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

Lynch BM, Nguyen NH, Moore MM, Reeves MM, Rosenberg DE, Boyle T, Milton S, Friedenreich CM, Vallance JK, English DR. Maintenance of physical activity and sedentary behavior change, and physical activity and sedentary behavior change after an abridged intervention: secondary outcomes from the ACTIVATE Trial. Cancer. 2019 Apr 23. doi: 10.1002/cncr.32142. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Matson TE, Anderson ML, Renz AD, Greenwood-Hickman MA, McClure JB, Rosenberg DE. Changes in self-reported health and psychosocial outcomes in older adults enrolled in sedentary behavior intervention study. Am J Health Promot. 2019 Apr 7:890117119841405. doi: 10.1177/0890117119841405. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

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;68(3):1071-1083. doi: 10.3233/JAD-180942. 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

 

Research

urban setting apartments and skyscrapers obesity and the built environment

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.

healthy communities

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How should we study the health of neighborhoods?

UW/KPWHRI research team confers with King County organizations at its "Moving to Health" Summit, sparking new collaborations.