Virginia T. Githiri

Lecturer
Applied Health Science

vgithiri@indiana.edu
(812) 855-5210
309 N. Woodlawn Avenue

Education
  • Indiana University, Ph.D. in Health Behavior, 2012
  • Indiana Wesleyan University, M.B.A in Management, 2005
  • Indiana University, M.P.H. in Health Education, 2001
  • Indiana University, B.S. in Health Administration, 1999
Courses
  • B403 - Public Health Program Planning
  • H311 - Human Diseases and Epidemiology
  • B366 - Community Health
  • C310 - Healthcare in Diverse Communitites
  • H494 - Research and Evaluation Methods in Health and Safety
Background
  • Project Coordinator - EMPOWERED (Enhancing Minority Partnership Opportunities; Working to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Disparities) U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Minority Health, Division of Program Operations State Partnership Grant, - 2010 to present
  • Executive Board Member - Lupus Foundation of America, Indiana Chapter, 2011 - present
  • S.T.E.M. Mentor (Space, Technology, Engineering, Math) Mentor - present
  • McNair Scholars Program Faculty Mentor, Indiana University, present
  • Workshop Presenter/Curriculum Development, Indiana Prevention Resource Center, Indiana University, Bloomington, 2009-2011.
Research Interests

Primary research interests include physical activity and weight-loss behaviors among African American women. Specific topics include barriers to and facilitators for physical activity, participation in collegiate sport & future physical activity, faith-based physical activity interventions, and long-term weight loss and weight maintenance.

Selected Publications

Githiri, V., Mohammad, T., Seo, D. (2012).

Barriers to Physical Activity and Weight-Loss Maintenance for African American Women. The Health Education Monograph Series, 29(1), 64-76. Githiri, V. (March 18, 2011).

Weight Control Issues and Barriers to Physical Activity Affecting Weight Loss Maintenance for African American Women. (Conference Presenter) 35th Annual National Council of Black Studies Conference, Cincinnati, OH.