|September 2011 - Present||Associate Professor & Director of Master of Public Health, Sacred Heart University ‐ College of Health Professions, Exercise Science|
|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
- 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|
Healthcare Education N111
College of Health Professions
Articles (peer-reviewed) (44)
Walking Toward a Brighter Future: A Participatory Research Process to Advocate for Improved Walk-to-School Corridors Health Promotion Practice (2019)
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 ...
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 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 ...
Sedentary Behavior and Related Factors Among Full-Time, University Faculty International Journal of Workplace Health Management (2015)
Purpose - Sedentary behavior, independent of physical activity, is a risk factor for both morbidity and mortality. Little is known about factors related to sedentary behavior. The purpose of this paper is to examine the ...
Health Action Process Approach: Application to Medication Adherence in Cardiac Rehabilitation Patients Educational Gerontology (2015)
The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between Health Action Process Approach (HAPA) post-intentional constructs (maintenance self-efficacy, recovery self-efficacy, action planning, coping planning) and medication adherence among phase II cardiac rehabilitation (CR) ...
Community Members’ Assessment of the Physical Activity Environments in Their Neighborhood Parks: Utility of the Community Stakeholder Park Audit Tool Health Promotion Practice (2015)
Objective. This study engaged community members to describe physical activity (PA) environments in parks and to examine if the PA environment in parks was related to the economic characteristics of households near parks. Method. Twenty-four ...
The Effects of Sedentary Behavior on Metabolic Syndrome Independent of Physical Activity and Cardiorespiratory Fitness Journal of Physical Activity & Health (2015)
Background: To date, no longitudinal studies have examined the influence of sedentary behavior on metabolic syndrome development while accounting for cardiorespiratory fitness. Purpose and Methods: This prospective study examined the relationship between sedentary behavior and ...
Use and Nonuse of a Rail Trail Conversion for Physical Activity: Implications for Promoting Trail Use American Journal of Health Education (2014)
There is limited research examining both use and nonuse of trails for physical activity. Purpose: Such research might enable health educators to better promote physical activity on trails. Methods: We used random digit dialing methods ...
Timing influence of carbohydrate-protein ingestion on muscle soreness and next-day running performance. Journal of Dietary Supplements (2014)
The present study investigates timing effects of a carbohydrate-protein (CHO-PROT) beverage on indicators of muscle damage and next day running performance. Nine trained subjects completed three trials of a 30 min downhill run, followed by ...
Experiences and Concerns of Family Caregivers Providing Support to People With Dementia: A Cross-Cultural Perspective Dementia (2013)
We examined experiences and concerns among caregivers of community-dwelling people with dementia from two ethnic groups. We conducted a thematic analysis of responses to the question, 'What is your life like as a caregiver?' in ...
How Do Older People Describe Others With Cognitive Impairment? A Multiethnic Study in the United States Ageing & Society (2013)
We studied how older people describe others with cognitive impairment. Forty-two focus groups represented African Americans, American Indians, Chinese Americans, Latinos, Vietnamese Americans, and Whites other than Latinos (Whites) (N = 396, ages 50+), in ...