Dr. Shana Walsh

Assistant Professor of Health, Physical Education and Recreation

Dr. Shana Walsh

Assistant Professor of Health, Physical Education and Recreation

School of Education
TJM 116


Office Hours:
Monday: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Tuesday: 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Thursday: 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Specializes in:
Health and Physical Education

2016 – PhD in Kinesiology, Exercise Nutrition, and Health Promotion; Baylor University
2012 – MEd in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation; Delta State University
2009 – BA in Policy Studies, Psychology, and Spanish (triple major); Syracuse University

Shana M. Walsh, PhD, is an assistant professor of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation at Peru State College. Her area of expertise is health promotion and specifically the adoption of healthy behaviors. Her research interests focus on improving health and quality of life through increasing physical activity and decreasing sedentary behavior, and the application, measurement, and evaluation of health behavior theories to explain and predict health-related behaviors.

Before beginning a career in higher education, Shana was a public school teacher through Teach For America (Mississippi Delta ’09 corps), and taught Spanish at the elementary and secondary levels.

Shana is originally from New York City. Her hobbies include backpacking, hiking, running, resistance training, paddle-boarding, canoeing, and traveling abroad as often as she is able.


Selected publications:

Umstattd Meyer M. R., Wu C., & Walsh S. M. (2016). Theoretical antecedents of standing at work: An experience sampling approach using the theory of planned behavior. AIMS Public Health, 3(4): 682-701. Special Issue: Advances in sedentary behavior research and translation (guest editors: Biddle S. J. H. & Bennie J.). doi: 10.3934/publichealth.2016.4.682

Umstattd Meyer, M.R., Perry, C.K., Sumrall, J., Patterson, M., Walsh, S.M., Clendennen, S.L., Hooker, S.P., Evenson, K.R., Goins, K.V., Heinrich, K., O’Hara Tompkins, N., Eyler, A.A., Jones, S., Tabak, R., & Valko, C. Physical activity-related policy and environmental strategies to prevent obesity in rural communities: A systematic review of the literature, 2002-2013. Preventing Chronic 13(1), [150406]. doi:10.5888/pcd13.150406

Walsh, S.M., Umstattd Meyer, M.R., & Morgan, G.B. (2015). Why women sit: Determinants of leisure sitting time in a female worksite population. Women’s Health Issues, 25(6), 673-679. doi:10.1016/j.whi.2015.06.012

Umstattd Meyer, M.R., Walsh, S.M., Sharkey, J.R, Morgan, G.B, & Nalty, C.C. (2014). Physical and social environmental characteristics of physical activity for Mexican-origin children: examining differences between school year and summer perceptions. BMC Public Health, 14(1), 958. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-14-958