Samantha M. Harden, PhD
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.
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