Amanda Staiano, PhD

Assistant Professor


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Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, Georgetown University, 2010
Master of Science in Clinical Research, Tulane University, 2017
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 technology-mediated physical activity interventions and the integration of these technologies into the behavioral treatment of childhood obesity. Her research has examined how technological devices like exergames (i.e. activity-promoting video games) and mobile apps 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; 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; and "GameSquad," a 6-month home-based gaming intervention for children aged 10 to 12 years, funded by the American Heart Association.

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


For a complete list of Dr. Staiano’s publications:

68. Hawkins KR, Apolzan JW, Staiano AE, Shanley JR, Martin CK. Efficacy of a home-based parent training-focused weight management intervention for preschool children: The DRIVE randomized controlled pilot trial. Accepted by Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.
67. Sandoval P, Staiano AE, Kihm H. The influence of visual and auditory stimuli on intensity of physical activity in school-aged children. The Physical Educator. In Press.
66. Webster EK, Martin CK, Staiano AE. Fundamental motor skills, physical activity, and screen-time in preschoolers. Journal of Sport and Health Science. 2019.
65. Staiano AE, Beyl RA, Hsia DS, Katzmarzyk PT, Newton RL Jr. A 12-week randomized controlled pilot study of dance exergaming in a group: Influence on psychosocial factors in adolescent girls. Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace. 2018;12(2):article 3.
64. Katzmarzyk PT, Denstel KD, Beals K, Carlson J, Crouter SE, McKenzie TL, Pate RR, Sisson SB, Staiano AE, Stanish H, Ward DS, Whitt-Glover M, Wright C. Results from the United States 2018 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. Journal of Physical Activity & Health. 2018;15(Suppl 2):S422-424.
63. Staiano AE, Kihm H, Sandoval P. The use of competition to elicit high intensity physical activity during children’s exergame play. Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences. 2018;110(3):39-47.
62. Flynn, RM, Staiano AE, Beyl R, Richert RA, Wartella E & Calvert SL. The influence of active gaming on cardiorespiratory fitness in Black and Hispanic youth. Journal of School Health. 2018;88(10):768-775.
61. Staiano AE, Webster EK, Allen AT, Jarrell AR, Martin CK. Screen-time policies and practices in early care and education centers in relationship to child physical activity. Childhood Obesity 2018;14(6):341-348.
60. Staiano AE, Martin CK, Champagne CM, Rood JC, Katzmarzyk PT. Sedentary time, physical activity, and adiposity in a longitudinal cohort of non-obese young adults. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2018;108(5):946-952.
59. Staiano AE, Beyl RA, Guan W, Hendrick CA, Hsia DS, Newton RL. Home-based exergaming among children with overweight and obesity: A randomized clinical trial. Pediatric Obesity 2018;13(11):724-733.
58. Staiano AE, Allen AT, Fowler W, Gustat J, Kepper MM, Lewis L, Martin CK, St. Romain J, Webster EK. State licensing regulations on screen-time in childcare centers: An impetus for participatory action research. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action. 2018;12:101-109.
57. Heerman WJ, Bennett WL, Kraschnewski JL, Nauman E, Staiano AE, Wallston KA. Willingness to participate in weight-related research among patients in PCORnet Clinical Data Research Networks. BMC Obesity 2018;5:10.
56. Katzmarzyk PT, Staiano AE. Relationship between meeting 24-hour movement guidelines and cardiometabolic risk factors in children. Journal of Physical Activity & Health. 2017;14(10):779-784.
55. Staiano AE, Beyl RA, Hsia DS, Katzmarzyk PT, Mantzor S, Newton RL, Jarrell A, Tyson P. Step tracking with goals increases children’s weight loss in a behavioral intervention. Childhood Obesity 2017 Aug;13(4):283-290.
54. Staiano AE, Marker AM, Liu M, Hayden E, Hsia DS, Broyles ST. Childhood obesity screening and treatment practices of pediatric healthcare providers. Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society 2017;169(1):2-10.
53. Baranowski T, Blumberg F, Gao Z, Kato PM, Kok G, Lu AS, Lyons EJ, Morrill BA, Peng W, Prins PJ, Snyder L, Staiano AE, & Thompson D. Getting research on games for health funded. Games for Health Journal 2017;6(1):1-8.
52. Wilfley DE, Staiano AE, Altman M, Lindros J, Lima A, Hassink SG, Dietz WH, Cook S, & Improving Access and Systems of Care for Evidence-Based Childhood Obesity Treatment Conference W. Improving access and systems of care for evidence-based childhood obesity treatment: Conference key findings and next steps. Obesity 2017;25(1):16-29.
51. Kihm H, Staiano AE, Sandoval P. Project IPAL: To enhance the well-being of elementary school children. Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences 2017;109(1):54-56.
50. Staiano AE, Marker AM, Beyl RA, Hsia DS, Katzmarzyk PT, & Newton RL. A randomized controlled trial of dance exergaming for exercise training in overweight and obese adolescent girls. Pediatric Obesity 2017;12(2):120-128.
49. Staiano AE, Marker AM, Frelier JM, Hsia DS, Broyles ST. Family-based behavioral treatment for
childhood obesity: Parent-reported barriers and facilitators. The Ochsner Journal. 2017;17(1):83-92.
48. Staiano AE, Beyl RA, Hsia DS, Katzmarzyk PT, & Newton RL. Twelve weeks of dance exergaming in overweight and obese adolescent girls: Transfer effects on physical activity, screen time, and self-efficacy. Journal of Sport and Health Science. 2017;6:4-10.
47. Katzmarzyk PT, Denstel KD, Beals K, Bolling C, Wright C, Crouter SE, McKenzie TL, Pate RR, Saelens BE, Staiano AE, Stanish HI, & Sisson SB. Results from the United States of America's 2016 report card on physical activity for children and youth. Journal of Physical Activity and Health 2016;13(11 Suppl 2):S307-S313.
46. Staiano AE, Morrell M, Hsia DS, Hu G, & Katzmarzyk PT. The burden of obesity, elevated blood pressure, and diabetes in uninsured and underinsured adolescents. Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders 2016;14(9):437-441.
45. Staiano AE, Marker AM, Martin CK, & Katzmarzyk PT. Physical activity, mental health, and weight gain in a longitudinal observational cohort of nonobese young adults. Obesity 2016;24(9):1969-1975.
44. Staiano AE, Marker AM, Frelier JM, Hsia DS, & Martin CK. Influence of screen-based peer modeling on preschool children's vegetable consumption and preferences. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 2016;48(5):331-335.e1.
43. Mackintosh KA, Standage M, Staiano AE, Lester L, & McNarry MA. Investigating the physiological and psychosocial responses of single- and dual-player exergaming in young adults. Games for Health Journal 2016;5(6):375-381.
42. Baranowski T, Blumberg F, Buday R, DeSmet A, Fiellin LE, Green CS, Kato PM, Lu AS, Maloney AE, Mellecker R, Morrill BA, Peng W, Shegog R, Simons M, Staiano AE, Thompson D, & Young K. Games for health for children-current status and needed research. Games for Health Journal 2016:5(1):1-12.
41. Staiano AE, Broyles ST, & Katzmarzyk PT. School term vs. school holiday: Associations with children's physical activity, screen-time, diet and sleep. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2015;12(8):8861-8870.
40. Staiano AE, Harrington DM, Johannsen NM, Newton RL, Jr., Sarzynski MA, Swift DL, & Katzmarzyk PT. Uncovering physiological mechanisms for health disparities in type 2 diabetes. Ethnicity and Disease 2015;25(1):31-37.
39. Marker AM, & Staiano AE. Better together: Outcomes of cooperation versus competition in social exergaming. Games for Health Journal 2015;4(1):25-30.
38. Carson V, Staiano AE, & Katzmarzyk PT. Physical activity, screen time, and sitting among U.S. adolescents. Pediatric Exercise Science 2015;27(1):151-159.
37. Staiano AE, & Flynn R. Therapeutic uses of active videogames: A systematic review. Games for Health Journal 2014;3(6):351-365.
36. Staiano AE. Learning by playing: Video gaming in education-a cheat sheet for games for health designers. Games for Health Journal 2014;3(5):319-321.
35. Flynn RM, Richert RA, Staiano AE, Wartella E, & Calvert SL. Effects of exergame play on EF in children and adolescents at a summer camp for low income youth. Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology 2014;4(1):209-225
34. 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 Obesity 2014;38(7):887-905.
33. Staiano AE, Gupta AK, & Katzmarzyk PT. Cardiometabolic risk factors and fat distribution in children and adolescents. Journal of Pediatrics 2014;164(3):560-565.
32. Harrington DM, Barreira TV, Staiano AE, & Katzmarzyk PT. The descriptive epidemiology of sitting among US adults, NHANES 2009/2010. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport 2014;17(4):371-375.
31. Staiano AE, Harrington DM, Barreira TV, & Katzmarzyk PT. Sitting time and cardiometabolic risk in US adults: Associations by sex, race, socioeconomic status and activity level. British Journal of Sports Medicine 2014;48(3):213-219.
30. Swift DL, Staiano AE, Johannsen NM, Lavie CJ, Earnest CP, Katzmarzyk PT, Blair SN, Newton RL, Jr., & Church TS. Low cardiorespiratory fitness in African Americans: A health disparity risk factor? Sports Medicine 2013;43(12):1301-1313.
29. Baranowski T, Adamo KB, Hingle M, Maddison R, Maloney A, Simons M, & Staiano AE. Gaming, adiposity, and obesogenic behaviors among children. Games for Health Journal 2013;2(3):119-126. PMI
28. Maher CA, Mire E, Harrington DM, Staiano AE, & Katzmarzyk PT. The independent and combined associations of physical activity and sedentary behavior with obesity in adults: NHANES 2003-06. Obesity 2013;21(12):E730-737.
27. Staiano AE, Broyles ST, Gupta AK, Malina RM, & Katzmarzyk PT. Maturity-associated variation in total and depot-specific body fat in children and adolescents. American Journal of Human Biology 2013;25(4):473-479.
26. Staiano AE, Bouchard C, & Katzmarzyk PT. BMI-specific waist circumference thresholds to discriminate elevated cardiometabolic risk in White and African American adults. Obesity Facts 2013;6(4):317-324.
25. Staiano AE, Broyles ST, Gupta AK, & Katzmarzyk PT. Ethnic and sex differences in visceral, subcutaneous, and total body fat in children and adolescents. Obesity 2013;21(6):1251-1255.
24. Harrington DM, Staiano AE, Broyles ST, Gupta AK, & Katzmarzyk PT. BMI percentiles for the identification of abdominal obesity and metabolic risk in children and adolescents: Evidence in support of the CDC 95th percentile. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2013;67(2):218-222.
23. Staiano AE, Harrington DM, Broyles ST, Gupta AK, & Katzmarzyk PT. Television, adiposity, and cardiometabolic risk in children and adolescents. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2013;44(1):40-47.
22. Calvert SL, Staiano AE, & Bond BJ. Electronic gaming and the obesity crisis. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development 2013;139:51-57.
21. Staiano AE, Abraham AA, & Calvert SL. Adolescent exergame play for weight loss and psychosocial improvement: A controlled physical activity intervention. Obesity 2013;21(3):598-601.
20. Harrington DM, Staiano AE, Broyles ST, Gupta AK, & Katzmarzyk PT. Waist circumference measurement site does not affect relationships with visceral adiposity and cardiometabolic risk factors in children. Pediatric Obesity 2013;8(3):199-206.
19. Barreira TV, Staiano AE, & Katzmarzyk PT. Validity assessment of a portable bioimpedance scale to estimate body fat percentage in white and African-American children and adolescents. Pediatric Obesity 2013;8(2):e29-32.
18. Staiano AE, Abraham AA, & Calvert SL. The Wii Club: Gaming for weight loss in overweight and obese youth. Games for Health Journal 2012;1(5):377-380. PMID: 23565349.
17. Broyles ST, Staiano AE, Drazba KT, Gupta AK, Sothern M, & Katzmarzyk PT. Elevated C-reactive protein in children from risky neighborhoods: Evidence for a stress pathway linking neighborhoods and inflammation in children. PloS One 2012;7(9):e45419.
16. Staiano AE, Katzmarzyk PT. Ethnic and sex differences in body fat and visceral and subcutaneous adiposity in children and adolescents. International Journal of Obesity 2012;36(10):1261-1269.
15. Staiano AE, Abraham AA, & Calvert SL. Motivating effects of cooperative exergame play for overweight and obese adolescents. Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology 2012;6(4), 812-819.
14. Katzmarzyk PT, & Staiano AE. New race and ethnicity standards: Elucidating health disparities in diabetes. BMC Medicine 2012;10:42.
13. Staiano AE, Reeder BA, Elliott S, Joffres MR, Pahwa P, Kirkland SA, Paradis G, & Katzmarzyk PT. Physical activity level, waist circumference, and mortality. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism 2012;37(5):1008-1013.
12. Barreira TV, Staiano AE, Harrington DM, Heymsfield SB, Smith SR, Bouchard C, & Katzmarzyk PT. Anthropometric correlates of total body fat, abdominal adiposity, and cardiovascular disease risk factors in a biracial sample of men and women. Mayo Clinic Proceedings 2012;87(5):452-460.
11. Staiano AE, Reeder BA, Elliott S, Joffres MR, Pahwa P, Kirkland SA, Paradis G, & Katzmarzyk PT. Body mass index versus waist circumference as predictors of mortality in Canadian adults. International Journal of Obesity 2012;36(11):1450-1454.
10. Staiano AE, Abraham AA, & Calvert SL. Competitive versus cooperative exergame play for African American adolescents' executive function skills: Short-term effects in a long-term training intervention. Developmental Psychology 2012;48(2):337-342. PMID: 22369339.
9. Staiano AE, & Calvert SL. Digital gaming and pediatric obesity: At the intersection of science and social policy. Social Issues and Policy Review 2012;6(1):54-81.
8. Katzmarzyk PT, Barreira TV, Harrington DM, Staiano AE, Heymsfield SB, & Gimble JM. Relationship between abdominal fat and bone mineral density in white and African American adults. Bone 2012;50(2):576-579. PMID: 21549867.
7. Staiano AE, Baker CM, & Calvert SL. Dietary digital diaries: Documenting adolescents' obesogenic environment. Environment and Behavior 2012;44(5):695-712.
6. Barreira TV, Harrington DM, Staiano AE, Heymsfield SB, & Katzmarzyk PT. Body adiposity index, body mass index, and body fat in white and black adults. JAMA 2011;306(8):828-830.
5. Staiano AE, & Calvert SL. Wii tennis play for low-income African American adolescents' energy expenditure. CyberPsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace 2011;5(1).
4. Staiano AE, & Calvert SL. The promise of exergames as tools to measure physical health. Entertainment Computing 2011;2(1):17-21.
3. Baker CM, Staiano AE, & Calvert SL. Digital expression among urban, low-income African American adolescents. Journal of Black Studies 2011;42(4):530-547.
2. Staiano AE, & Calvert SL. Exergames for physical education courses: Physical, social, and cognitive benefits. Child Development Perspectives 2011;5(2):93-98.
1. Shelton JT, Elliott EM, Lynn SD, & Exner AL. The distracting effects of a ringing cell phone: An investigation of the laboratory and the classroom setting. Journal of Environmental Psychology 2009;29(4):513-521.
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