Richard Christiana


  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Georgia, 2012-2014
    Ph.D., University of Georgia, 2012
    Major: Health Promotion & Behavior
    Ph.D. Dissertation: A Mixed-Methods Study Investigating Factors Influencing Rural Youths' Participation and Experiences in Outdoor, Noncompetitive Physical Activity
  • M.A., University at Albany, 2005
    Major: Anthropology
  • B.S., Binghamton University, 2003
    Major: Anthropology
    Minor: Biology

Teaching Specialties

  • Public Health Program Evaluation
  • Health Behavior Theory
  • Public Health Interventions to promote Physical Activity

Current Courses Being Taught

  • Introduction to Public Health (PH 2000)
  • Foundations of Health Behavior (PH 3700)
  • Public Health Interventions I (PH 3800)
  • Physical Activity in Public Health (PH 4000)

Professional Affiliations / Organizations

  • American Public Health Association
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • U.S. Play Coalition
  • Delta Omega Honorary Public Health Society

Research Interests

  • Promotion of rural children's outdoor play and physical activity
  • Lifelong maintenance of physical activity
  • Community-based participatory research (CBPR) approaches in rural areas

Selected Publications

Christiana, R. W., West, S., and Davis, M. (2017). The role of competition in leisure-time physical activity among middle school youth: Implications for park & recreation professionals. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 35(3), 64-79.

Christiana, R. W., Battista, R. A., and James, J. J. (2017). Pediatrician prescriptions for outdoor physical activity among children: A pilot study. Preventive Medicine Reports, 5(1), 100-105.

Rimando, M., Brace, A., Namageyo-Funa, A., Parr, T. L., Sealy, D., Davis, T. L.,…Christiana, R. W. (2015). Data collection challenges and recommendations for early career researchers. The Qualitative Report, 20(12), 2025-2036.

Christiana, R. W., Davis, M., Wilson, M., McCarty, F., and Green, G. (2014). Factors related to rural young adolescents’ participation in outdoor, noncompetitive physical activity. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 85(4), 509-518.

Christiana, R. W., Davis, M., and Freeman, M. (2014). “I’d rather dance outside”: A phenomenological examination of youth experiences in outdoor, noncompetitive physical activity. The Qualitative Report, 19(92), 1-16.

Namageyo-Funa, A., Rimando, M., Brace, A. M., Christiana, R. W., Fowles, T. L., Davis, T. L., Martinez, L. M., and Sealy, D. (2014). Recruitment in qualitative public health research: Lessons learned during dissertation sample recruitment. The Qualitative Report, 19(1), 1-16.

Title: Assistant Professor, PhD, Health Promotion and Behavior, HOPE Lab Co-Director, Graduate Faculty

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-6335

Fax: (828) 262-3138

Office address
Leon Levine Hall 424