Health Studies

Independence Square II, 25 Independence Way, Kingston, RI 02881

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Dr. Molly Greaney

  • Associate Professor, Program Director
  • Independence Square, Rm 222
  • Phone: 401.874.7499
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Dr. Greaney’s research program aims to: 1) identify personal, social, and environmental factors associated with physical activity and other healthful behaviors; and 2) identify sociodemographic, behavioral, and health-related factors associated with intervention engagement. Dr. Greaney’s future research efforts are focused on promoting physical activity, healthful eating and other healthful behaviors using participatory research methods and ecological models.


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Rhode Island
  • Ph.D., University of South Carolina
  • M.P.H., University of Massachusetts (Amherst)
  • A.B., Mount Holyoke College



Greaney, M. L., Askew, S., Foley. P. B. Wallington, S. F. & Bennett, G. G. Linking patients with community resources: Use of a free YMCA membership among low-income Black women. Translational Behavioral Medicine. [In press].

Lindsay, A. C., Greaney, M. L., Wallington. S. F., Sands, F.D., Wright, J. A., & Salkeld. J. Latino parents’ perceptions of the eating and physical activity experiences of their preschoolers at home and at family child care homes: A qualitative study. Public Health Nutrition (PHN) Journal, Aug 19:1-11.

Ruddy, K. J., Greaney, M. L., Sprunck-Harrild, K, Meyer, M. E. Emmons, K. M.; & Partridge, A. H. (2015) A qualitative exploration of supports and unmet needs of diverse young women with breast cancer. J Community Support Oncol, 13(9):323-9.

Wolin, K. Y., Steinberg, D. M., Lane, I. B., Askew, S., Greaney, M. L., Colditz, G. A., & Bennett, G.G. (2015). Engagement with eHealth self-monitoring in a primary care-based weight management intervention. PLoS One,10(10), e0140455.

Greaney, M. L., Hardwick, C. K., Spadano-Gasbarro, J. L., Megzgebu, S., Horan, C., Schlotterbeck, S., Austin, S. B. & Peterson, K. E. (2015). Implementing a multi-component school-based obesity prevention Intervention: a qualitative study. JNEB, 46 (6), 576-582.

Greaney, M. L., Puleo, E., Sprunck-Harrild, K., Syngal, S., Gonzalez-Suarez, E., & Emmons, K. M. (2014) Changes in colorectal cancer screening intention among people aged 18-49 in the United States. BMC Public Health, 14:901. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-901.

Greaney, M. L., De Jesus, M, Sprunck-Harrild, K., Tellez, T, Bastani, R, Battaglia, T. A. Michaelson, J. S., & Emmons, K. M. (2014). Designing audience-centered interactive voice response messages to promote cancer screenings among low-Income Latinas. Prev Chronic Dis. 13(11):E40. doi: 10.5888/pcd11.130213.

Emmons, K. M., Puleo, E., Greaney, M. L., Gillman, M. W., Bennett, G. G., Haines J., Sprunck-Harrild, K., & Viswanath, V. (2014). A randomized comparative effectiveness study of Healthy Directions 2- a multiple risk behavior intervention for primary care. Prev Med. pii: S0091-7435(14)00105-4

Greaney, M. L., Puleo, E., Sprunck-Harrild, K., Bennett. G. G., Haines, J., Viswanath, K. V., & Emmons, K. M. (2014). Factors associated with choice of intervention modality in the Healthy Directions 2 study. Health Educ Behav, 41(1), 52-62.


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