Faculty Research Interests

The Health Promotion faculty conduct research in a variety of areas. Listed below are recent theses and dissertations.

“Influence of Exercise-Related Beliefs on Exercise Behavior.”


Study I: Perceptions of the Exercise is Medicine®Initiative in a Geographically-Defined Population: Implications for Effective Physical Activity Promotion into Clinical Practice

Study II: The United States National Physical Activity Plan: Is it Being Integrated into Exercise Science Curriculum?

Study III: Executive Function as a Moderator of the Intention-Behavior Relationship

“Examination of accelerometer reactivity among children, adolescents, and adults: Implications for influencing physical activity estimates, proportion meeting physical activity guidelines, and associations with health outcomes.
Improving methods associated with accelerometer use.”

Study I: Accuracy of the ActiGraph Inclinometer to Assess Human Body Postures.

Study II: Comparison between Wrist-Worn and Waist-Worn Accelerometry to Measure Physical Activity.

Study III: Comparison of Attachment Site and Wearing Protocol on Accelerometer Wear Time.

Study IV: Accuracy of Accelerometer Activity Count-Derived Breaks in Sedentary Time.


“Theory-driven prospective interrelationships between personality, executive function and multibehavior.

Study I:
The Prospective Association Between Personality and Multibehavior.

Study II: Interrelationships Between Personality, Executive Function and Physical Activity. 

Study III: Utility of the Transtheoretical Model in Predicting Physical Activity among those with Varying Levels of Personality.


Dose-response association between acute exercise duration and cognitive function.”


The effects of exercise on cognitive function.”


Study I: The Effects of Indoor and Outdoor Exercise on Cognitive Function.

Study II: Comparative Effectiveness of Exercise and Sedentary Breaks on Cognitive Function.

Study III: Mediational Role of Executive Function on the Physical Activity-Diet Relationship.


The effects of a sedentary behavior intervention on various health outcomes in active, young adults.”


Study I: Sedentary Behavior and Cognitive Function: A Randomized Control Trial Examining the Effects of a Sedentary Behavior Intervention on Cognitive Function in Active Young Adults.

Study II: Sedentary Behavior and Mental Health Outcomes: A Randomized Control Trial Examining the Effects of a Sedentary Behavior Intervention on Anxiety, Mood, Depression, and Quality of Life in Active Young Adults.

Study III: Sedentary Behavior and Sleep: A Randomized Control Trial Examining the Effects of a Sedentary Behavior Intervention on Sleep Quality in Active Young Adults.


Association of kidney stones with 10-year predicted risk of an atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease event among adults in the United States: Considerations by race-ethnicity.”


Weight control practices and physical activity behavior.”


Study I: Utility of Transtheoretical model in predicting physical activity among adults trying to lose weight.

Study II: Efficacy of a clinical-based wellness action plan in promoting child physical activity.

Study III: Weight loss strategies among obese U.S. adults.


“The effects of carbonated soft drink consumption on bone mineral density in college-aged women”


Utility of information-motivation-behavioral skills model in measuring and predicting sun protection behaviors among skin cancer patients”


“Bone mineral density, preventative behaviors and risk factors in African American and Caucasian Mother Daughter Pairs”