|2018 - Present||Nature Conservancy's Small Grant Program|
|Colleague(s): Sofia Pendley|
|2017 - Present||Nature Conservancy Strategic Small Grant: Green Walks|
|The Nature Conservancy|
Honors and Awards
- Naclerio Faculty Scholars Award 2014-2015
- Sacred Heart University Tenure 2015
- Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence, 2015-2016
- 2022, Named a Fellow in the American Academy of Health Behavior
- PBH/EX 522 Exercise & Behavioral Medicine
|2009||Ph.D., Health Promotion, Education & Behavior, University of South Carolina ‐ Arnold School of Public Health|
|December 2008||Certificate of Graduate Studies in Gerontology, University of South Carolina ‐ South Carolina Center for Gerontology|
|2006||M.S., Health Education and Behavior, University of Florida|
|2004||B.S., Health and Exercise Science, Furman University|
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Articles (peer-reviewed) (54)
An Examination of Electronic Nicotine Delivery System Use Among College Students Using Social Cognitive Theory Journal of American College Health (2022)
Using social cognitive theory as a framework, this study examined electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) use, related cognitions, and context among college students. Participants: Respondents were 1229 students attending a mid-sized, northeastern university. Methods: A ...
New Insights into the Benefits of Different Modes of Physical Activity for Older Women Journal of Women and Aging (2022)
Regular physical activity provides myriad health benefits, including improvements in physical, mental, and social-emotional health (US Department of Health & Human Services, 2018). Regular physical activity is recommended for persons across the lifespan; however the ...
Objectively Measured Chronic Disease Risk Among Food Pantry Patrons Public Health Nursing (2021)
Objectives and Design: This cross-sectional, observational study examined the prevalence of objectively measured chronic disease risk factors among a diverse group of food pantry patrons. Sample and Measurement: Public health nurses performed biometric screenings in ...
Food Insecurity: Comparing Odds between Working-age Veterans and Nonveterans with Children Nursing Outlook (2021)
Background Low-income, working-age Veterans with children have risk for food insecurity. Less known is extent to which their risk compares to nonveterans. Purpose To evaluate odds of food insecurity for working-age Veterans with children compared ...
Walking Toward a Brighter Future: A Participatory Research Process to Advocate for Improved Walk-to-School Corridors Health Promotion Practice (2021)
Inclusive place-making is an important strategy to ensure that built-environment improvements contribute rather than detract from community health. We conducted participatory research to support 15 youth leaders as they advocated for improvements to their walk-to-school ...
A Place for Wonder: School Gardens as Sites Ripe for Learning Education Faculty Publications (2021)
The excitement and joy of this moment are contagious and are a regular part of learning in school and community gardens throughout Bridgeport, Connecticut. In 2016, Sacred Heart University partnered with Green Village Initiative to ...
Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain in Federally Qualified Health Centers Post–Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines The Journal for Nurse Practitioners (2021)
This study provides important insight on the demographic characteristics, knowledge, practices, and perceptions of primary care providers (PCPs) prescribing opioids to patients at federally qualified health centers (FQHCs). Findings suggest that FQHCs would benefit from ...
Simultaneous Use of Alcohol and Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems among College Students: Vaping History, Motivations for Use, and Outcome Expectancies Psychology Faculty Publications (2021)
Introduction: Simultaneous polydrug use of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) and alcohol among college students is not well understood despite high rates of vaping and alcohol use among this population. The current study examined rates ...
Measures of Pediatric Function and Physical Activity in Arthritis Arthritis Care & Research (2020)
Physical function can be assessed through physical examination with the use of performance-based measures and patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs). Each form of assessment provides a unique contribution to the understanding of the impact of rheumatologic ...
Health Behaviors and Pandemics Human Behavior Research (2020)
Human health behaviors are essential to reducing the spread and impact of pandemics. However, most behavioral scientists do not work in the area of pandemics given the infrequency of their occurrences. This editorial examines relevant ...
Diet Quality as a Mediator of the Relation between Income-to- Poverty Ratio and Overweight/Obesity among Adults: Moderating Effect of Sex Health Behavior Research (2019)
Poverty status influences obesity and dietary quality, and dietary quality influences obesity. How these relationships differ by sex is unclear. The current study aims were to 1) determine whether dietary quality mediates the relation between ...
Opportunities for School Garden-Based Health Education in a Lower-Income, Diverse, Urban School District American Journal of Health Education (2019)
Background: Researchers have documented inequities in garden-based learning opportunities for students in lower-income, racially and ethnically diverse school districts. Purpose: This study examined principals and teachers’ perceptions of garden-based learning in a lower-income, ethnically diverse, ...
Using a Valid and Reliable Measure to Assess Clinical Instructor Self-perception of Teaching Behaviors Journal of Physical Therapy Education (2018)
Introduction. The purpose of this study was to 1) use the Clinical Teaching Effectiveness Questionnaire (CTEQ) to determine the self-perception of clinical teaching effectiveness (CTE) with a current sample of clinical instructors (CIs) and 2) ...
Implementation and Evaluation of a Physical Activity and Dietary Program in Federal Incarcerated Females Journal of Correctional Health Care (2018)
The purpose of this 3-month quasi-experimental pilot study was to examine the effect of a physical activity and dietary education program on body mass index (BMI) and resilience. Participants were given data-storing pedometers to record ...
Formative Research to Create a Farm‐to‐School Program for High School Students in a Lower Income, Diverse, Urban Community Journal of School Health (2018)
Using Social Cognitive Theory as a framework, we examined opportunities for promoting local produce consumption among high school students in a lower‐income, ethnically diverse, urban community.
Use of a Unique Farmers’ Market Program Targeting Lower-Income Community Members Journal of Community Health (2018)
We examined use of a farmers’ market that leverages community partnerships to provide free produce to lower-income persons. Participants (n = 422) were asked to complete a questionnaire and given an ID number, which was ...
Identifying Windows of Opportunity for Active Living and Healthy Eating Policies in Connecticut, 2016 Preventing Chronic Disease (2018)
We examined the relative importance of 23 community issues among elected officials and health directors in Connecticut in 2016. For this cross-sectional study, 74 elected officials (40.7% response rate) and 47 health directors (62.7% response ...
Agricultural Experiences Are Positively Associated With High School Students' Fruit and Vegetable Perceptions and Consumption Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior (2018)
Objective: To examine the relationship between high school students’ agricultural experiences and their (1) attitudes about consuming local fruits and vegetables, (2) willingness to try new fruits and vegetables, and (3) fruit and vegetable consumption. ...
Acute Effects of Plyometric and Resistance Training on Running Economy in Trained Runners Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (2017)
Results regarding the acute effects of plyometric and resistance training (PRT) on running economy (RE) are conflicting. Eight male collegiate distance runners (21 +/- 1 years, 62.5 +/- 7.8 ml/kg/min V[Combining Dot Above]O2 peak) completed ...
Park Use and Physical Activity Among Mostly Low-to-Middle Income, Minority Parents and Their Children Journal of Physical Activity and Health (2017)
Background: Limited research has examined park use and physical activity among economically and ethnically diverse families. This study fills that gap. Methods: Parents (n = 326) completed a questionnaire about their park use (yes/no, parks ...
Development of the Clinical Teaching Effectiveness Questionnaire in the United States Journal of Educational Evaluation for Health Professions (2017)
The purpose of this study was to develop a single valid measure for assessing clinical teaching effectiveness within the field of physical therapy. Pilot testing with CIs from both universities were purposively sampled to complete ...
Assessment of a Novel Tool for Identifying Hospitalized Patients with Heart Failure at Risk for 30-Day Readmission, High Cost, and Longer Length of Stay Nursing Economic$ (2016)
PeraTrend's™ Rothman Index (RI) score could be useful to prospectively identify patients with heart failure at risk for extended hospitalization, high cost, and 30-day readmission. This is the first study done to assess the RI's ...
Giving Economically Disadvantaged, Minority Food Pantry Patrons' a Voice: Implications for Equitable Access to Sufficient, Nutritious Food School of Social Work Faculty Publications (2016)
This study provides economically disadvantaged, minority food pantry patrons (hereafter, patrons) a meaning-ful voice by examining their experiences trying to obtain sufficient, nutritious food. Five focus groups were conducted using a semistructured discussion guide. Atlast.ti ...
Park Use and Physical Activity Among Mostly Low-to-Middle Income, Minority Parents and their Children All PTHMS Faculty Publications (2016)
Background: Limited research has examined park use and physical activity among economically and ethnically diverse families. This study fills that gap. Methods: Parents (n=326) completed a questionnaire about their park use (yes/no, parks visited, reasons ...
Reliability of BOD POD Measurements Remain High Following a Short Duration Low-Carbohydrate Diet International Journal of Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism (2015)
The purpose of the present study was to determine whether expected changes in body weight via a three day low-carbohydrate (CHO) diet will disrupt the reliability of air displacement plethysmography measurements via BOD POD. Twenty-four ...