Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Psychology, The University of Mississippi, 2020
  • Ph.D., Health & Kinesiology, The University of Mississippi, 2019
  • M.S., Exercise and Wellness Promotion, Eastern Kentucky University, 2016
  • B.A., Exercise Science, Bellarmine University, 2015
Licenses & Certifications
  • Certified Health Education Specialist
  • Worksite Wellness Specialist
Academic Appointments
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Psychology, The University of Mississippi, 2019-2020
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Health, Exercise Science and Recreation Management, The University of Mississippi, 2016-2019
Professional Honors
  • Graduate Student Research Award Winner, Data Blitz Competition, SEPA Annual Meeting (2020)
  • Graduate Research Achievement Award, Experimental Psychology, Department of Psychology, The University of Mississippi (2020)
  • Dissertation Fellowship Award, The University of Mississippi (2019)
  • Graduate Student Council Research Grant, The University of Mississippi (2019)
  • Outstanding Research Presentation Award for the 6th Annual Conference on Psychological Science, The University of Mississippi (2019)
  • American Kinesiology Association (AKA) Graduate Student Writing Award, The University of Mississippi (2019)
  • Graduate Achievement Award in Health and Kinesiology, School of Applied Sciences, The University of Mississippi (2019)
  • H. Leon Garrett Health Promotion Award, The University of Mississippi (2018)
Professional Affiliations
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Member 2015-present
  • American Psychological Association (APA) Member 2020-present
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) Member 2021-present

Dr. Frith possesses wide-ranging expertise spanning the fields of kinesiology, exercise science, health behavior and promotion, and cognitive psychology. She has published 80 peer-reviewed manuscripts across these domains. 

Dr. Frith applies her education, training, and experience to human factors analyses in both litigation support and proactive technical consulting roles. Her research examines how behavior and cognition interact to influence human performance, particularly under the lens of overcoming habitual thoughts and behaviors to solve problems. Dr. Frith evaluates these and other facets of human performance by conducting human health and safety research, examining safety hazards and risks associated with various products and equipment, and identifying potential human performance gaps and errors. Her expertise has been applied to processes such as creative thinking, executive function, memory, decision-making, mind-movement connections during problem-solving, habitual sedentary behavior, and impacts of exercise on affect and mood, all of which can impact human-product interactions in consumer, occupational, and other contexts.

Dr. Frith earned PhDs in Kinesiology and in Experimental Psychology from the University of Mississippi. Her doctoral research focused on elucidating the role of physical activity in memory, executive function, and creative problem-solving abilities. Her postdoctoral work at Pennsylvania State University included collaborating on, and managing, research projects that evaluated cognitive neuroscience phenomena of creative problem-solving and the use of multiple mobile health technologies to track and encourage healthy behavior change, such as increasing hydration and physical activity. Dr. Frith has also taught several courses in health promotion, general psychology, and exercise psychology.

Dr. Frith holds a Certified Worksite Wellness Specialist (CWWS) designation from the National Wellness Institute (NWI). This credential recognizes Dr. Frith's ability to apply research and best industry practices to drive sustainable improvements in the health and wellness of employees and organizations. As a CWWS, Dr. Frith is also qualified to deliver comprehensive, evidence-based worksite wellness programming at all stages of design, development, implementation, and evaluation. Dr. Frith also holds a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) designation from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC). It is the most widely recognized credential in the health education profession, and recognizes Dr. Frith's ability to apply expertise across several core areas, such as health access, equity, literacy, and communication within diverse communities, needs and capacity assessment, advocacy for policy/systems-level change, compliance with ethical best-practices in the industry, research theory, design, analysis, and evaluation, and effective delivery of evidence-based program planning, implementation and evaluation. 

Dr. Frith extends her passion for health and wellness to running, regularly competing in road and trail races ranging from 5 to 50 kilometers. During her time as a college athlete, she was a two-time Great Lakes Valley Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year and was named Bellarmine University's Runner of the Decade for women's cross country.