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Mary P. Gallant, PhD, MPH

Studies chronic illness management and health promotin among older adults; evaluates evidence-based interventions

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Mary P. Gallant, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor

School of Public Health
Department: Health Policy, Management and Behavior

Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs



Postdoctoral Fellowship Aging University of Michigan School of Social Work 1995-1996
PhD Health Behavior & Health Education University of Michigan 1995
MPH Health Behavior & Health Education University of Michigan 1990
AB Harvard University 1987

Research Interests

My research relates to self-care and health promotion among older adults and adults with chronic illness, with a special focus on understanding how social support and social relationships influence self-care and chronic illness management among older adults. My work also focuses on informal caregiving, and the evaluation of evidence-based interventions when they are translated and implemented in public health practice settings. I have also conducted work on falls prevention and physical activity among older adults. I am currently collaborating with the NYS Department of Health to conduct a statewide comprehensive evaluation of the NYS Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Support Initiative.

Additional Information

Courses Frequently Taught:

HPM 627 - Program Development in Health Promotion
HPM 625 - Introduction to Public Health and Aging
SPH 680 - MPH First-Year Professional Development Seminar     


Gallant, M.P., Editor-in-Chief. The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Public Health and Aging. Forthcoming. In progress.

Gallant, M.P., Tartaglia, M., Hardman, S., & Burke, K. (2017). Using Tai Chi to reduce fall risk factors among older adults: An evaluation of a community-based implementation. Journal of Applied Gerontology. Online ahead of print, April 11, 2017, doi: 10.1177/0733464817703004.

Gallant, M.P., Pettinger, T., Spokane, L.S., & Coyle, C. (2015). Results of a community translation of the “Women Take PRIDE” heart disease self-management program. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 34, 244-262, doi: 10.1177/0733464813483552.

Hosler, A.S., Gallant, M.P., Riley-Jacome, M., & Rajulu, D.T. (2014). Relationship between objectively measured walkability and walking for exercise among diabetic adults. Journal of Environmental and Public Health,

Kahn-Marshall, J.L. & Gallant, M.P. (2012). Making healthy behaviors the easy choice for employees: A review of the literature on environmental and policy changes in worksite health promotion. Health Education and Behavior, 39(6), 752-776. (DOI10.1177/1090198111434153)

Gallant, M.P., Spitze, G., & *Grove, J. (2010). Chronic illness self-care and the family lives of older adults: A synthetic review across four ethnic groups. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 25, (1), 21-43. (DOI 10.1007/s10823-010-9112-z; NIHMSID#201322).

Shaw, B.A., Liang, J., Krause, N., Gallant, M.P., & McGeever, K. (2010). Age differences and social stratification in the long-term trajectories of leisure-time physical activity. Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 65B, 756-766.

Riley-Jacome, M., Gallant, M.P., Fisher, B., Gotschik, F., Strogatz, D. (2010). Enhancing community capacity to support physical activity: The development of a community-based indoor-outdoor walking program. Journal of Primary Prevention, 31, 85-95.

Gallant, M.P., Spitze, G., & Prohaska, T. (2007). Help or hindrance? How family and friends influence chronic illness self-management among older adults. Research on Aging, 29, 375-409.

Spitze, G., & Gallant, M.P. (2004). “The bitter with the sweet”: Older adults’ strategies for handling ambivalence in relations with their adult children. Research on Aging, 26, 387-412.
Gallant, M.P. & Connell, C.M. (2003). Neuroticism and depressive symptoms among spouse caregivers: Do health behaviors mediate this relationship? Psychology & Aging, 18, 587-592.