Claudio Nigg, PhD

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Claudio Nigg, PhD


Specialization Head: Social and Behavioral Health Sciences

Academic Degrees

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

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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 Mānoa

Affiliate Faculty, College of Pharmacy, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo

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: State Prevention Framework Partnership for Success Grant (SPF-PFS) Funder: Hawaii DOH Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division (PI: Nigg) Description: Provide epidemiological lead to the HI SPF-PFS project relating to statewide adolescent alcohol prevention.

Title: Children’s Healthy Living Program for Remote Underserved Regions of the Pacific (CHL). Funder: USDA (PI Novotny). Description: This project looks at environmental changes to prevent childhood obesity in pacific islands and training and extension.

Title: Waipahu Health Action Research Training (HART) Project (PI Nigg). Description: This project investigates the effect of peer influence on adolescent physical activity and healthy nutrition in predominantly Filipino adolescents.

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

Nigg, C. R. & Amato, K., (in press). The Influence of Health Behaviors During Childhood on Adolescent Health Behaviors, Health Indicators and Academic Outcomes Among Participants from Hawaii. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine.

Martin Ginis, K. A., Nigg, C. R. & Smith, A. L., (2013). Delivery of physical activity interventions through peer mentoring: an overlooked opportunity for physical activity promotion. Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy and Research, 3, 434-443.

Novotny, R., Fialkowski, M. K., Areta A. A. R., Bersamin, A., Braun, K., DeBaryshe, B.,  Deenik, J., Dunn, M., Hollyer, J., Kim, J., Leon Guerrero, R., Nigg, C. R., Takahashi, R., & Wilkens, L. R. (2013). The Pacific Way to Child Wellness: The Children’s Healthy Living Program for Remote Underserved Minority Populations of the Pacific Region (CHL). Hawaii Journal of Medicine and Public Health, 72, 406-408.

Woolcott, C. G., Dishman, R. K., Motl, R. W., Horwath, C. C., & Nigg, C. R. (2013). Physical Activity and Fruit and Vegetable Intake: Correlations Between and Within Adults in a Longitudinal Multiethnic Cohort. American Journal of Health Promotion, 28, 71-79.

Nigg, C., Geller, K., Adams, P., Hamada, M., Hwang, P. & Chung, R. (2012). Successful Dissemination of Fun 5 – A Physical Activity and Nutrition Program for Children. Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy and Research, 2, 276-285.