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Jeanette Garcia, PhD

Associate Professor

Professional Highlights

  • Research focuses on the development of health promotion interventions for youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities
  • Received numerous awards for research impact, including the University of Central Florida Luminary Award & Excellence in Research Award
  • Received over $100,000 in funding for the "Judo for Autism" initiative
  • Postdoctoral training at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


  • Ph.D., Kinesiology, University of Virginia
  • M.S., Biological & Health Psychology, University of Pittsburgh
  • B.S., Psychology, University of Pittsburgh

Areas of Expertise

  • Physical Activity Promotion
  • Nutrition Education
  • Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
  • Sleep Quality
  • Children & Adolescents

Research Interests

  • Health promotion intervention development & evaluation
  • Youth with disabilities
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Measurement of 24-hour movement behaviors (physical activity, sleep, sedentary behavior)
  • Childhood obesity