Erin  Largo-Wight

Associate Professor • Program Director

Public Health • Brooks College of Health

Areas of Expertise

Social/Behavioral Public Health (Health Promotion/Education)

Environmental Health Promotion 

determinants and promotion of environmental health behaviors

healthy workplace design and nature contact 

healthy school environments and nature contact 

Education

PhD, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2007
Department of Health Education and Behavior
Major/Concentration: Health Behavior
Minor: Psychology
Dissertation Title: “The Influence of a Healthy Work Environment on Perceived Stress and Stress-Related Health and Behavioral Outcomes: Panel Analysis of Office Staff”

 

Graduate Certificate, Environmental Education & Communication, 2006
College of Agriculture and Life Science, University of Florida

 

Graduate Certificate, Health Communication, 2005
College of Health and Human Performance, University of Florida

 

MS, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, 2003
Department of Exercise Science, Nutrition, & Health
Major: Health Promotion
Thesis Title: “Perceived Problem Solving, Stress, and Health among College Students”

 

BS, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, 2000
College of Education
Major: Elementary Education

 

Certification


Master Online Teacher Certificate, 2013
National Certification, Illinois Online Network, University of Illinois

Biography

Erin Largo-Wight, PhD is an Associate Professor and Program Director (B.S. in Health Science, Public Health) in the Department of Public Health. She teaches in the undergraduate Public Health and graduate Master of Public Health (MPH) programs in the Department of Public Health. Dr. Largo-Wight's research primarily focuses on two general areas of environmental health promotion. First, she studies healthy places and design and specifically nature contact interventions in the workplace (‘booster work breaks’) and K-12 schools ('outdoor classrooms'). Second, Dr. Largo-Wight studies the determinants and or the promotion of environmental health behaviors (such as recycling, active commuting, sun exposure, etc). Dr. Largo-Wight serves on the UNF Environmental Center Executive Board and actively serves to promote effective distance learning (DL) education at UNF

Awards

Please see CV

Affiliations

Bachelor of Science Public Health https://www.unf.edu/brooks/public_health/Public_Health.aspx

 

Master of Public Health https://www.unf.edu/brooks/public_health/mph.aspx

 

Facebook  http://www.facebook.com/unfpublichealth

Grants and Contracts Awarded

Largo-Wight, E., Guardino, C., & Hall, K.W. (2013) Cultivating Healthy School Environments: An Outdoor Classroom Pilot Study. UNF Environmental Center Research Seed Grant (2013-2014).
 

Largo-Wight, E. (2011). Environmental Intervention for Stress Reduction at Work: Environmental Booster Break Pilot Study. UNF Faculty Research Grant (2011)

 

Largo-Wight, E. (2009). The refinement and testing of an instrument to measure health-related environmental quality at work: The Nature Contact Questionnaire. UNF Environmental Center Research Seed Grant (2009-2010)

 

Largo-Wight, E. (2007). Healthy Work Environments. The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). SOPHE/ATSDR Fellowship in Environmental Health Promotion (2007)
 

Publications & Presentations

Refereed Journal Articles (Published):

 

Largo-Wight, E., O’Hara, B.K., & Chen, W. (2016). The efficacy of a brief nature sound intervention on muscle tension, pulse rate, and self-reported stress: Nature contact micro-break in an office or waiting room. Health Environments Research and Design Journal, 10(1), 45-51. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26744039

 

Largo-Wight, E., Johnston, D.D., Wight, J.T. (2013). The efficacy of a theory-based, participatory recycling intervention on a college campus. Journal of Environmental Health, 76(4), 26-31. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24341158

 

Bian, H., Wu, J., Li, Y., Largo-Wight, E. (2012). Multiple health behaviors and psychological well-being of Chinese female undergraduate students. International Electronic Journal of Health Education, 15, 51-61. http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICWebPortal/detail?accno=EJ970363

 

Largo-Wight, E., Bian, H., & Lange, L. (2012). An empirical test of an expanded version of Theory of Planned Behavior in predicting recycling behavior on campus. American Journal of Health Education, 43(2), 66-73.  http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICWebPortal/detail?accno=EJ979298   

 

Largo-Wight, E., Chen, W., Dodd, V., & Weiler, R. (2011). The Nature Contact Questionnaire: A measure of healthy workplace exposure. WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, & Rehabilitation, 40(4), 411-423.       http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22130059

 

Largo-Wight, E., Chen, W., Dodd, V., & Weiler, R. (2011). Healthy workplaces: The role of nature contact office exposures on employee stress and health. Public Health Reports, 126 (Suppl. 1), 124-130.   http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21563720  

 

Largo-Wight, E., Moore, M.J., & Barr, E.M. (2011). Improving health through stress reduction: An experiential activity. Journal of Health Education Teaching, 2(1), 8-11.

 

Largo-Wight, E. (2011). Cultivating healthy places and communities: Evidenced-based nature contact recommendations. International Journal of Environmental Health Research, 21(1), 41-61.    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21246432

 

Largo-Wight, E., Todorovich, J.R., & O’Hara, B.K (2008). The effectiveness of a point-based physical activity program. The Physical Educator, 1, 30-46.  http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICWebPortal/detail?accno=EJ894302   

 

Largo-Wight, E. (2007). Identity and value development for a healthy lifestyle. American Journal of Health Education, 38(2), 104-107.

 

Price, A., Largo-Wight, E., & Young, G.C.D. (2006). Metabolic syndrome. The Health Education Monograph Series, 23(2), 1-6.

 

Largo-Wight, E. (2005). Self presentation and health behavior. The Health Education Monograph Series, 22(2), 6-11.

 

Model, E.D., Todorovich, J.R., & Largo-Wight, E. (2005). So what if my students misbehave? Addressing misbehavior in a task-involved motivational climate. Teaching Elementary Physical Education, 16(1), 18-21.    http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICWebPortal/detail?accno=EJ757267

 

Largo-Wight, E., Peterson, P.M., & Chen, W.W. (2005). Perceived problem solving, stress, and health among college students. American Journal of Health Behavior, 29(4), 360-370.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16006233

 

Largo-Wight, E. (2004). The effectiveness of problem solving training on college students’ problem solving and communication skills. The Health Education Monograph Series, 21(2), 12-17.

 

 

Refereed Published Abstracts:

 

Largo-Wight, E. (2007). Healthy work places: The influence of the office environment on stress, general health, and health behavior. American Journal of Health Behavior, 31(6), 703.

 

Non-Refereed Publications:

 

Largo-Wight, E. (2014, February). The Nature Prescription: Get outside to get healthy. [Article]. BOBGear Fitness Center, Health Science Corner, available at http://fitnesscenter.bobgear.com/fitnesscenter/nature-prescription-get-outside-get-healthy/

 

Largo-Wight, E. (2013, December). The Nature Prescription: Bring nature inside your home and office. [Article]. BOBGear Fitness Center, Health Science Corner, available at http://fitnesscenter.bobgear.com/fitnesscenter/nature-prescription-bring-nature-inside-home-office/

 

Largo-Wight, E. (2011, May). Healthy Homes and Healthy Office: Nature Contact Tips. [Brochure]. The Green Doctor Program, Florida Medical Association, available at www.mygreendoctor.org .

 

Largo-Wight, E. (2005, September 26). Give UF tailgaters a chance to recycle. The Gainesville Sun, pp. 10A.


 

Refereed National Presentations:

 

Largo-Wight, E., Guardino, C., Hall, K., Wludyka, P.S., Thomas, E. & Ottenstein, C. (2016). Cultivating healthy school environments: Teachers’ and students’ perceptions of learning in the outdoor classroom. 16th Annual American Academy of Health Behavior, February 2016, Ponte Vedra Beach FL.

 

Apatu, E., Largo-Wight, E., & Kirkland, L. (2016). The impact of school-based nutrition and garden programs on parental dietary behavior in low-income settings: A call to action . 16th Annual American Academy of Health Behavior, February 2016, Ponte Vedra Beach FL.  

 

Largo-Wight, E., Guardino, C., Hall, K., Thomas, E. & Ottenstein, C. (2015). Cultivating healthy schools: The feasibility of an outdoor classroom in a public elementary school. 28th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, April 2015, Tampa FL.

 

Largo-Wight, E., Guardino, C., Wludyka, P.S., Hall, K., Ottenstein, C., & Thomas, E. (2015). Kindergarteners’ behavior, attention, and wellbeing in an outdoor classroom versus the indoor classroom. 28th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, April 2015, Tampa FL. 

 

Largo-Wight, E., Guardino, C., Hall, K., Howard, M.M., Thomas, E., & Ottenstein, C. (2015). Health and behavior intervention among kindergartners: academic-community lessons learned from CBPR project in a public elementary school. 28th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, April 2015, Tampa FL.

 

Largo-Wight, E., Howard, M.M., McCoy, H.V., Darrow, W.W., Rubens, M., & Capriles-Quilros, J.A. (2014). Public health workforce development in Florida and Puerto Rico: A social marketing approach. Social Marketing Conference, June 2014, Clearwater, FL.

 

Howard, M.M., McCoy, H.V., Darrow, W.W., Rubens, M., Largo-Wight, E., & Capriles-Quilros, J.A. (2014). A consumer-based planning approach to strengthen competence in a culturally diverse public health workforce. Social Marketing Conference, June 2014, Clearwater, FL.
 

Johnson, T., Barr, E., Moore, M., Largo-Wight, E. (2013). The relationship between suicide and sexual behaviors among middle school students. Society for Prevention Research, May 2013, San Francisco, CA.

 

Largo-Wight, E., Wludyka, P.S., Cuvelier, E., Chen, W.W. (2012). The effectiveness of a stress reduction intervention during the existing work break: Environmental booster break versus standard work break pilot test. American Academy of Health Behavior, March 2012, Austin, TX.

 

Largo-Wight, E., Cuvelier, E., Chen, W.W., Howard, M.M. (2011). The feasibility and practicality of an environmental intervention for stress reduction at work: The environmental booster break. American Academy of Health Behavior, March 2011, Hilton Head, SC.

 

Largo-Wight, E., Lange, L., Bian, H., & Sager, C. & Howard, M.M. (2009). Recycling on campus: An application of the Theory of Reasoned Action/Planned Behavior. American Academy of Health Behavior, March 2009, Hilton Head, SC.

 

Largo-Wight, E., Chen, W.W., Sager, C. (2008). Healthy school environments: Nature contact in schools. American School Health Association, November 2008, Tampa, FL.

 

Largo-Wight, E. (2007). Healthy work environments. Society of Public Health Education (SOPHE), November 2007, Alexandria, VA.

 

Largo-Wight, E. (2007). The effectiveness of a participatory university recycling intervention on behavior change: The influence of perceived behavioral control. Symposium on Addictive & Health Behaviors Research, September 2007, Amelia Island, FL.

 

Largo-Wight, E. (2007). Healthy work places: The influence of the office environment on stress, general health, and health behavior. American Academy of Health Behavior, March 2007, Savannah, GA.

 

Largo-Wight, E., Johnson, B., & Wang, B. (2006). Environmental health promotion: The relationship between natural environments and mind-body-spirit health. AAHPERD National Convention and Exposition, April 2006, Salt Lake City, UT.

 

Largo-Wight, E., O’Hara, B.K., Bretz, A. (2006). Nature sounds and relaxation measured by EMG. American Academy of Health Behavior, March 2006, Carmel, CA.

 

Dodd, V., Glassman, T., & Largo-Wight, E. (2006). Sober is sexy: Changing the drinking attitudes, norms, and, behaviors among college students. American Academy of Health Behavior, March 2006, Carmel, CA.

 

Largo-Wight, E., Todorovich, J.R., O’Hara, B.K., & Wang, B. (2005). The effectiveness of a point-based program to increase physical activity. American Public Health Association, November 2005, New Orleans, LA – canceled and rescheduled due to Hurricane Katrina

 

Largo-Wight, E. (2004). Gender differences in problem solving abilities: Implications for health promotion. American Public Health Association, November 2004, Washington, DC.

 

Largo-Wight, E. & Peterson, P.M. (2004). College student problem solving abilities, perceived stress, and physical health. National DHPE/CDC Conference on Health Education and Health Promotion and SOPHE Midyear Scientific Conference, May 2004, Orlando, FL.

 

Invited International Presentations:

 

Dodd, V. & Largo-Wight, E. (2011). Elements of a healthy work environment. The International Consortium for Interdisciplinary Education about Health and the Environment 5th Winter Meeting, December 2011, University of Cologne, Germany.

 

Wight, J. & Largo-Wight, E. (2004). Athletics in the U.S.: Impact on individuals, social values, & culture. University of Florida and University of Darmstadt Scholarship Exchange Program, University of Darmstadt, June 2004, Darmstadt, Germany.

 

Invited State, Local, and University Presentations:

 

Largo-Wight, E. (2011). Taking charge of your health! Teen Court Program, Duval County Courthouse, September 2011, Jacksonville, FL.

 

Largo-Wight, E. (2011). Creating healthy homes and healthy workplaces: Evidenced-based nature contact recommendations to reduce stress and promote health. Second Annual Public Health Symposium: Balancing our Community’s Mental Wellness, Brooks College of Health, University of North Florida, July 2011, Jacksonville, FL.

 

Largo-Wight, E., Cuvelier, E., Chen, W.W., Howard, M.M. (2011). The environmental booster break. Faculty and Student Research Poster Presentation, Brooks College of Health, University of North Florida, April 2011, Jacksonville, FL.

 

Largo-Wight, E. (2011). Distance Learning: HSC2100 Personal and Community Health. UNF Board of Trustees Quarterly Meeting, University of North Florida, January 2011, Jacksonville, FL.

 

Largo-Wight, E. (2010). Environmental Health Promotion Research. Faculty Forum on Environment-Related Teaching and Research (FFETR). University of North Florida, October 2010, Jacksonville, FL.

 

Largo-Wight, E. (2008). Go green for health. The Department of Residence Life Faculty Friends Program, University of North Florida, November 2008, Jacksonville, FL.

 

Largo-Wight, E. (2007). Healthy offices: The influence of nature contact on UF employee stress. Graduate Student Forum, University of Florida, April 2007, Gainesville, FL.
 

Largo-WightContact Information

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(904) 620-2840

largo.wight@unf.edu

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