Faculty

School of Health Sciences

Shelley ArmstrongDr. Shelley Armstrong specializes in exercise and fitness, college students’ health and well-being, and cancer prevention and control.

Dr. Armstrong joined Walden’s faculty in 2010 and is a core faculty member in the B.S. in Health Studies program. Prior to joining Walden, she spent nearly a decade at Centenary College of Louisiana, where she has served as a lecturer, assistant professor, chair of the Department of Health and Exercise Science, and senior woman administrator in the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. As a Certified Health Education Specialist and a certified National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) coach, Dr. Armstrong directs a number of children’s fitness programs in the Shreveport, La., community and is head coach of the men’s and women’s cross-country teams at Centenary College. Since 2004, she has held a variety of positions with the Louisiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (LAHPERD), which recognized her work through its Young Professional Leadership Award in 2010. Dr. Armstrong is currently a co-principal investigator on a grant to determine if social media improves student retention and persistence in online undergraduate health science programs. Her article, “An evaluation of a college exercise leader program: Using exercise science students as advocates for behavior modification,” was accepted for publication in the Journal of Physical Activity & Health.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Health Studies with a concentration in Higher Education, Texas Women’s University, 2007
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) with a concentration in Secondary Health and Physical Education, Centenary College of Louisiana, 2003
  • B.S. in Health and Exercise Science with a concentration in Allied Health, Centenary College of Louisiana, 2000

Areas of Expertise

Exercise and Fitness

  • Has expertise in exercise science curriculum development and education, and has conducted research pertaining to fitness assessment and implementation of and adherence to an exercise regimen.
  • Directs fitness and wellness programs in the nonprofit, government, and education sectors for men, women, and children of all ages.
  • Is an accomplished athlete with a focus on running-related sports.
  • Mentors health and exercise science professionals.

College Students’ Health and Well-being

  • Focuses on understanding and addressing the health concerns of women and college students that may impact them physically, socially, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually, and occupationally.
  • Serves as a resource liaison for mental and physical health enhancement.

Cancer prevention and control

  • Focuses on education about controllable risk factors—including obesity, dietary patterns, tobacco use, and physical inactivity—and the implementation of lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of cancer.

Relevant Publications (since 2002)

  • Thompson, D., Armstrong, S., Oomen-Early, J., & Lalwani, P. (2012). Social factors that influence college cigarette smoking: Implications for policy development and implementation. Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (TAHPERD) Journal, 80(3), 14–18.
  • Thompson, D., Oomen-Early, J., Armstrong, S., & Lalwani, P. (2012). College students’ perceptions of smoke-free campus policies: Implications for policy development and implementation. TAHPERD Journal, 80(2), 8–13.
  • Early, J., Armstrong, S., Burke, S., & Thompson, D. (2011). U.S. female college students’ breast health knowledge, attitudes, and determinants of screening practices: New implications for health education. The Journal of American College Health, 59(7), 640–647.
  • Burke, S., Armstrong, S., Oomen-Early, J., & Thompson, D. (2011, March 30). New implications for female college students’ breast health education: Determinants of knowledge, attitudes and screening. American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) National Convention. Poster presentation conducted from San Diego.
  • Armstrong, S., & Oomen-Early, J. (2011). An evaluation of sleep habits among collegiate athletes versus non-collegiate athletes. LAHPERD Journal, 74(2), 15–18.
  • Armstrong, S., Way, L., & Shepperd, A. (2010, Nov. 4). Interactive health for elementary school. LAHPERD State Convention. Presentation conducted from Baton Rouge, La.
  • Armstrong, S., Burke, S., Early, J., & Thompson, D. (2010, March 26). Determinants of Southern U.S. female college students’ breast health knowledge, attitudes and screening practices: Implications for health education. Women’s Health 2010: The 18th Annual Congress. Poster presentation conducted from Washington, D.C.
  • Armstrong, S., Miccoli, C., & Wallace, A., (2010, Jan. 25). YOUth FIT cross-country running: Program development and implementation. Louisiana Recreation and Park Association 2010 Educational Conference. Presentation conducted from Grambling State University, Grambling, La.
  • Dickens, B., Armstrong, S., Herbert, E., & Tinsley, S. (2009, Nov. 6). Improving morale in the wake of budget cuts. LAHPERD State Convention. Presentation conducted from Baton Rouge, La.
  • Armstrong, S., & Oomen-Early, J. (2009, Nov. 5). Evaluation of sleep habits and levels of depression in college student-athletes versus college students. LAHPERD State Convention. Poster presentation conducted from Baton Rouge, La.
  • Armstrong, S., Anderson, M., Le, E., & Nguyen, L. (2009). Application of the Health Belief Model to bariatric surgery. Gastroenterology Nursing, 32(3), 171–178.
  • Armstrong, S., & Oomen-Early, J. (2009). Social connectedness, self-esteem, and depression symptomatology among collegiate athletes versus nonathletes. Journal of American College Health, 57(5), 521–526.
  • Armstrong, S., & Way, L. (2008). Controlling childhood obesity: One mile at a time. LAHPERD Journal, 72(1), 10–11.
  • Armstrong, S., & Oomen-Early, J. (2008, April 9). Social connectedness, self-esteem, and depression among collegiate athletes versus nonathletes. AAHPERD National Convention. Poster presentation conducted from Fort Worth, Tx.
  • Armstrong, S. (2008). An evaluation of a college exercise leader program. LAHPERD Journal, 71(2), 19–21.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance member
  • American Alliance for Health Education member
  • American Coaches Federation member
  • American College of Sports Medicine Certified Health Fitness Specialist and Group Exercise Instructor
  • Red River Road Runners Board of Directors
  • Certified Health Education Specialist , National Commission for Health Education Credentialing
  • Certified Secondary Health and Physical Education Teacher, Louisiana Department of Education
  • Certified NCAA Division I Coach
  • American Red Cross Certified in First Aid/CPR/AED
  • Louisiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance member

Professional Recognition

  • Walden Research Dissemination Support (RDS) award for publication of “College students’ perceptions of smoke-free campus policies” in TAHPERD Journal
  • Walden RDS award for publication of “U.S. female college students’ breast health knowledge, attitudes, and determinants of screening practices” in Journal of American College Health
  • Walden RDS award for presentation of “New implications for female college students’ breast health education” at the 2011 AAHPERD National Convention
  • AAHPERD Southern District Taylor Dodson Young Professional Award, 2010
  • Red River Road Runners Female Athlete of the Year, 2010
  • LAHPERD Taylor Dodson Young Professional Award, 2009
  • Centenary College’s Broyles Research Chair, 2008–2010
  • Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce’s 40 Under 40 Award, 2008
  • Texas Woman’s University’s Department of Health Studies Graduate Award and Scholarship, 2006