Gabriella Maria Mcloughlin

Assistant Professor
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Ritter Hall Annex 904B


Dr. Gabriella McLoughlin is an assistant professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the College of Public Health at Temple University. She received a master's and doctoral degree in kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2012-2018), before working at Iowa State University as a postdoctoral research associate (2018-2020), leading projects on childhood obesity prevention and school wellness programming. Dr. McLoughlin received in-depth training in implementation science in chronic disease prevention as a research associate at Washington University in St. Louis. Current applications of implementation science reflect a variety of topics pertaining to health disparities in cancer prevention, addressing food insecurity in underserved communities, school health policy implementation, and community approaches to obesity prevention more broadly. Dr. McLoughlin is deeply committed to improving implementation of evidence-based policies and programs that address health equity through pragmatic approaches.


  • PhD, Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • MS, Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • BS, Sport and Exercise Science, Leeds Metropolitan University (UK)

Curriculum Vitae 

Courses Taught




SBS 8005

Health Promotion in Vulnerable Populations


Selected Publications

  • McLoughlin, G.M., Kumanyika, S., Su, Y., Brownson, R.C., Fisher, J.O., & Emmons, K.M. (2024). Mending the gap: Measurement needs to address policy implementation through a health equity lens. Transl Behav Med, 14(4), pp. 207-214. England. doi: 10.1093/tbm/ibae004

  • Shato, T., Kepper, M.M., McLoughlin, G.M., Tabak, R.G., Glasgow, R.E., & Brownson, R.C. (2024). Designing for dissemination among public health and clinical practitioners in the USA. J Clin Transl Sci, 8(1), p. e8. England. doi: 10.1017/cts.2023.695

  • Singleton, C.R., Wright, L.A., McDonald, M., Archer, I.G., Bell, C.N., McLoughlin, G.M., Houghtaling, B., Stowers, K.C., & Steeves, E.A. (2023). Structural racism and geographic access to food retailers in the United States: A scoping review. Health Place, 83, p. 103089. England. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2023.103089

  • Morris, J.L., Chalkley, A.E., Helme, Z.E., Timms, O., Young, E., McLoughlin, G.M., Bartholomew, J.B., & Daly-Smith, A. (2023). Initial insights into the impact and implementation of Creating Active Schools in Bradford, UK. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act, 20(1), p. 80. England. doi: 10.1186/s12966-023-01485-3

  • Hecht, A.A., Olarte, D.A., McLoughlin, G.M., & Cohen, J.F.W. (2023). Strategies to Increase Student Participation in School Meals in the United States: A Systematic Review. J Acad Nutr Diet, 123(7), pp. 1075-1096.e1. United States. doi: 10.1016/j.jand.2023.02.016

  • Singleton, C.R. & McLoughlin, G.M. (2023). Looking Back: How the COVID-19 Pandemic Provided Opportunity to Equitably Improve Meal Provision. Am J Public Health, 113(7), pp. 736-738. United States. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2023.307294

  • Walsh-Bailey, C., Gilbert, A., Shato, T., Sandler, B., Baumann, A.A., Bradley, C.D., McLoughlin, G.M., McGuire, F.H., Fort, M.P., & Tabak, R.G. (2023). Protocol for a scoping review of health equity frameworks and models applied in empirical studies of chronic disease prevention and control. Syst Rev, 12(1), p. 83. England. doi: 10.1186/s13643-023-02240-2

  • McLoughlin, G.M., Calvert, H.G., & Turner, L. (2023). Individual and Contextual Factors Associated with Classroom Teachers' Intentions to Implement Classroom Physical Activity. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 20(4). Switzerland. doi: 10.3390/ijerph20043646

  • Welk, G.J., McLoughlin, G.M., Lee, J.A., & Carrasco, J. (2023). The Utility of the Youth Activity Profile for Assessing and Promoting Physical Activity in Physical Education. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 94(1), pp. 24-31. Informa UK Limited. doi: 10.1080/07303084.2022.2136310

  • Rosenkranz, R.R., Dixon, P.M., Dzewaltowski, D.A., McLoughlin, G.M., Lee, J.A., Chen, S., Vazou, S., Lanningham-Foster, L.M., Gentile, D.A., & Welk, G.J. (2023). A cluster-randomized trial comparing two SWITCH implementation support strategies for school wellness intervention effectiveness. J Sport Health Sci, 12(1), pp. 87-96. China. doi: 10.1016/j.jshs.2021.12.001

  • Murphy, J., Milton, K., Mclaughlin, M., Shilton, T., McLoughlin, G.M., Reece, L.J., Mair, J.L., Direito, A., Kariippanon, K.E., Mackenzie, K.J., Mavilidi, M.F., Shellington, E.M., Kamada, M., Heron, L., Jauregui, E., Abdeta, C., Pina, I., Pinto, R., & Sutherland, R. (2023). Advocating for Implementation of the Global Action Plan on Physical Activity: Challenges and Support Requirements. J Phys Act Health, 20(1), pp. 10-19. United States. doi: 10.1123/jpah.2022-0357

  • Helme, Z.E., Morris, J.L., Nichols, J., Chalkley, A.E., Bingham, D.D., McLoughlin, G.M., Bartholomew, J.B., & Daly-Smith, A. (2022). Assessing the Impacts of Creating Active Schools on Organisational Culture for Physical Activity. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 19(24). Switzerland. doi: 10.3390/ijerph192416950

  • McLoughlin, G.M., Burgeson, C., Papa, J., & Moore, J.B. (2022). Opportunities for Policy Implementation and Advocacy. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 93(5), pp. 43-50. Informa UK Limited. doi: 10.1080/07303084.2022.2053485

  • McLoughlin, G.M. & Martinez, O. (2022). Dissemination and Implementation Science to Advance Health Equity: An Imperative for Systemic Change. Commonhealth (Phila), 3(2), pp. 75-86. United States. Retrieved from

  • Lee, J.A., McLoughlin, G.M., & Welk, G.J. (2022). School Wellness Environments: Perceptions Versus Realities. J Sch Nurs, 38(3), pp. 241-248. United States. doi: 10.1177/1059840520924453

  • Singleton, C.R., Winata, F., Roehll, A.M., Adamu, I., & McLoughlin, G.M. (2022). Community-Level Factors Associated With Geographic Access to Food Retailers Offering Nutrition Incentives in Chicago, Illinois. Prev Chronic Dis, 19, p. E07. United States. doi: 10.5888/pcd19.210211

  • Pilar, M., Elwy, A.R., Lushniak, L., Huang, G., McLoughlin, G.M., Hooley, C., Nadesan-Reddy, N., Sandler, B., Moshabela, M., Alonge, O., Geng, E., & Proctor, E. (2022). A Perspective on Implementation Outcomes and Strategies to Promote the Uptake of COVID-19 Vaccines. Front Health Serv, 2, p. 897227. Switzerland. doi: 10.3389/frhs.2022.897227

  • McLoughlin, G.M., Sweeney, R., Liechty, L., Lee, J.A., Rosenkranz, R.R., & Welk, G.J. (2022). Evaluation of a Large-Scale School Wellness Intervention Through the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research (CFIR): Implications for Dissemination and Sustainability. Front Health Serv, 2, p. 881639. Switzerland. doi: 10.3389/frhs.2022.881639

  • Fornaro, E.G., McCrossan, E., Hawes, P., Erdem, E., & McLoughlin, G.M. (2022). Key determinants to school breakfast program implementation in Philadelphia public schools: Implications for the role of SNAP-Ed. Front Public Health, 10, p. 987171. Switzerland. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2022.987171

  • McLoughlin, G.M., Walsh-Bailey, C., Singleton, C.R., & Turner, L. (2022). Investigating implementation of school health policies through a health equity lens: A measures development study protocol. Front Public Health, 10, p. 984130. Switzerland. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2022.984130

  • McLoughlin, G.M. & Graber, K.C. (2021). The Contribution of Physical Education to Physical Activity Within a Comprehensive School Health Promotion Program. Res Q Exerc Sport, 92(4), pp. 669-679. United States. doi: 10.1080/02701367.2020.1765952

  • Webster, C.A., McLoughlin, G., Starrett, A., Papa, J., Erwin, H., Reed, J.A., Carson, R.L., & Burgeson, C. (2021). Parents' Perceptions and Engagement Regarding School-Based Physical Activity Promotion. Am J Health Promot, 35(8), pp. 1125-1128. United States. doi: 10.1177/08901171211020987

  • Welk, G.J., Saint-Maurice, P.F., Dixon, P.M., Hibbing, P.R., Bai, Y., McLoughlin, G.M., & Silva, M.P.d.a. (2021). Calibration of the Online Youth Activity Profile Assessment for School-Based Applications. J Meas Phys Behav, 4(3), pp. 236-246. United States. doi: 10.1123/jmpb.2020-0048

  • McLoughlin, G.M., Allen, P., Walsh-Bailey, C., & Brownson, R.C. (2021). A systematic review of school health policy measurement tools: implementation determinants and outcomes. Implement Sci Commun, 2(1), p. 67. England. doi: 10.1186/s43058-021-00169-y

  • Vazou, S., Bai, Y., McLoughlin, G.M., & Welk, G.J. (2021). Self-Regulations for Educators Questionnaire (SREQ) for implementation programming. Transl Behav Med, 11(5), pp. 1078-1087. England. doi: 10.1093/tbm/ibaa092

  • Bai, Y., Mcloughlin, G.M., & Welk, G.J. (2021). School Implementation of Physical Activity and Healthy Eating Programs: Results From the NFL Play 60 FitnessGram (R) Partnership Project Phase III. RESEARCH QUARTERLY for EXERCISE and SPORT, 92, pp. A75-A75. Retrieved from

  • Cohen, J.F.W., Hecht, A.A., McLoughlin, G.M., Turner, L., & Schwartz, M.B. (2021). Universal School Meals and Associations with Student Participation, Attendance, Academic Performance, Diet Quality, Food Security, and Body Mass Index: A Systematic Review. Nutrients, 13(3). Switzerland. doi: 10.3390/nu13030911

  • McLoughlin, G.M., Massey, W.V., Lane, H.G., Calvert, H.G., Turner, L., & Hager, E.R. (2021). Recess as a practical strategy to implement the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model in schools. Health Education Journal, 80(2), pp. 199-209. doi: 10.1177/0017896920959359

  • Keye, S.A., Walk, A.M., Cannavale, C.N., Iwinski, S., McLoughlin, G.M., Steinberg, L.G., & Khan, N.A. (2021). Six-Minute Walking Test Performance Relates to Neurocognitive Abilities in Preschoolers. J Clin Med, 10(4). Switzerland. doi: 10.3390/jcm10040584

  • McLoughlin, G.M., Vazou, S., Liechty, L., Torbert, A., Lanningham-Foster, L., Rosenkranz, R.R., & Welk, G.J. (2021). Transdisciplinary Approaches for the Dissemination of the SWITCH School Wellness Initiative Through a Distributed 4-H/Extension Network. Child and Youth Care Forum, 50(1), pp. 99-120. doi: 10.1007/s10566-020-09556-3

  • McLoughlin, G.M., Candal, P., Vazou, S., Lee, J.A., Dzewaltowski, D.A., Rosenkranz, R.R., Lanningham-Foster, L., Gentile, D.A., Liechty, L., Chen, S., & Welk, G.J. (2020). Evaluating the implementation of the SWITCH® school wellness intervention and capacity-building process through multiple methods. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act, 17(1), p. 162. England. doi: 10.1186/s12966-020-01070-y

  • McLoughlin, G.M., McCarthy, J.A., McGuirt, J.T., Singleton, C.R., Dunn, C.G., & Gadhoke, P. (2020). Addressing Food Insecurity through a Health Equity Lens: a Case Study of Large Urban School Districts during the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Urban Health, 97(6), pp. 759-775. United States. doi: 10.1007/s11524-020-00476-0

  • McLoughlin, G.M., Fleischhacker, S., Hecht, A.A., McGuirt, J., Vega, C., Read, M., Colón-Ramos, U., & Dunn, C.G. (2020). Feeding Students During COVID-19-Related School Closures: A Nationwide Assessment of Initial Responses. J Nutr Educ Behav, 52(12), pp. 1120-1130. United States. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2020.09.018

  • McLoughlin, G.M., Wiedenman, E.M., Gehlert, S., & Brownson, R.C. (2020). Looking beyond the Lamppost: Population-Level Primary Prevention of Breast Cancer. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 17(23). Switzerland. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17238720

  • McLoughlin, G.M., Turner, L., Leider, J., Piekarz-Porter, E., & Chriqui, J.F. (2020). Assessing the Relationship between District and State Policies and School Nutrition Promotion-Related Practices in the United States. Nutrients, 12(8). Switzerland. doi: 10.3390/nu12082356

  • Chen, S., Rosenkranz, R.R., McLoughlin, G.M., Vazou, S., Lanningham-Foster, L., Gentile, D.A., & Dzewaltowski, D.A. (2020). Evaluating the Implementation and Effectiveness of the SWITCH-MS: An Ecological, Multi-Component Adolescent Obesity Prevention Intervention. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 17(15). Switzerland. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17155401

  • DeShaw, K.J., Ellingson, L.D., McLoughlin, G.M., & Welk, G.J. (2020). Dissemination Of Motivational Interviewing Training: Use In Extension Outreach And School Health Programming. MEDICINE and SCIENCE in SPORTS and EXERCISE, 52(17), pp. 573-573. Retrieved from

  • Bai, Y., Mcloughlin, G.M., & Welk, G.J. (2020). Individual Fitness Longitudinal Changes From the NFL PLAY 60 FitnessGram Partnership Project Impact Phase. RESEARCH QUARTERLY for EXERCISE and SPORT, 91, pp. A73-A73. Retrieved from

  • McLoughlin, G.M., Bai, Y., & Welk, G.J. (2020). Longitudinal Associations between Physical Fitness and Academic Achievement in Youth. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 52(3), pp. 616-622. United States. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000002159

  • McLoughlin, G.M., Templin, T., Graber, K.C., Woods, A.M., Metzler, M., & Khan, N.A. (2020). The status of physical education within a nationally recognized school health and wellness program. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 39(2), pp. 274-283. doi: 10.1123/JTPE.2019-0052

  • McLoughlin, G.M., Richards, K.A.R., & Ivy, V.N. (2019). A Longitudinal Study of the Transition from Doctoral Student to Faculty Member in Physical Education. Res Q Exerc Sport, 90(4), pp. 699-711. United States. doi: 10.1080/02701367.2019.1645940

  • McLoughlin, G.M., Rosenkranz, R.R., Lee, J.A., Wolff, M.M., Chen, S., Dzewaltowski, D.A., Vazou, S., Lanningham-Foster, L., Gentile, D.A., Rosen, M.S., & Welk, G.J. (2019). The Importance of Self-Monitoring for Behavior Change in Youth: Findings from the SWITCH® School Wellness Feasibility Study. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 16(20). Switzerland. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16203806

  • McLoughlin, G.M., Edwards, C.G., Jones, A., Chojnacki, M.R., Baumgartner, N.W., Walk, A.D., Woods, A.M., Graber, K.C., & Khan, N.A. (2019). School Lunch Timing and Children's Physical Activity During Recess: An Exploratory Study. J Nutr Educ Behav, 51(5), pp. 616-622. United States. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2019.01.006

  • Mcloughlin, G.M. & Graber, K.C. (2019). The Role of Physical Education Within a Comprehensive School Health Promotion Program. RESEARCH QUARTERLY for EXERCISE and SPORT, 90, pp. A99-A99. Retrieved from

  • Mcloughlin, G.M., Foster, L.L., Gentile, D., Vazou, S., Wolff, M., Liechty, L., Torbert, A., Welk, G.J., Lee, J., Chen, S., Dzewaltowski, D., & Rosenkranz, R. (2019). School Wellness Integration Targeting Child Health (SWITCH): A Model for Training and Dissemination. RESEARCH QUARTERLY for EXERCISE and SPORT, 90, pp. A87-A88. Retrieved from

  • Khan, N.A., Cannavale, C., Iwinski, S., Liu, R., McLoughlin, G.M., Steinberg, L.G., & Walk, A.M. (2019). Visceral Adiposity and Diet Quality Are Differentially Associated With Cognitive Abilities and Early Academic Skills Among Preschool-Age Children. Front Pediatr, 7, p. 548. Switzerland. doi: 10.3389/fped.2019.00548