Daheia Barr-Anderson, PhD


Assistant Professor, Behavioral Aspects of Physical Activity

Areas of Interest

Childhood and adolescent obesity, physical activity epidemiology

School of Kinesiology

220 CookeH
1900 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Tel: 612-626-9301

Fax: 612-626-7700

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 2006
    Major: kinesiology, emphasis: exercise epidemiology
  • Masters of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.), University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, 2000
    Major: epidemiology
  • B.S., Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC, 1998
    Major: biology

Research interests

Dr. Barr-Anderson's research interests focus on physical activity, sedentary behaviors, and obesity prevention in children and adolescents. She is particularly interested in home- and community-based, environmental interventions that incorporate both physical activity and nutrition to achieve healthy outcomes and to decrease racial/ethnic health inequalities. An area of research she is beginning to explore is how factors within the home activity and food environments interplay with individual and interpersonal factors to contribute to overweight and obesity in children, adolescents, and their families. She was recently awarded a NIH K12, career development Building Interdisciplinary Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) grant to test the feasibility and efficacy of an interactive home- and community-based, physical activity and healthy eating program for African American girls and their mothers.

Professional memberships

Selected Publications

  1. Barr-Anderson DJ, Fulkerson JA, Smyth M, Himes JH, Hannan PJ, Holy Rock B, Story M. Parental perceptions, role modeling and media-related resources within the home are  associated with screen-time behavior in American Indian children. Preventing Chronic Disease. In press.

  2. Barr-Anderson DJ, Laska MN, Veblen-Mortenson S, Farbakhsh K, Dudovitz B, Story M. A school-based, peer leadership physical activity intervention for 6th graders: Feasibility and  results of a pilot study. Journal of Physical Activity and Health. In press.

  3. Barr-Anderson DJ, AuYoung M, Whitt-Glover MC, Glenn BA, Yancey AK. Structural re-integration of short bouts of physical activity in organizational routine: a systematic review of the literature. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2011 Jan;40(1):76-93. PMID: 21146772.

  4. Barr-Anderson DJ, Robinson-O’Brien R, Hannan PJ, Haines J, Neumark-Sztainer D. Parent report vs child perception of familial support: which is more associated with child’s physical activity and television viewing behavior? Journal of Physical Activity and Health. 2010;7(3):364-8. PMID: 20551493. PMCID: PMC2919283

  5. Fox CK, Barr-Anderson DJ, Neumark-Sztainer D, Wall M. Physical activity and sports participation: Associations with academic outcomes in middle school and high school  students. Journal of School Health. 2010;80(1):31-7. PMID: 20051088

  6. Walters S, Barr-Anderson DJ, Wall M, Neumark-Sztainer D. Does participation in organized sports predict future physical activity for adolescents from diverse economic backgrounds? Journal of Adolescent Health. 2009;44(3):268-74. PMID: 19237113

  7. Barr-Anderson DJ, Larson NI, Nelson MC, Neumark-Sztainer D, Story M. Does television viewing predict dietary intake five years later in high school students and young adults?  International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2009;6:7. PMID: 19183442. PMCID: PMC2643350

  8. Barr-Anderson DJ, Neumark-Sztainer D, Lytle L, Schmitz K, Pratt C, Ward D, Conway T, Strikmiller P, Pate R. But I Like PE: Factors associated with enjoyment of physical education class in middle school girls. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. 2008;79:18-27. PMID: 18431947. PMCID: PMC2430627

  9. Barr-Anderson DJ, van den Berg P, Neumark-Sztainer DR, Story MT. Characteristics associated with older adolescents who have a TV in their bedroom. Pediatrics. 2008;121(4):718-24. PMID: 18381536

  10. Sirard JR, Barr-Anderson DJ. Physical activity in adolescents: from associations to interventions. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2008;42:327-8. PMID: 18346656

  11. Barr-Anderson DJ, Young DR, Gittelsohn J, Cohen S, Neumark-Sztainer D, Sallis J, Saunders R, Webber, L. Structured physical activity and psychosocial correlates in middle school girls. Preventive Medicine. 2007;44(5):404-9. PMID: 17363050

  12. Lucas JW, Barr-Anderson DJ, Kington RS. Health status of Non-Hispanic US- and foreign-born Black and White Persons: United States, 1992-95. Vital and Health Statistics 10. 2005;(226):1-20. PMID: 16089101

  13. Lucas JW, Barr-Anderson DJ, Kington RS. Health status, health insurance, and health care utilization patterns of immigrant Black men. American Journal of Public Health. 2003;93(10):1740-7. PMID: 14534231

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