Dr. Chris T. Harman


Department of Health Sciences


Chris Tina Harman is a professor in the Department of Health Science at PennWest California. She is responsible for teaching Current Health Issues at the undergraduate level, since 2005.  

Prior to working at PennWest California, Dr. Harman served as an Associate Professor and program director of three CAAHEP accredited undergraduate entry-level athletic training education programs; Olivet Nazarene University, The University of Vermont, and Xavier University.  Prior to those positions, she began her career teaching grade K – 8 physical education and health at Catholic schools in Chicago, Illinois. 

Dr. Harman is a licensed and certified athletic trainer since 1987, working at the college and professional levels.  These organizations include the Chicago Regional Gymnastics Championship, Vermont Marathon, National Cheerleaders Association, Ohio Mid-Western Ice Skating Championship, NCAA Women's Basketball Final Four, Chicago-land Semi-Professional Football, and Pittsburg Gladiators Arena Football. 

Dr. Harman is active as a volunteer in the profession of athletic training.  She has served as a member of the Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee and grant reviewer for the National Athletic Trainers' Association.   Additional roles include conducting accreditation site visits for the Commission for Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).  

Chris' personal interests include volunteering, traveling, reading, gardening, and sports.

Publications/Research Interests

  • Developing Critical Thinking Skills in Athletic Training Students
  • Use of Alternative Medicine in the Prevention and Treatment of Athletic Injuries
  • Strategies to Remove Barriers to Learning in Distance Education Courses
  • Use of Flipped Classroom Format to Enhance Learning in the Large-class Setting
  • B.S.: University of Vermont
  • M.S.: Indiana University
  • Ed.D.: Oklahoma State University

Email: harman@pennwest.edu

Phone: 724-938-4561

Office: Keystone Hall Room 111