About Christiaan Abildso
Dr. Abildso is an associate professor in the Department of Social and Behavior Sciences; research interests include health promotion program evaluation and social-ecological determinants of physical activity, including policy and the built environment.
- West Virginia University School of Public Health
- Social and Behavioral Sciences
Program Director of Research and Evaluation
- PhD, West Virginia University
- MPH, West Virginia University
- MEd, Boston University
- BA, McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College)
- Abildso, C. G., Dyer, A., Kristjansson, A. L., Mann, M. J., Bias, T., Coffman, J., . . . Davidov, D. (2018). Evaluation of an intimate partner violence training for home visitors using the theory of planned behavior. Health Promotion Practice, 19(2), 194-202. doi: 10.1177/1524839917728050.
- Abildso, C. G., Shawley, S., Owens, S., Dyer, A., Bulger, S. M., Jones, D. L., . . . Elliott, E. (2016). An evaluability assessment of the West Virginia Physical Activity Plan, 2015: Lessons learned for other state physical activity plans. Preventing Chronic Disease, 13. https://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2016/16_0307.htm doi:10.5888/pcd13.160307
- Umstattd Meyer, M. R., Moore, J. B., Abildso, C., Edwards, M. B., Gamble, A., & Baskin, M. L. (2016). Rural active living: A call to action. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 22(5), E11-E20. doi: 10.1097/phh.0000000000000333
- Abildso, C. G., Zizzi, S. J., Selin, S., & Gordon, P. M. (2012). Assessing the cost effectiveness of a community rail-trail in achieving physical activity gains. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 30(2), 102-113.
- Abildso, C. G., Zizzi, S. J., & Reger-Nash, B. (2010). Evaluating an insurance-sponsored weight management program with the RE-AIM model, West Virginia, 2004-2008. Preventing Chronic Disease, (7 (3)). http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2010/may/09_0114.htm
- WVU 150th Anniversary Celebration Coin, recipient, November 2017: awarded to 150 faculty and staff at WVU who uphold the values of service, curiosity, respect, accountability and appreciation. Recipients of the Celebration Coin were nominated by their peers.
Courses taught (here at WVU)
- Public Health Program Evaluation
- The Obesigenic Environment
- Advanced Evaluation in Public Health
About Christiaan Abildso
- Dr. Christiaan Abildso is an associate professor in the Department of Social and Behavior Sciences. His research interests include health promotion program evaluation and social-ecological determinants of physical activity, including policy and the built environment. Dr. Abildso has multiple peer-reviewed publications about Morgantown area rail-trails, health impact assessment, physical activity planning, and evaluation of state-level health promotion programming. Recently funded projects with his colleagues in the Health Research Center include evaluations of business impacts of the Mon River Trails System, expansion of oral health services with low-income families, intimate partner violence training for home visitation workers, programming to increase father involvement in home visitation programming, and expanding access to child and family development services in the West Side of Charleston, WV.
- Christiaan is also active in local and state active transportation policy decisions, pedestrian and bicyclist safety, and national research on physical activity in rural areas. When not in the office, you’ll usually find him riding his bike (very safely) on the beautiful trails and country roads of West Virginia.