Christian Gloria PhD, CHES

College of Health and Society - Department of Public Health


Courses Taught

  • PH 1000 - Introduction to Personal Health
  • PH 3030 - Health Behavior Theory & Program Planning
  • PH 3090 - Public Health Communication
  • PH 3999 - Special Topics: Risk & Resilience 
  • PH 4040 - Public Health Research Methods
  • PH 6120 - Biostatistics (Graduate-Level)
  • PH 6220 - Health Behavior Change Theory (Graduate-Level)
  • PH 6460 - Public Health Program Planning & Leadership (Graduate-Level)


Expertise & Interests

Health Behavior; Health Education; Program Planning and Evaluation; Stress and Resilience; Emotions and Health; Filipino Community; Filipino Immigrants; Employee Engagement and Workplace Wellness; Mental Health; Weight Management


  • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology: Health Promotion & Fitness, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Master of Arts in Health Education, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Health Behavior & Health Education, The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Gloria is the Department Chair and an Associate Professor of Public Health at Hawaii Pacific University, a Balik Scientist of the Philippine Department of Science & Technology, and a Co-Researcher with Angeles University Foundation (Philippines). After earning his PhD from The University of Texas at Austin in 2013, he relocated to Hawaii to pursue his life’s calling of teaching, conducting research, and providing public health services in Asia and the Pacific, particularly in the Philippines where he was born and raised. Dr. Gloria’s latest research examines the mental health of Filipino populations from the Pampanga province of the Philippines, and he investigates the protective and resilience factors that enable people to adapt, grow, and thrive against chronic stress and adversity. Other professional and scholarly interests include physical activity, nutrition, weight management, and employee-workplace burnout and engagement.

With 15 years of experience, he has planned, implemented, and evaluated public health programs and research projects with various organizations including community health centers, hospitals, NGOs, government agencies, private/corporate institutions, and school systems. He was the Vice President (2016-17) and President (2017-18) of the Hawaii Public Health Association, and the Chair of the 2016 Hawaii Public Health Conference. Dr. Gloria is a recipient of numerous local, national, and international awards, including the 2017 Progress Award for Education from the United Filipino Council of Hawaii, the 2018 Friend of Social Work from the Hawaii Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, and the 2019 Balik Scientist Award for research in mental health from the Philippine Department of Science & Technology. In 2020, he was invited to be a member of the National Research Council of the Philippines, which is the oldest collegial scientific organization in the Philippines, established in 1933. He serves in various community and professional boards, including the Hawaii Tobacco Control & Prevention Advisory Board to which he was appointed by the Director of the Hawaii Department of Health. During his free time, Dr. Gloria likes to read at coffee shops, practice yoga, marathon shows on Netflix, sing in the car, and learn how to play the ukulele.  


  • Tulabut, O. A., Reyes, A. R., Quiazon, P., & Gloria, C. T. (In review). Assessment of depressive symptoms in Filipino school children using the Parent Report of the Children’s Depressive Inventory 2. SAGE Open.
  • Gloria, C. T., & Steinhardt, M. A. (2017). The direct and mediating roles of positive emotions on work engagement among postdoctoral fellows. Studies in Higher Education, 42(12), 2216-2228.
  • Lehrer, H. M., Janus, K. C., Gloria, C. T., & Steinhardt, M. A. (2017). Too much of a good thing: Curvilinear effect of the positivity ratio on emotional dysfunction and perceived resources in adolescent females. Journal of Depression and Anxiety, 6(4), 1-6.
  • Janus, K. C., Lehrer, H. M., Gloria, C. T., & Steinhardt, M. A. (2017). Resilience moderates the effect of stress on depressive symptoms in adolescent girls. Health Behavior and Policy Review, 4(3), 235-244.
  • Lehrer, H. M., Janus, K. C., Gloria, C. T., & Steinhardt, M. A. (2017). Personal and environmental resources mediate the positivity-emotional dysfunction relationship. American Journal of Health Behavior, 41(2), 186-193.  
  • Gloria, C. T., & Steinhardt, M. A. (2016). Relationships among positive emotions, coping, resilience, and mental health. Stress and Health, 32(2), 145-156.
  • Coffee, K., Raucci, C., Gloria, C., Faulk, K. E., & Steinhardt, M. (2013). Perceptions of adolescent wellness at a single-sex school. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 51(6), 300-311.
  • Gloria, C. T., & Steinhardt, M. A. (2013). Flourishing, languishing, and depressed postdoctoral fellows: Differences in stress, trait anxiety, and depressive symptoms. Journal of Postdoctoral Affairs, 3(1), 1-8.
  • Gloria, C. T. (2013). The multidimensional influences of positive emotions on stress, coping, resilience, wellness, and work engagement. [Doctoral dissertation]. The University of Texas at Austin.
  • Faulk, K. E., Gloria, C. T., & Steinhardt, M. A. (2013). Coping profiles characterize individual flourishing, languishing, and depression. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping, 26(4), 378-390.
  • Gloria, C. T., Faulk, K. E., & Steinhardt, M. A. (2013). Positive affectivity predicts successful and unsuccessful adaptation to stress. Motivation and Emotion, 37(1), 185-193.
  • Faulk, K. E., Gloria, C. T., Cance, J. D., & Steinhardt, M. A. (2012). Depressive symptoms among US military spouses during deployment: The protective effect of positive emotions. Armed Forces & Society, 38(3), 373-390.
  • Stanforth, D., Steinhardt, M., Mackert, M., Stanforth, P. R., & Gloria, C. T. (2011). An investigation of exercise and the placebo effect. American Journal of Health Behavior, 35(3), 257-268.
  • Steinhardt, M. A., Smith Jaggars, S. E., Faulk, K. E., & Gloria, C. T. (2011). Chronic work stress and depressive symptoms: Assessing the mediating role of teacher burnout. Stress and Health, 27(5), 420-429.
  • Gloria, C. T., & Steinhardt, M. A. (2010). Texas nutrition environment assessment of retail food stores (TxNEA-S): Development and evaluation. Public Health Nutrition, 13(11), 1764-1772.

Christian Gloria

Associate Professor
Department Chair

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