Dori Rosenberg, PhD, MPH

Dori Rosenberg

“By listening to patients we can discover ways to more practically and meaningfully bring innovative prevention and treatment programs into health care systems, communities, and homes. My research goal is to help people of all ages and abilities develop healthy, lifelong active habits.”

Dori Rosenberg, PhD, MPH

Associate Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute

Biography

Dori Rosenberg, PhD, MPH, has conducted extensive research into measuring and intervening on physical activity and sedentary time. Her research incorporates a multi-level and patient-centered perspective to help ensure individuals can be more successful in making healthy lifestyle choices by understanding:

  • individual resources,
  • characteristics,
  • motivation,
  • social norms and lives, and
  • community environments.

Many people face substantial barriers to engaging in physical activity, so Dr. Rosenberg has examined practical approaches to helping people sit less as an alternative strategy to health promotion. As part of this work, she validated the Sedentary Behavior Questionnaire, which is a self-reported assessment of sitting-related behaviors suitable for use in youths and adults. Here you can find documentation and the survey items.

Dr. Rosenberg is currently testing the effects of sitting reduction on cardiovascular and metabolic health outcomes through a large randomized controlled trial. In the Adult Changes in Thought (ACT) epidemiologic study, she is assessing physical activity and sedentary time with novel devices so she can examine associations with cognitive, functional, and physical resilience. Through this, Dr. Rosenberg is helping to build an evidence base for the health effects of sedentary time.

Dr. Rosenberg also investigates how the built environment — such as parks, open space, and sidewalks — encourages better health. She envisions more outdoor urban and suburban facilities that invite physical activity — and do so inclusively, so that individuals of all ages and abilities can use them. Through her research, she advocates for changes to neighborhood, home, and work environments to support opportunities for physical activity throughout the day.

Dr. Rosenberg currently serves as co-chair of the Physical Activity Special Interest Group at the Society of Behavioral Medicine.  She is also affiliate associate professor in the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington School of Public Health.

Research interests and experience

  • Behavior Change

    Physical activity; sedentary behavior; nutrition; lifestyle interventions;   technology applications; built environment

  • Aging & Geriatrics

    Changing health behaviors including sedentary behavior, physical activity, and nutrition;  role of built environment; promoting physical function and mobility; fall prevention; cognitive function

  • Obesity

    Obesity  prevention and control; physical activity and nutrition promotion; role of sedentary behaviors; role of built environment

  • Chronic Illness Management

    Preventing further disease, declines in function and disability; self-management; fall prevention

Recent publications

Bombardier CH, Ehde DM, Gibbons LE, Wadhwani R, Sullivan MD, Rosenberg DE, Kraft GH. Telephone-based physical activity counseling for major depression in people with multiple sclerosis. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2013; 81(1):89-99. PubMed

Rosenberg DE, Turner AP, Littman AJ, Williams RM, Norvell DC, Hakimi KM, Czerniecki J. Body mass index patterns following dysvascular lower extremity amputation. Disabil Rehabil. 2013 Jul;35(15):1269-75. doi:10.3109/09638288.2012.726690. Epub 2012 Oct 25. PubMed

Kerr J, Carlson J, Rosenberg DE, Withers A. Identifying and promoting safe walking routes in older adults. Health. 2012;4:720-4. doi: 10.4236/health.2012.429112.

Kerr J, Rosenberg DE, Nathan A, Millstein R, Carlson J, Crist K, Wasilenko K, Bolling K, Castro CM, Marshall S. Applying the ecological model of behavior change to a physical activity trial in retirement communities: description of the study protocol. Contemp Clin Trials. 2012 Nov;33(6):1180-8. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2012.08.005. Epub 2012 Aug 17. PubMed

Alschuler KN, Gibbons LE, Rosenberg DE, Ehde DM, Verrall Am, Bamer AM, Jensen MP Body mass index and waist circumference in persons aging with muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, post-polio syndrome, and spinal cord injury. Disabil Health J. 2012 Jul;5(3):177-84. Epub 2012 May 2. PubMed

 

Mentoring at KPWHRI

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2021 mentorship awards go to Elena ‘Noon’ Kuo and Dori Rosenberg

Outstanding mentorship — emphasizing equity and inclusion — was recognized.

Research

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Helping older adults improve health by sitting less

Dr. Dori Rosenberg discusses her work on a new Cochrane review looking at ways to help older adults be less sedentary.

Research

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Built environment plays little role in weight gain

New research suggests fast food and other aspects of built environments don’t affect weight, contrary to earlier findings.

Live Healthy

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COVID-safe exercise ideas for older adults this winter

Take these tips from researchers on the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s Physical Activity Special Interest Group.