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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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

MPH, San Diego State University

… → 2008

PhD, Virginia Tech

… → 2003

BA, McGill University

… → 1996


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