PhD, University of Toledo; MA, Kent State University; BS, West Liberty University

Research Interests

Self-efficacy for health behavior change; the impact of emotion in the health-illness continuum


Dr. Girdano has been a member of the Health Services faculty at Walden University for 11 years and specializes in health and human behavior, public health, and health promotion. He has held the position of professor at the Universities of Utah, Maryland, and Wyoming; Texas A&M University; Boston University; and The Pennsylvania State University. As the founder and director of the psychophysiology research laboratory at the University of Maryland, he used research in biofeedback, health counseling, and relaxation training to pioneer the comprehensive study of stress management and the development of practical health behavior change protocols. He has written or co-written numerous health and fitness textbooks and research articles. The ninth edition of his book, Controlling Stress and Tension (first published in 1977), is scheduled for release in 2012.