Jennifer L. Gay

Health Promotion & Behavior, Institute of Gerontology
Associate Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Website

Health Promotion & Behavior, Institute of Gerontology

  • Education

    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

  • Affiliations

    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.