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

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41. Beauchamp MR, Dunlop WL, Ruissen GE, Estabrooks PA, Harden SM, Wolf SA, Liu Y, Schmader T, Puterman E, Sheel AW, Rhodes RE. (In Press). GrOup based physical Activity for oLder adults (GOAL) randomized controlled trial: Exercise adherence outcomes. Heath Psychology.

40. Balis L*, Strayer III T*, Ramalingam NS*, Wilson M*, Harden SM. (2018). Open-Access Physical Activity Programs for Older Adults: A Pragmatic and Systematic Review.The Gerontologist.

​39. Everette A*, Brooks A, Ramalingam, NS*, Powell T, Eaton, R., Serrano E, Harden SM. (2017). An Integrated Research–Practice Partnership for Physical Activity Promotion in a Statewide Program.Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine,2(11), 57-67. Full Text and PDF

38. Esakia A*, Harden SM, McCrickard DS, & Horning M. (2017). FitAware: Channeling Group Dynamics Strategies with Smartwatches in a Physical Activity Intervention. InProceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems(pp. 2551-2559). ACM. Full Text and PDF

37. Wilson KE, Harden SM, Taggart AE*, Schoepke L, Mcguire T, & Estabrooks PA. (2017). Adding an Activity Tracker to An Ongoing Community-based Weight-loss Program: Preliminary Results of an Rct.Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise,49(5S), 493-494. Full Text and PDF

36. Estabrooks PA, Wilson KE, McGuire TJ, Harden SM, Ramalingam NS*, Schoepke L., ... & Bayer AL. (2017). A Quasi-Experiment to Assess the Impact of a Scalable, Community-Based Weight Loss Program: Combining Reach, Effectiveness, And Cost.Journal of General Internal Medicine,32(1), 24-31. Full Text and PDF

35. Harden SM, Lindsay A, Everette A*, & Gunter KB. (2016). Systematic Review of Physical Activity Objectives in Extension Strategic Plans: Findings and Implications for Improved Public Health Impact.Journal of Extension,54(5), n5. Full Text and PDF

34. Whitehead P, Ramalingam NS*, Carter K Katz K, Harden SM. (2016). Nurse practitioners'perspectives on the Preferences About Serious Illness instrument. Journal of Hospice andPalliative Nursing. 18(4). Full Text and PDF

33. Pinard CA, Shanks CB, Harden SM, & Yaroch AL. (2016). An integrative literature review of small food store research across urban and rural communities in the US.Preventive Medicine Reports,3, 324-332. Full Text and PDF

32. Hill J, Wilson K, Harden SM, Almeida FA, Linnan L, Estabrooks PA. (2016). Does worksitesocial capital enhance retention into a worksite weight-loss programme?. Obesity Science &Practice, DOI: 10.1002/osp4.31. Full Text and PDF

31. Harden SM, Johnson SB, Almeida FA, Estabrooks PA. (2016). Improving physical activityprogram adoption using integrated research-practice partnerships: an effectiveness implementationtrial. Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy and Research.10.1007/s13142-015-0380-6. Full Text and PDF

30. Johnson SB, Harden SM, Estabrooks PA (2016). Uptake of evidence-based physical activityprograms: comparing perceptions of adopters and nonadopters. Translational BehavioralMedicine: Practice, Policy and Research. DOI:10.1007/s13142-015-0371-7. Full Text and PDF

29. McEwan D, Harden SM, Zumbo BD, Sylvester BD, Kaulius M, Ruissen GR, Dowd AJ, Beauchamp MR. (2016). The effectiveness ofmulti-component goal setting interventionsfor changing physical activity behaviour: a systematic review and meta-analysis. HealthPsychology Review. Nov 13:1-22. [Epub ahead of print]. Full Text and PDF

28. Harden SM, Gaglio B, Shoup JA, Kinney KA, Johnson SB, Brito F, Blackman KCA, Zoellner JM,Hill JL, Almeida F, Glasgow RE, Estabrooks PA. (2015). Fidelity to and comparative resultsacross behavioral interventions evaluated through the RE-AIM framework: A systematicreview. Systematic Reviews. 4(1):155. DOI: 10.1186/s13643-015-0141-0. Full Text and PDF

27. Harden SM, McEwan D, Sylvester BD, Ruissen G, Kaulius M, Burke SM, Estabrooks PA,Beauchamp, MR. (2015). Understanding for whom, under what conditions, and how group basedphysical activity interventions are successful: A realist review. BMC PublicHealth.15(1):958. DOI: 10.1186/s12889-015-2270-8. Full Text and PDF

26. Wilson KE, Harden SM, Almeida FA, You W, Hill JL, Goessl C, & Estabrooks PA. (2016). Brief self-efficacy scales for use in weight-loss trials: Preliminary evidence of validity.Psychological assessment,28(10), 1255. Full Text and PDF

25. Dowd AJ, Harden SM, Beauchamp MR. (2015). Supporting Healthy Lifestyles AmongAdolescent Girls: Mentors’ Perceptions. American Journal of Health Behavior. 39(5):698-708. DOI: 10.5993/AJHB.39.5.11. Full Text and PDF

24. Beauchamp MR, Harden SM, Wolf SA, Rhodes RE, Liu Y, Dunlop W, Schmader T, Sheel AW,Zumbo BD, Estabrooks PA. (2015). GrOup based physical Activity for oLder adults (GOAL)randomized controlled trial: Study protocol. BMC Public Health.DOI:10.1186/s12889-015-1909-9. Full Text and PDF

23. Harden SM, You W, Allen K, Almeida FA, Hill JL, Linnan L, Estabrooks PA. (2015). Does successful weight-loss in an internet-based worksite weight loss programs improve employee presenteeism andabsenteeism? Health Education and Behavior. DOI: 10.1177/109019811557875.Full Text and PDF

22. Byker CB & Harden SM. (2015). Utilizing the RE-AIM Framework to Evaluate the Scope of aWeekend Food Assistance Program for Children in Montana. American Journal of HealthPromotion. Full Text and PDF

21. Almeida FA, You W, Harden SM, Allen KC, Davy BM, Glasgow RE, Hill JL, Linnan LA, Wall SS,Yenerall J, Zoellner, JM, Estabrooks PA. (2015). Effectiveness of a Worksite-based WeightLoss Randomized Controlled Trial: The WORKSITE Study. Obesity. DOI: 10.1002/oby.20899. Full Text and PDF

20. Zoellner J, You W, Almeida F, Allen KCA, Harden SM, Glasgow RE, Linnan L, Hill J,Estabrooks P. (2015). The Influence of Health Literacy on Reach, Retention, and Success ina Worksite Weight Loss Program. American Journal of Health Promotion. Full Text and PDF

19. Dowd AJ, Harden SM, Beauchamp MR. (2015). Adolescent girls' experiences in the Go Girls! group-based lifestyle mentoring program.American Journal of Health Behavior.39(2), 266-275. Full Text and PDF

18. Pinard CA, Byker C, Harden SM, Carpenter LR, Serrano EL, Schober DJ, Yaroch AL. (2014).Influences on Food Away From HomeFeeding Practices among English and SpanishSpeaking Parent-Child Dyads. Journal of Child and Family Studies. DOI: 10.1007/s10826-014-0011-8. Full Text and PDF

17. Harden SM, Estabrooks PA, Mama S, Lee RE. (2014). Predicting minority women’sperceptions of cohesion in physical activitygroups: The role of cooperation,communication, and competition. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 11:57 DOI:10.1186/1479-5868-11-57. Full Text and PDF

16. Harden SM, Fanning J, Motl R, McAuley E, Estabrooks PA. Determining the reach of ahome-based physical activity program for older adults within the context of a randomizedcontrolled trial. Health Education Research, 29(5):861-9. DOI: 10.1093/her/cyu049. EPub2014 Aug 13. Full Text and PDF

15. Galaviz K, Harden SM, Almeida F, Allen KC, Berrey M, Mama S, Smith E, Lee RE &Estabrooks PA. Physical activity promotion in Hispanic populations: A systematic review onissues of internal and external validity. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition andPhysical Activity. 11:77 DOI:10.1186/1479-5868-11-77. Full Text and PDF

14. Harden SM, Beauchamp MR, Pitts BH, Nault EM, Davy B, You W, Weiss P, Estabrooks PA.(2014). Group-Based LifestyleSessions for Gestational Weight Gain Management: A mixedmethod approach. American Journal of Health Behavior. 38(4):560-9. DOI:10.5993/AJHB.38.4.9. ​Full Text and PDF

13. Harden SM, Almeida FA, You W, Davis GC, & Estabrooks PA. (2014). Implementation of acommunity physical activity program: Time requirements and delivery as intended. RevistaFamilia, Ciclos de Vida e Saude no Contexto Social (online). 2(2):70-7.

12. Sharma A, Dee D, Harden SM. Adherence to breastfeeding guidelines and maternal weight6 years after delivery. Pediatrics (Supplement). 2014 Sep;134 Suppl 1:S42-9. DOI:10.1542/peds.2014-0646H. ​Full Text and PDF

11. Almeida FA, Wall SS, You W, Harden SM, Hill JL, Krippendorf BE, Estabrooks PA. Theassociation between worksite physical environment and employee nutrition, and physicalactivity behavior and weight status. J Occup Environ Health. 2014 Jul;56(7):779-84. DOI:10.1097/JOM.0000000000000180. ​Full Text and PDF

10. Davy B, You W, Almeida G, Wall S, Harden SM, Comber D, Estabrooks P. (2014). Impact ofIndividual and Worksite Environmental Factors on Water and Sugar-Sweetened BeverageConsumption Among Overweight Employees. Preventing Chronic Disease. 11:130207. ​Full Text and PDF

9. Davy BM, Potter KL, Dennis Park EA, Harden SM, Hill J, Halliday TM, Estabsooks PA. (2013)Feasibility, effectiveness, and perceptions of an Internet- and incentive-based behavioralweight loss intervention for overweight and obese college freshmen: A mixed methodsapproach. Open Journal of Preventive Medicine. 3(7):429-440. ​Full Text and PDF

8. Estabrooks PA, Harden SM, Johnson SB, Pardo KA. Group Integration Interventions inExercise: Theory, Practice, and Future Directions. In Beauchamp M & Eys M. GroupDynamics in Exercise and Sport Psychology, 2nd Edition. Routledge; London and New York. ​Full Text and PDF

7. Harden SM, Burke SM, Haile AM, Estabrooks PA. (2013). Generalizing the findings fromGroup Dynamics-Based Physical Activity Research to Practice Settings: What do we know?Evaluation and the Health Professions. 2015 Mar;38(1):3-14. DOI:10.1177/0163278713488117. Epub 2013 May 28. ​Full Text and PDF

6. Harden, S.M., Allen, K., Chau, C., Parks, S., Zanko, A. (2012). Experiential Learning in GraduateEducation: Development, Delivery, and Analysis of an Evidence-Based Intervention.Creative Education. 3: 649-657. DOI: 10.4236/ce.2012.35095. ​Full Text and PDF

5. Zoellner, J., Krzeski,E., Harden, S.M., Cook, E., Allen, K., Estabrooks, P.A. (2012). Qualitativeapplication of the Theory of Planned Behavior to understand beverage behaviors amongadults. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 112(11):1774-84. ​Full Text and PDF

4. Estabrooks,P.A., Harden, S.M., Burke, S.M. (2012). Group Dynamics in Physical ActivityPromotion: What works? Social and Personality Psychology Compass. 6:18-40. ​Full Text and PDF

3. Estabrooks, P.A., Downey, S.M., and Allen, K.C. (2012). The RE-AIM Framework. In M. Gellman& J.R. Turner (Eds.). The Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine. New York, NY. SpringerPublishing.

2. Beauchamp, M., Dunlop, W., Downey, S.M., Estabrooks, P. (2012). First impressions count:Perceptions of surface-level and deep-level similarity within postnatal exercise classes andimplications for program adherence. Journal of Health Psychology. 17:87-99. ​Full Text and PDF

1. Downey, S.M., Wages, J., Jackson, S.F., & Estabrooks, P. A. (2012). Adoption decisions and implementation of a community-based physical activity program A mixed methods study.Health promotion practice,13(2), 175-182. ​Full Text and PDF

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


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Blacksburg, VA 24060

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