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Current students

Vanessa Rigsby (project) - ACTIVE PLAYTIME: Evaluating changes in parents in response to a preschool physical activity intervention
Preschool based physical activity interventions are designed to increase the physical activity levels of the children.  However, in programs that target the whole families, changes in the parents’ perceptions also are key to their success. The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of Active Playtime on parents confidence to promote activity for their children and the social support they receive from others.


Sean Pinkerton (thesis) – From the Workplace to the Home: An Employee Wellness Program Targeting Families
Workplace wellness interventions typically focus on the health of the employee. However, the health of the employee is linked with the health of their family.  The purpose of this study is to evaluate whether a workplace physical activity intervention can reach the family members of the employee.
**Currently recruiting CSUF faculty and staff with children aged 8-14 years,
please contact Dr. Kathleen Wilson if interested**


Erin Blanchard (thesis) – Stay Well at Home: A Qualitative Evaluation of the program
The Stay Well at Home is a multifactorial fall risk program that is conducted in the home of older adults using peer facilitators.   The purpose of this study is to explore both participants and facilitators experiences during the program using qualitative methodology.
**Currently recruiting recipients and peer facilitators for this project,
please contact Dr. Kathleen Wilson if interested for more information**
http://hhd.fullerton.edu/csa/Research/research_in-progress.htm


Melissa Parra (thesis) – Understanding Setting Specific Physical Activity Behaviors – A Social Cognitive Theory Perspective
Why do some people choose to exercise indoors versus outdoors? Melissa is conducting a correlational study examining social cognitive predictors such as self-efficacy, outcome expectations and norms and how they relate to physical activity participation indoors and outdoors.


Robert Fernandez (thesis) –Exploring the Effect of Physical Activity Interventions that Utilize Relapse Prevention Strategies on Self-Efficacy
Self-efficacy is important for being able to maintain physical activity participation. However, some strategies used for promoting physical activity may actually decrease self-efficacy.  Relapse prevention techniques are one such strategy.  This experimental design is evaluating whether these strategies help or hinder the development of self-efficacy.


Past students
Rachel Viglietta (2012, project) – Recovering from a Physical Activity Lapse
Rachel created a motivational manual to assist young women between the ages of 20-40 years to return to being physically active. After interviewing five young women about the challenges they face in becoming more active, she created a manual based on Social Cognitive Theory to assist them in overcoming those challenges.


Erica Munoz (2012, project) – Fitness Assessment Feedback Program
Erica evaluated to programs designed to help maintain physical activity motivation following the return of fitness assessments.  Using Self-Determination Theoyr, she created and evaluated a 1 day program and 4 day program.  The 4 day program that promoted feelings of competence, autonomy and relatedness was showed greater physical activity levels following the program than the 1 day program or the control group. 

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