Georgia Hall, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist
National Institute on Out-of-School Time
Wellesley Centers for Women

Georgia Hall is a Senior Research Scientist at the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College and specializes in research and evaluation on youth development programs, settings, and learning experiences. Several of Dr. Hall’s projects focus on how out-of-school time (OST) environments can promote healthy behaviors and thereby reduce children’s risk of obesity and chronic disease. Hall served as Principal Investigator on a national study of physical activity and healthy eating practices in OST programs funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and has just completed an RWJF Commissioned Analysis on the implementation of Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards in a national set of OST programs. Hall also served as Principal Investigator for After School Gets Moving. This was a randomized control trial study of the impacts of a professional development resource for out-of-school time program staff on children’s pedometer step counts in a national sample of OST programs. Hall has served for three years as Principal Investigator for a research study on BOKS, a before school physical activity program sponsored by the Reebok Foundation. Dr. Hall’s work has also focused extensively on quality program improvement initiatives including four summers as Principal Investigator for NIOST’s evaluation of the Boston Summer Learning Project and the MA Department of Education 21st Century Summer Learning Pilot. Working with a team of colleagues at the Wellesley Centers for Women, Hall is co-leading an investigation of OST program practices that support immigrant and refugee children and families. Hall is the Managing Editor of Afterschool Matters, a journal for OST practitioners, researchers, and other related professionals. Georgia is a Board Member of the American Camping Association, New England and is an enthusiastic youth soccer, basketball, and softball coach in her local community.

Hall earned her B.A.  in 1982 from Duke University and her M.A. from Clark University . She holds a Ph.D. from Boston College .

HOST (Healthy Out-of-School Time) Coalition

The HOST (Healthy Out-of-School Time) Coalition--a growing network of youth organization leaders, researchers, policymakers, and other stakeholders--work in partnership with the National AfterSchool Association to promote the Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards (HEPA) for Out-of-School Time programs which they adopted in 2011. HOST's vision is to foster health and wellbeing practices in out-of-school time programs nationwide, using science-based standards for healthy eating, physical activity, screen time, and social supports for these behaviors including staff, family and child engagement.

A free recorded webinar, created by the YMCA of the USA and NIOST, introduces the standards and provides information on the importance of healthy eating and physical activity during the out-of-school time (OST) program hours is accessible at the link below. OST leaders along with OST program staff are encouraged to log on and actively support healthy development for all youth!

Click here to view the webinar.

Phone: 781-283-2530
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