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Claudio Nigg, PhD, FSBM

Claudio Nigg, PhD
  • Associate Professor
    Cancer Prevention in the Pacific Program
    University of HawaiiCancer Center
  • Professor
    Social and Behavioral Health Sciences
    Public Health Services
    University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Senior Program Faculty
    Post Doctoral Training Program "Cancer Control Research Training in Multiethnic Hawaii"
    University of HawaiiCancer Center
  • Graduate Faculty
    Intercollege PhD in Nutrition, Department of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences
    University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Adjunct Clinical Faculty, Associate Professor
    School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene
    University of Hawai'i at Manoa
  • Affiliate Faculty
    College of Pharmacy
    University of Hawai'i at Hilo


  • PhD, Experimental Psychology
    University of Rhode Island
  • MS (Kinesiology)
    University of Calgary

Research Focus

Dr. Nigg's areas of research interest include:

  • Theories of behavior change
  • Motivation to engage in health behaviors
  • Exercise/physical activity
  • Multiple health behavior change
  • Childhood obesity
  • Youth
  • Aging
  • General Population


  • Nigg CR & Amato K. (in press). The Influence of Health Behaviors During Childhood on Adolescent Health Behaviors, Health Indicators and Academic Outcomes Among Participants from Hawaii. Int J Behav Med.
  • Martin Ginis KA, Nigg CR, & Smith AL. (2013). Delivery of physical activity interventions through peer monitoring: an overlooked opportunity for physical activity promotion. Transl Behav Med: Prac Pol Res, 3, 434-443.
  • Novotny R, Fialkowski, MK, Areata AAR, Bersamin A, Braun K, DeBaryshe B, Deenik J, Dunn M, Hollyer J, Kim J, Leon Guerrero R, Nigg CR, Takahashi R, & Wilkens LR. (2013). The Pacific Way to Child Wellness: The Children's Health Living Program for Remote Underserved Minority Populations of the Pacific Region (CHL). Hawaii J Med Pub Health, 72, 406-408.
  • Woolcott, CG, Dishman RK, Motl RW, Horwath CC, & Nigg CR. (2013). Physical Activity and Fruit and Vegetable Intake: Correlations Between and Within Adults in a Longitudinal Multiethinic Cohort. Am J Health Promo, 28, 71-79.
  • Nigg C, Geller K, Adams P, Hamada M, Hwang P, Chung R. (2012). Successful Dissemination of Fun 5 – A Physical Activity and Nutrition Program for Children. Transl Behav Med: Prac Pol Res, 2, 276-285.

Publication list via PubMed

Active Grants

  • C. Nigg, Co-Investigator, (R. Novotny, Principal Investigator) USDA
    "Children's Healthy Living Program for Remote Underserved Regions of the Pacific (CHL)"
    This project looks at environmental changes to prevent childhood obesity in Pacific Islands and training and extension.
  • C. Nigg, Brink & Hill, Principal Investigators
    "Intervention for Physical Activity in Youth – IPLAY AKA The Impact of Environmental and Curriculum Change on Children's Obesity Related Behaviors"
    NICHD/NCI/NIDDK – 1RO1HD057229-01
    $704,979 – Nigg Subcontract; Total $2,826,323
    This project examines the effects of a physical change to the built environment (playground redesign) in combination with a curriculum intervention on elementary school children's obesity related behaviors.
    09/15/2009 - 12/31/2014
  • C. Nigg, Principal Investigator
    "State Prevention Framework Partnership for Success Grant"
    Hawaii DOH Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division (SPF –PFS)
    This project provides epidemiological lead to the HI SPF-PFS project relating to statewide adolescent alcohol prevention.
    12/17/2012 – 11/30/2014