A researcher with expertise in physical activity and public health has joined West Virginia University new School of Public Health and the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences in a recently created joint appointment.

Dr. Peter Giacobbi Jr. blends a background of teaching, research and grant funding experience with a focus in promoting physical activity, health and wellness with groups at-risk for chronic disease. Giacobbi was an assistant professor at the University of Arizona, where he served in the Health Promotion Sciences Division of the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.

“Peter brings an amazing background that includes both sport and exercise psychology and public health,” said Jack Watson, professor and chair in CPASS’ Department of Sport Sciences. “His research will help promote physical activity among the residents of West Virginia. Further, his ability to generate grant funding to help support research will benefit our College.”

“The joint appointment will allow me to establish inter- and multidisciplinary partnerships, combining athletic training, physical education, and sport management with faculty members in public health,” Giacobbi said. He plans to develop partnerships with clinicians, community-based organizations, along with national and international organizations to promote physical activity and quality of life for individuals across the age-span.

He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the State University of New York, College at Oswego; a master’s degree in physical education, health, and sport studies from Miami (Ohio) University; and a doctorate in education from the University of Tennessee.



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CONTACT: Kimberly Cameon, CPASS
304-293-0827; Kimberly.Cameon@mail.wvu.edu