Morgan Hughey

Assistant Professor

Address: Silcox 212
Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesday, 1:00-3:00pm; by email appointment
Phone: 843-953-8242


PhD, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

  • Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior
  • Dissertation: Exploring Spatial Patterning and the Impact of Obesogenic Environments for Youth Obesity in South Carolina

MPH, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

  • Department of Exercise Science
  • Practicum: LET US Play! Training staff to increase children’s physical activity in afterschool programs

BS, Furman University, Greenville, SC

  • Health and Exercise Science

Research Interests

Research Interests:

  • Built environment influences on physical activity and healthy eating
  • Inequities in access to nutrition and physical activity resources
  • Community-based approaches to improving health and quality of life (parks and recreation, schools, afterschool programs)
  • Development and evaluation of community health programs to increase physical activity and healthy eating

Current Research Projects:

Examining impact of obesogenic built environments on childhood obesity

ParkIndex: A tool for advancing parks and public health research and practice (Link:

Examining the efficacy of theory-based persuasive communications for promoting physical activity in public parks: A pilot study

Courses Taught

HEAL 325: Health Promotion

HEAL 460: Public Health Administration


McCarthy, S., Hughey, S.M., & Kaczynski, A.T. (2017). Examining sociodemographic differences in playground availability and quality and associations with childhood obesity. Childhood Obesity, 13(4), 324-331. doi: 10.1089/chi.2016.0239.

Child, S.T., Kaczynski, A.T., Fair, M.L., Stowe, E.W., Hughey, S.M., Boeckerman, L, Blake, C.M., Wills, S., & Reeder, Y. (2017). “We need a safe, walkable way to connect our sisters and brothers”: A qualitative study of opportunities and challenges for neighborhood-based physical activity among residents of low-income African American communities. Ethnicity and Health, 14, 1-12. doi: 10.1080/13557858.2017.1351923.

Fair, M.L., Reed, J.A., & Hughey, S.M.  Powers, A.P., & King, S.B. (2017). Association between aerobic fitness and academic achievement among fourth and fifth grade elementary school youth. Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2(9), 44-50. doi: 10.1249/TJX.0000000000000033

Fair, M.L., Kaczynski, A.T., Hughey, S.M., Besenyi, G.M., & Powers, A.R. (2017). An initiative to facilitate park usage, discovery and physical activity among children and adolescents in Greenville County, South Carolina, 2014. Preventing Chronic Disease, 14: 160043.

Hughey, S.M., Kaczynski, A.T., Child, S., Moore, J.B., Porter, D., & Hibbert, J. (2017). Green and lean: Is neighborhood park and playground availability associated with youth obesity? Variations by gender, socioeconomic status, and race/ethnicity. Active Living Research Issue, Preventive Medicine, 95 Supplement, 101-108.

Hughey, S.M., Reed, J.A., Kaczynski, A.T., & Clennin, M. (2016). Pathways to health: Association between trail use, weight status, and self-rated health among adults in Greenville County, South Carolina, 2014. Preventing Chronic Disease, 13.

Hughey, S.M., Walsemann, K.M, Child, S.T., Powers, A., Reed, J.A., & Kaczynski, A.T. (2016).  Quality matters: Examining the relationship between neighborhood socioeconomic disadvantage, racial composition, and park availability and quality. Landscape and Urban Planning, 148, 159-169.

Kaczynski, A.T., Schipperijn, J., Hipp, A., Besenyi, G.M., Wilhelm Stanis, S.A., Hughey, S.M., & Wilcox, S. (2016). ParkIndex: Development of a standardized metric of park access for research and public health planning. Preventive Medicine, 87, 110-114.

Hughey, S.M., Kaczynski, A.T., & Reed, J.A. (2015). Demographic differences in reported reasons for non-use of a prominent community trail. Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, 10, 78-83.

Besenyi, G.M., Fair, M., Hughey, S.M., Kaczynski, A.T., Powers, A., Dunlap, E., & LiveWell Greenville Park Hop Team. (2015). Park Hop: Pilot evaluation of an inter-agency collaboration to promote park awareness visitation and physical activity in Greenville County, S.C. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 33(4), 69-89.

Reed, J.A., & Hughey, S.M. (2015). Providing daily physical education to improve the health and fitness levels of African American youth. International Journal of School and Cognitive Psychology, 2(3).  

Schoffman D.E., Kaczynski A.T., Forthofer M., Wilcox S., Hutto B., Child S.T., & Hughey S.M. (2015). Longitudinal associations with changes in outdoor recreation area use for physical activity during a community-based intervention. Preventive Medicine, 78, 29-32.

Heinrich K.M., Lightner J., Oestman K.B., Hughey S.M., & Kaczynski A.T. (2014). Efforts of a Kansas foundation to increase physical activity and improve health by funding community trails, 2012. Preventing Chronic Disease, 11: E208.  

Hughey, S.M., Weaver, R.G., Saunders, R.P., Webster, C., & Beets, M.W. (2014). Process evaluation of an intervention to increase child activity levels in afterschool programs. Evaluation and Program Planning, 45, 164-170.

Reed, J.A., Maslow, A.L., Long, S., & Hughey, M. (2013). Examining the impact of 45 minutes of daily physical education on cognitive ability, fitness performance, and body composition of African American youth.  Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 10(2), 185-197