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Harden, Samantha

Samantha M. Harden, PhD

Associate 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

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


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1032 ILSB
Blacksburg, VA 24060

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