Schneider Receives ICTS 2018 Community Researcher Award

Schneider (center, bottom row) at one of her community-based study partner schools

Schneider Receives ICTS 2018 Community Researcher Award

Margaret Schneider, PhD, Researcher in the Department of Urban Planning and Public Policy, is the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS) 2018 Outstanding Academic Community Researcher. This award recognizes a UCI faculty member who “excels in demonstrating principles of engagement in building partnerships with community organizations and community members in order to accomplish effective community-engaged research.”

Schneider will be honored at ICTS’s “People Who Make a Difference in Human Health” awards dinner on May 4, 2018. Congratulations!

About the research:

Dr. Schneider's research focuses on multi-factorial models of health behavior, with a primary focus on physical activity among adolescents. She is interested in moving beyond simple psychosocial models of health behavior to incorporate both physiological and environmental factors that may interact with psychosocial variables to shape behavior. Recent areas of investigation include the role of personality and frontal cortical brain asymmetry in the affective response to exercise and physical activity participation among adolescents. From 2000-2009, Dr. Schneider successfully implemented two back-to-back NIH funded R01s at El Toro High School in Lake Forest and Laguna Hills High School in Laguna Hills, where she developed close working partnerships with both Physical Education staff and school administration. Participant retention in these five year studies was over 90%, indicating a strong commitment to the study goals by parents and research participants themselves. Currently, Dr. Schneider has built a strong and long-standing research relationship with Marshall Academy of the Arts Middle School in Long Beach, where she recently completed another NIH-funded, 5-year intervention study examining the role of affect in adolescent physical activity participation. She and her research team have persevered in navigating policy challenges arise from changes in school and district administrators to continue the productive and important research they have been able to accomplish. She recognizes that a study can only be accomplished with the help of all partners working at different levels.

Read the ICTS Award Announcement

Photo: Schneider (center, bottom row), at one of her community-based study partner schools