Researcher Profile

Researcher Profile

Melissa Jean Bopp, PhD

Melissa Jean Bopp, PhD

Associate Professor, Kinesiology
Scientific Program:Cancer Control

Research Interests

  • Exercise
  • Health
  • Students
  • African Americans
  • Walking
  • Health Promotion
  • Workplace
  • Health Behavior
  • Demography
  • Population
  • Clergy
  • Faith-Based Organizations

Recent Publications


Mama, SK, Bhuiyan, N, Bopp, MJ, McNeill, LH, Lengerich, E & Smyth, JM 2020, 'A faith-based mind-body intervention to improve psychosocial well-being among rural adults', Translational behavioral medicine, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 546-554.
Bhuiyan, N, Kang, JH, Papalia, Z, Bopp, CM, Bopp, M & Mama, SK 2020, 'Assessing the stress-buffering effects of social support for exercise on physical activity, sitting time, and blood lipid profiles', Journal of American College Health.
Wilson, OWA, Matthews, PJ, Duffey, M, Papalia, Z & Bopp, M 2020, 'Changes in health behaviors and outcomes following graduation from higher education', International Journal of Exercise Science, vol. 13, no. 5, pp. 131-139.
Wilson, OWA, Bopp, CM, Papalia, Z, Duffey, M & Bopp, M 2020, 'College Students’ Experiences and Attitudes Toward Physical Activity Counseling', Journal for Nurse Practitioners.
Rovniak, LS, Adams, MA, Sciamanna, CN, Kong, L, Sullivan, N, Costalas, S, Bopp, M & Kuzmik, A 2020, 'Effects of bluetooth-enabled desk ellipticals on office work performance: Rationale, design, and protocol for a randomized trial with overweight and obese adults', JMIR Research Protocols, vol. 9, no. 1, e16275.
Rosso, AC, Wilson, OWA, Papalia, Z, Duffey, M, Kline, CE & Bopp, M 2020, 'Frequent restful sleep is associated with the absence of depressive symptoms and higher grade point average among college students', Sleep health, vol. 6, no. 5, pp. 618-622.
Wilson, OWA, Bopp, CM, Papalia, Z, Duffey, M & Bopp, M 2020, 'Freshman physical activity constraints are related to the current health and behaviors and outcomes of college upperclassmen', Journal of American College Health.
Wilson, OWA, Colinear, C, Guthrie, D & Bopp, M 2020, 'Gender differences in college student physical activity, and campus recreational facility use, and comfort', Journal of American College Health.
Wilson, OWA, Garra, S, Bopp, M & Bopp, CM 2020, 'Incorporating the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association hypertension diagnostic criteria into metabolic syndrome criteria will significantly increase the prevalence of metabolic syndrome among college students', Journal of Human Hypertension.
Agans, J, Wilson, OWA & Bopp, M 2020, 'Required health and wellness courses: Associations with college student physical activity behavior and attitudes', Journal of Physical Activity and Health, vol. 17, no. 6, pp. 632-640.
Wilson, OWA, Elliott, LD, Duffey, M, Papalia, Z & Bopp, M 2020, 'The contribution of active travel to meeting physical activity recommendations among college students', Journal of Transport and Health, vol. 18, 100890.


Bopp, MJ, Wilson, OWA, Duffey, M & Papalia, Z 2019, 'An examination of active travel trends before and after college graduation', Journal of Transport and Health, vol. 14, 100602.
Vainshelboim, B, Bopp, CM, Wilson, OWA, Papalia, Z & Bopp, M 2019, 'Behavioral and Physiological Health-Related Risk Factors in College Students', American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine.
Wilson, OWA, Zou, ZH, Bopp, M & Bopp, CM 2019, 'Comparison of obesity classification methods among college students', Obesity Research and Clinical Practice, vol. 13, no. 5, pp. 430-434.
Wilson, OWA, Papalia, Z, Duffey, M & Bopp, M 2019, 'Differences in college students' aerobic physical activity and muscle-strengthening activities based on gender, race, and sexual orientation', Preventive Medicine Reports, vol. 16, 100984.
Wilson, OWA, Galascio, MM & Bopp, M 2019, 'Freshmen weight and body composition change determinants: A scoping review', Journal of American College Health.
Wilson, OWA, Graupensperger, S, Blair Evans, M & Bopp, M 2019, 'The temporal association between physical activity and fruit and vegetable consumption: A longitudinal within- And between-person investigation', Journal of Physical Activity and Health, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 274-280.
Sims, D & Bopp, M 2020, 'Using parental active travel behavior and beliefs to predict active travel to school among children', International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, vol. 14, no. 5, pp. 343-348.


Bopp, M, Webb, BL, Mama, SK & Hentz-Leister, E 2019, 'An Examination of Denomination-Level Efforts in Congregation Health Programming', Journal of Religion and Health, vol. 58, no. 2, pp. 391-407.
Wilson, O, Vairo, N, Bopp, M, Sims, D, Dutt, K & Pinkos, B 2018, 'Best practices for promoting cycling amongst university students and employees', Journal of Transport and Health, vol. 9, pp. 234-243.
Bopp, M, Sims, D & Piatkowski, D 2018, Bicycling for transportation: An evidence-base for communities. Elsevier.
Bopp, M, Sims, D, Matthews, SA, Rovniak, LS, Poole, E & Colgan, J 2018, 'Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of Active Lions: A Campaign to Promote Active Travel to a University Campus', American Journal of Health Promotion, vol. 32, no. 3, pp. 536-545.
Sims, D, Bopp, M & Wilson, OWA 2018, 'Examining influences on active travel by sex among college students', Journal of Transport and Health, vol. 9, pp. 73-82.
Graupensperger, S, Wilson, O, Bopp, M & Blair Evans, M 2018, 'Longitudinal association between alcohol use and physical activity in US college students: Evidence for directionality', Journal of American College Health.
Sims, D, Matthews, SA, Bopp, MJ, Rovniak, LS & Poole, E 2018, 'Predicting discordance between perceived and estimated walk and bike times among university faculty, staff, and students', Transportmetrica A: Transport Science, vol. 14, no. 8, pp. 691-705.
Leister, EH, Vairo, N, Sims, D & Bopp, M 2018, 'Understanding bike share reach, use, access and function: An exploratory study', Sustainable Cities and Society, vol. 43, pp. 191-196.
Sciamanna, C, Ballentine, NH, Bopp, M, Brach, JS, Chinchilli, VM, Ciccolo, JT, Conroy, MB, Fisher, A, Fox, EJ, Greenspan, SL, Jan De Beur, Suzanne, M, Kearcher, K, Kraschnewski, JL, McTigue, KM, McAuley, E, Morone, NE, Paranjape, A, Rodriguez-Colon, S, Rosenzweig, A, Smyth, JM, Stewart, KJ & Stuckey, HL 2018, 'Working to Increase Stability through Exercise (WISE): Study protocol for a pragmatic randomized controlled trial of a coached exercise program to reduce serious fall-related injuries', Contemporary Clinical Trials, vol. 74, pp. 1-10.


Vairo, N, Bopp, M & Sims, D 2017, 'Best practices for businesses promoting bicycling', International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, vol. 55, no. 5-6, pp. 298-310.
Bopp, M, Sims, D, Vairo, N & Hentz-Leister, E 2017, 'Examining capacity and functioning of bicycle coalitions: A descriptive study', Frontiers in Public Health, vol. 5, no. NOV, 296.
Bopp, M 2017, Future directions for addressing physical activity in diverse populations. in Physical Activity in Diverse Populations: Evidence and Practice. Taylor and Francis, pp. 273-282.
Bopp, M 2017, Introduction to physical activity and health disparities. in Physical Activity in Diverse Populations: Evidence and Practice. Taylor and Francis, pp. 1-12.
Bopp, M 2017, Physical activity in diverse populations: Evidence and practice. Taylor and Francis.

Clinical Trials Search

Children (age < 18 years)
Adults (age >= 18 years)