Join Scranton’s Project Connect!


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Are you a woman age 25 to 70 who wants to increase your physical activity?

Would it help to connect with a partner with similar goals, who can provide encouragement and support?

Walking Women

Are you interested in trying out an internet-enabled physical activity tracker?

If you said yes to these questions, you may be eligible for a free program focused on increasing physical activity among women!

This program is part of a University of Scranton research study. The program includes testing a wrist-worn physical activity tracker, connecting with a physical activity partner, and an in-person skills session. Participants will learn skills to improve their physical activity behavior and maintain these changes long-term.


For more information, and to enroll:
Call (570)941-7063, or email BY APRIL 8th!

Attend an information session on March 31 at 12:00 pm in

Meet UofSHealth Psych: Interview with Olivia Pappas



Today we’re talking with Olivia Pappas, a senior (4th-year) psychology student on the Clinical Health Psychology Research Team. We sat down with her to talk about her favorite health topics.

UofSHealthPsych: Why did you decide to major in Psychology?

Olivia: I originally entered the University as a Biology major in the Physical Therapy program. Sophomore year I switched majors to Psychology after taking Professor Grande’s Intro to Psychology class second semester Freshman year. The theories were so interesting and I kept reading and studying for that class instead of my Biology and Chemistry classes. After that I switched and have not regretted it once!

UofSHealthPsych: What is your favorite type healthy food?

Olivia: My favorite type of healthy food is hummus. I eat it everyday and its so good on just about everything!

UofSHealthPsych: What is your favorite type of junk food?

Olivia: I have the biggest sweet tooth and anything with chocolate is my favorite. Dessert is not dessert if there is no chocolate.

UofSHealthPsych: What do you do to stay active and healthy?

Olivia: To stay active and healthy I love to go to yoga and go on hikes. I live near the border of Delaware so in the summer my friends and I go hiking and swim in the creek at Alapoca state park. It is absolutely beautiful and the perfect day trip spot.

UofSHealthPsych: What research topics in health psychology do you find interesting?

Olivia: The research I am interested in health psychology is the integration of mobile technology and wearables into the health maintenance. I believe that this is the future of living an active and healthy lifestyle and it is great to be researching such a popular and new topic.

UofSHealthPsych: Explain some of the research projects you have conducted while working in the Clinical Health Psychology Lab.

Olivia: I have done coding for written narratives, in which I read stream-of-consciousness pieces and analyzed them for positive, negative, and other meanings in terms of social experiences and what participants learned from writing.

The other project I am currently working on is the start of our new program in which we use the Fitbit to track people’s activity. Over Intersession I was able to play with a Fitbit, and it was interesting and helpful for me to understand what this device is capable of and how to use this wearable.

UofSHealthPsych: What are your goals for the future?

Olivia: My current goals are to complete a year of service in California. I’d like to work with homeless children and teens to help them with basic needs, homework, and teach them how to live a healthy lifestyle.

#HP284 – New Health Psychology Course at The University of Scranton


If you’ve followed our Twitter feed for the past few weeks, you will have seen tweets with the #HP284 designation. This hashtag is specific to student work in our new Health Psychology course at The University of Scranton (HP = Health Psych, 284 = course number). Several students in the course also are members of the Clinical Health Psychology Research Team.

This hashtag focused on tweets about new research in health psychology. We’re learning and tweeting about this research in the following ways:

  1. Students searched for a published research article in a health psychology area that interested them, and tweeted the topic of the paper.
  2. Students generated original research ideas that incorporated technology-based assessment methods, and tweeted their research questions.
  3. Class members attended a regional psychology conference and tweeted about findings from new research studies in health psychology (to be repeated for the Society of Behavioral Medicine conference in April).
EPA Diabetes

James Moran and Dr. Arigo at their EPA poster presentation on social perceptions in type 2 diabetes.

Keep following for more of this work, and tweet at us about your favorite new research @UofSHealthPsych.