Michelle Segar, Ph.D., MPH, is a behavioral sustainability researcher and director of the Sport, Health, and Activity Research and Policy (SHARP) Center at the University of Michigan (UM). She chairs the National Physical Activity Plan’s Communications Committee and is an advisor to the CDC on messaging about walking. Synergistic to her academic work, Segar has also been coaching individuals in how to sustain physically active lives for twenty years. Her research investigates new messages and systems to foster the consistent decision making that underlies sustainable health-related behavior, fitness, health, and well-being. She is author on the forthcoming No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness.
Widely quoted in the media, Segar consults with global organizations, speaks internationally, and trains clinicians across the country in new methods to foster sustainable motivation and behavior. Her provocative work has generated accolades from prestigious organizations such as the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, North American Menopause Society, among many others. She has a Ph.D. in personality psychology and master’s degrees in health behavior/health education (M.P.H.) and kinesiology (M.S.) from the University of Michigan. She is a member of the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation and a faculty associate in the Center for Positive Organizations at the Ross School of Business at the UM. Segar ran with the Olympic Torch at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband and son.