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

Bellettiere J, Tuz-Zahra F, Carlson J, Ridgers ND, Liles S, Greenwood-Hickman MA, Walker RL, LaCroix AZ, Jankowska MM, Rosenberg DE, Natarajan L. Agreement of sedentary behaviour metrics derived from hip-worn and thigh-worn accelerometers among older adults: with implications for studying physical and cognitive health. J Meas Phys Behav. 4(1), 79-88. https://doi.org/10.1123/jmpb.2020-0036.

Greenwood-Hickman MA, Dahlquist J, Cooper J, Holden E, McClure JB, Mettert KD, Perry SR, Rosenberg DE. "They're going to Zoom it": a qualitative investigation of impacts and coping strategies during the Covid-19 pandemic among older adults. Front Public Health. 2021 May 19;9:679976. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2021.679976. eCollection 2021. PubMed

Rosenberg DE, Rillamas-Sun E, Bellettiere J, LaMonte M, Buchner DM, Di C, Hunt J, Marshall S, Stefanick M, Zhang Y, LaCroix AZ. Accelerometer-measured sedentary patterns are associated with incident falls in older women. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2020 Nov 30. doi: 10.1111/jgs.16923. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Nguyen NH, Vallance JK, Buman MP, Moore MM, Reeves MM, Rosenberg DE, Boyle T, Milton S, Friedenreich CM, English DR, Lynch BM. Effects of a wearable technology-based physical activity intervention on sleep quality in breast cancer survivors: the ACTIVATE Trial. J Cancer Surviv. 2020 Sep 1. doi: 10.1007/s11764-020-00930-7. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Rosenberg D, Walker R, Greenwood-Hickman MA, Bellettiere J, Xiang Y, Richmire K, Higgins M, Wing D, Larson EB, Crane PK, LaCroix AZ. Device-assessed physical activity and sedentary behavior in a community-based cohort of older adults. BMC Public Health. 2020 Aug 18;20(1):1256. doi: 10.1186/s12889-020-09330-z. PubMed

 

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.

Healthy Findings Blog

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We decreased people’s daily sedentary time by an hour

Changing behavior isn’t easy, but Dr. Dori Rosenberg helped older people to stand and walk more.