• 826 Citations
  • 15 h-Index

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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 multiple grants funded by the National Institutes of Health and state-level funding, which have investigated how to build sustainable environments to improve population health.

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 may email her for details.

Professional information

Chair, Affinity Resource Network Group for Disabilities, Penn State College of Medicine, 2016-2018

Education/Academic qualification

MPH, San Diego State University

… → 2008

PhD, Virginia Tech

… → 2003

BA, McGill University

… → 1996

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  • Research Output

    • 826 Citations
    • 15 h-Index
    • 37 Article
    • 2 Review article
    • 1 Chapter
    • 1 Conference contribution

    Adults want to play too: Feasibility of an adult physical activity program designed to maximize enjoyment

    Upham, K., Auer, B. J., Sciamanna, C. N., Mowen, A. J., Smyth, J. M., Conroy, D. E., Silvis, M., Kraschnewski, J. L., Rovniak, L. S., Lehman, E., Kearcher, K., Vizzini, M. & Cesarone, L., Jan 1 2020, In : Journal of Physical Activity and Health. 17, 2, p. 230-235 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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

    Bopp, M., Sims, D., Matthews, S. A., Rovniak, L. S., 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

  • 5 Scopus citations
  • 2 Scopus citations

    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

  • 3 Scopus citations