- 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
- B.S., Binghamton University, 2003
- 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
- Promotion of rural children's outdoor play and physical activity
- Lifelong maintenance of physical activity
- Community-based participatory research (CBPR) approaches in rural areas
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
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Phone: (828) 262-6335
Fax: (828) 262-3138