Pediatric Obesity and Health Behavior


Amanda Staiano, PhD

Amanda Staiano, PhD

Research Focus

The mission of this laboratory is to prevent and reduce obesity in children and adolescents through innovative, translational research and scientific advocacy.

About this Lab

To achieve this mission, the primary goals of this laboratory are to test the efficacy and effectiveness of technology (primarily exergames, telehealth, and wearable technology) to promote physical activity and to integrate these technologies into family-based weight management programs for youth.

Currently we are interested in:

  • Comparing the effectiveness of enhanced standard of care and family-based behavioral treatment delivered to families through primary care clinics and via telehealth, with a focus on under-served populations

  • Technology-mediated physical activity options for youth with obesity, especially exergames (activity-promoting video games) and mobile apps

  • Identifying intervention targets including facilitators and barriers of physical activity and sedentary behavior through the use of wearable technology include activity monitors, GPS trackers, and ecological momentary assessment delivered over a smartphone

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