Brit Saksvig
Associate Research Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Associate Chair; Director of Graduate Studies
Other Affiliations: Center for Health Equity, UMD Prevention Research Center
Campus: UMD | Building: SPH Building | Room: 2234N SPH Building
Phone: (301) 405-2491 |
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CV / Resume
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Dr. Saksvig's area of research is primarily related to physical activity, nutrition and obesity in children, adolescents and adults. Specifically, understanding individual, social, and environmental factors associated with physical activity; examining ethnic differences in physical activity and dietary behaviors; impact of physical activity on health outcomes (e.g. obesity); and designing and evaluating interventions to promote physical activity. Her research also includes understanding the impact of environmental changes or policies on physical activity and dietary behaviors. For the past 9 years Dr. Saksvig has been the Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Associate/Assistant Chair since 2013. 

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

KNES 602 Physical Activity Program Planning and Evaluation, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Spring 2018

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
  • ADVANCE Leadership Fellow, 2018-2019

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

Schuler BR, Saksvig BI, Nduka J, Beckerman S, Jaspers L, Black MM, Hager ER. Barriers and Enablers to the Implementation of School Wellness Policies: An Economic Perspective. Health Promot Pract. 2018 Jan.

Roberts, JD, Hu M, Saksvig BI, Brachman ML, Durand C. Examining the influence of a new light rail line on the health of a demographically diverse and understudied population within the Washington, DC metropolitan area: A protocol for a natural experiment study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2018 Feb; 15(2): 333. doi:  10.3390/ijerph15020333

Young DR, Cohen D, Koebnick C, Mohan Y, Saksvig B, Sidell M, Wu TT. Longitudinal Associations of Physical Activity Among Females from Adolescence into Young Adulthood. Young DR, Cohen D, Koebnick C, Mohan Y, Saksvig BI, Sidell M, Wu T. Journal of Adolescent Health, 2018  [Epub ahead of print]