Lucy-Joy Wachira

Fulbright Visiting Faculty Scholar
Health and Rehabilitation Sciences


Dr. Lucy-Joy Wachira is a scholar of physical activity and exercise science and a full-time faculty member in the Department of Physical Education, Exercise and Sports Science at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa. She has 12 years of full-time teaching at the university with additional duties that include coordinating curriculum review and development, graduate studies coordination, and student advising within the department. 

Dr. Wachira is a Fulbright Scholar and is currently undertaking the Scholar-in-Residence program in the Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Temple University's College of Public Health in Philadelphia. She has research interests in physical activity and health, sedentary behavior and sleep among children and youth and the prevention of obesity-related Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). She is a champion of physical activity promotion in Africa through the African Physical Activity Network (AFPAN) and represented the continent in the development of the recently released "International School-Related Sedentary Behavior Recommendations for Children and Youth." She has participated in both local and international collaborative research projects. Dr. Wachira is an author of book chapters, a peer reviewer with several refereed journals, a member of the Journal of Physical Activity and Health editorial board and a guest editor with the Frontiers in Public Health. Her goal is to use her expertise, experience and networks in the advocacy and promotion of active lifestyles across population groups and the overall prevention and management of NCDs in Africa.

Curriculum Vitae


  • PhD, Physical and Health Education, Kenyatta University
  • MS, Physical and Health Education, Kenyatta University
  • BA, Physical Education, Kenyatta University