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Abby Steketee, MPH, PhD

Adjunct Instructor
  • Focus area(s): Qualitative research approaches including ethnography and phenomenology; participatory research approaches; dissemination and implementation science; health behaviors for human flourishing; coaching; yoga


Ph.D., Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2020

Master of Public Health, West Virginia University, 2007

B.S., Human Development and Psychological Services, Northwestern University, 2003           


January 2021 – present: Adjunct Faculty, Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia

January 2021 – June 2021: Research Fellow, Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences, Washington, D.C.

June 2015 – May 2018: Head Coach of Women’s Swimming and Diving, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

July 2012 – May 2015: Head Coach of Women’s Swimming and Diving, University of Nevada-Reno, Reno, Nevada

July 2007 – June 2012: Assistant Coach, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina

August 2004 – June 2007: Graduate Assistant Coach, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia

Reviewed Journals

  • Steketee, A., Chen, S., Nelson, R.A., Kraak, V.I., Harden, S.A.  (2021).  A mixed-methods study to test a tailored coaching program for health researchers to manage stress and achieve work-life balance.  Translational Behavioral Medicine, 12(3), 369-410.
  • Vorst, K.L., Saab, N., Silva, P., Curtzwiler, P., Steketee, A.  (2021).  Risk assessment of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in food: Symposium proceedings.  Trends in Food Science & Technology, 116, 1203-1211.
  • Steketee, A., Harden, S. (2021).  Mom Expo:  Bridging the Gap between Local Women and Perinatal Resources.  The Journal of Perinatal Education, 30(2), 108-117.
  • Steketee, A., Archibald, T., Harden, S.  (2020).  Adjust your own oxygen mask before helping those around you:  An autoethnography of participatory research.  Implementation Science, 15(7).
  • Harden, S., Steketee, A., Glasgow, T., Estabrooks, P., and Glasgow, R.  (2020).   Suggestions for advancing pragmatic solutions for dissemination: Potential updates to evidence-based repositories.  American Journal of Health Promotion, June 30.  
  • Harden, S., Steketee, A., Kelliher, R., and Fitzwater Boyle, N.  (2019).  Using a Studio-Academic Partnership to Advance Public Health Within a Pragmatic Yoga Setting.  Journal of Primary Care and Community Health, Jan-Dec.