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Claudio Nigg, PhD
Associate Professor, Social & Behavioral Health
1960 East West Road, Biomed C105A
Honolulu, HI 96822
phone: (808) 956-2862
fax: (808) 956-5818
Senior Program Faculty, Post Doctoral
Training Program “Cancer Control Research Training
in Multiethnic Hawaii,” Cancer Research Center
Graduate Faculty, Intercollege PhD
in Nutrition, Department of Human Nutrition, Food and
Adjunct Clinical Faculty, School of
Nursing and Dental Hygiene, University of Hawai‘i
PhD (Experimental Psychology), University of Rhode Island
MSc (Kinesiology), University of Calgary
BA (Psychology), University of Calgary
||Theories of behavior change
||Motivation to engage in health behaviors
||Multiple health behavior change
Highlighted Research Projects
Title: Intervention for PhysicaL Activity in Youth - IPLAY
AKA The Impact of an Environmental and Curriculum Change
on Children's Obesity Related Behaviors
Funder: NICHD/NCI/NIDDK (1R01HD057229-01, PI Nigg, Brink &
Description: This project examines the effects of a physical
change to the built environment (playground redesign) in combination
with a curriculum intervention on elementary school children’s
obesity related behaviors.
Title: Pacific Kids DASH for Health
Funder: USDA (PI: Novotny)
Description: This project addresses childhood obesity through
the implementation of an expert-system informed intervention
addressing nutrition and physical activity for children (aged
5-8), their parents, and their physicians.
Title: Physical Activity in Women with Infants
– The Namikimiki Project
Funder: NCI (1R01 CA115614, PI Albright
Description: The primary objective of the study is to increase
physical activity in healthy, postpartum women (3-12 months
Title: State Prevention Framework State Incentive
Grant (SPF SIG) Epidemiology
Funder: Hawaii DOH Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division (PI: Nigg)
Description: Provide epidemiological lead to the HI SPF-SIG
project relating to statewide adolescent alcohol prevention.
Title: Testing the Transtheoretical Model of
Funder: NCI (1RO1 CA109941, PI Nigg)
Description: This project looks at the mechanisms of behavior
change via a longitudinal multiethnic cohort using the Transtheoretical
Title: Fun 5 – a Physical Activity and
Nutrition Program Expansion and Evaluation
Funder: Hawaii Medical Service Association (PI Nigg)
Description: This project motivated children to become more
active using SPARK AR plus a nutrition intervention and disseminated
Fun 5 across elementary after school programs in Hawaii. It
is now being continued by a community 501C3 see www.kahoomiki.org.
PH 660 Current Topics in Social and Behavioral Health
PH 699 Directed Reading Research
PH 750 Health Behavior Change
PH 751 Social Epidemiology
Brink, L. A., Nigg, C. R., Lampe, S. M. R.,
Kingston, B., Mootz, A., & van Vliet, W. (in press). Influence
of Schoolyard Renovations on Children’s Physical Activity:
The Learning Landscapes Program. American Journal of Public
Horwath, C. C., Nigg, C. R.,
Motl, R. W., Wong, K. T., & Dishman, R. K. (2010). Investigating
fruit and vegetable consumption using the Transtheoretical
Model. American Journal of Health Promotion, 24,
Nigg, C. R., Motl, R. W.,
Wong, K. T., Yoda, L. U., McCurdy, D. K., Paxton, R. J., Horwath,
C. C., & Dishman, R. K. (2009). Impact of mixed survey
modes on physical activity and fruit/vegetable consumption:
A longitudinal study. Survey Research Methods, 3,
Haas, S., & Nigg, C. R.
(2009). Construct validation of the stages of change with
strenuous, moderate, and mild physical activity and sedentary
behaviour among children. Journal of Science and Medicine
in Sport, 12, 586-591.
Dishman, R. K., Thom, N. J., Rooks, C. R.,
Motl, R. W., Horwath, C. C., & Nigg, C. R.
(2009). Failure of Post-Action Stages of the Transtheoretical
Model to Predict Change in Regular Physical Activity: A Multi-Ethnic
Cohort Study. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 37,
Nigg, C. R., Lee, H. R., Hubbard,
A. E., & Kim, M. S. (2009). Gateway Health Behaviors in
College Students: Investigating Transfer and Compensation
Effects. Journal of American College Health, 58,
Nigg, C. R., Lippke, S., &
Maddock, J. E. (2009). Factorial invariance of the theory
of planned behavior applied to physical activity across gender,
age, and ethnic groups. Psychology of Sport and Exercise,
Nigg, C. R., Borrelli, B.,
Maddock, J., & Dishman, R. K. (2008). A Theory of Physical
Activity Maintenance. Applied Psychology: An International
Review, 57, 544-560.
Paxton, R. J., Nigg, C. R.,
Motl, R. W., McGee, K. A., McCurdy, D. K., Horwath, C. C.,
& Dishman, R. K. (2008). Are Constructs of the Transtheoretical
Model for Physical Activity Measured Equivalently Between
Sexes, Age Groups, and Ethnicities? Annals of Behavioral
Medicine, 35, 308-318.
Prochaska, J. J., Velicer, W. F., Nigg,
C. R., & Prochaska, J. O. (2008). Methods of
quantifying change in multiple risk factor interventions.
Preventive Medicine, 46, 260-265.
Hellsten, L., Nigg, C., Norman,
G. Burbank, P., Braun, L., Breger, R., Coday, M., Elliot,
D., Garber, C., Greaney, M., Lees, F., Matthews, C., Moe,
E., Resnick, B., Riebe, D., Rossi, J., Toobert, D., &
Wang, T., (2008). Accumulation of Behavioral Validation Evidence
for Physical Activity Stage of Change. Health Psychology.
Bolognesi, M., Nigg, C. R.,
Massarini, M., & Lippke, S. (2006). Reducing Obesity Indicators
Through Brief Physical Activity Counseling (PACE) in Italian
Primary Care Settings. Annals of Behavioral Medicine,
Clark, P. G., Rossi, J. S., Greaney, M. L.,
Riebe, D., Greene, G., Saunders, S. D., Lees, F., & Nigg,
C. R. (2005). Intervening on exercise and nutrition
in older adults: The Rhode Island SENIOR Project. Journal
of Aging and Health, 17, 753-778.
Nigg, C. R., Allegrante, J.
P., & Ory M. (2002) Theory-comparison and multiple-behavior
research: Common themes advancing health behavior research.
Health Education Research. 17, 670-679.
Biddle, S.J.H., & Nigg, C.R.
(2000). Theories of exercise behavior. International Journal
of Sport Psychology, 31, 290-304.
Marcus, B. H., Nigg, C. R.,
Riebe, D., & Forsyth, L. H. (2000). Interactive communication
strategies: Implications for population-based physical activity
promotion. American Journal of Preventive Medicine,
Nigg, C.R., Burbank, P., Padula,
C., Dufresne, R., Rossi, J. S., Velicer, W. F., Laforge, R.
G. & Prochaska, J. O. (1999). Stages of change across
ten health risk behaviors for older adults. The Gerontologist,
Guest Editor – Journal Special
C. R. Nigg, J. J. Prochaska, B. Spring, &
A. Kozak. (2008). Multiple Health Behavior Change Research.
Preventive Medicine, 46 (3).
C. R. Nigg, & P. A. Estabrooks
(Guest Eds.). (2003). The Future of Exercise Behavior Change
Research: Ideas from The Konza Workgroup on Physical Activity
Participation. Psychology of Sport and Exercise Special
C. R. Nigg, J. Allegrante,
& M. Ory (Guest Eds). (2002). Behavior Change Consortium.
Health Education Research Special Issue, 17.