Karla Finnell


Assistant Professor of Research

Phone: (405) 271-8001, ext 46757

The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
801 Northeast 13th Street, Room 473
Post Office Box 26901
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73126-0901

Email: Karla-Finnell@ouhsc.edu


  • Ph.D., Health Promotion Sciences, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 2015
  • M.P.H., Health Administration and Policy, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 1998
  • J.D., College of Law, University of Oklahoma, 1987
  • B.A., Price College of Business, University of Oklahoma, 1984


  • Introduction to Health Education and Health Promotion
  • Theoretical Concepts in Health Education
  • Focus Group Research
  • Directed Readings
  • University of Kansas, Community Health Center Executive Fellowship Program


  • Finnell, K. J., John, R., & Thompson, D. M. (2017). 1% low-fat milk has perks!: An evaluation of a social marketing intervention. Preventive Medicine Reports, 5, 144–149. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2016.11.017
  • Finnell, K. J., & John, R. (2017). Formative research to understand the psychographics of 1% Milk consumption in a low-income audience. Social Marketing Quarterly, 23(2), 169-184. Retrieved from https://doi:10.1177/1524500417697205
  • Finnell, K.J., & John, R. (2017). A social marketing approach to 1% milk use: Resonance is the key. Health Promotion Practice,   Retrieved from https://doi: 10.1177/1524839917699594.
  • Finnell K. J., & John, R. (2017). Research to understand milk consumption behaviors in a food-insecure low-income SNAP population in the US. Beverages, 3(3), 46. Retrieved from https://doi:10.3390/beverages3030046.
  • John, R., Finnell, K. J., Kerby D., Owen, J., & Hansen, K. (2017). Reactions to a low-fat milk social media intervention in the US: The Choose 1% milk campaign. Beverages, 3(4), 47.  https://doi:10.3390/beverages3040047.


  • Finnell, K. J. (2017, April).  From Formative Research to Evaluation: The 1% Milk has Perks! Campaign
  • Finnell, K.J. (2017, March). Social Marketing & Behavior Change
  • Finnell, K. J. (2017, October). Social Marketing: Promoting Change from the Consumer’s Perspective
  • Finnell, K.J. (2017, September). Integrating the Social Determinants of Health into Primary Care Practice
  • Finnell, K. J. (2016, September).  Small changes, meaningful results: A social marketing approach to behavior change. Presentation at the OPHA 2016 Annual Conference, Tulsa, OK
  • John, R. & Finnell, K. J. (2016, June).  Results of a Social Marketing Intervention to Increase Consumption of 1% Low-Fat Milk. Presentation at the USF 2015 Social Marketing Conference, Clearwater Beach, FL
  • Finnell, K., DeBerry, S., Hansen, K., et al. (2015, May). A Gold Standard of Evaluation of a Social Marketing Campaign: Choose 1% Milk.  Poster session presented at the meeting of the 2015 Oklahoma Public Health Association Annual Conference, Midwest City, OK
  • Scott, M. S., DeBerry, S., Finnell, K., et al. (2014, May). Let’s Get Midwest City Moving: A Social Marketing Initiative. Poster session presented at the meeting of the 2014 Oklahoma Public Health Association Annual Conference, Norman, OK
  • Oklahoma Policy Institute (2014).  Virtual Symposium on Rural Health and Poverty; Build on the core strengths of rural communities.  http://okpolicy.org/virtual-symposium-rural-health-poverty
  • Finnell, K. (2012).  Evaluating a Social Marketing Campaign. Presentation at the Southwest Regional SNAP-Ed Conference, Dallas, TX
  • Finnell, K. (2012).  Introduction to Health Expectancy Theories. Presentation at Department of Nutritional Sciences, College of Allied Health, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Dietetic Internship Program, Oklahoma City, OK


  • Social determinants of health
  • Health disparities
  • Chronic disease prevention and management
  • Integration of public health into a primary care medical setting
  • Social marketing
  • Social justice/health equity



  • Urban African American Women’s Pregnancy Experience (PI, 2017-2018). Funding by Fetal Infant Mortality Review to Oklahoma City-County Health Department.
  • Oklahoma Nutrition Information and Education Project (Co-I, 2017-2019). Funding by Department of Agriculture to Oklahoma Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Replicating Evidenced-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs to Scale in Communities with the Greatest Need (PI, 2017-2018). Office of Adolescent Health to Oklahoma City-County Health Department.