group settings to help Pennsylvanians with limited financial resources to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and change behaviors necessary for make better nutrition and health decisions, and to contribute to their personal development.

Areas of Interest:
Program Planning and Evaluation, Prevention Education, Community and Coalition Development, Community Public Health Education and Intervention.


  • Ph.D. in Health Education from the Pennsylvania State University
  • Masters of Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan
  • B.A. in Philiosophy from the University of Arizona

Professional Employment:

  • State Coordinator Penn State Nutrtion Links
    Penn State University, 2002-present
  • Project Coordinator, Keystone 21: PA Food System Professions Education Project
    College of Agricultural Sciences, Penn State University, 1996-2002.
  • Special Projects Associate, Family Health Services, Inc.
    Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, 1995-1996.
  • Research Project Associate, Community Health Demonstration Project
    Pennsylvania State University 1991-1995
  • Instructor, Department of Health Education
    Pennsylvania State University, 1992-1993
  • Ophthalmic Assistant, Central Pennsylvania Eye Associates
    State College, Pennsylvania, 1990-1991.
  • Research Assistant, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education
    University of Michigan, 1988-1990.

Selected Publications:

Hyman, D., E. Gurgevich, T. Alter, J. Ayers, E. Cash, D. Fahnline, D. Gold, R. Herrmann, P. Jurs, D. Roth, J. Swisher, M. S. Whittington, and H. Wright., "Beyond Boyer: The UniSCOPE Model of Scholarship in the 21st Century," Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 2002

Hyman D., Ayer, J.,E., Cash, E.H., Fahnline, D.E., Gold, D.P., Gurgevich, E.A., Herrmann, R.O., Jurs, P.C., Roth, D.E., Swisher, J.D., Whittington, M.S., and Wright, H.S. UniSCOPE 2000: A Multidimensional Model of Scholarship for the 21st Century, University Park, Pa: The UniSCOPE Learning Community, (2000)

Alter, T. R. and Gurgevich, E.A. "The Engaged University and Extension." 22pp. Invited presentation at the American Society for Horticultural Sciences, 97th Annual Conference & Exposition, Orlando, Florida, July 2000.

Vicary, J.R., Doebler, M.K., Bridger, J.C., Gurgevich, E.A., and Dieke, R.C. (1996) "A Community Systems Approach to Substance Abuse Prevention in a Rural Setting" Journal of Primary Prevention, 16,(3), 303-318.

Vicary, J.R., Swisher, J.D., Doebler, M.K., Yuan, J., Bridger, J.C., Gurgevich, E.A., and Dieke, R.C. (1996). "Rural Community Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention" Family and Community Health, 19(1), 59-72.


Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)
October 1991- Present

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
January 1994 - Present

Contact Information:
Penn State Nutrition Links
The Pennsylvania State University
401 Agriculural Administration Building
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 863-3447
(814) 863-7776 FAX

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