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. She 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

Matson TE, Renz AD, Takemoto ML, McClure JB, Rosenberg DE. Acceptability of a sitting reduction intervention for older adults with obesity. BMC Public Health. 2018;18(1):706. doi: 10.1186/s12889-018-5616-1. PubMed

Kerr J, Rosenberg D, Millstein RA, Bolling K, Crist K, Takemoto M, Godbole S, Moran K, Natarajan L, Castro-Sweet C, Buchner D. Cluster randomized controlled trial of a multilevel physical activity intervention for older adults. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2018 Apr 2;15(1):32. doi: 10.1186/s12966-018-0658-4. PubMed

Takemoto M, Lewars B, Hurst S, Crist K, Nebeker C, Madanat H, Nichols J, Rosenberg DE, Kerr J. Participants' perceptions on the use of wearable devices to reduce sitting time: qualitative analysis. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2018;6(3):e73. doi: 10.2196/mhealth.7857. PubMed

Rosenberg DE, Lee AK, Anderson M, Renz A, Matson TE, Kerr J, Arterburn D, McClure JB. Reducing sedentary time for obese older adults: protocol for a randomized controlled trial. JMIR Res Protoc. 2018;7(2):e23. doi: 10.2196/resprot.8883. PubMed

Phillips SM, Cadmus-Bertram L, Rosenberg D, Buman MP, Lynch BM. Wearable technology and physical activity in chronic disease: opportunities and challenges. Am J Prev Med. 2018 Jan;54(1):144-150. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2017.08.015. Epub 2017 Nov 6. PubMed

 

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