Olga Santiago Rivera Ph.D.
HIV Virology and Host Interactions
Research Associate, Department of Psychology
Post-doctoral NIDA Fellowship - Michigan State University, 2016
Ph.D. - Michigan State University, 2010
Kinesiology - Psychosocial Aspects of Sports and Exercise
Dissertation: “Family Social Capital, Mother’s Perception of Child’s Physical Competence, and other’s Acculturation as Determinants of Children’s Physical Activity and Body Mass Index.“
M.A. - University of Puerto Rico, 1990
Health Services Administration
B.A. - University of Puerto Rico, 1988
-Psychosocial determinants of health behaviors: self-efficacy, risk perception, social capital, parents’ involvement, community-based research, community psychology.
-Epidemiology of drug use, HIV/AIDS, and associated complications in the United States
-Behavior modification interventions aiming at preventing and controlling maladaptive illegal drug use consequences (e.g., HIV/AIDS) among minority youth.
Determinants of health behaviors
Dave D. Weatherspoon, Steven R. Miller, Marie E. Steele, Cathy J. Newkirk, , Olga Santiago, Assa S. Dembele & Sharon M. Hoerr (2015). What Social, Program and Behavioral Factors Influence the Healthy Eating Index for EFNEP and SNAP-Ed Adult Participants? American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. doi:10.1177/1559827615607194
Hersey, J., Cates, S., Blitstein, J., Kosa, K., Santiago, O., Contreras, D., Long, V., Singh, A. & Berman, D. (2015) Eat Smart, Live Strong Intervention Increases Fruit and Vegetable Consumption among Low-Income Older Adults. Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics, 34(1);66-80. doi: 10.1080/21551197.2015.1007199.
Olga J. Santiago, Ruben Martinez and Bette Avila. (Spring 2011). Hispanic mothers’ perception of child’s activity level associated with child’s obesity and physical activity. NEXO, the official newsletter of the Julian Samora Research Institute. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.
Olga J. Santiago, Rubén Martinez & Joey C. Eisenmann. (2011) Ethnic differences on the effect of mother’s perception of child’s physical activity on child’s weight status: A focus on Hispanic children in the Midwest. Cambio de Colores: Latinos in the Heartland. Proceedings of the 10th Annual Conference: Migration and Shifting Human Landscapes.
Kansas City, Missouri. Published by the Cambio Center, University of Missouri. (pp. 90-98). http://www.cambio.missouri.edu/Library/Publications/2011CambioDeColoresProceedingsBookWEB.pdf
Olga J. Santiago, Ph.D., MHSA; Dawn Contreras, Ph. D.; Diane Rellinger, MS; Dawn Earnesty, RD, MS; Larissa True, MS; & Shayna Danto. Training program tailored for instructors of Eat Smart, Live Strong nutrition education program for older adults. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 46 (4S). (July/August, 2014)
Ronald Gibbs, J. Carlson, J. Eisenmann, K. Pfeiffer, O. Santiago, T. Becker, & A. O’Donnell. (S)Partners effect on self-efficacy for nutrition and physical activity (pa) recommendations and the relationship with behaviors in 5th graders. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 46 (4S). (July/August, 2014)
Sheryl Cates, O.J. Santiago, J. Hersey, J. Blistein, K. Kosa, & D. Berman. Eat Smart, Live Strong intervention increase fruit and vegetable consumption among low-income older adults. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 46 (4S). (July/August, 2014)
Tyler Becker, J. Carlson, J. Eisenmann, K. Pfeiffer, R.J. Gibbs, A.O’Donnell, & O. Santiago. Spartners for heart health effects on 5th grade students’ nutrition knowledge, self-efficacy, and nutrition intakes. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 46 (4S). (July/August, 2014)
Santiago Rivera O.J., Carlson J., Eisenmann J.C., Pfeiffer K., Feltz D., Avila B., & Contreras D. Association of self-efficacy for fruit and vegetable intake with reported dietary intake in 5th grade children. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 45 (4S). (August, 2013)
Santiago Rivera, O.J., Contreras D., Earnesty D., Hebert S., Lashore M., Swartzendruber K., & Avila B. Effectiveness of a healthy weight nutrition education program for low-income clientele. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 45 (4S). (August, 2013)
Determinants of risky behaviors - Drug Epidemiology
Olga J. Santiago Rivera et al. (2015) Estimated rapid transition from first stimulant use until onset of stimulant dependence: Larger for methamphetamine users? Drug & Alcohol Dependence, 156 (e198).
Feltz, D.L., Warners, A., Gilson T.A., & Santiago O. J. (2011) Comparing Alcohol Use Patterns of Female Athletes and Their Team Captains in Intercollegiate Softball Teams. Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education, 5(3); 197-214.
Santiago, O.J., Feltz, D.L., Mickus, M., & Voogt, S. (2007). Medical student’s self- efficacy in physical activity counseling to older adults. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 29, S201.
Santiago, O.J., Rios-Bedoya, C.F., & Feltz, D.L. (2008). Participation in school athletic teams and use of alcohol, tobacco, and cannabis among 10th graders: United States, 2006. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 30, S197.
Santiago-Rivera, O., Rios-Bedoya, C.F., & Feltz, D.L. (2009). Does gender matter? The importance of disapproval by parents and friends on adolescent athletes’ rejection of marijuana use. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 31, S135.
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