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Arnold School of Public Health
University of South Carolina
921 Sumter Street
Columbia, SC 29208

Phone: 803-777-5032
Fax: 803-777-4783



Sara    Wilcox  PhD
Director, Prevention Research Center
Director, Behavioral Science Laboratory

Public Health Research Center, 117
921 Assembly Street
Columbia, SC 29208

Phone: (803) 777-8141
Fax: (803) 777-0558
Email: swilcox@sc.edu

Biographical Information:
Education and Training:

Northwestern University, BA in Psychology, 1991
Washington University, PhD in Clinical Psychology, 1996
Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA, Predoctoral Clinical Psychology Intern in Geropsychology, 1995-1996
Stanford University, Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology & Prevention, 1996-1998


2012-present, Prevention Research Center, Unviersity of South Carolina, Director (Interim Director, 2011)
2010-present, University of South Carolina, Professor
2004-2010, University of South Carolina, Associate Professor
1999-present, University of South Carolina, Women's Studies Program, Faculty Affiliate
1999-present, University of South Carolina, Department of Psychology, Adjunct Assistant Professor (1999-2004) / Associate Professor (2004-2010) / Professor (2010-present)
1999-2004, University of South Carolina, Assistant Professor
1998-1999, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Assistant Professor


Society of Behavioral Medicine
American Public Health Association
American College of Sports Medicine
Gerontological Society of America
American Psychological Association

Honors and Awards:

BA with Honors, Northwestern University
Delta Omega Society, Mu Chapter (Public Health Honor Society) - President 2006-2007
Recipient of the 2007 Faculty Research Award, Arnold School of Public Health
Nominated by University of South Carolina President Sorenson for the 2008 Governorís Young Researcher Award for Excellence in Scientific Research
Recipient of the 2010 University of South Carolina Educational Foundation Faculty Research Award for Health Sciences


Licensed Clinical Psychologist, South Carolina

  • Factors associated with physical activity in women, older adults, and African Americans
  • Community-based interventions to increase physical activity and healthy eating in women, older adults, and African Americans
  • Translational research
  • Women's health, particularly coronary heart disease

Current Extramural Grants:

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers (Prevention Research Center), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Role: Principal Investigator/Director
USC is one of 37 CDC Prevention Research Centers (PRC) in the United States. The focus of the Center (led by Dr. Wilcox since 2011) is to promote physical activity through community engagement, training, dissemination, and applied research. The goal of the core research project (led by Dr. Melinda Forthofer) is to determine the effectiveness of a multi-level intervention on walking behavior and health-related outcomes in adult residents of Sumter County, SC. The project also explores the impact of the intervention on the social context for physical activity in these communities consisting of a high African American population and many families living below the poverty level. The core research project is conducted in partnership with the Sumter County Active Lifestyle (SCAL) coalition.

Creation of a Prevention Research Network for Healthy Aging, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Role: Principal Investigator
The major goal of this study is to participate as a Collaborating Center around the topic of healthy aging research, dissemination, and practice. (Note: HAN funded since 2001)
To learn more about this project, go to: depts.washington.edu/harn

Evaluation of a Self-directed, Packaged Physical Activity Program for Adults with Arthritis, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Role: Principal Investigator
The major goal of this study is to examine a self-directed physical activity program on functional, health-related, psychosocial, and quality-of-life outcomes in adults with arthritis.

Evaluating a Food Hub's Impact on Food Access, Diet and Weight in a Food Desert (R01), National Institutes of Health
Principal Investigator: Patricia A. Sharpe
Role: Co-Investigator
The major goal of this study is to evaluate the impact of a new food hub on dietary behavior, shopping behaviors, and weight.

Selected Completed Extramural Grants:

A Partnership to Promote Physical Activity and Healthy Eating in AME Churches (R01), National Institutes of Health
Role: Principal Investigator
The major goal of this study was to partner with African Methodist Episcopal (AME) churches to promote moderate-intensity physical activity and healthy dietary practices using a community-based participatory research model.
To learn more about promoting physical activity within the AME church, go to www.health-e-ame.com and click on the "Faith, Activity, and Nutrition" link

Behavioral/Support Intervention for Diet and Exercise Among Underserved Women (R01), National Institutes of Health
Role: Co-Investigator
The study's major goal is to test the effects of 16 weeks of a culturally-appropriate, behavioral/social support lifestyle intervention (one counseling session and 16 weekly group sessions) on body weight, body mass index, and waist circumference, compared to a usual-care, minimal-contact control group (one counseling session) among overweight or obese women of lower income.

Promoting Healthy Weight in Pregnancy and Postpartum Among Overweight/Obese Women (R21), National Institutes of Health (NICHD)
Role: Principal Investigator (Multiple PI with Dr. Jihong Liu)
The purpose of this pilot study was to better understand how to promote healthy weight gain during pregnancy and weight loss during early postpartum in overweight or obese African American women.

Diet and Activity Community Trial: High-Risk Colon Polyps (R24), National Institutes of Health
Role: Co-Investigator
The major goals of this study are to conduct a faith-based screening to identify individuals with colon polyps, to remove the polyps, to conduct a case-control study to identify factors associated with the presence of polyps, and to design and conduct a study to test the effectiveness of a dietary and physical activity intervention aimed at modifying levels of inflammatory markers associated with colon cancer risk.

Active for Life Evaluation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Role: Principal Investigator
The major goal of this project was to conduct the process and outcome evaluation for the Active for Life program. Active for Life tested the community translation of two empirically validated physical activity interventions for older adults.
To learn more about this project, go to: www.activeforlife.info

The HHER Lifestyle Program for CVD Risk Reduction (R01), National Institutes of Health
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
The major goal of this project was to advance our understanding of how to effectively promote CVD risk reduction in health care settings among financially disadvantaged African American women ages 35 years and older.

Factors Influencing Physical Activity in Older African American Men (R21), National Institutes of Health
Role: Co-Investigator
The major goals of this study were to identify individual, social, cultural and environmental factors that impact physical activity beliefs, preferences, and behaviors among African American men and to pilot test a culturally relevant and gender-appropriate program among older African American men


Whitaker, K.M., Sharpe, P.A., Wilcox, S., Hutto, B.E. (2014). Depressive symptoms are associated with dietary intake but not physical activity among overweight and obese women from disadvantaged neighborhoods. Nutrition Research, 34, 294-301.

Baruth, M., Wilcox, S. (2014). Predictors of physical activity 6-months postintervention in the Active for Life initiative. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 11(2), 256-265. PMID: 23364218.

Baruth, M., Wilcox, S., Evans, R. (2014). The health and health behaviors of a sample of African American pastors. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 25(1), 229-241.

Saunders, R.P., Wilcox, S., Baruth, M., Dowda, M. (2014). Process evaluation methods, implementation fidelity results and relationship to physical activity and healthy eating in the Faith, Activity, and Nutrition (FAN) study. Evaluation and Program Planning, 43, 93-102.

Turner-McGrievy, G.M., Davidson, C.R., Wilcox, S. (2014). Does the type of weight loss diet affect who participates in a behavioral weight loss intervention? A comparison of participants for a plant-based diet versus a standard diet trial. Appetite, 73, 156-162. PMID: 24269507 Epub ahead of print published November 20, 2013.

Baruth, M., Wilcox, S. (2013). Multiple behavior change among church members taking part in the Faith, Activity, and Nutrition program. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 45(5), 428-434. PMID: 23769297 PMCID: PMC3770824

Baruth, M., Wilcox, S., Schoffman, D.E., Becofsky, K. (2013). Factors associated with disability in a sample of adults with arthritis. Disability and Health Journal, 6(4), 377-384. PMID: 24060261

Hebert, J.R., Wirth, M., Davis, L., Davis, B., Harmon, B.E., Hurley, T.G., Drayton, R., Murphy, E.A., Shivappa, N., Wilcox, S., Adams, S.A., Brandt, H.M., Blake, C.E., Armstead, C.A., Steck, S.E., Blair, S.N. (2013) c-reactive protein levels in African Americans: a diet and lifestyle randomized community trial. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 45(4), 430-440. PMID: 24050419 PMCID: PMC3779347

Schoffman, D.E., Wilcox, S., Baruth, M. (2013). Association of body mass index with physical function and health-related quality of life in adults with arthritis. Arthritis, 2013, Article ID 190868. http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/190868 PMID: 24392226

Baruth, M., Wilcox, S., Saunders, R.P., Hooker, S.P., Hussey, J.R., Blair, S.N. (2013). Perceived environmental church support and physical activity among black church members. Health Education and Behavior, 40(6), 712-720. PMID: 23463792

Schoffman, D.E., Turner-McGrievy, G., Jones, S.J., Wilcox, S. (2013). Mobile apps for pediatric obesity prevention and treatment, healthy eating, and physical activity promotion: Just fun and games? Translational Behavioral Medicine: Practice, Policy, and Research, 3, 320-325. PMID: 24073184

Becofsky, K., Wilcox, S., Baruth, M. (2013). Physical functioning, perceived disability, and depressive symptoms in adults with arthritis. Arthritis, 2013, Article ID 525761. http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/525761 PMID: 24093063

Wilcox, S., Altpeter, M., Anderson, L.A., Belza, B., Bryant, L., Jones, D.L., Leith, K.H., Phelan, E.A., Satariano, W.A. (2013). The Healthy Aging Research Network: Resources for building capacity for public health and aging practice. American Journal of Health Promotion, 28(1), 2-6. PMID: 24000962 *Author order beyond first two is alphabetic.

Wilcox, S., Sharpe, P.A., Turner-McGrievy, G., Granner, M., Baruth, M. (2013). Frequency of consumption at fast-food restaurants is associated with dietary intake in overweight and obese women recruited from financially disadvantaged neighborhoods. Nutrition Research, 33, 636-646. PMID: 23890353 PMCID: PMC3758906

Baruth, M., Sharpe, P.A., Hutto, B.E., Wilcox, S., Warren, T.Y. (2013). Patterns of sedentary behavior in overweight and obese women. Ethnicity and Disease, 23, 336-342. PMID: 23914420 PMCID: PMC3761397

Jaggers, J.R., Dudgeon, W.D., Blair, S.N., Sui, X., Burgess, S., Wilcox, S., Hand, G.A. (2013). A home-based exercise intervention to increase physical activity among people living with HIV: study design of a randomized clinical trial. BMC Public Health, 13, 502. PMID: 23706094 PMCID: PMC3668143

Condrasky, M.D., Baruth, M., Wilcox, S., Carter, C. (2013). Predictors of change in fruit and vegetable consumption in a faith-based intervention with African American adults. Family and Community Health, 36(3), 236-247. PMID: 23718959

Baruth, M., Wilcox, S., Saunders, R.P. (2013). The role of pastor support in a faith-based health promotion intervention. Family and Community Health, 36(3), 204-214. PMID: 23718956

Wilcox, S., Parrott, A., Baruth, M., Laken, M., Condrasky, M., Saunders, R., Dowda, M. Evans, R., Addy, C., Warren, T., Kinnard, D., Zimmerman, L. (2013). The Faith, Activity, and Nutrition Program. A randomized controlled trial in African American churches. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 44(2), 122-131. PMID: 23332327 PMCID: PMC3884828

Goodrich, K., Cregger, M., Wilcox, S., Liu, J. (2013) A qualitative study of factors affecting pregnancy weight gain in African American women. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 17(3), 432-440. PMID: 22527762 Epub ahead of print April 22, 2012.

Condrasky, M.D., Baruth, M., Wilcox, S., Carter, C., Jordan, J.F. (2013) Cooks training for Faith, Activity, and Nutrition project with AME churches in SC. Evaluation and Program Planning, 37, 43-39. PMID: 23352927 PMCID: PMC3594548

Hooker, S.P., Courtenay, W.H., Burroughs, E., Rheaume, C., Wilcox, S. (2012) The potential influence of masculine identity on health-improving behavior in midlife and older African American men. Journal of Men's Health, 9(2), 79-88. PMID: 23459337 PMCID: PMC3580856 Epub ahead of print April 2012.

Friedman, D.B., Hooker, S.P., Wilcox, S., Burroughs, E.L., Rheaume, C.E. (2012). African American men's perspectives on promoting physical activity: "We're not that difficult to figure out!" Journal of Health Communication, 17(10), 1151-1170. PMID: 22808914 PMCID: 3504165

Sharkey, J.R., Locher, J., Sahyoun, N., Wilcox, S. (2012).Nutrition and Aging: Nutritional Health Inequity. Journal of Aging Research, vol 2012, Article ID 164106, 1 page. PMID: 23119162 PMCID: PMC3479997

Baruth, M., Addy, C.L., Wilcox, S., Dowda, M. (2012). Clustering of risk behaviors among African American adults. Health Education Journal, 71(5), 565-575.

Archer, E., Groessl, E.J., Sui, X., McClain, A.C., Wilcox, S., Hand, G.A., Merriwether, R.A., Blair, S.N. (2012). An economic analysis of traditional and technology-based approaches to weight loss: LEAN study cost-effectiveness. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 43(2), 176-182. PMID: 22813682

Warren, T.Y., Wilcox, S., Dowda, M., Baruth, M (2012). Independent association of waist circumference with hypertension and diabetes in African American women, South Carolina, 2007-2009. Preventing Chronic Disease, May, 9:E105. PMID: 22632742

Dunn, A.L., Buller, D.B., Dearing, J.W., Cutter, G., Guerra, M., Wilcox, S. , Bettinghaus, E.P. (2012). Adopting an evidence-based lifestyle physical activity program: Dissemination study design and methods. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 2, 199-208.

Lattimore, D. Wilcox, S. , Saunders, R., Griffin, S., Fallon, E., Hooker, S., Durstine, J.L. (2011). Self-reported barriers of older adults entering a home-based physical activity program. Californian Journal of Health Promotion, 9(2), 15-28.

Hooker, S.P., Wilcox, S. , Rheaume, C.E., Burroughs, E.L., Friedman, D.B. (2011). Factors related to physical activity and recommended intervention strategies as told by midlife and older African American men. Ethnicity and Disease, 21(3), 261-267. PMID: 21942156

Parra-Medina, D., Wilcox, S. , Salis, J., Addy, C., Fore, E., Poston, M.B., Wilson, D.K. (2011). Results of the Heart Healthy and Ethnically Relevant Lifestyle Trial: A cardiovascular risk reduction intervention for African American women attending community health centers. American Journal of Public Health, 101, 1914-1921. PMID: 21852629

Wilcox, S. , Sharpe, P.A., Parra-Medina, D., Granner, M., Hutto, B. (2011). A randomized trial of a diet and exercise intervention for overweight and obese women from economically disadvantaged neighborhoods: Sisters Taking Action for Real Success (STARS). Contemporary Clinical Trials, 32, 931-945. PMID: 21864718

Baruth, M. & Wilcox, S. (2011). Effectiveness of two evidence-based programs in participants with arthritis: Findings from the Active for Life initiative. Arthritis Care and Research (Hoboken), 63(7), 1038-1047,

Hooker, S.P., Harmon, B., Burroughs, E.L., Rheaume, C.E., Wilcox, S. (2011). Exploring the feasibility of a physical activity intervention for midlife African American men. Health Education Research, 26(4), 732-738. PMID: 21597100

Sieverdes, J.C., Sui, X., Hand, G.A., Barry, V.W., Wilcox, S., Meriwether, R.A., Hardin, J.W., McClain, A.C., Blair, S.N. (2011) Cardiometabolic results from an armband-based weight loss trial. Diabetes Metab Syndr Obes, 4, 187-194. PMID: 21760735

Sharpe, P.A., Wilcox, S., Rooney, L.J., Strong, D., Hopkins-Campbell, R., Butel, J., Ainsworth, B., Parra-Medina, D. (2011). Adherence to accelerometer protocols among women from economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 8(5), 699-706. PMID: 21734316. PMCID: 3142748. NIHMSID: 307992.

Baruth, M., Wilcox, S., Egan, B.M., Dowda, M., Laken, M., Warren, T.Y. (2011). Cardiovascular disease risk factor clustering among African American adults. Ethnicity & Disease, 21, 129-134. PMID: 21749014

Umstattd, R.M., Wilcox, S., Dowda, M. (2011). Predictors of change in satisfaction with body appearance and body function in mid-life and older adults: Active for Life. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 41(3), 342-352. PMID: 21136223

Baruth, M., Wilcox, S., Condrasky, M. (2011). Perceived environmental church support is associated with dietary practices among African-American adults. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 111, 889-893. PMID: 21616203

Barry, V.W., McClain, A.L., Shuger, S., Sui, X., Hardin, J.W., Hand, G.A., Wilcox, S., Blair, S.N. (2011). Using a technology-based intervention to promote weight loss in sedentary overweight or obese adults: a randomized controlled trial study design. Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity: Targets and Therapy, 4, 67-77. PMID: 21448324

Shuger, S.L., Barry, V.W., Sui, X, McClain, A., Hand, G.A., Wilcox, S., Meriwether, R.A., Hardin, J.W., Blair, S.N. (2011). Electronic feedback in a diet- and physical activity-based lifestyle intervention for weight loss: a randomized controlled trial. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 8, 41. PMID: 21592351

Estabrooks, P.A., Smith-Ray, R.L., Dzewaltowski, D.A., Dowdy, D., Lattimore, D., Rheaume, C., Ory, M.G., Bazzarre, T., Griffin, S.F., Wilcox, S. (2011). Sustainability of evidence-based community-based physical activity programs for older adults: lessons from Active for Life. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 1, 208-215.

Baruth, M., Lee, D.C., Sui, X., Church, T.S., Marcus, B.H., Wilcox, S., Blair, S.N. (2011). Emotional outlook on life predicts increases in physical activity among initially inactive men. Health Education and Behavior, 38(2), 150-158. PMID: 21368240

Baruth, M., WILCOX, S., Sallis, J.F., King, A.C., Marcus, B.H., Blair, S.N. (2011). Changes in CVD risk factors in the Activity Counseling Trial. International Journal of General Medicine, 4, 53-62. PMID: 21403793

Wilcox, S., Parra-Medina, D., Felton, G., Poston, M.B., McClain, A. (2010). Adoption and implementation of physical activity and dietary counseling by community health center providers and nurses. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 7(5), 602-612. PMID: 20864755. PMCID: 3128516. NIHMSID: 299592

Baruth, M., Wilcox, S., Wegley, S., Buchner, D., Ory, M.G., Phillips, A., Schwamberger, K., Bazzarre, T.L. (2010). Changes in physical functioning in the Active Living Every Day program of the Active for Life Initiative. The International Journal of Behavioral Medicine. Published online 6/30/2010. PMID: 20589488

Baruth, M., Wilcox, S., Dunn, A.L., King, A.C., Marcus, B.H., Rejeski, W.J., Sallis, J.S., Blair. S.N. (2010). Psychosocial mediators of physical activity and fitness changes in the Activity Counseling Trial. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 39(3), 274-289. PMID: 20431975

Baruth, M., Wilcox, S., Blair, S., Hooker, S., Hussey, J., Saunders, R. (2010). Psychosocial mediators of a faith-based physical activity intervention: implications and lessons learned from null findings. Health Education Research, 25(4), 645-655. PMID: 20147429

Lattimore, D., Griffin, S.F., Wilcox, S., Rheaume, C., Dowdy, D.M., Leviton, L.C., Ory, M.G. (2010). Understanding the challenges encountered and adaptations made by community organizations in translation of evidence-based behavior change physical activity interventions: A qualitative study. American Journal of Health Promotion, 24(6), 427-434. PMID: 20594099

Wilcox, S., Laken, M., Parrott, A.W., Condrasky, M., Saunders, R., Addy, C.L., Evans, R., Baruth, M., Samuel, M. (2010). The Faith, Activity, and Nutrition (FAN) Program: design of a participatory research intervention to increase physical activity and improve dietary habits in African American churches. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 31, 323-335. PMID:20359549 PMCID: PMC2899891 NIHMSID: 192631

Griffin, S.F., Wilcox, S., Ory, M.G., Lattimore, D., Leviton, L., Castro, C., Carpenter, R.A., Rheaume, C. (2010). Results from the Active for Life process evaluation: program delivery and fidelity. Health Education Research, 25(2), 325-342. PMID: 19325031

Sharpe, P.A., Burroughts, E.L., Granner, M.L., Wilcox, S., Hutto, B.E., Bryant, C.A., Peck, L., Pekuri, L. (2010). Impact of a community-based prevention marketing intervention to promote physical activity among middle-aged women. Health Education and Behavior, 37(3), 403-423. PMID: 19875639

Mathews, A.E., Laditka, S.B., Laditka, J.N., Wilcox, S., Corwin, S.J., Liu, R., Friedman, D.B., Hunter, R., Tseng, W., Logsdon, R.G. (2010). Older adults' perceived physical activity enablers and barriers: A multicultural perspective. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 18, 119-140. PMID: 20440026

Hales, D., Evenson, K.R., Wen, F., Wilcox, S. (2010). Postpartum physical activity: measuring theory of planned behavior constructs. American Journal of Health Behavior, 34(4), 387-401. PMID: 20218751

Parra-Medina, D., Wilcox, S., Wilson, D.K., Addy, C.L., Felton, G., Poston, M.B. (2010). Heart Healthy and Ethnically Relevant (HHER) Lifestyle trial for improving diet and physical activity in underserved African American women. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 31, 92-104. PMID: 19781665

Wilcox, S., Dowda, M., Wegley, S., Ory, M.G. (2009). Maintenance of change in the Active for Life initiative. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 37(6), 501-504. PMID: 19944915

Bopp, M., Wilcox, S., Laken, M., & McClorin, L. (2009). Physical activity participation in African American churches. Journal of Cultural Diversity, 16(1), 26-31. PMID: 20669400

Umstattd, M.R., Motl, R.W., Wilcox, S., Saunders, R., Watford, M. (2009). Measuring physical activity self-regulation strategies in older adults. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 6(Suppl 1), S105-112. PMID: 19998856

Youngstedt, S.D., Kline, C.E., Zelinki, M.R., Kripke, D.F., Devlin, T.M., Bogan, R.K., Wilcox, S., Hardin, J.W. (2009). Tolerance of chronic 90-minute time-in-bed restriction in older long sleepers. Sleep, 32(11), 1467-1479. PMID: 19928386

Corwin, S.J., Laditka, J.N., Laditka, S.B., Wilcox, S., Liu, R. (2009). Attitudes on aging well among older African Americans and whites in South Carolina. Preventing Chronic Disease, 6(4). [serial online] Available at URL: http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2009/oct/08_0169.htm. PMID: 19754989

Bopp, M., Wilcox, S., Laken, M., Hooker, S.P., Parra-Medina, D., Saunders, R., Butler, K., Fallon, E.A., McClorin, L. (2009). 8 Steps to Fitness: a faith-based, behavior change physical activity intervention for African Americans. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 6, 568-577. PMID: 19953833

Wilcox, S., Sharkey, J., Matthews, A.E., Laditka, J.N., Laditka, S.B., Logsdon, R.G., Sahyoun, N., Robare, J., Liu, R. (2009). Perceptions and beliefs about the role of physical activity and nutrition on brain health in older adults. The Gerontologist, 49(S1), S61-S71.

Laditka, S.B., Corwin, S.J., Laditka, J.N., Liu, R., Friedman, D.B., Matthews, A.E., Wilcox, S. (2009). Methods and management of the Healthy Brain Study: A large multisite qualitative research project. The Gerontologist, 49(S1), S18-S22.

Wilcox, S., Dowda, M., Dunn, A., Ory, M.G., Rheaume, C., Ory, M., King, A.C. (2009). Predictors of increased physical activity in the Active for Life program. Preventing Chronic Disease, 6(1). [serial online] Available at URL: http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2009/jan/07_0244.htm

Wilcox, S., Dowda, M., Leviton, L.C., Bartlett-Prescott, J., Bazzarre, T., Campbell-Voytal, K., Carpenter, R.A., Castro, C.M., Dowdy, D.., Dunn, A.L., Griffin, S.F., Guerra, M., King, A.C., Ory, M.G., Rheaume, C., Tobnick, J., Wegley, S. (2008). Active for Life - Final results from the translation of two physical activity programs. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 35(4), 340-351.

Vrazel, J., Saunders, R.P., Wilcox, S. (2008). An overview and proposed framework of social-environmental influences on the physical activity behavior of women. American Journal of Health Promotion, 23(1), 2-12.

Baruth, M., Wilcox, S., Laken, M., Bopp, M., Saunders, R. (2008). Implementation of a faith-based physical activity intervention: Insights from church health directors. Journal of Community Health, 33(5), 304-312..

Der Ananian, C.A., Wilcox, S., Watkins, K., Saunders, R., Evans, A.E. (2008). Factors associated with exercise participation in adults with arthritis. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 16(2), 125-143.

Griffin, S., Wilson, D.K., Wilcox, S., Buck, J., Ainsworth, B.E. (2008). Physical activity influences in a disadvantaged African American community and the communities' proposed solutions. Health Promotion Practice, 9(2), 180-190.

Umstattd, M.R., Wilcox, S., Saunders, R., Watkins, K., Dowda, M. (2008). Self-regulation and physical activity: The relationship in older adults. American Journal of Health Behavior, 32(2), 115-124.

King, A.C., Wilcox, S., (2008). Exploring physical activity preferences. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 35, 123-124.

Sharpe, P.A., Granner, M.L., Hutto, B.E., Wilcox, S., Peck, L., Addy, C.L. (2008). Correlates of physical activity among African American and White women. American Journal of Health Behavior, 32(6), 701-713.

Wilcox, S., Laken, M., Anderson, T., Bopp, M., Bryant, D., Carter, R., Gethers, O., Jordan, J., McClorin, L., O'Rourke, K., Parrott, A.W., Swinton, R., Yancey, A. (2007). The Health-e-AME Faith-Based Physical Activity Initiative: Description and baseline findings. Health Promotion Practice, 8(1), 69-78.

Wilcox, S., Laken, M., Bopp, M., Gethers, O., Huang, P., McClorin, L., Parrott, A.W., Swinton, R., & Yancey, A. (2007). Increasing physical activity among church members: community-based participatory research. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 32(2), 131-138.

Laken, M., Wilcox, S., Swinton, R. (2007). Working across faith and science to improve the health of African Americans. Ethnicity and Disease, 17 (S1), 23-26.

Matthews, C.E., Wilcox, S., Hanby, C.L., Der Ananian, C., Heiney, S.P., Gebretsadik, T., Shintani, A. (2007). Evaluation of a 12-week home-based walking intervention for breast cancer survivors. Supportive Care in Cancer, 15(2), 203-211.

Wilcox, S., Dowda, M., Griffin, S.F., Rheaume, C., Ory, M.G,, Leviton, L., King, A.C., Dunn, A., Buchner, D.M., Bazzarre, T., Estabrooks, P.A., Campbell-Voytal, K., Bartlett-Prescott, J., Dowdy, D., Castro, C.M., Carpenter, R.A., Dzewaltowski, D.A., Mockenhaupt, R. (2006). Results of the first year of Active for Life: translation of two evidence-based physical activity programs for older adults into community settings. American Journal of Public Health, 96(7), 1201-1209.

Wilcox, S., Der Ananian, C., Abbott, J., Vrazel. J., Ramsey, C., Sharpe, P.A., Brady, T. (2006). Perceived exercise barriers, enablers, and benefits among exercising and nonexericising adults with arthritis: results from a qualitative study. Arthritis and Rheumatism, 55(4), 616-627.

Wilcox, S., Castro, C.M., King, A.C. (2006). Outcome expectations and physical activity participation in two samples of older women. Journal of Health Psychology, 11(1), 65-77.

Bopp, M., Wilcox, S., Laken, M., Butler, K., Carter, R.E., McClorin, L., Yancey, A. (2006). Factors associated with physical activity among African-American men and women. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 30(4), 340-346.

DerAnanian, C.A., Wilcox, S., Abbott, J., Vrazel, J., Ramsey, J., Sharpe, P.A., Brady, T (2006). The exercise experience in adults with arthritis: A qualitative approach. American Journal of Health Behavior, 30(6), 731-744.

Umstattd, M.R., Saunders, R., Wilcox, S., Valois, R.F., Dowda, M. (2006). Correlates of self-regulation for physical activity among older adults. American Journal of Health Behavior, 30(6), 710-719.

*Prohaska, T., Belansky, E., Belza, B., Buchner, D., Marshall, V., McTigue, K., Satariano, W., & Wilcox, S. (2006). Physical activity, public health, and aging: Critical issues and research priorities. Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 61B(5), S267-273. *Note: author order beyond 1st is alphabetical by last name.

Wilcox, S., Sharpe, P.A., Hutto, B., & Granner, M.L. (2005). Psychometric properties of the Self-Efficacy for Exercise Questionnaire in a diverse sample of men and women. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 2(3), 285-297.

Wilcox, S., Oberrecht, L., Bopp, M., Kammermann, S.K., McElmurray, C.T. (2005). A qualitative study of exercise in older African American and White Women in Rural South Carolina: Perceptions, Barriers, and Motivators. Journal of Women and Aging, 17 (1/2), 37-53.

Wilcox, S., DerAnanian, C., Sharpe, P.A., Robbins, J., Brady, T. (2005). Correlates of physical activity in persons with arthritis: Review and recommendations. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 2, 230-252.

Wilcox, S., Bopp, M., Wilson, D.K., Fulk, L.J., Hand, G.A. (2005). Race differences in cardiovascular and cortisol responses to an interpersonal challenge in women who are family caregivers. Ethnicity & Disease, 15(1), 17-24.

Bopp, M., Wilcox, S., Oberrecht, L., Kammermann, S.K., McElmurray, C.T. (2004). Correlates of strength training in older rural African American and Caucasian women. Women and Health, 40(1), 1-20.

Wilcox, S., King, A.C. (2004). The effects of life events and interpersonal loss on adherence to home- and class-based exercise sessions in older adults. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 11, 117-130.

Parra-Medina, D., Wilcox, S., Thompson-Robinson, M., Sargent, R., Will, J.C. (2004). A replicable process for redesigning ethnically relevant educational materials. Journal of Women's Health, 13(5), 579-588.

Wilcox, S., Bopp, M., Oberrecht, L., Kammermann, S.K., McElmurray, C.T. (2003). Psychosocial and environmental correlates of physical activity in rural and older African American and White women. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 58B(6), P329-P337.

Wilcox, S., Evenson, K.R., Aragaki, A., Wassertheil-Smoller, S., Mouton, C.P., Loevinger, B.L. (2003). The effects of widowhood on physical health, mental health, and health behaviors: the Women's Health Initiative. Health Psychology, 22(5), 513-522

Ainsworth, B.E., Wilcox, S., Thompson, W.W., Richter, D.L., Henderson, K.A. (2003). Personal, social, and physical environmental correlates of physical activity in African-American women in South Carolina. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 25 (3Si), 23-29.

Wilcox, S., Tudor-Locke, C.E., & Ainsworth, B.E. (2002). Physical activity patterns, assessment, and motivation in older adults. R. Shephard (Ed.). Physical Activity and Gender Differences in the Aging Process. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 13-39.

Wilcox, S., Richter, D.L., Henderson, K.A., Greaney, M.L., & Ainsworth, B.E. (2002). Perceptions of physical activity and perceived barriers and enablers in African-American women. Ethnicity and Disease, 12, 353-362.

Wilcox, S. (2002). Physical activity in older women of color. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 18(1), 21-33.

Evenson, K.R., Wilcox, S., Pettinger, M., Brunner, R., King, A.C., & McTiernan, A. (2002). Vigorous leisure activity through women's adult life: the Women's Health Initiative observational cohort study. American Journal of Epidemiology, 156(10), 945-953.

Wilcox, S., Parra-Medina, D., Thompson-Robinson, M., & Will, J. (2001). Nutrition and physical activity interventions to reduce cardiovascular disease risk in health care settings: a quantitative review with a focus on women. Nutrition Reviews, 59(7), 197-215.

Wilcox, S., Shumaker, S.A., Bowen, D.J., Naughton, M.J., Rosal, M.C., Ludlam, S.E., Dugan, E., Hunt, J.R., & Stevens, S. (2001). Promoting adherence and retention to clinical trials in special populations: A Women's Health Initiative workshop. Controlled Clinical Trials, 22 (3), 279-289.

Wilcox, S., Castro, C., King, A.C., Housemann, R., & Brownson, R. (2000). Determinants of leisure time physical activity in rural compared with urban older and ethnically diverse women in the United States. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 54, 667-672.

Wilcox, S., & Stefanick, M.L. (1999). Knowledge and perceived risk of major diseases in middle-aged and older women. Health Psychology, 18, 346-353.

Selected Book Chapters:

Wilcox, S., & Ainsworth, B.E. (2008). The measurement of physical activity. In S.A. Shumaker, J.K. Ockene, & K.A. Riekert (Eds.). The Handbook of Health Behavior Change (3rd ed., pp. 327-346). New York: Springer.

Wilcox, S., King, A.C. (2005). Goal setting and behavioral management. In C.J. Jones & D.J. Rose (Eds). Physical Activity Instruction of Older Adults (pp. 111-127). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Wilcox, S., & King, A.C. (2003). Health behaviors and adherence. In W.R. Hazzard, J.P. Blass, J.B. Halter, J.G. Ouslander, & M.E. Tinetti (Eds). Principles of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology (5th ed., pp. 265-283). New York: McGraw-Hill.

Wilcox, S., Tudor-Locke, C.E., & Ainsworth, B.E. (2002). Physical activity patterns, assessment, and motivation in older adults. In R. Shephard (Ed.). Physical Activity and Gender Differences in the Aging Process (pp. 13-39). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Courses Taught:
  • EXSC 410/PSYC 565: Psychology of Physical Activity
  • EXSC 710/HPEB 713: Behavioral Aspects of Physical Activity