Samantha M. Harden, PhD

Assistant Professor

Graduate Program Faculty

Behavioral and Community Science

Physical activity as a mechanism for improved health outcomes and psychological well-being; especially from a group dynamics-based approach; working with a variety of populations from prenatal women to older adults, explores intrapersonal, interpersonal, and system-level factors that either speed or impede the rate of translating evidence-based interventions into their intended practice settings (e.g., clinic, community).

As an Extension specialist within Virginia Cooperative Extension, she serves to bridge research and outreach initiatives within the department.

Physical Activity Research & Community Implementation (PARCI) Laboratory at Virginia Tech

Determining the reach of a home-based physical activity program for older adults within the context of a randomized controlled trial.Harden SM, Fanning JT, Motl RW, McAuley E, Estabrooks PA.Health Educ Res. 2014 Oct;29(5):861-9.

GrOup based physical Activity for oLder adults (GOAL) randomized controlled trial: study protocol. Beauchamp MR, Harden SM, Wolf SA, Rhodes RE, Liu Y, Dunlop WL, Schmader T, Sheel AW, Zumbo BD, Estabrooks PA. BMC Public Health. 2015 Jun 27;15:592.

Generalizing the findings from group dynamics-based physical activity research to practice settings: what do we know? Harden SM, Burke SM, Haile AM, Estabrooks PA. Eval Health Prof. 2015 Mar;38(1):3-14.

Understanding for whom, under what conditions, and how group-based physical activity interventions are successful: a realist review.Harden SM, McEwan D, Sylvester BD, Kaulius M, Ruissen G, Burke SM, Estabrooks PA, Beauchamp MR.BMC Public Health. 2015 Sep 24;15:958.

Does Successful Weight Loss in an Internet-Based Worksite Weight Loss Program Improve Employee Presenteeism and Absenteeism?Harden SM, You W, Almeida FA, Hill JL, Linnan LA, Allen KC, Estabrooks PA.Health Educ Behav. 2015 Dec;42(6):769-74.

Effectiveness of a worksite-based weight loss randomized controlled trial: the worksite study. Almeida FA, You W, Harden SM, Blackman KC, Davy BM, Glasgow RE, Hill JL, Linnan LA, Wall SS, Yenerall J, Zoellner JM, Estabrooks PA. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2015 Apr;23(4):737-45.

Group-based lifestyle sessions for gestational weight gain management: a mixed method approach. Harden SM, Beauchamp MR, Pitts BH, Nault EM, Davy BM, You W, Weiss P, Estabrooks PA. Am J Health Behav. 2014 Jul;38(4):560-9.

Fidelity to and comparative results across behavioral interventions evaluated through the RE-AIM framework: a systematic review. Harden SM, Gaglio B, Shoup JA, Kinney KA, Johnson SB, Brito F, Blackman KC, Zoellner JM, Hill JL, Almeida FA, Glasgow RE, Estabrooks PA.Syst Rev. 2015 Nov 8;4:155.

The association between worksite physical environment and employee nutrition, and physical activity behavior and weight status. Almeida FA, Wall SS, You W, Harden SM, Hill JL, Krippendorf BE, Estabrooks PA.J Occup Environ Med. 2014 Jul;56(7):779-84.

Impact of individual and worksite environmental factors on water and sugar-sweetened beverage consumption among overweight employees.Davy BM, You W, Almeida F, Wall S, Harden S, Comber DL, Estabrooks PA. Prev Chronic Dis. 2014 May 1;11:E71.

Qualitative application of the theory of planned behavior to understand beverage consumption behaviors among adults.Zoellner J, Krzeski E, Harden S, Cook E, Allen K, Estabrooks PA. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2012 Nov;112(11):1774-84.

Adolescent girls' experiences in the Go Girls! group-based lifestyle mentoring program. Dowd AJ, Harden SM, Beauchamp MR. Am J Health Behav. 2015 Mar;39(2):267-76.

The Influence of Health Literacy on Reach, Retention, and Success in a Worksite Weight Loss Program. Zoellner J, You W, Almeida F, Blackman KC, Harden S, Glasgow RE, Linnan L, Hill JL, Estabrooks PA.Am J Health Promot. 2015 May 14.

2013 ‐ Present: International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity

2011 ‐ 2012: American Public Health Association

2010 ‐ Present: Alpha Epsilon Lambda

2009 ‐ Present: Society of Behavioral Medicine

August 2013‐July 2014: Canadian Institutes of Health research funded postdoctoral fellowship

November 2013: Killam postdoctoral fellowship finalist

April 2012: Who's Who Among American Universities and Colleges Scholars

2012, Ph.D., Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, Virginia Tech
Dissertation: Group Dynamics in Physical Activity Promotion: Research, Theory, and Practice

2008, B.S., Biology, Bridgewater College

Harden, Samantha


1981 Kraft Drive
1032 ILSB
Blacksburg, VA 24060

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