Areas of Expertise
Health By Design & Environmental Health Promotion:
- Nature Contact, Stress, and Health (e.g., Outdoor Classrooms K12; Nature Therapy; Nature Prescription; Nature Booster Breaks; Gardens; Therapeutic Parks; Home, School, Workplace, and Healthcare Ecology)
- Environmental/Sustainability Health Behaviors (e.g., Recycling; Active Commuting; Food Waste, Availability, and Choices; Lifestyle Physical Activity; Sun Exposure; Healthy Consumer)
** For more information on active studies, media, and collaborations, please visit Dr. Largo-Wight's website
PhD, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2007
Department of Health Education and Behavior
Major/Concentration: Health Behavior
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
BS, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, 2000
College of Education
Major: Elementary Education
Master Online Teacher Certificate, 2013
National Certification, Illinois Online Network, University of Illinois
Erin Largo-Wight, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Public Health. She teaches in the undergraduate and graduate Master of Public Health (MPH) programs.
Dr. Largo-Wight is the Interim Director for the UNF Environmental Center and works to develop and support interdisciplinary, community-based programs that create the next generation of environmental leaders and support faculty research and scholarship from all six UNF colleges. The Center’s strategic focus is on parks, preserves, and nature contact; rivers, coasts, and springs; and sustainability with environmental, economic, social, and health implications.
Dr. Largo-Wight also works closely with the Hicks Honors College and works to promote interdisciplinary, community-engaged teaching and learning at UNF.
Research Bio: Dr. LW's research focuses on health by design. Her first line of work is focused on controlling stress through community design. Specifically, she studies the impact of nature contact on stress, health, and well-being in the workplace, K-12 schools, clinical settings, and the home. Past studies explored, for example, the impact of outdoor booster work breaks on employee stress, office design and employee stress, school-based outdoor classrooms on child stress and learning, and nature in waiting rooms on physiological measure of stress. Her second line of work is focused on facilitating health behavior change through community design. Specifically, her studies focus on the determinants and or the promotion of sustainability / environmental health behaviors such as recycling, active commuting, sun protection, gardening, food and consumer choices, and others. Past studies explored, for example, the impact of increased access to recycling receptacles on recycling behavior and the impact of a ‘road diet’ on transportation behavior and population-based health outcomes.
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UNF Environmental Center website
Bachelor of Science Public Health website
Master of Public Health website
UNF Public Health Facebook
Grants and Contracts Awarded
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Publications & Presentations
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SELECTED Refereed Journal Articles:
Kirkland, L.*, Apatu, E. Mease, A.*, & Largo-Wight, E. (2018). School-based nutrition and garden programs on parental dietary behavior in low-income settings: A review. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education. Doi: 1080/14635240.2018.1512881
Largo-Wight, E., Guardino, C., Wludyka, P.S., Hall, K., Wight, J.T., & Merten, J.W. (2018). Nature contact at school: The impact of an outdoor classroom on children’s well-being. International Journal of Environmental Health Research. Doi: 10.1080/09603123.2018.1502415
Largo-Wight, E., Hall, K., & Guardino, C. (2018). Interdisciplinary academic and community partnerships to promote child well-being at school: The Outdoor Classroom Intervention. Florida Public Health Review, 15, 36-40.
Largo-Wight, E., Wlyudka, P.S., Merten, J.W., & Cuvelier, E. (2017). Effectiveness and feasibility of a 10-minute employee stress intervention: Outdoor booster break. Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health, doi: 10.1080/15555240.2017.1335211
Peacock-McLaughlin, C., Largo-Wight, E., Wludyka, P.S., Johnson, T., & Merten, J.W. (2017). The built environment, transportation policy and population health: A comparison of two cities. Urban Research and Practice, 11(3). doi 10.1080/17535069.2017.1322134
Merten, J.W., King, J.L., & Largo-Wight, E. (2017). Total body skin examination adherence among young adults with an increased risk for skin cancer. Dermatology Online Journal,
Largo-Wight, E., OHara, 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. doi: 10.1177/1937586715619741
Merten, J.W., Parker, A., Williams, A.N., King, J.L., Largo-Wight, E., & Osmani, M. (2016). Cancer Risk Factor Knowledge Among Young Adults. Journal of Cancer Education, doi:10.1007/s13187-016-1093-3
Merten, J.W., King, J.L., Vilaro, M.J., & Largo-Wight, E. (2016). Lifestyle Factors Associated with Sunscreen Use among Young Adults. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, doi:10.1007/s13187-016-1093-3
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. PMID: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.
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. doi:10.1080/19325037.2012.10599221
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. doi: 10.3233/WOR-2011-1253
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. doi: 10.1177/00333549111260S116
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. https://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ1085317
Largo-Wight, E. (2011). Cultivating healthy places and communities: Evidenced-based nature contact recommendations. International Journal of Environmental Health Research, 21(1), 41-61. doi: 10.1080/09603123.2010.499452
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. https://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ894302
Largo-Wight, E. (2007). Identity and value development for a healthy lifestyle. American Journal of Health Education, 38(2), 104-107. doi.org/10.1080/19325037.2007.10598952
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.
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. PMID: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.
SELECTED Refereed National Presentations:
Largo-Wight, E., Peacock-McLaughlin, C., Merten, J.W., Wludyka, P.S., Wight, J.T., & Johnson, T. (2017). The relationship among the built environment, transportation behavior, and population health: Comparison of two cities. American College of Sports Medicine 64th Annual Meeting, 8th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine®, and World Congress on the Basic Science of Exercise and the Brain, May 2017, Denver, CO.
Merten, J.W., King, J.L., & Largo-Wight, E. (2017). Skin cancer risk and other health risk behaviors: A scoping review. 17th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Health Behavior, March 2017, Tucson, AZ.
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.