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Research interests

Dr. Liza Rovniak's research investigates how to design environments and policies to sustain physical activity, healthy eating and other behaviors.

Using an ecological framework and emphasizing interdisciplinary collaborations, Dr. Rovniak conducts clinical trials and epidemiological research across diverse populations and settings (e.g., workplaces, physicians' offices and neighborhoods) to explore how to facilitate long-term health behavior change.

She has been principal investigator of six grants funded by the National Institutes of Health and state-level funding, which have investigated how to build sustainable environments to improve population health.

Dr. Rovniak as additional professional interests in promoting environments that support the health and well-being of people with hearing losses and other disabilities.

Teaching and educational interests

Dr. Liza Rovniak serves as the course director of the Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation course for Penn State College of Medicine's Master of Public Health program. 

She has multiple ongoing research projects and manuscripts with which students can assist for course credit, independent studies, medical student research initiatives or as part of doctoral or postdoctoral studies. Interested students are welcome to contact her for details.

Education/Academic qualification

MPH, San Diego State University

… → 2008

PhD, Virginia Tech

… → 2003

BA, McGill University

… → 1996

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Projects 2006 2017

Equipment and Supplies
Health Expenditures
Energy Metabolism
Risk Reduction Behavior
Cardiovascular Diseases
Life Style
Postal Service

Research Output 1999 2018

  • 739 Citations
  • 14 h-Index
  • 35 Article
  • 2 Review article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Conference contribution
4 Citations (Scopus)

Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of Active Lions: A Campaign to Promote Active Travel to a University Campus

Bopp, M. J., Sims, D., Matthews, S. A., Rovniak, L., Poole, E. & Colgan, J., Mar 1 2018, In : American Journal of Health Promotion. 32, 3, p. 536-545 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Social Marketing
1 Citation (Scopus)
Travel time
1 Citation (Scopus)

Developing sustainable walking interventions: Integrating behavioural, ecological and systems science to promote population health

Rovniak, L. S. & King, A. C., Jan 1 2017, Transport and Sustainability. Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., p. 249-273 25 p. (Transport and Sustainability; vol. 9).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Systems science
4 Citations (Scopus)

Physical Activity Mode and Mental Distress in Adulthood

Sciamanna, C., Smyth, J. M., Doerksen, S. E., Richard, B. R., Kraschnewski, J., Mowen, A. J., Hickerson, B. D., Rovniak, L., Lehman, E. B. & Yang, C., Jan 1 2017, In : American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 52, 1, p. 85-93 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Mental Health
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

The Role of Nutrition-related Initiatives in Addressing Community Health Needs Assessments

George, D. R., Rovniak, L. S., Dillon, J. & Snyder, G., Jan 2 2017, In : American Journal of Health Education. 48, 1, p. 58-63 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Needs Assessment
Chronic Disease