Amy Harley, Ph.D., MPH, RD

CATR Associate Director for Research & Community Engagement, Center Scientist

Assistant Professor
Zilber School of Public Health - Community & Behavioral Health Promotion

Interests & Expertise:
Dr. Amy Harley joined UWM in 2008 and is an Associate Professor in the Community & Behavioral Health Promotion track of the Zilber School of Public Health. She is a Registered Dietitian and trained in public health, specifically in community health education and health promotion/behavior change. Her research program incorporates both observational and intervention methods to determine effective health promotion efforts that account for social context including neighborhood and social network factors. She has developed research partnerships with organizations in Milwaukee serving low-income residents and racial/ethnic minority communities.

Dr. Harley has particular expertise in:

  • Behavioral theory, physical activity participation, and healthy eating
  • Community-based participatory research with projects across the community-engaged research (CEnR) spectrum
  • Qualitative research methods and mixed-methods designs

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Current Projects:
Project: No Longer an Island- Creating a Men’s Place-based Peer Outreach and Leadership Network. Community Partners: Lindsay Heights Neighborhood Alliance, Walnut Way Conservation Corps
Role: Academic Partner/PI

Project: Physical Activity and Dietary Self-Management in Older Adults with Sarcopenia
Role: Co-Investigator (PI: Murad Taani)


Selected Publications:

Salm Ward, T. C. *, Mazul, M. C. *, Barry, M., & Harley, A. E. (2017). Be careful what you wish for: A community-academic student partnership story. Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics,7(1), 24-27. Invited narrative for Narrative Symposium: Community-Academic Partnerships in Research and Public Health. Anderson, EE & Valadares, KJ, (Symposium Eds.).

Graham, S. S., Harley, A. E., Roberts, L., DeVasto, D., Card, D. J., Kessler, M. M., Neuner, J., & Kim, S-Y. (2017). Catalyzing Transdisciplinarity: A Systems Ethnography Pilot for Cancer-Obesity Comorbidity and Risk Coincidence. Qualitative Health Research. 27(6), 877-892.

Tamers, S. L., Yang, M., Stoddard, A., Allen, J. D., Harley, A. E., & Sorensen, G. (2014). Do risk perceptions motivate behavior change? Exploring the relationship between physical activity and body mass index among low-income housing residents. Health Education & Behavior, 41(6), 642-650.

Harley, A. E., Bergstrom, J., Walker, R., Strath, S. J., Quintiliani, L. M., & Bennett, G. (2014). Physically active, low-income African American women: A qualitative exploration of successful activity maintenance in the context of sociodemographic factors associated with inactivity. Women & Health, 54(4), 354-372.

Harley, A. E., Yang, M., Stoddard, A., Adamkiewicz, G., Walker, R., Tucker-Seeley, R. D., Allen, J. D., & Sorensen, G. (2014). Patterns and predictors of health behaviors among racially/ethnically diverse residents of low-income housing developments. American Journal of Health Promotion, 29(1), 59-67.

Tucker-Seeley, R.D., Harley, A. E., M., Stoddard, A., Sorensen, G. (2013). Financial hardship and self-rated health among low-income housing residents. Health Education & Behavior 40(4), 442-448.

Harley, A. E., Sapp, A., Li, Y., Marino, M., & Sorensen, G. (2013). Sociodemographic and social contextual predictors of multiple health behavior change: data from the Healthy Directions–Small Business study. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 3(1), 131-139.

Drake, B. F., Quintiliani, L. M., Sapp, A., Li, Y., Harley, A. E., Emmons, K. M., & Sorensen, G. (2013). A comparison of strategies for assessing multiple health behavior change outcomes in behavioral intervention studies. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 3(1), 114-121.