Carissa Smock, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor, School of Business

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Areas of Expertise

  • Mixed method design 
  • Geospatial analysis 
  • Instrument and audit tool development and validation  
  • Cost reduction (healthcare, workplace) through prevention (physical activity) 
  • Virtual workplace wellness 
  • Physical activity promotion and marketing 
  • Community Health Needs Assessments  


  • PhD, Kent State University, Kent, OH 
  • MPH, Kent State University, Kent, OH 
  • BS,Kent State University, Kent, OH 


  • Provider Acceptance, Training, and Utilization of Place-Based Exercise Prescriptions 

Research Areas of Interest

  • Reducing all-cause mortality, morbidity and associated costs through increasing access to physical activity via community clinical linkages, referrals, prescriptions, parks and trail quality and use, Safe Routes to School, leadership, rural environments, and workplace wellness. 

Select Publications

  • Smock, C., & Chatfield, S. L. (2020). Assessing Factors That Influence Healthcare Provider Attitudes and Practices regarding Place-Based Exercise Prescriptions: Results of Principal Components Analysis of a Newly Developed Survey Instrument. Advances in Preventive Medicine, 1–6. https://doi-org/10.1155/2020/5084053  
  • Smock C, Chatfield S, Falletta L, Hallam J, Alemagno, S, (2018) Exploration of provider exercise prescriptions and exercise referrals to place or professional: A pilot survey research study. Ohio Journal of Public Health. Vol. 1, No. 1. 
  • Smock, C., & Alemagno, S. (2017). Understanding health care provider barriers to hospital affiliated medical fitness center facility referral: a questionnaire survey and semi structured interviews. BMC Health Services Research, 17(1), 520. 

Select Professional Experience​

  • Chair of the Physical Activity Section of the American Public Health Association  
  • Case Western Reserve University/ University Hospitals Postdoctoral Fellow 
    • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA)  
    • Fellowship funded by the Health Services Research Administration (HRSA) 
  • PhD Co-op completed at Cleveland Clinic Akron General  
  • Practicum completed at Cleveland Clinic Office of Government and Community Relations 
  • Over 10 years of professional experience in public relations, marketing, and non-profit program management