OUR
VISION

OUR
VALUES

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.

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 goal is that people see moving their body as a resource for flourishing: holistic wellbeing. 

Principal investigator

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"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

Frazier, PhD Student
Translational Biology, Medicine, + Health

Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program

Goofball cyclist. Food fiend. Excited about dissemination & implementation science. Enjoys sweaty yoga, waving at dogs, making playlists, finishing a good book, and playing outside. Would love to teach you basic bike maintenance.

Current GRADUATE STUDENT

Medical doctor Research mentees

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Dr. Shannon Armbruster

Dr. Armbruster is a gynecologic oncologist working to promote physical and mental health among endometrial cancer survivors (ECS). Recipient of an iTHRIV K award, for which Dr. Harden is a co-mentor with Dr. Jamie Zoellner (University of Virginia), the team aims to adapt an existing evidence-based program for the needs of ECS and their support team members.

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Dr. Madalina Macrea

Dr. Macrea investigates novel exercise programs for veterans with COPD and other pulmonary disorders. We are particularly interested in interventions that are welcoming, relevant, and fit within the veteran's lifestyle and preferences.

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Dr. Liz Courtney

Dr. Courtney is the Director of PREVAIL Program for Chronic Pain at the Salem VA Medical Center. She has partnered with Dr. Harden to explore the implementation of the Whole Health framework for the treatment of chronic pain. This innovative approach involves Veterans meeting with an interdisciplinary (interventional pain, psychology, pharmacy, nutrition, physical therapy) team (IDT) to develop patient-centered treatment plans based on the Whole Health and biopsychosocial models.

Anna Dysart, PhD
Anna Dysart, PhD
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Morgan Gregg, MS
Morgan Gregg, MS
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Abby Steketee, PhD, MPH
Abby Steketee, PhD, MPH
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Becky Eacho, ACE-GFI, CPT
Becky Eacho, ACE-GFI, CPT
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Thomas Strayer III, PhD
Thomas Strayer III, PhD

Clinical/Translational Research Coordinator at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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

Nicole Botha
Nicole Botha

Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise major and Psychology minor. Loves plants, cooking, watching sitcoms, and playing tennis!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Lydia Schaar
Lydia Schaar

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

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Kathryn Ratliff
Kathryn Ratliff

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

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Nathalie Thomas
Nathalie Thomas

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

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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.

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Ryan Stanley
Ryan Stanley

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

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past graduate students

With Gratitude to Our Primary Funders

April Payne
April Payne

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

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Rebecca Sheffield
Rebecca Sheffield

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

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Mellissa Breen
Mellissa Breen

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

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Rebecca Wilder
Rebecca Wilder

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

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VCE Physical activity team members

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Title: Group-based exercise intervention for endometrial cancer survivors: Exploration of physical activity and quality of life impact

 iTHRIV Scholars Mentored Career Development Program (iTSP); KL2-funded

Members: Armrbuster (Carilion, PI); Harden (VT) and Zoellner (UVA) co mentors

Date: July 1, 2022-June 30, 2024

Title: Yoga Inspired Movement: A multilevel approach to improve yoga self-efficacy, yoga practice, and health outcomes

Members: Harden (VT)

Date: September 1,2021- August 31, 2026

Title: Iterative adaptations of an evidence-based healthy lifestyle program for endometrial cancer survivors and their support network

Members: Harden (VT) + Armrbuster (Carilion + McCrickard (VT)

Date: July 1, 2022-June 30, 2022

Title: Translational Obesity Undergraduate Research Scholars (TOURS) (GRANT12551118)

Members: Good (VT), Harden (VT), Evans-Hoeker (VT Carilion School of Medicine)

Date: September 1, 2018--June 30, 2023