Robert Dawkins, PhD, MPH
These Practical Health Strategies grew out of my twenty-five plus years of experience working with individuals and in small group settings in full-service accredited sleep centers.
My speaking style is casual, energetic, conversational and interactive and, if I have any gift, I have the ability to communicate scientific concepts in everyday language.
My communication skills were honed by my experience as a high school teacher, a college professor, and a frequent public speaker.
I earned my PhD from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in pharmacology, and my MPH from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health.
I also hold degrees from Emory University (chemistry) and the University of West Florida (biology).
I have a longstanding interest in how the environment, both physical and cultural, impacts and determines health status and how health status, in turn, affects productivity. I am certified by the American Board of Sleep Medicine and I was previously certified in general toxicology by the American Board of Toxicology until my sleep center work crowded out other work.
More professional experiences:
I was responsible for the clinical management of American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) accredited sleep disorders centers since 1987. For ten years I was a site visitor for the AASM accreditation program, and for five of those years, I also served on the Accreditation Committee, which oversees the accreditation program and recommends standards to the AASM Board of Directors. Other roles, served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Southern Sleep Society.
Consulting work in toxicology and industrial hygiene and worked as a research scientist in the Clinical Systems Research department of a major medical device manufacturer and as a physical biologist at the Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory.
I am a Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, a member of the Southern Sleep Society, the Obesity Society, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the American Public Health Association.
For Fun: x I enjoy running, sailing, skiing (water and snow), cycling, weight training, and dining out by boat.
BS, Chemistry, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health, Birmingham, AL
BS, Biology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
American Board of Sleep Medicine Certification #211
University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL
This hour long program addresses the importance of health to the quality of life and in productivity, beginning with a proprietary health related quality of life assessment tool. This program expands the information in the ebook “Ten SIMPLE Secrets for Better Health” and is the introduction to the structured wellness program. It can also be presented as a freestanding seminar.
“The Small Business Case for Wellness”
Small and medium sized businesses may not share the claimed reduced medical insurance rates of larger businesses. This less than thirty minute presentation focuses on the real ROI and benefits of increased productivity possible with a wellness program in the small business setting.
Target audience: Business and service club meetings, small business proprietors, and other top management.
“What is Wellness and Why do I care?” The term wellness has become a popular marketing term for programs ranging from fitness clubs to hormone replacement therapy to fringe nutritional supplements to medical service providers.
This presentation exposes the wellness hype and develops a concise and practical definition of wellness. Target audience: Business and service club meetings, small business proprietors, and other top management.
“Sleep, Health & Productivity” We spend approximately one-third of our lives asleep but many of us look at that time as wasted. This hour long program addresses the importance of sleep to our health and productivity and the effects of sleep deprivation. It introduces the audience to the causes of poor sleep quality and the techniques for optimizing sleep. It can be followed by the proprietary five session “My Optimal Sleep Time” (MOST) program.
“Activity & Exercise in Health & Productivity”
Inactivity and sedentary behavior have been shown to be a health risk factor independent of lack of exercise, leading to coining the expression “the active couch potato.” The role of exercise and activity in health is widely misunderstood and promotional efforts are often seen as punitive. This one hour program addresses the real role of both exercise and non-exercise activity in health and how it contributes to productivity. It can be followed by the twelve session “Active Living Every Day” (ALED) program validated by the Cooper Institute.
“The Role of Sleep in Weight Management” Weight gain has been associated with either more or less than optimal sleep duration. Sleep deprivation studies have often been associated with sleep loss. This one hour program explores the connection between sleep and energy balance in the body. It is an expansion of the information in the ebook “Lose Weight for your Sleep Apnea” and can be followed by the twenty session “Healthy Eating Every Day” (HEED) program validated by the Cooper Institute.
“Shiftwork and Health” x Shiftwork is a fact of modern life but takes its toll on the mental and physical health of the worker and affects the plant’s safety and productivity record. This one hour presentation covers the special challenge shiftwork presents to the worker, the worker’s family, the safety officer and top management. It is an important component of a wellness program in a shiftwork facility.
Estimates suggest that 30% of adults experience significant insomnia complaints at least sometime in their lives. Yet for many people, the only solution available is sleeping medication which ultimately loses effectivity.
This hour long educational program provides an overview of the causes of insomnia, the different types of insomnia, and appropriate techniques for correcting insomnia. It can be followed by the proprietary five session “My Optimal Sleep Time” (MOST) program.
The increasing role of corporate medicine has made medical service more protocol driven and less personal.
The goal of this one hour presentation is to help the participant become a more informed consumer in the modern medical provider system.
This program is designed as the closing of our structured wellness programs and can also be presented as a freestanding seminar.