Research Scientists

Melicia C. Whitt-Glover

Melicia C. Whitt-Glover
Affiliated Senior Research Scientist

Degree: Ph.D., Epidemiology, University of South Carolina
B.A., M.A., Exercise Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Phone: 336-293-8540, EXT 110

Research Interests

Dr. Whitt-Glover is President & CEO of Gramercy Research Group in Winston Salem, NC. Gramercy Research Group’s mission is to positively impact and improve the lives of individuals and communities by addressing health and related issues. Dr. Whitt-Glover is currently involved in research studies designed to identify effective strategies to increase weight loss and weight gain prevention among African Americans, and to promote adherence to national recommendations for diet and physical activity. Her current research studies are being conducted in public schools and churches in Winston Salem, NC.

Selected Publications

Ainsworth B, Haskell W, Whitt M, Irwin M, Swartz A, Strath S, O’Brien W, Bassett Jr. D, Schmitz K, Hendelman D, Emplaincourt P, Jacobs Jr. D, Leon A. Compendium of physical activities: An update of activity codes and MET intensities. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 2000, 32 (Supplement 9): S498-516.

Whitt M and Kumanyika S. Tailoring counseling on physical activity and inactivity for African American women. Ethnicity and Disease 2002, 12(4): S3-62 – 71.

Whitt MC, Levin S, Ainsworth BE, DuBose KD. Observations from the CDC: Evaluation of a two-part survey item to assess moderate physical activity: The Cross-Cultural Activity Participation Study. Journal of Women’s Health 2003, 12(3): 203 – 212.

Whitt M, Kumanyika S, Bellamy S. Characterization of total amount and bouts of moderate and vigorous physical activity in a sample of African American women. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 2003, 35(11): 1887-1893.

Whitt M, Dubose K, Ainsworth B, Tudor-Locke C. Walking patterns in a sample of African American, Native American, and Caucasian women: The Cross-Cultural Activity Participation Study. Health Education & Behavior 2004, 31(4): 45s-56s.

Kumanyika SK, Gary T, Lancaster K, Samuel-Hodge C, Banks-Wallace J, Beech B, Hughes-Halbert C, Karanja N, Odoms-Young A, Prewitt T, Whitt-Glover MC. Achieving healthy weight in African American Communities: Research perspectives and priorities. Obesity Research 2005, 13(12):2037 – 2047.

Whitt-Glover MC, O’Neill K, Stettler N. Physical activity patterns in children with and without Down Syndrome. Pediatric Rehabilitation 2006, 9(2):158 – 164.

Kumanyika SK, Whitt-Glover MC, Gary TL, et al. Expanding the obesity research paradigm to reach African American communities. Preventing Chronic Disease 2007, 4(4):A112. Epub 2007 Sep 15.

Whitt-Glover MC, Taylor WC, Heath GW, Macera CA. Self-reported physical activity among blacks: Estimates from national surveys. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2007, 33(5): 412 – 417.

Whitt-Glover MC, Hogan PE, Heil DP, Lang W. Pilot study of a faith-based physical activity program among sedentary blacks. Preventing Chronic Disease 2008, 5(2): A51.

Bertoni AG, Whitt-Glover MC, Chung H, Le KY, Barr RG, Mahesh M, Jenny NS, Burke GL, and Jacobs DR. The association between physical activity and subclinical atherosclerosis: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). American Journal of Epidemiology 2009, 169(4): 444 – 454.

Casagrande SS, Whitt-Glover MC, Lancaster KJ, Odoms-Young AM, and Gary TL. Built environment and health behaviors among African Americans: A systematic review. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2009, 36(2): 174 – 181.

Whitt-Glover MC, Taylor WC, Floyd MF, Yore MM, Yancey AK, and Matthews CE. Disparities in Physical Activity among US Children and Adolescents: Prevalence, Correlates, and Intervention Implications. Journal of Public Health Policy 2009, 30 (Supplement 1): S309 – S334.

Floyd MF, Taylor WC, and Whitt-Glover MC. Measuring park and recreation environments that support physical activity in low-income communities of color: Highlights of challenges and recommendations. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2009, 36 (4 Supplement): S156 – S160.

Whitt-Glover MC and Kumanyika, SK. Systematic review of interventions to increase physical activity and physical fitness in African-Americans. American Journal of Health Promotion 2009, 23(6): S33-S56.

Whitt-Glover MC, Crespo C, and Joe J. Recommendations for advancing opportunities to increase physical activity in racial/ethnic minority communities. Preventive Medicine 2009, 49(4): 292 – 293.

Kumanyika SK, Wadden TA, Shults J, Fassbender JE, Brown SD, Bowman MA, Brake V, West W, Frazier J, Whitt-Glover MC, Kallan MJ, Desnouee E, and Wu X. Trial of family and friend support for weight loss in African American adults. Archives of Internal Medicine 2009, 169(19): 1795 – 1804.

Whitt-Glover MC, Brand DJ, Turner ME, Ward SA, and Jackson EM. Increasing physical activity among African American women and girls. Current Sports Medicine Reports 2009, 8(6): 318 – 324.

Mount DL, Whitt-Glover MC, Sims M, and Bruce MA. Health justice and community safety: Inoculating marginalized communities. Journal of Justice Studies 2009, 1(1): 35 – 49.

Barr-Anderson DJ, AuYoung M, Whitt-Glover MC, Glenn B, and Yancey AK. Structural integration of short structured physical activity breaks into organizational routine: a systematic review of the literature. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2011, 40(1): 76-93.

Carter-Edwards L, Johnson Jr JH, Whitt-Glover MC, Bruce M, and Goldmon M. Health promotion for the elderly: Training black clergy in entrepreneurial spirituality. Journal of Religion, Spirituality, and Aging 2011, 23: 139 – 154.

Beech BM, Fitzgibbon ML, Resnicow K, and Whitt-Glover MC. The impact of socioeconomic factors and the built environment on childhood and adolescent obesity. Childhood Obesity 2011, 7(1): 19 – 24.

Ainsworth BE, Haskell WL, Herrmann SD, Meckes N, Bassett DR Jr, Tudor-Locke C, Greer JL, Vezina J, Whitt-Glover MC, Leon AS. 2011 Compendium of Physical Activities: a second update of codes and MET values. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 2011, 43(8): 1575 – 1581.

Bertoni AG, Foy CG, Hunter JC, Quandt SA, Vitolins MZ, Whitt-Glover MC. A multilevel assessment of barriers to adoption of Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) among African-Americans of low socioeconomic status. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 2011, 22(4): 1205 – 1220.

Whitt-Glover MC, Ham SA, Yancey AK. Instant Recess®: A practical tool for increasing physical activity during the school day. Progress in Community Health Partnerships, 2011, 5(3): 289 – 297.