Daheia Julina Barr-Anderson, PhD

Associate 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. 10 Selected Publications (out of 40)

  2. Alhassan S, Nwaokelemech OGreever CJBurkart SAhmadi MSt. Laurent CWBarr-Anderson DJ. Effect of a culturally-tailored mother-daughter physical activity intervention on pre-adolescent African-American girls’ physical activity levels. Preventive Medicine Reports. 2018;11:7-14.

  3. Barr-Anderson DJ, Cook B, Loth K, Neumark-Sztainer D. Physical activity habits and sociodemographic correlates of adolescent exergamers. Journal of Adolescent Health.2018 May;62(5):630-632. 

  4. Bramante CTKing MM, Story M, Whitt-Glover MC, *Barr-Anderson DJ. Worksite physical activity breaks: perspectives on feasibility of Implementation. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation. 2018;59(4):491-499.

  5. Barr-Anderson DJ, Flynn JI, Dowda M, Taverno Ross SE, Schenkelberg MAReid LA, Pate RR. The modifying effects of race/ethnicity & socioeconomic status on the change in physical activity from elementary to middle school. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2017;61(5):562-570. 

  6. 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. 2014;6(2):6. 

  7. 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. 2014;22:107-12. 

  8. 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. 

  9. 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 IF=6.87.

  10. Barr-Anderson DJAuYoung 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. 

  11. 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 IF=5.297.