Largo-Wight Lab


Erin Largo-Wight

Erin Largo-Wight, PhD

For additional information and links to full articles, see Dr. Largo-Wight's 
 Research Gate Page and University of North Florida Faculty Profile 

I grew up on the "nature coast" of Florida, earned degrees from University of South Florida (BS), University of Delaware (MS), and University of Florida (PhD) and joined the faculty at the University of North Florida, Department of Public Health in 2007.  I am a professor in UNF Department of Public Health and Director of UNF Environmental Center. I serve on UNF's Honor CouncilTimucuan Parks Foundation Therapeutic Park Advisory Board, and other boards and committees aimed to promote well-being and facilitate community-based and active learning. I enjoy my 'backyard mini farm', watching my children play, and being active with my family outdoors, especially at Florida's beaches, parks, and springs.

My research focuses on health by design and nature contact. Most of my current work is focused on controlling stress through community design and nature contact. We are actively exploring the impact of nature contact on stress and well-being in the workplace, K-12 schools, clinical settings, and the home.

My second line of research focuses on sustainability-related environmental health behaviors. We study the determinants of behavior change to understand how to best promote behavior change to ultimately protect health-promoting nature and environmental resources.  Past studies explored, for example, the impact of increased access to recycling receptacles on recycling behavior and the impact of a ‘road diet’ on transportation behavior and population-based health outcomes.

I enjoy discussing my research and broader topics with the public. Feel free to contact me at to learn more.


Research Team

Hana Kusumoto, MPH

Hana is a graduate of UNF's Master of Public Health program and research collaborator in Largo-Wight Lab. Her research aims to better understand the impact of the environment and nature on health and healthcare.


Stephanie Hooper, MPH

Stephanie completed her graduate internship as a research assistant in Largo-Wight Lab in 2018 and continues to collaborate today.



Christopher McLaughlin, MPH, CPH, LT, MSC, USN

Chris graduated with his MPH from UNF in 2017 and continues to collaborate and conduct studies with the Lab today.



UNF Environmental Center

UNF Environmental Center has supported UNF nature contact research since 2007 through seed grants, administrative support, and facilitating partnerships.


Faculty Collaborators


Michael Binder, PhD

Dr. Mike Binder is faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science and Public Administration at UNF and Director of the UNF Public Opinion Research Laboratory and collaborates and contributes to data collection, management, and analysis.


Caroline Guardino, PhD

Dr. Caroline Guardino is faculty in the College of Education and Human Services in the Department of Exceptional, Deaf, and Interpreter Education at UNF and collaborates on research related to schools, children, and environmental design and nature contact.


Katrina Hall, PhD

Dr. Katrina Hall is faculty in the College of Education and Human Services, Department of Childhood Education, Literacy, and TESOL at UNF and collaborates on research related to schools, children, and nature contact.


Julie Merten, PhD

Dr. Julie Merten is faculty in the Department of Public Health at UNF and collaborates on research related to community outreach and application.

Manoj Sharma, MBBS, PhD, MCHES 

Dr. Manoj Sharma is a professor of social and behavioral health in the the School of Public Health at the University of Nevada and a public health physician. Dr. Sharma and his team collaborates on research related to theory and determinants of nature and environmental-related health behaviors.


Heather Truelove, PhD

Dr. Heather B. Truelove is faculty in the Department of Psychology and collaborates on research related to pro-environment behavior change.



Jeff Wight, PhD

Dr. Jeff Wight is a faculty in Department of Kinesiology at Jacksonville University and Director of JU Running Lab at 1st Place Sports and contributes to research methodology, data collection and analysis, and biological, physiological, and health science.


Peter Wludyka, PhD

Dr. Peter Wludyka is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at UNF and contributes to research design and statistical analysis.