Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Faculty & Staff

Robert E. (Chip) Petrea

Principal Research Specialist in Agriculture

Agricultural Engineering Sciences Building
304E AESB, MC-644
1304 W. Pennsylvania Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
Ph: (217) 333-5035
Fax: (217) 244-0323
E-mail: repetrea@illinois.edu

Research Areas

  • Surveillance of agricultural injuries and illnesses
  • Application of cognitive psychology models to agricultural safety and health
  • Integration of beliefs toward specific behaviors into interventions and programs
  • Evaluation of intervention programs and processes
  • Effective educational strategies for incorporating agricultural safety and health related content into allied disciplines
  • Group processes integral to agricultural and rural leadership development

Courses Taught

  • TSM 422: Agriculture Health and Illness Prevention

Education

  • Ph.D., Agricultural Education, University of Illinois, 1996
  • M.Ed., Agricultural Education, University of Illinois, 1989
  • B.S., Dairy Science, University of Illinois, 1976

Professional Experience

  • Extension Specialist, 1992-date, University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service
  • Assistant Director for Agricultural Continuing Education, 2002-date, UIUC, Great Lakes Centers for Occupational & Environmental Safety & Health, University of Illinois - Chicago

Professional Activities

  • Carle Center for Rural Health and Farm Safety, Ag/Rural Safety Mobile Vehicle
  • AgrAbility Unlimited, Illinois Project
  • Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health, External Advisory (NIOSH Ag. Center at Univ. of Iowa)
  • Great Lakes Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, Fellows Program (NIOSH Ag. Center at Ohio State)
  • National Center for Agricultural Behavioral Health (collaborative project of U IA, IA St., Northern IA, and other public/private entities)

Fellowships

  • July 1991-October 1992, Graduate Research Assistant - Agricultural Engineering, AgrAbility Unlimited Program. On campus research and support for assisting disabled farmers.
  • August 1987-July 1989, Graduate Research Assistant - Agricultural Education, Illinois Secondary Agricultural Core Curriculum Revision Project. Responsible for developing problem areas.

Honors and Awards

  • UIUC Incomplete List of Instructors Rated as Excellent: 2001, 2003
  • National Institute for Farm Safety: President's Award, 2004; Special Recognition Award, 2004

Professional Memberships

  • Carle Center for Rural Health and Farm Safety, Ag/Rural Safety Mobile Vehicle
  • AgrAbility Unlimited, Illinois Project
  • Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health, External Advisory (NIOSH Ag. Center at Univ. of Iowa)
  • Great Lakes Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, Fellows Program (NIOSH Ag. Center at Ohio State)
  • National Center for Agricultural Behavioral Health (collaborative project of U IA, IA St., Northern IA, and other public/private entities)

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