Category Archives: Behavioral Physical Activity Laboratory

Dahia Barr-Anderson and Sanaz Khosravani receive 2017 Women’s Philanthropic Leadership Circle awards

Dr. Barr-Anderson
Ms. Khosravani

A faculty member and doctoral student in the School of Kinesiology have been selected to receive awards from the College of Education and Human Development’s Women’s Philanthropic Leadership Circle (WPLC).

Dahia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School, has received the Rising Star Faculty Award of $1,500 to use for professional development.  She joins an elite group of CEHD female faculty members in the college who have received this prestigious award.

Sanaz Khosravani, a Kinesiology doctoral student in the Human Sensorimotor Control Laboratory, will receive a $1,400 Graduate Student Ph.D. award based on the review committee’s assessment of her “academic achievements, community involvement, leadership, and passion for her academic and professional career.”

The awards will be conferred at the WPLC’s annual celebration on Tuesday, June 13, at the Town and Country Club in St. Paul.

Barr-Anderson will present at Diversity Through the Disciplines Symposium 2017

Daheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology, will presenting at the Diversity Through the Disciplines Symposium 2017 this Thursday, April 27, from 11:30 am – 3:00 pm in 100 Murphy Hall. The Symposium, hosted by The Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy, invites presenters who are past Multicultural Research Award Recipients.

Barr-Anderson will be speaking at 2:20 p.m. on her research, “A Mixed Methods Assessment of Family Influence on Weight-Related Behaviors Among African-Americans.”

CEHD Vision 2020 blog features Barr-Anderson’s yoga study

Daheia J Barr-AndersonDaheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology, has a featured post in the CEHD Vision 2020 blog. Barr-Anderson’s post, “Unlocking the Health Benefits of Yoga for African American Women,” explains her engagement  in yoga-based wellness interventions and her passion for removing participation barriers, especially for African American women facing obesity.

Barr-Anderson, Biltz present at NASPEM conference

Dr. Barr-Anderson
Dr. Barr-Anderson

Daheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology, presented a poster entitled “Teachers’ influence on weight-related behaviors of African American preschoolers” at the 2016 North American Society of Pediatric Exercise Medicine (NASPEM) in Knoxville, TN, on August 11. George Biltz, M.D., lecturer in the School, also presented a poster, “Initial Submaximal RER and Tidal Volume Variability Appear Inversely Related to Direction of Response to Marathon Training.” The conference was held from August 10-13.

George Biltz
Dr. Biltz

Formed in 1985, NASPEM’s membership is comprised of medical doctors, researchers, educators, and students interested in pediatric exercise. Their mission is to promote exercise science, physical activity and fitness in the health and medical care of children and adolescents.

Barr-Anderson quoted in Physician’s Briefing

Dr. Barr-Anderson
Dr. Barr-Anderson

Daheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D. was quoted in the website, Physician’s Briefingas part of an article highlighting presentations given at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. Held from May 31 to June 4, this meeting draws more than 6000 professionals from around the world who are interested in sports medicine and exercise science. At the symposium, Dr. Barr-Anderson discussed how yoga is an effective physical activity to address chronic stress in a variety of populations.

Read the full article here.

 

Barr-Anderson to present at ACSM Annual Meeting

Assistant professor Daheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., will participate in a symposium session at the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Annual Meeting in Boston, MA. Barr-Anderson will present with other experts in a session titled, “Stressed Out? . . . Get Moving.” She will discuss addressing chronic stress through physical activity interventions and their implementation.

Kinesiology participates at 2016 Athletic & Educational Equity conference

image of logos from 2016 Conference on the Intersection of Athletic & Educational Equity (AE)Several School of Kinesiology faculty—Lisa Kihl, Ph.D., Chelsey Thul, Ph.D., Daheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., and Yuhei Inoue, Ph.D.—and a doctoral student—Andrew White, sport psychology—will be presenting at the 2016 Conference on the Intersection of Athletic & Educational Equity (AE) on Thursday, April 21 at the University of Minnesota’s Recreation and Wellness Center. The conference is sponsored by the Alliance for Athletics and Academic Access.

The conference agenda and brochure are available: agenda | brochure

Dr. Beth Lewis publishes psychology & health research

Beth LewisDr. Beth Lewis, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Kinesiology, recently published research on self-efficacy versus perceived enjoyment as predictors of physical activity behavior.  One of the co-authors is Beth Lewis’s former doctoral student Amanda Frayeh, assistant professor at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, Sport Studies Department.

The full citation and abstract: Lewis, B.A., Williams, D. M., Frayeh, A., & Marcus, B.H. (2015). Self-efficacy versus perceived enjoyment as predictors of physical activity behavior. Psychology & Health, 1-14. doi:10.1080/08870446.2015.1111372.

Students, faculty, & alumni represent at ACSM conference

10336684_10153332867891264_5805345408675514168_nSchool of Kinesiology students and faculty have a prominent presence at this year’s American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Conference in San Diego, California. School alumni are also co-presenters in several of the poster presentations.

Symposiums

  • Mitochondrial Remodeling Resulting from Muscle Contraction and Disuse: Role of PGC-1 and Sirt3 – Dr. Li Li Ji

Thematic Poster Presentations

  • Competitive Marathon Runners Exhibit Greater Running Economy than Recreation RunnersDr. Stacy Ingraham, Dr. Christopher Lundstrom & graduate assistant Morgan Betker
  • Preschool Pilot (PSP) Study: Targeting Teachers and Engaging Parents to Improve Weight-Related Outcomes for African-American Preschoolers Dr. Daheia Barr-Anderson

Poster Presentations

  • The Mitochondrial E3 Ubiquitin Protein Ligase 1 (Mul1) is Down-Regulated by PGC-1a Over-Expression in Disuse Induced Atrophied Muscle – Dr. Li Li Ji, Post-doctoral associate Chounghun Kang and graduate students Dongwook Yeo and Tiano Zhang
  • The Short-term Effect of Sit-Stand Workstations on Blood Glucose in Obese Women with Impaired Fasting Glucose Dr. Beth Lewis
  • Association Between Urban Children’s Psychosocial Beliefs and their Outside School Physical Activity Dr. Zan Gao and graduate assistants Zachary Pope and Jung Eun Lee
  • Foam Rolling Decreases Muscle Soreness but has no Effect on Running Performance  – Dr. Eric Snyder, Dr. Erik Van Iterson and graduate assistants Emma Lee and Alexander Kasak
  • Effect of Two Physical Activity Interventions on Preschool Children’s Cognitive Functions and Perceived Competence – Dr. Zan Gao and graduate assistants Zachary Pope and Jung Eun Lee
  • Youth Sport Specialization and Injury Status in Intercollegiate Sports – Dr. Stacy Ingraham and graduate assistants Zachary Rourk and Matthew Carlson
  • Associations Between Children’s Health-related Fitness and Physical Activity in Exergaming – Dr. Zan Gao and graduate assistant Zachary Pope
  • Comparison of Children’s Recess and After-school Physical Activity: Effects of School Days and Weight Status – Dr. Zan Gao and graduate assistant Zachary Pope
  • Effects of Plyometric Training on Lower-Body Muscle Function in Novice Marathon Runners – Dr. Chris Lundstrom and graduate assistant Morgan Betker
  • The Acute Effect of Exergaming on Elementary School Children’s Mood Changes – Dr. Zan Gao and graduate assistant Jung Eun Lee
  • The Effects of Glucose-Fructose Versus Glucose-Only on Stride Characteristics during Prolonged Running – Dr. Stacy Ingraham
  • Alveolar to Arterial Gas Exchange during Constant-Load Exercise in Healthy Active Men and Women – Dr. Eric Snyder
  • Effect of Spark on Physical Activity, Cardiorespiratory Endurance, and Motivation in Middle-School Students – Dr. Zan Gao
  • Intervening in Adolescents’ Knowledge and Motivation about Energy Balance – Dr. Zan Gao
  • Plyometrics & Sprint Training Versus Core Training on Power Outcomes in Novice Marathoners  – Graduate assistant Morgan Betker

Barr-Anderson awarded Grant-in-Aid

Barr-Anderson-2015-2Assistant professor Daheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., was  awarded a Grant-in-Aid from the University of Minnesota’s Office of the Vice President for Research. She will use the grant to examine the effects of yoga on blood pressure, stress, and physical activity in overweight, African-American women. The project has been funded from July 1, 2015 – Jan 15, 2017.

Barr-Anderson appointed to ACSM Board of Trustees

Assistant professor Daheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., was recently appointed by Barr-Anderson-2015-2the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Board of Trustees by the organization’s President-elect, Larry Armstrong. Barr-Anderson’s appointment will be for one year and she will work closely with the Vice President of Membership, Communication, and Education, and Policy to oversee ACSM’s 21 committees.

Kin PhD Andrew White presents research at regional AASP conference

Andrew White, Kinesiology PhD student, presented his pre-dissertation research at the Midwest Regional Conference for the Association for Applied Sport Psychology White20130819(AASP) at Minnesota State University-Mankato on March 28, 2015. His address was titled, “‘No flag on the play’: Using behavioral modification to reduce injuries in youth football.” Mr. White is advised by Dr. Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, associate professor of sport and exercise psychology.

Barr-Anderson featured as a panelist on “Healthy Out-of-School Time” webinar

Dr. Daheia Barr-AndersonAssistant professor Dr. Daheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D., was a panelist on a recent webinar, “Supporting OST (Outside of School Time) Organizations in Low-Income Communities,” hosted by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

Conclusions and advise from all three national experts on the panel are available on the Alliance for a Healthier Generation blog.

Barr-Anderson and colleagues slated to publish in Journal of Adolescent and Family Health

Dr. Daheia Barr-AndersonDr. Daheia Barr-Anderson, PhD, MSPH, assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology, and her colleagues recently had a manuscript, “Culturally-appropriate, 9-month pilot, obesity intervention for African-American middle school girls and their mothers: a feasibility study,” accepted for publication in the Journal of Adolescent and Family Health. The manuscript describes the feasibility of a physical activity, healthy eating, and social support intervention for African-American girls and their mothers.

Citation: Barr-Anderson DJ, Adams-Wynn AW, Alhassan S, Whitt-Glover MC. (in press). Culturally-appropriate, 9-month pilot, obesity intervention for African-American middle school girls and their mothers: a feasibility study. Journal of Adolescent and Family Health. Accepted for publication in October 2014.

Barr-Anderson publishes in Obesity Reviews

Dr. Daheia Barr-AndersonDr. Daheia Barr-Anderson, assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology, recently first-authored a review article titled, “Outside-of-school time prevention and treatment interventions in African American youth” in Obesity Reviews. The article is a part of a special issue on assessing the evidence related to achieving healthy weight in Black American communities.