Claudio Nigg, PhD

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Claudio Nigg, PhD


Academic Degrees

  • PhD (Experimental Psychology), University of Rhode Island
  • MSc (Kinesiology), University of Calgary
  • BA (Psychology), University of Calgary


Senior Program Faculty, Post Doctoral Training Program “Cancer Control Research Training in Multiethnic Hawaii,” Cancer Research Center of Hawaii.

Graduate Faculty, Intercollege PhD in Nutrition, Department of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences

Adjunct Clinical Faculty, School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa

Research Interests

  • Theories of behavior change
  • Motivation to engage in health behaviors
  • Exercise/physical activity
  • Multiple health behavior change
  • Childhood obesity
  • Youth
  • Aging
  • General Population

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 & Hill) 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 postpartum).

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 Behavior Change Funder: NCI (1RO1 CA109941, PI Nigg) Description: This project looks at the mechanisms of behavior change via a longitudinal multiethnic cohort using the Transtheoretical Model.

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

Selected Publications

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 Health.

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, 324-333.

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, 81-90.