Carissa Smock, PhD

Dr. Carissa Smock is an Associate Professor at Northcentral University, chair of the Physical Activity section of the American Public Health Association, a fitness instructor, and boy mom of a very active, park enthusiast toddler. Building a culture of wellness among a virtual team and remote methods in linking primary care to physical activity and parks are her passions and is fortunate to carry these into her research, courses, and bike rides with the little guy.

Dr. Smock holds a Masters of Public Health and PhD in Health Policy and Management through Kent State University College of Public Health, completed her doctoral fellowship with Cleveland Clinic Akron General, and a postdoctoral fellowship at Case Western Reserve University through the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) funded by the Health Services Research Administration (HRSA). She is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), involved in the Physical Activity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (PAPREN) along with her chair role for Physical Activity section of the American Public Health Association. Her training also includes over 10 years of experience in marketing helpful in utilizing social media and other virtual communication platforms.

Dr. Smock received a 2019 Faculty Research Support Award (FRSA, an internal grant at Northcentral University) and presented findings at national, state, and local conferences and meetings and is first author on peer-reviewed publications while growing relationships with collaborators including providers at multiple health systems, YMCA’s, as well as programmers and management at park systems.


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