Overview

Atiera Abatemarco, MPH, CHES has spent most of her career in the education and public health fields. She is Adjunct Faculty in the Research and Health Promotion departments at MUIH. Clinically, she is a Health Behaviorist, Educator and Coach for a Workplace Wellness company.

Professional Narrative

Ms. Abatemarco's clinical work focuses on goal setting with clients to implement behavior changes around nutrition's integrated physical activity, and overall healthy lifestyle behaviors to support weight and disease prevention/management for overall physical and mental wellness. She has been working with manufacturing, service industry and corporate clients, nationally, for over 10 years. Her interests in integrative health practices coupled with her appreciation and skill for health education have been the driving forces for her clinical practice.

In addition to her roles as graduate instructor and health coach, she is involved in medical and integrative practices' research related to her clinical work. She has written and contributed to published articles in the areas of tobacco use and policy, bioterrorism and public health preparedness, childhood obesity interventions and weight management, and standards in therapeutic yoga therapy.

Her passion is teaching and imbuing the skillset of research literacy, health education and health behavior change to students so that as integrative health practitioners, they can use Evidence Informed Practice to improve the health and wellness of their clients and communities.

Selected Publications & Presentations

Abatemarco, A., Beckley, J., Borjan, M., & Robson, M.G. (2007). Assessing & improving bioterrorism preparedness among first responders. Journal of Environmental Health, 69(6), 16-22. https://doi.org/doi:10.7282/T3F47MHB

Phan TLT, Barnini N, Xie S, Martinez A, Falini L, Abatemarco A, Waldron M, Benton JM, Frankenberry S, Coleman C, Nguyen L, Bo C, Datto GA, Werk LN. (2018). Feasibility of using a commercial fitness tracker as an adjunct to family-based weight management treatment: pilot randomized trial. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth, 6(11):e10523. https://doi.org/10.2196/10523

Werk L, Hossain J, Martinez A, Abatemarco A, Carlo V, Barnini N, McCahan S, Pennington C, Phan TL, Bunnell T, Hassink SG. Extending obesity care beyond the office doors using telemedicine health coaches. A pilot test randomized trial; Oral Presentation in Orlando, FL; November 2-6, 2018 at the 2018 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference & Exhibition.

Moonaz, S., Nault, D., Abatemarco, A. (2020). Standards in yoga research and reporting. (In S. Telles & R. K. Gupta (Eds.), Handbook of research on evidence-based perspectives on the psychophysiology of yoga and its applications (1st ed., pp. 144-158). IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-7998-3254-6

Courses

IHED610: Fundamentals of Health Education and Health Behavior

IHED623: Health Education Program Evaluation

IHED625: Research Methods

IHED633: A Culture of Wellness: Intro to Workplace Wellness

IHED635: Workplace Wellness Fundamentals

IHED638: Workplace Wellness Implementation

RSCH601: Research Literacy

IHED610: Intro to Scientific Writing

Personal Narrative

Ms. Abatemarco lives in New Jersey with her husband, daughter (when she is home on college break) and Shih Tzu puppy, Zen. Her family of three enjoys traveling together and has made cross country trips, as well as, cross Atlantic trips. Ms. Abatemarco is passionate about Italian language and culture, and appreciates language and cultural diversity around the globe. She is also passionate about body movement and energy medicine. These passions led her to get her yoga teacher certification and to become a Reiki practitioner.

Ms. Abatemarco also has a strong interest in healthy, local food production and is part of her local Community Supported Agriculture. She volunteers by food gleaning with the Rolling Hills Harvest Food Rescue. Her love of food has her in the kitchen cooking up something delicious most nights. If she's not on in her office or in the kitchen, you can find Ms. Abatemarco outside walking, hiking, kayaking, birding, doing yoga, or simply being in nature.

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