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

Honors, Awards, and Achievements

Article, “Location, timing and social structure patterns related to physical activity participation in weight loss programs” selected by the Society for Public Health Education for continuing education and professional development designation

Career Center Recognition for supporting students’ career development and success, University of Georgia

Center for Teaching and Learning Teacher of the Week (February 15;

Fellow, Physical Activity and Public Health Postdoctoral Research Course, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the University of South Carolina Prevention Research Center


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 conducts research in the area of physical activity and public health. More specifically her interests include how built environment and social contexts influence physical activity in children, adolescents and adults. Since joining the University of Georgia, Dr. Gay has focused primarily on the health benefits of occupational physical activity and how to increase time spent in activity during work hours. Her secondary areas of interest include growth and maturation as indicators of decreases in physical activity, measurement and methodological issues in physical activity research, and program evaluation.

Selected Publications

Gay JL, Buchner DM, Schmidt MD. (2016). Dose-response association between physical activity and HbA1c: Examining intensity and bout length. Preventive Medicine, 86, 58-63.

Gay JL, Robb SW, Benson KM, & White A. (2016). Can the social vulnerability index be used for more than emergency preparedness? An examination using youth fitness data. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 13(2), 121-130.

Gay JL, Monsma EV, & Hein K. (Accepted). Weight Management Behaviors among Mexican American Youth: Cross-Sectional Variation by Timing of Growth and Maturation. American Journal of Health Promotion.

Gay JL & Buchner DM. (2014). Ethnic disparities in objectively measured physical activity may be due to occupational activity. Preventive Medicine, 63, 58-62.