Whitney Garney
Assistant Professor, Health and Kinesiology
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Primary Emphasis Area: Health Education
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Short Bio
Dr. Garney is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M University.. Her expertise is in community-based research and evaluation, with an emphasis in ecological and systems approaches to public health problems. Her training is in research methods and ecological levels of analysis, including network, policy, and environmental determinants, which allows her to design and conduct studies aimed at a variety of public health problems. Her research has examined community-based approaches to cardiovascular disease prevention, teenage pregnancy prevention, maternal and child health, smoking cessation, access to mental health services, and physical activity in rural communities.

Dr. Garney is/has served as Principal Investigator for two nation-wide evaluations funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is Co-PI on two projects funded by the Texas Department of State Health Services and a Co-Investigator and Evaluation Director on a national innovative teen pregnancy prevention project funded by the Office of Adolescent Health. Since 2013, she has helped secure approximately $10 million in external funding for Texas A&M and has been PI/Co-PI on approximately $3 million in projects.
Research Interests
Community-based participatory research
Ecological approaches to public health
Program evaluation
Public health innovation
Social network analysis
Systems approaches to public health
Publications (journal articles, books, book chapters)*

1. *Lautner, S. C., Garney, W. R., & Harvey, I. S. (2018). Addressing the needs of African American male smokers through community outreach and tailored smoking cessation strategies. American Journal of Men's Health, 12(6), 2055-2063. DOI: 10.1177/1557988318790895

2. Garney, W., Wilson, K., Nelon, J., Muraleetharan, D., McLeroy K., & Baletka, DM. (2018). Ecological Approaches to Teen Pregnancy Prevention: An Examination of Evidence-Based Interventions. Health Promotion Practice, X(X) 1-8. DOI: 10.1177/1524839918815463

3. Garney, W.R., Szucs, L., Primm, K.M., King Hahn, L., Garcia, K.M., Martin, E., McLeroy, K., (2018). Implementation of Policy, Systems, and Environmental Community-Based Interventions for Cardiovascular Health through a National Not-for-Profit: A Multiple Case Study. Health Education & Behavior, 0(00) 1-10. DOI: 10.1177/1090198118770489. (IF: 1.899)

4. *Garcia, K., Martin, E., Garney, W.R., Primm, K., McLeroy, K., & King Hahn, L. (2018). Qualitative Analysis of Partnerships[48]19 Effect on Implementation of a Nationally-Led Community-Based Initiative. Health Promotion Practice., 19(5), 775-783. DOI: 10.1177/1524839918779378. (IF: 1.14)

5. *Muraleetharan, D., Fadich, A., Stephenson, C, & Garney, W. (2018). Understanding the Impact of Fibromyalgia on Men: Findings from a Nationwide Survey. American Journal of Men's Health. DOI: 10.1177/1557988317753242. (IF: 2.306)

6. Wilson, K.L., Esquivel, C.H., Garney, W.R., Garcia, K., Farmer, J., & Nelon, J. (2018). Use of small grants to support and enable innovation in teen pregnancy prevention. Creative Education, 9(11), 1622-1636. DOI: 10.4236/ce.2018.911117. (IF: 1.09)

7. Garney, W.R., Wendel, M., McLeroy, K., Alaniz, A., Cunningham, G., Castle, B., Ingram, M., & Burdine, J. (2017). Using a community health development framework to increase community capacity: A multiple case study. Family and Community Health, 40(1), 18-23. DOI: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000135

8. McLeroy, K., Wilson, K., Farmer, J. & Garney, W.R. (2016). Replication Typology and Guidelines for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Initiatives. American Journal of Public Health, 106(S1): S17-S18. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2016.303354

9. McLeroy, K., Garney, W.R., Mayo-Wilson, E., & Grant, S. (2016). Scientific Reporting: Raising the Standards. Health Education & Behavior, 43(5), 501-508. DOI: 10.1177/1090198116668522

10. Chang, J., Sequeira, A., & McCord, C. E. & Garney, W.R. (2016). Videoconference grief group counseling in rural Texas: Preliminary findings and lessons learned. The Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 41(2) 140-160. DOI: 10.1080/01933922.2016.1146376

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* Publication was joint-authored with students
Diss Publication was from a dissertation
ROS Publication was from a record of study

College of Education and Human Development Grants and Contracts (Current)

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Innovative Strategies for Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs Contributing to Protective Factors for Youth and Families in Oklahoma County. (PI)
Thrive, Inc. (Private)
2018/09/30 - 2020/09/29
Total Funding: 230,000.

Interdisciplinary Research for Tobacco Use in Rural Areas. (PI)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Private)
2018/09/15 - 2021/09/14
Total Funding: 350,002.

Enhancing Patients Access to Telehealth by Engaging Rural Networks (e-PATTERN). (Co-PI)
Department of Health and Human Services (Federal)
2018/09/01 - 2021/08/31
Total Funding: 201,896.

Million Hearts Collaboration - Supplement to Year 3. (PI)
American Heart Association (Private)
2018/05/01 - 2019/08/31
Total Funding: 11,093.

T3 - Long-Term Health Impact of the Space Environment: Retired Astronaut Biomedical Data Repository. (Co-PI)
TAMU T3 (State)
2018/04/01 - 2020/03/31
Total Funding: 32,500.

Integrating Teen Pregnancy Prevention Innovative Practices (iTIP). (Co-PI)
DHHS-PHS-Office of Adolescent Health (Federal)
2017/07/01 - 2020/06/30
Total Funding: 4,691,059.

Million Hearts Collaboration. (PI)
American Heart Association-Texas - DHHS-Centers for Disease Control (Federal)
2016/10/15 - 2020/08/31
Total Funding: 37,000.

Department of State Health Services Tobacco Quit Line Evaluation and Outreach Assistance. (PI)
Texas Department of State Health Services (State)
2016/08/01 - 2019/07/31
Total Funding: 275,000.

Integrating Teen Pregnancy Prevention Innovative Practices (iTIP). (Co-PI)
Texas A&M University Health Science Center - Department of Health and Human Services (Federal)
2015/07/01 - 2020/06/30
Total Funding: 1,320,617.
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