Daheia Barr-Anderson, PhD

Assistant Professor, Behavioral Aspects of Physical Activity
Contact Information


1900 University Ave SE
Rm 209
Minneapolis, 55455-0376


Graduate education faculty

Director, Behavioral Physical Activity Laboratory (BPAL)

Professional memberships


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 has been the Principal Investigator of grants from the General Mills Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and NIH Building Interdisciplinary Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) program and Co-Investigator on several NIH R01 grants.

  • 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
Curriculum Vitae [PDF]
Selected Publications
  1. Barr-Anderson DJ, Adams-Wynn AW, Alhassan S, Whitt-Glover MC. 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.

  2. Barr-Anderson DJ, Bauer KW, Hannan PJ, Story M, Neumark-Sztainer D. Perception vs Reality: Is perceived or objective proximity to environmental, physical activity opportunities more associated with recent use among adolescent girls? Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal. In press. Accepted for publication in May 2012. Journal’s 2013 impact factor: 0.00

  3. Barr-Anderson DJSingleton C, Cotwright CJ, Floyd MF, Affuso O. Outside-of-school time obesity prevention and treatment interventions in African American youth. Obesity Reviews. 2014;15(S4):26-45. Journal’s 2013 impact factor: 7.859

  4. Alhassan S, Greever C, Nwaokelemeh O, Mendoza A, Barr-Anderson DJ. Facilitators, barriers, and components of a culturally-tailored afterschool physical activity program in preadolescent African-American girls and their mothers. Ethnicity and Disease. 2014;24:8-13. Journal’s 2013 impact factor: 0.921

  5. Barr-Anderson DJ, McCarthy WJ, Yore M, Harris KH, Yancey A. Television viewing and food choice patterns in a sample of predominantly ethnic minority youth. Journal of Child & Adolescent Behavior. 2013;1:e106.

  6. Barr-Anderson DJ, Adams-Wynn AW, DiSantis KI, Kumanyika S. Family-focused physical activity, diet, and obesity interventions in African-American girls: a systematic review. Obesity Reviews. 2013;14(1):29-51. PMID: 23057473 Journal’s 2012 impact factor: 6.87

  7. Barr-Anderson DJ, Sisson SB. Media use & sedentary behavior in adolescents: What do we know, what has been done, and where do we go? Adolescent Medicine: State of the Art Review. 2012;23(3):511-528.Journal’s 2012 impact factor: 2.027

  8. Camacho-Miñano MJ, LaVoi N, Barr-Anderson DJ. Interventions to promote physical activity among young and adolescent girls: A systematic review. Health Education Research. 2011;26(6):1025-49. PMID: 21680763. Journal’s 2009 impact factor: 2.15

  9. Barr-Anderson DJ, Fulkerson JA, Smyth M, Himes JH, Hannan PJ, Holy Rock B, Story M. Associations American Indian children’s screen-time behavior with parental perceptions of children’s screen time, and media-related resources in the home. Preventing Chronic Disease. 2011;8(5):A105. PMID: 21843408 PMCID: PMC3181178. Journal’s 2011 impact factor: 1.819

  10. 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. 2012;9(4):492-499. PMID: 21945980. Journal’s 2013 impact factor: 1.95

  11. 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. Journals’ 2013 impact factor: 4.24; 5-year impact factor: 5.092

  12. 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. Journal’s 2013 impact factor: 1.95

  13. 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

  14. 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


  15. 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. Journal’s 2013 impact factor: 3.675

  16. 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;79:18-27PMID: 18431947. PMCID: PMC2430627. Journal’s 2008 impact factor: 0.743

  17. 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. Journal’s 2013 impact factor: 5.297

  18. Sirard JR, Barr-Anderson DJ. Physical activity in adolescents: from associations to interventions. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2008;42:327-8. PMID: 18346656. Journal’s 2007 impact factor: 2.39

  19. 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. Journal’s 2006 impact factor: 2.39

  20. 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

  21. 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