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Gardenia is a Kinesiologist whose research focuses on health promotion, community-based participatory research, and physical activity for older adults. Specifically, implementation of evidence-based programs in community-based organizations. Dr. Jennifer Brach and her On the Move program made it an easy decision for Gardenia to attend SHRS. The exposure to renowned talent, hands-on experience, and leadership opportunities provided at the University of Pittsburgh will provide Gardenia with the skillset to be successful in her future career.


Department of Physical Therapy


Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Science

Representative Publications

Research Interests

  • Aging
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Dissemination and implementation of evidence-based exercise programs
  • Health promotion
  • Physical activity
  • Participant Perspectives

Ongoing Projects:

  • Adoption, Implementation and Maintenance of Evidence-based Fall Prevention Programs
  • Rural and Urban Older Adults’ Use of Technology and Interest in Online Group Exercise Classes (co-author)
  • Community-Based Exercise Programs for the second edition book, Exercise for Aging Adults: A Guide for Practitioners (co-author).