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Office Location

330 River Road
Athens, Georgia 30602


Degree Concentration Institution Year
Ph.D. Public Health; Emphasis in Epidemiology University of Massachusetts Amherst 2005
M.S. Exercise Science; Emphasis in Exercise Physiology University of Massachusetts Amherst 2001
B.S. Occupational Therapy State University of New York at Buffalo 1994

Awards and Accolades

Year Award From
2008-13 Honorary Research Associate Menzies Research Institute, Hobart, Australia
2007-08 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Public Health National Heart Foundation of Australia

Areas of Expertise

  • epidemiology
  • physical activity measurement
  • statistical analysis of observational data

Research Interests

  • compensatory diet responses to exercise
  • wearable technology to assess health behaviors
  • behavioral economic approaches to promote physical activity
  • physical activity during pregnancy
  • obesity prevention and health consequences

Research Summary

As a physical activity epidemiologist my research broadly focuses on examining associations between physical activity and human health and well-being from a public health perspective. More specifically, much of my research pertains to the following three concentration areas: i) the prevention and health consequences of obesity, ii) improving methods to measure physical activity in diverse populations, and iii) the effects of physical activity during pregnancy on maternal and child health. I also have a growing interest in the use of wearable technologies and behavioral economic approaches to promote physical activity participation throughout the lifespan.