Dr. Garney is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M University and the Research Services Director at the Center for Community Health Development at the Texas A&M School of Public Health. Her expertise is in community-based research and evaluation, with an emphasis in ecological and systems approaches to public health problems. Her training is in research methods and ecological levels of analysis, including network, policy, and environmental determinants, which allows her to design and conduct studies aimed at a variety of public health problems. Her research has examined community-based approaches to cardiovascular disease prevention, teenage pregnancy prevention, maternal and child health, smoking cessation, access to mental health services, and physical activity in rural communities.
Dr. Garney is the Principal Investigator for two nation-wide evaluations funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is Co-PI on two projects funded by the Texas Department of State Health Services and a Co-Investigator and Evaluation Director on a national innovative teen pregnancy prevention project funded by the Office of Adolescent Health. Since 2013, she has helped secure approximately $10 million in external funding for Texas A&M and has been PI/Co-PI on approximately $1 million in projects.
Community-based participatory research
Ecological approaches to public health
Social network analysis
Systems approaches to public health
Publications (journal articles, books, book chapters)*
1. McLeroy, K., Wilson, K., Farmer, J. & Garney, W.R. (2016). Replication Typology and Guidelines for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Initiatives. American Journal of Public Health, 106(S1): S17-S18. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2016.303354
2. McLeroy, K., Garney, W.R., Mayo-Wilson, E., & Grant, S. (2016). Scientific Reporting: Raising the Standards. Health Education & Behavior, 43(5), 501-508. DOI: 10.1177/1090198116668522
3. Garney, W.R., McCord, C., Alaniz, A. & McLeroy, K. (2016). Using an Interactive Systems Model To Expand Telehealth Innovations and Deliver Mental Health Services to Underserved Communities. Scientitifia, 2016. DOI :10.1155/2016/4818053
4. Chang, J., Sequeira, A., & McCord, C. E. & Garney, W.R. (2016). Videoconference grief group counseling in rural Texas: Preliminary findings and lessons learned. The Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 41(2) 140-160. DOI: 10.1080/01933922.2016.1146376
* Publication was joint-authored with students
College of Education and Human Development Grants and Contracts (Current)
Million Hearts Collaboration. (PI)
American Heart Association-Texas - DHHS-Centers for Disease Control (Federal)
2016/10/15 - 2020/08/31
Total Funding: 37,000.
National Implementation and Dissemination for Chronic Disease Prevention. (PI)
American Heart Association - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Federal)
2016/09/30 - 2019/11/30
Total Funding: 408,247.
Healthy Texas Babies Coalition Evaluation. (PI)
Texas A&M University Health Science Center-Texas Department of State Health Services (State)
2016/09/01 - 2017/08/31
Total Funding: 20,141.
Department of State Health Services Tobacco Quit Line Evaluation and Outreach Assistance. (PI)
Texas Department of State Health Services (State)
2015/08/01 - 2017/07/31
Total Funding: 181,629.
Integrating Teen Pregnancy Prevention Innovative Practices (iTIP). (Co-PI)
Texas A&M University Health Science Center - Department of Health and Human Services (Federal)
2015/07/01 - 2020/06/30
Total Funding: 1,188,599.