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Claudio R. Nigg, PhD, FSBM

Claudio Nigg, PhD
  • Associate Member
    Population Sciences in the Pacific Program (Cancer Prevention in the Pacific)
    University of Hawaii Cancer Center
  • Academic Appointments

  • 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
    University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • 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

Selected Publications

  • Nigg C R, Mateo DJ, An J. (2017). PokĂ©mon Go May Increase Physical Activity and Decrease Sedentary Behaviors. Am J Pub Health, 107, 37-38.
  • Nigg C R, Jake-Schoffman DE, Janke EA. (2017). Motivating Future Directions of Behavioral Medicine. J Behav Med, 20, 1-5.
  • Schweitzer RJ, Wu YY,& Nigg CR. (2017). Compliance checks for underage cigarette and alcohol purchase attempts and associated factors in retail outlets in Hawaii. Drugs: Educ Prev Pol, 24, 384-391.
  • Nigg CR, Amato K. (2015). The Influence of Health Behaviors During Childhood on Adolescent Health Behaviors, Health Indicators and Academic Outcomes Among Participants from Hawaii. Int J Behav Med, 22, 452-460.
  • 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, PI
    ASO 15-074 Hawaii DOH, EMS and Injury Prevention System Branch
    "Evaluation of the DDPI P & D (Prescription Drug Overdose: Data-Driven Planning and Data) Project"
    $294, 613
    The purpose of this project is to monitor and evaluate Hawaii's DDPI data and planning activities and outcomes related to prescription drug use and abuse.
  • C. Nigg, PI
    ASO 13-113 & 15-074 Hawaii DOH, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division
    "State Epidemiological Outcome Workgroup (SEOW) Project"
    This project is to create state and county profiles for alcohol and substance use, provide trainings on the profiles, and reinvigorate the SEOW.