M. Renee Umstattd Meyer, PhD, MCHES, FAAHB

M. Renee Umstattd Meyer, PhD, MCHES, FAAHB
Robbins College Associate Dean for Research, Professor
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Robbins College Associate Dean for Research

Professor in Public Health

Research Area

  • Physical Activity
  • Sedentary Behavior
  • Rural Active Living
  • Health Equity
  • Built Environment
  • Policy Implications

Dr. Umstattd Meyer’s work focuses on promoting health and health equity through an active living lens.  She collaborates with communities using mixed methods to understand cultural context and advance approaches and policies to foster healthy and active opportunities and lifestyles for all people.  She focuses much of her work partnering with underserved rural communities and families, which has been supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through Active Living Research and the Physical Activity Research Center (PARC), the Physical Activity Policy Research Network Plus (PAPRN+) through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Education, the American Heart Association through Voices for Healthy Kids, the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  She co-leads the Physical Activity Research Center (PARC) and the Physical Activity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (PAPREN) Rural Active Living Workgroup, and has been invited to serve on advisory panels and/or lead webinars for American Heart Association, Voices for Healthy Kids, America Walks, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee of the Physical Activity Alliance, and the Diversity Committee for the 2016 National Physical Activity Plan, to name a few.  In addition to serving in these capacities, she co-chaired the 2019 Active Living Conference and is a Fellow and Past-President of the American Academy of Health Behavior, a multidisciplinary society of health behavior scholars and researchers.

Current Courses Taught

PUBH 5360, Evaluation in Public & Community Health (graduate, MPH)

PUBH 5V90, MPH Graduate Project/Internship (graduate, MPH)

 

 

https://paresearchcenter.org/

 

https://baylor.edu/publichealth/ruralplaystreetsguide

 

 

https://papren.org/

 

 

Contact Information

Baylor University
College of Health & Human Sciences
One Bear Place #97303
Waco, TX 76798-7303

Office: Hankamer 120.03
Phone: 254- 710 - 4029
Fax: 254 - 710 - 3527
EmailRenee_Umstattd@baylor.edu