Research conducted in Behavioral Physical Activity Laboratory (BPAL) focuses primarily on physical activity, sedentary behaviors, and obesity prevention in children and adolescents.

We are 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. Some of our recent research endeavors are examining adult behavior which aligns with BPAL’s overall mission to better understand how to improve physical activity and other weight-related behaviors in at-risk populations.

Contact us
We would love to hear from you, particularly if you are interested in:

  • Pursuing graduate work in health behavior

  • Joining / working in the lab

  • Learning more about the lab and what we do

Daheia Barr-Anderson, Ph.D.
Lab Director

220A Cooke Hall
1900 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

We are currently seeking for African American families to participate in focus groups to discuss their family's physical activity and eating behaviors. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Barr-Anderson at or 612-624-0659.