Amanda Staiano, PhD

Assistant Professor-Research

Pediatric Obesity and Health Behavior
(225) 763-2729
(225) 763-2887
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Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, Georgetown University, 2010
Master of Public Policy, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University, 2009
Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Louisiana State University, 2007


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Dr. Staiano is a developmental psychologist in pediatric obesity with an interest in health disparities in body composition and health behaviors that contribute to obesity and its comorbidities. As such, she is Principal Investigator on an LSU Improving Clinical Outcomes Network (ICON) intramural project to determine the appropriate screening and diagnostic guidelines for cardiometabolic risk assessment in pediatric patients. With support from the NIH-funded Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science Center (LA CaTS), she is also examining health disparities in pediatric type 2 diabetes using electronic medical records.

Dr. Staiano also has an interest in technology-mediated physical activity interventions to target children who are most at-risk for obesity and chronic disease. Her research has examined how technological devices like exergames (activity-promoting video games) and online advergames (computer games that promote brands and commercial products) affect youths’ adiposity, physical activity, and eating behaviors. She has led multiple scientific investigations of adolescents’ use of exergames, including the “Wii Active” study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which was a 20-week school-based exergame intervention for overweight and obese African American adolescents, and the “Klub Kinect” project to demonstrate the feasibility and efficacy of conducting a 12-week exergaming physical activity intervention for weight loss among overweight and obese adolescent girls.

Drawing from her public policy training, Dr. Staiano participates in scientific advocacy at the national, state, and local level.


Marker AM, Staiano AE. Better together: Outcomes of cooperation versus competition in exergaming. Games for Health Journal. (In Press: Accepted for Publication on July 21, 2014).

Staiano AE, R Flynn. Therapeutic uses of active video games: A systematic review. Games for Health Journal. (In Press: Accepted for Publication on July 8, 2014).

Carson V, AE Staiano, PT Katzmarzyk. Physical activity, screen time, and sitting among U.S. adolescents. Pediatric Exercise Science. (In Press: Accepted for Publication on June 24, 2014).

Staiano AE. Learning by Playing: Video Gaming in Education - a cheat sheet for games for health designers. Games for Health Journal. (In Press: Accepted for Publication on June 13,

Katzmarzyk PT, Barlow S, Bouchard C, Catalano PM, Hsia DS, Inge TH, Lovelady C, Raynor H, Redman LM, Staiano AE, Spruijt-Metz D, Symonds ME, Vickers M, Wilfley D, Yanovski JA. An evolving scientific basis for the prevention and treatment of pediatric obesity. International Journal of Obesity2014;4(1):209-220.

Staiano A.E., A. Gupta, P.T. Katzmarzyk. Cardiometabolic risk factors and fat distribution in children and adolescents. J Pediatr 2014;164(3):560-5.

Staiano A.E., D.H. Harrington, T.V. Barreira, P.T. Katzmarzyk. Sitting time and cardiometabolic risk in U.S. adults: Associations by sex, race, socio-economic status, and activity level. British Journal of Sports Medicine 2014;48:213-9.

Staiano A.E., S.T. Broyles, A. Gupta, R. Malina, and P.T. Katzmarzyk. Maturity-associated variation in total and depot-specific body fat in children and adolescents. American Journal of Human Biology 2013;25(4):473-9.

Staiano A.E., S.T. Broyles, A. Gupta and P.T. Katzmarzyk. Ethnic and sex differences in visceral, subcutaneous, and total body fat in children and adolescents. Obesity 2013;21(6):1251-5.

Staiano A.E., D.M. Harrington, S.T. Broyles, A. Gupta and P.T. Katzmarzyk. Television, adiposity, and cardiometabolic risk in children and adolescents. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2013;44(1):40-7.

Staiano A.E., A.A. Abraham and S.L. Calvert. Adolescent exergame play for weight loss and psychosocial improvement: A controlled physical activity intervention. Obesity 2013;21(3):598-601.

Staiano A.E. and P.T. Katzmarzyk. Ethnic and sex differences in body fat and visceral and subcutaneous adiposity in children and adolescents. International Journal of Obesity 2012;36:1261-9.

Katzmarzyk P.T. and A.E. Staiano. New race and ethnicity standards: Elucidating health disparities in diabetes. BMC Medicine 2012;10:42.

Staiano A.E., B.A. Reeder, S. Elliott, M.R. Joffres, P. Pahwa, S.A. Kirkland, G. Paradis and P.T. Katzmarzyk. Physical activity, waist circumference and mortality. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism 2012;37(5):1008-13.

Staiano A.E., B.A. Reeder, S. Elliott, M.R. Joffres, P. Pahwa, S.A. Kirkland, G. Paradis and P.T. Katzmarzyk. Body mass index versus waist circumference as predictors of mortality in Canadian adults. International Journal of Obesity 2012;36(11):1450-4.

Staiano A.E. and Calvert S.L. Digital gaming and pediatric obesity: At the intersection of science and social policy. Social Issues and Policy Review 2012;6(1):54-81.

Barreira T.V., D.M. Harrington, A.E. Staiano, S.B. Heymsfield and P.T. Katzmarzyk. Body adiposity index, body mass index and body fat in White and African American adults. JAMA 2011;306:828-830.

Staiano A.E. and S.L. Calvert. Exergames for physical education courses: Physical, social, and cognitive benefits. Child Development Perspectives 2011;5:93-98.

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