OUR

VISION

Use our talents, expertise, and passion to serve others.

We accomplish this through evidence-based adaptations, training, and evaluation to ensure the best fit intervention is adopted and sustained within practice settings.

OUR

VALUES

Respect and love for one another and all living beings, and using goodness to guide our scientific inquiry.

We demonstrate our commitment to these values through

  1. Vulnerability and resiliency. Acknowledging and embracing when we don’t know the answer… . We ask questions, early and often.

  2. Flexibility and humor. Remembering that nothing is perfect, but we commit ourselves to our efforts.

  3. Appreciation of excellence in effort. Offer insight to each other to bring out quality in work (feedback on slides, elevator pitch, papers, etc.).

  4. Stability. Mentor those less senior in the lab and seek mentorship from those more senior in the lab. Ensure adequate resource allocation (time, money, personnel).

  5. Clear, honest communication, complete with active listening.

OUR TEAM

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Principal investigator

Samantha M Harden, PhD, 500RYT
Samantha M Harden, PhD, 500RYT

"In the PARCI lab, I have the privilege of training scientists and practitioners to impact the lives of others. As a registered yoga instructor and academic, I use science and the personal experience of clients, participants, and myself to promote that being active can change your life: You can avoid chronic disease, feel better in your body & mind, and maintain or find a better quality of life."

Samantha M. Harden, PhD, 500 RYT

CURRENT GRADUATE STUDENTS

Anna Dysart, MS, RD, 200RYT
Anna Dysart, MS, RD, 200RYT

Registered dietitian, certified group fitness and yoga instructor. Loves food, exercise, and the outdoors. Exploring the world one hike at a time.

Morgan Gregg. BS
Morgan Gregg. BS

Certified Yoga Teacher and Ayurvedic Specialist with a passion for mindfulness and holistic approaches to health and wellness. Enjoys reading, art, healthy cooking and staying active.

PAST GRADUATE STUDENTS

Abby Steketee, PhD, MPH
Abby Steketee, PhD, MPH
Becky Eacho, Becky Eacho, ACE-GFI, CPT
Becky Eacho, Becky Eacho, ACE-GFI, CPT
Thomas Strayer III, PhD
Thomas Strayer III, PhD

Clinical/Translational Research Coordinator at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

NithyaPriya S. Ramalingam, PhD
NithyaPriya S. Ramalingam, PhD
Laura Balis, PhD
Laura Balis, PhD
Meghan Wilson, PhD
Meghan Wilson, PhD
Alicia Everette, MS
Alicia Everette, MS
Andrey Esakia, MS
Andrey Esakia, MS
Anna Taggart, MS
Anna Taggart, MS

VCE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY LEADERSHIP and TEAM MEMBERS

April Payne
April Payne

Extension Agent, FCS Spotsylvania County 540-507-7568 arpayne@vt.edu

Rebecca Sheffield
Rebecca Sheffield

Extension Agent, FCS Rappahannock County (540) 727-3435 rebes13@vt.edu

Kim Butterfield
Kim Butterfield

Extension Agent, FCS Roanoke County 540-772-7524 ext. 8189 mskimb8@vt.edu

Kirsten Kelley
Kirsten Kelley

Extension Agent, FCS, SNAP-Ed, Alexandria City. kirstenk19@vt.edu

Mellissa Breen
Mellissa Breen

Administrative Assistant, VCE State Office, Hokie Wellness Champion msbreen@vt.edu

Rebecca Wilder
Rebecca Wilder

SNAP-Ed Agent, FCS Rockbridge County (540) 463-4734 rmarlatt@vt.edu

Jeannie Layton-Dudding
Jeannie Layton-Dudding

Extension Agent, Giles County, Agriculture and Natural Resources Animal Science

Current & past undergraduate research assistants

Maggie Blackmon
Maggie Blackmon

Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise. Certified nurse assistant and a food and fitness fan! Loves to run, lift, and get outside!

Marciana Castillo
Marciana Castillo

Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise major and Creative Writing and Integrative Health and Wellness minors. Enjoys hikes, walks, tennis, dancing, and spike ball. Aspires to become a physician.

Helen Oker
Helen Oker

Oker H, Harden SM. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans: A Pragmatic Exploration of Online Dissemination, Delivery, and Training During COVID-19. Translational Obesity Undergraduate Research Scholar. VT Undergraduate Research Summer Symposium. Summer 2020.

Lydia Schaar
Lydia Schaar

B.S. Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience; Integrative Health and Wellness minor

Kathryn Ratliff
Kathryn Ratliff

Human Development major and Political Science minor. Cycle instructor, runner, and loves spending time outside.

Nathalie Thomas
Nathalie Thomas

HNFE Major and Medicine in Society Minor. Loves adventuring and the outdoors. Will go on any hike with a view.

Anna Murphy
Anna Murphy

HNFE major and Public Health minor. Fitness fan, dog lover, certified EMT, and aspiring yogi. Passionate about community health, especially pertaining to women and children.

Ryan Stanley
Ryan Stanley

HNFE major and Psychology minor. Obsessed with hiking, gyming, swimming, and college football.

Alyssa Ton
Alyssa Ton

Biochemistry major & public health minor. A total foodie and lover of hiit training and Pilates

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

LIFT: Morgan Gregg (morgangregg@vt.edu)

PARCI Lab Inquiries: Dr. Harden (harden.samantha@vt.edu)

PARCI LAB UNDERGRADUATE INTEREST

Please complete the form to the right and email to Dr. Harden.

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PARCI Lab Undergraduate Research Applica