• 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

Research Interests

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Dr. Staiano is a developmental psychologist with an interest in family-based healthy lifestyle interventions utilizing innovative technology to decrease pediatric obesity and its comorbidities. Her research has involved over 1500 children and adolescents, including randomized controlled trials and prospective cohorts, to examine the influence of physical activity and sedentary behavior on body composition and cardiometabolic risk factors.

Due to Dr. Staiano's specific interest in using technology to promote physical activity and healthy behaviors, she was recently PI of the GameSquad study, a randomized controlled trial that tested the efficacy of a 6-month physical activity program for children’s weight management delivered via exergaming, wireless activity monitoring, and telehealth counseling, funded by the American Heart Association (AHA 15GRNT24480070). Her other current trials utilize technology for behavior change, including developing and testing a mobile app for parents of preschoolers to increase children’s physical activity and improve self-regulation skills (NIH R21HD095035) and the use of telehealth counseling in a primary care-based pragmatic trial of children with obesity (PCORI PCS-2017C2-7542).

Her previous studies include two large epidemiological studies of children’s physical activity: an NIMHD-funded study of 175 preschool-aged children in daycare centers (U54MD008602-P02UAB) and a USDA-funded study of 342 adolescents 10 to 16 years of age, including 41% ethnic minority and 50% with overweight or obesity (USDA 3092-51000-056-04A). Dr. Staiano's research studies employ a variety of innovative behavioral tools including exergaming, mobile apps, and telehealth counseling, coupled with study designs that utilize dietary recall, remote data collection and intervention delivery, physical activity assessment via accelerometry and heart rate monitors, observational behavioral analysis of activity, the development and implementation of age-specific exercise protocols, and other behavioral and psychological assessments.

Selected Publications

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

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  1. Staiano AE, Shanley JR, Kihm H, Hawkins KR, Self-Brown S, H?chsmann C, Osborne M, LeBlanc MM, Apolzan JW, Martin CK. Digital tools to support family-based weight management for children: A pilot and feasibility mixed methods study. Accepted December 2, 2020, to JMIR Pediatrics and Parenting.
  2. Webster EK, *Kracht CL, Newton RL Jr., Beyl RA, Staiano AE. Intervention to improve preschoolers’ fundamental motor skills: Protocol of a parent-focused, mobile app-based comparative effectiveness trial. JMIR Research Protocols. 2020;9(10):e19943. 
  3. Fearnbach SN, Martin CK, Heymsfield SB, Staiano AE, Newton RL, Garn AC, Johannsen NM, Hsia DS, Carmichael OT, Murray KB, Ramakrisnapillai S, Murray KB, Blundell JE, Finlayson GS. Validation of the Activity Preference Assessment: A tool for quantifying children’s implicit preferences for sedentary and physical activities. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2020; 17:108. PMID: 32831103.
  4. Kennedy BM, Davison G, Fowler LA, *Rodriguez-Guzman E, Collins ML, Baker A, Cook S, Lindros J, Wilfley DE, Zebrick A, Staiano AE. Perceptions of a pragmatic family-centered approach to childhood obesity and treatment. Accepted July 5, 2020, to The Ochsner Journal.
  5. *Kracht CL, Webster EK, Staiano AE. Relationship between the 24-hour movement guidelines and fundamental motor skills in preschoolers. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 2020;23:1185-1190. NIHMS 1613326
    82. Olson KL, Neiberg R, Espeland M, Johnson K, Knowler W, Pi-Sunyer X, Staiano AE, Wagenknecht. L, Wing RR. Waist circumference change during intensive lifestyle intervention and cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in the Look AHEAD trial. Obesity. 2020; 28:1902-1911. [ePub Ahead of Print.] doi: 10.1002/oby.22942
  6. *Kracht CL, Katzmarzyk PT, Staiano AE. Comparison of abdominal visceral adipose tissue measurements in adolescents between magnetic resonance imaging and dual energy x-ray absorptiometry. International Journal of Obesity. [ePub Ahead of Print]. doi: 10.1038/s41366-020-0621-8
  7. *Kracht CL, Webster E, Staiano AE. A natural experiment of state-level physical activity and screen-time policy changes: Early childhood education (ECE) centers and child physical activity. BMC Public Health. 2020;20, Article number: 387. PMID: 32209069 PMCID: PMC7092539
  8. Fearnbach SN, Johannsen NM, Martin CK, Beyl RA, Hsia DS, Carmichael CT, Staiano AE. A pilot study of cardiorespiratory fitness, adiposity, and cardiometabolic health in youth with overweight and obesity. Pediatric Exercise Science. 2020 Apr 25;1-8. PMID: 32335525.
  9. Webster E, Staiano AE. Extended heavy television viewing may impact weight long-term in adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2020;66:P517-519. PMID: 32331620
  10. *Kepper MM, Staiano AE, Katzmarzyk PT, Reis RS, Eyler AA, Griffith DM, Kendall ML, ElBanna B, Denstel KD, Broyles ST. Using mixed methods to understand women’s parenting practices related to their child’s outdoor play and physical activity among families living in diverse neighborhood environments. Health and Place. 2020. 2020;62:102292. PMID: 32479369
  11. *Kracht CL, *Joseph ED, Staiano AE. Video games, obesity, and children. Current Obesity Reports. 2020;9(1):1-14. PMID: 32077041 PMCID: PMC7078026
  12. *Kracht CL, Champagne CM, Hsia DS, Martin CK, Newton RL, Katzmarzyk PT, Staiano AE. Association between meeting physical activity, sleep, and dietary guidelines and cardiometabolic risk factors and adiposity in adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2020;66(6):733-739. PMID: 31987725 PMCID: PMC7263948
  13. *Kracht CL, Chaput JP, Martin CK, Champagne CM, Katzmarzyk PT, Staiano AE. Associations of sleep with food cravings, diet, and obesity in adolescence. Nutrients. 2019;11(12):2899. PMID: 31801259 PMCID: PMC6950738
  14. *Kepper MM, Staiano AE, Katzmarzyk PT, Reis R, Eyler A, Griffith DM, Kendall M, ElBanna B, Denstel KD, Broyles ST. Neighborhood influences on women’s parenting practices for adolescents’ outdoor play: A qualitative study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019;16(20):3853. PMID: 31614711 PMCID: PMC6843699
  15. St. Romain J, Hendrick H, Reed I, Staiano AE. Challenges in effectively recruiting and retaining 342 adolescents into an observational cohort study. SAGE Research Methods Cases: Medicine & Health. 2020 doi:10.4135/9781529723564.
  16. *Kracht CL, Webster EK, Staiano AE. Sociodemographic differences in young children meeting 24-hour movement guidelines. Journal of Physical Activity & Health. 2019;16(10):908-915. PMID:31491748. PMCID: PMC7058481
  17. *Joseph E, *Kracht CL, St. Romain J, Allen AT, *Barbaree C, Martin CK, Staiano AE. Young children’s screen-time and physical activity: Perspectives of parents and early care and education center providers. Global Pediatric Health. 2019;6:2333794X19865856. doi: 10.1177/2333794X19865856. PMID: 31384633. PMCID: PMC6657133.
  18. Staiano AE, Adams MA, Norman GJ. Motivation for Exergame Play Inventory: Construct validity and test-retest reliability. Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace. 2019;13(3), article 7. doi: 10.5817/CP2019-3-7
  19. 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. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2019;51(6):740-748. PMID: 31178009. PMCID: PMC7384743.
  20. *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. 2019;76:800-812.
  21. Webster EK, Martin CK, Staiano AE. Fundamental motor skills, physical activity, and screen-time in preschoolers. Journal of Sport and Health Science. 2019;8(2):114-121. PMID: 30997257. PMCID: PMC6450921.
  22. 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. PMID: 31367239. PMCID: PMC6669081.
  23. 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. PMID: 30475143.
  24. 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.
  25. 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. PMID: 30203482. PMCID: PMC6134876.
  26. 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. PMID: 30199286. PMCID: PMC6150934.
  27. 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. PMID:30475973. PMC6555189.
  28. 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. PMID: 30027607. PMCID: PMC6203598.
  29. 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. PMID: 29755053. PMCID: PMC5967257.
  30. 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. PMID: 29507737. PMCID: PMC5831204
    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. PMID: 28556685. PMCID: PMC5607096.
  31. 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. PMID: 28440662. PMCID: PMC5549810.
  32. 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. PMID: 28218628. PMCID: PMC5321613.
  33. 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. PMID: 28026985. PMCID: PMC5549802.
  34. 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. PMID: 27925451. PMCID: PMC5373656.
  35. 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. PMID: 28473736. PMCID: PMC5412947.
    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. PMID: 26918815. PMCID: PMC5191971.
  36. 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. PMID: 28331454. PMCID: PMC5349643.
  37. 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. PMID: 28491483. PMCID: PMC5421642.
  38. 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. PMID: 27848726. PMCID: PMC5562149.
  39. 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. PMID: 27399601. PMCID: PMC5107657.
  40. 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. PMID: 27465398 PMCID: PMC5308059.
  41. 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. PMID: 26992483. PMCID: PMC4865424.
  42. 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. PMID: 27782766. PMCID: PMC5346907.
  43. 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. PMID: 26262772. PMCID: PMC4770851.
  44. 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. PMID: 26264005. PMCID: PMC4555252.
  45. 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. PMID: 25812249. PMCID: PMC4378536.
  46. *Marker AM, & Staiano AE. Better together: Outcomes of cooperation versus competition in social exergaming. Games for Health Journal 2015;4(1):25-30. PMID: 25812249. PMCID: PMC4378536.
  47. Carson V, Staiano AE, & Katzmarzyk PT. Physical activity, screen time, and sitting among U.S. adolescents. Pediatric Exercise Science 2015;27(1):151-159. PMID: 25050541. PMCID: PMC4504197.
  48. Staiano AE, & Flynn R. Therapeutic uses of active videogames: A systematic review. Games for Health Journal 2014;3(6):351-365. PMID: 26192642. PMCID: PMC4688462.
  49. 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. PMID: 26192487. PMCID: PMC4628212.
  50. 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 PMID: 25328562. PMCID: PMC4196243.
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