Associate Research Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Assistant Chair; Director, Graduate Studies
Other Affiliations: Center for Health Equity, UMD Prevention Research Center
Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health | Room: 2234N SPH Building
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CV / Resume
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Dr. Brit Saksvig received her PhD and MHS in International Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and her BA from St. Olaf College. Her research interests focus on dietary and physical activity behaviors and their association with the prevention of chronic disease. Dr. Saksvig's primary interest is in developing and evaluating school and community-based interventions for children and adolescents.

Currently, Dr. Saksvig is working on several projects related to the influence of social networks on physical activity and obesity interventions. The first project is investigating how parent networks can be mobilized to advocate for school-based obesity prevention efforts, and the second project is exploring the relationship between African American women’s physical activity and the physical activity of their support networks. 

Education and Training

PhD, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health (2002)

MHS, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health (1996)

BA, St. Olaf College (1989)


EPIB 785: Internship in Public Health, 2008 - Present

EPIB 740: Advanced Methods in Epidemiology, Spring 2012

EPIB 788: Critical Readings, Spring 2012

Honors and Awards
  • Fulbright Fellowship, Canada-US Fulbright Scholar, 1998-1999.
  • Harry D. Kruse Award in Nutrition, The Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of International Health, Division of Nutrition, 2000.
  • Clinical Loan Repayment Program, National Institutes of Health, 2004-2006.
  • Inducted into the Gamma Zeta Chapter of the Delta Omega Society, 2015.
  • ADVANCE Career Development Series for Professional Track Faculty, 2015-2016

Saksvig BI, Gittelsohn J, Harris SB, Hanley AJ, Valente TW, Zinman B. A pilot school-based healthy eating and physical activity intervention improves diet, food knowledge, and self-efficacy for native Canadian children. The Journal of nutrition. Oct 2005;135(10):2392-2398.

Saksvig BI, Catellier DJ, Pfeiffer K, Schmitz KH, Conway T, Going S, Ward D, Strikmiller P, Treuth MS. Travel by walking before and after school and physical activity among adolescent girls. Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine. Feb 2007;161(2):153-158. PMC2587404

Elder JP, Shuler L, Moe SG, Grieser M, Pratt C, Cameron S, Hingle M, Pickrel JL, Saksvig, BI, Schachter K, Greer S, Guth Bothwell EK. Recruiting a diverse group of middle school girls into the trial of activity for adolescent girls. The Journal of school health. Oct 2008;78(10):523-531. PMC2764409

Grieser M, Neumark-Sztainer D, Saksvig BI, Lee JS, Felton GM, Kubik MY. Black, Hispanic, and white girls' perceptions of environmental and social support and enjoyment of physical activity. The Journal of school health. Jun 2008;78(6):314-320. PMC2766850

Bibeau WS, Saksvig BI, Gittelsohn J, Williams S, Jones L, Young DR. Perceptions of the food marketing environment among African American teen girls and adults. Appetite. Feb 2012;58(1):396-399.

Jones L, Saksvig BI, Grieser M, Young DR. Recruiting adolescent girls into a follow-up study: benefits of using a social networking website. Contemporary clinical trials. Mar 2012;33(2):268-272. PMC3268880 [Available on 2013/3/1]

Saksvig BI, Webber LS, Elder JP, et al. A cross-sectional and longitudinal study of travel by walking before and after school among eighth-grade girls. The Journal of adolescent health. Dec 2012;51(6):608-614. PMC3505283 [Available on 2013/12/1]

Zook KM, Saksvig BI, Wu TT, Young DR. Physical Activity Trajectories and Multi-Level Factors among Adolescent Girls. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2013 Aug 29. doi:pii: S1054-139X(13)00380-7. 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2013.07.015. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 23992761

Young DR, Saksvig BI, Wu TT, Zook K, Li X, Champaloux S, Grieser M, Lee S, Treuth M. Multilevel correlates of physical activity for early, mid, and late adolescent girls. J Phys Act Health. 2013 May 13. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 23676305.

Grieser M, Saksvig B, Young DR, Felton G, Catellier D, Webber L. Exposure to Physical Activity-Promoting Environments in the Trial of Activity for Adolescent Girls. Am J Health Behav. 2014 Jan;38(1):74-82. doi: 10.5993/AJHB.38.1.8. PMID: 24034682