elizabeth orsega-smith

Elizabeth Orsega-Smith, PhD


Office Location:
011 Carpenter Sports Building

Dr. Orsega-Smith is a professor in the Department of Health Behavior & Nutrition Sciences at the University of Delaware. She earned her B.S. in Exercise Science from the Pennsylvania State University, a M.S. in Cardiac Rehabilitation and Primary Prevention from East Stroudsburg University, and Ph.D. in Biobehavioral Health from the Pennsylvania State University. Her program of research focuses on the psychosocial determinants of health, with a specific interest of physical activity in older adults. Additionally her service has involved intergenerational programming to connect grandchildren with their grandparents to improve both fitness and health along with the relationship between the two generations.She has presented at a wide variety of national conferences including Society of Behavioral Medicine, American College of Sports Medicine, and Gerontological Society of America.


  • BS, Pennsylvania State University
  • MS, East Stroudsburg University
  • Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

Research Interests

  • Aging physical activity promotion (including exergames and psychosocial determinants of physical activity participation)
  • Positive mental health and aging
  • CBPR approaches to health


  • Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • Gerontology Society of America
  • American College of Sports Medicine


  • BHAN 335: Health & Aging
  • HLPR 430: Behavior Change Strategies and Tactics
  • HLPR 809: Health Behavior Theory
  • HLPR 813: Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine
  • HLPR 815: Health & Older Adults