Jennifer L. Gay

Health Promotion & Behavior, Institute of Gerontology,
Associate Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Website

Health Promotion & Behavior, Institute of Gerontology,


PhD, Health Promotion, Education and Behavior, University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health, 2008

MS, Sport and Leisure Services, University of Nevada Las Vegas, 2002

BA, English, University of South Carolina, 2001

More About
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Kinesiology, College of Education
  • Affiliate, UGA Institute of Gerontology
  • Member, UGA Institute for Artificial Intelligence
Areas of Expertise

Research: built environment, social context, occupational physical activity, growth and maturation, measurement and methodological issues in physical activity

Teaching: online teaching, flipped classrooms, application-based assessment, specifications grading

Honors, Awards, and Achievements
  • Creative Teaching Award, University of Georgia
  • Online Teaching Award, College of Public Health, University of Georgia
  • Career Center Recognition for supporting students’ career development and success, University of Georgia
  • Public Service and Outreach Faculty Fellow, University of Georgia
  • International Society of Physical Activity and Health
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
Course Instruction
  • Public Health, Physical Activity, and Nutrition Interventions
  • Health Promotion Research Methods
  • Foundations of Health Promotion and Behavioral Science
  • Doctoral Professional Development Seminar

What Dr. Gay likes most about teaching and mentoring is seeing students grow in their understanding of community health and research. This can happen in any course or learning experience.

Research Interests

Dr. Jennifer Gay’s research focuses on the reciprocal relationship between human and environmental health. She is particularly interested in leveraging physical activity participation to facilitate pro-environmental behaviors. She also has extensive training and experience in implementation monitoring and program evaluation.

Selected Publications

Salinas, J, Valenzuela R, Sheen J, Carlyle M, Gay JL, Morales A. (2022). An ORBIT phase 1: design study of a citywide employer-based walking challenges in a predominantly Mexican American metropolitan area. Journal of Health Psychology, 27(4),961-73.

Gay JL, Cherof SA, LaFlamme CC, & O’Connor PJ. (2022). Psychological aspects of stair use: a systematic review. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 16(1), 109-21.

Gay JL & Buchner DM. (2022). Twelve-month stability of accelerometer-measured occupational and leisure-time physical activity and compensation effects. Journal for the Measurement of Physical Behaviour.

Gay JL, Carmichael KE, LaFlamme CC, O’Connor PJ. (2021). Novel use of radio frequency identification (RFID) provides a valid measure of indoor stair-based physical activity. Applied Ergonomics, 95.