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
- 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
physical activity and health, community environment, diabetes prevention and management, worksite wellness, program evaluation
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; http://ctl.uga.edu/teacher-of-the-week/jgay)
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
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.
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.
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.