Dori Rosenberg, PhD, MPH

“By bringing innovative prevention and treatment programs into health care systems, communities, and homes, my research helps people of all ages and abilities develop healthy, lifelong activity 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 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. Through a series of iterative pilot studies, she has developed a sitting reduction intervention for older adults that is feasible and acceptable based on qualitative and quantitative findings. Furthermore, Dr. Rosenberg is helping to build an evidence base for the health effects of sedentary time. In the Adult Changes in Thought epidemiologic study, she is assessing physical activity and sedentary time with novel devices so she can examine associations with cognitive, functional and physical resilience.

Dr. Rosenberg was invited to participate in the National Institute on Aging and National Heart Lung and Blood Institute’s Sedentary Behavior Workshop in 2013. Her recent publication in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise summarizes recommendations from the panel she helped lead. Dr. Rosenberg hopes increased focus on sedentary behavior will lead to more opportunities for research that can support healthy aging.

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 holds a career development award from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Rosenberg also serves as affiliate assistant professor in the UW School of Public Health Department of Health Services.

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

  • 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

Drewnowski A, Arterburn D, Zane J, Aggarwal A, Gupta S, Hurvitz PM, Moudon AV, Bobb J, Cook A, Lozano P, Rosenberg D. The Moving to Health (M2H) approach to natural experiment research:a paradigm shift for studies on built environment and health. SSM Popul Health. 2018 Dec 28;7:100345. doi: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2018.100345. eCollection 2019. PubMed

Aiello Bowles EJ, Crane PK, Walker RL, Chubak J, LaCroix AZ, Anderson ML, Rosenberg D, Keene CD, Larson EB. Cognitive resilience to Alzheimer's disease pathology in the human brain.  J Alzheimers Dis. 2019 Mar 18. doi: 10.3233/JAD-180942. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

LaCroix AZ, Bellettiere J, Rillamas-Sun E, Di C, Evenson KR, Lewis CE, Buchner DM, Stefanick ML, Lee IM, Rosenberg DE, LaMonte MJ. Association of light physical activity measured by accelerometry and incidence of coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease in older women. JAMA Netw Open. 2019;2(3):e190419. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.0419. PubMed

Takemoto M, Schechtman M, Villa N, Talavera G, Sears DD, Owen N, Rosenberg DE, Dunstan D, Allison M, Kerr J. Arriba por la vida Estudio (AVE): study protocol for a standing intervention targeting postmenopausal Latinas. Contemp Clin Trials. 2019 Feb 13. pii: S1551-7144(18)30394-X. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2019.02.004. [Epub ahead of print].

 

KPWHRI In the Media

Stand up for your health!

Even a little exercise can mean big improvements in your health

Washington Post, Apr 29, 2019

Healthy Aging

Stand up for your health!

KPWHRI’s Dr. Dori Rosenberg shares 28 ways to be less sedentary.

Read it in Live Healthy.

Healthy Findings Blog

Personal experiences inspire study of young adult patients and caregivers

Drs. Rosenberg and Wernli lead team with first-hand knowledge of complex conditions and care.

Read it in Healthy Findings.

Video

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Center for Community Health and Evaluation: Group Health Research Institute

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Being Less Sedentary

Older people can learn to spend less time sitting down

April 8, 2015—Coaching helped Group Health patients sit half hour less per day in pilot study.

KPWHRI IN THE MEDIA

Sit less and live longer

KCPQ-TV, Jul 12, 2012