Sharon E. Ross

Research Interests:

Physical activity promotion and obesity prevention in children and adolescents

Sociocultural influences on physical activity in Hispanic children of immigrants

Family- and community-based interventions to prevent obesity in Hispanic children

Community-based participatory research, mixed-methods research

School Affiliations

Recent Grants

Office of the Provost, Year of Diversity grant, University of Pittsburgh ($2,375) "Health and Physical Activity Diversity Enrichment Series" In collaboration with the Center for Health Equity and Center for Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh, the Department of Health and Physical Activity will organize diversity-focused enrichment opportunities (e.g., speaker series, community stakeholder engagement and dialogues) targeting faculty, staff, students to foster training, research, and outreach around the topic of diversity and inclusion in promoting healthy lifestyles.
DHHS/CMS (Ross, Co-PI) 9/30/16-9/29/18 1HOCMS331535-01-00 ($215,000) "Effectiveness of a promotores network to improve health behaviors and outcomes in members of an Emerging Latino community" This proposal examines the potential of a community health worker (promotores) network to improve health behaviors and health outcomes of Latino immigrants living in an Emerging Latino Community. Partnering with a federally-qualified health center and a social service organization, we propose to employ a quasi-experimental design to assess the effect of a promotores network on outcomes measured at 6 months after enrollment, compared with a wait-list control.
NIH/NHLBI (Ross, PI) 3/14/14-2/28/17 1R21HL119395-01A1 ($250,000) "A Promotora-Mediated, Family-based Intervention to Prevent Obesity in Latino Preschool Children" The purpose of this project is to develop and evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of a family-based, promotora-mediated child obesity intervention for Latino immigrant families with preschool-age children. Role: Primary Investigator
Pilot and Feasibility Grant, Healthy Lifestyle Institute, University of Pittsburgh, ($20,000); "Testing the Feasibility and Acceptability of the Physical Activity Portion of a Promotora-led, Home-based Lifestyle Intervention in Latino Children of Immigrants."
Center for Latin American Studies Faculty Research Grant 4/1/19-8/31/19 University of Pittsburgh ($3,500) "Effectiveness of a promotores network to improve health behaviors and outcomes in members of an Emerging Latino community"
Development and Maintenance of Healthy Physical Activity Habits in Latino Children Following Immigration to the U.S. (PI- S. Ross). Central Research Development Fund, University of Pittsburgh.

Recent Publications

Ross, S.E., Francis, L.A.; Physical activity beliefs, facilitators, and barriers for Hispanic children of immigrants: A child's perspective. Int J Qual Studies Health Wellbeing. 2016; 11:31949.
Taverno Ross, S.E., Dowda, M, Pate, R. R. Changes in diet quality in youth living in South Carolina from fifth to 11th grade. J Nutr Educ Behav. (In press). DOI:
Natale, C., Poole, M.K., Kalnicky, E. Taverno Ross, S.E. Inclusion of physical activity point-of-decision prompts in a conservatory with botanical gardens. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019;16:2074. doi:10.3390/ijerph16122074
Rupp, K., Taverno Ross, S.E., Gary-Webb, T.L., Akiva, T., Jakicic, J.M. Household Support for Physical Activity in Adolescent Girls Recruited from Lower Socioeconomic Status Neighborhoods. Int J Exerc Sci. 2019;12(5):811-824.
Taverno Ross, S.E., Macia, L., Documet, P.I., Sanchez, I., Escribano, C. Mirzakazemi, T. Latino parents' perceptions of physical activity and healthy eating: at the intersection of culture, family, and health. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2018;50(10):968-976.
Taverno Ross, S.E. Physical activity promotion interventions in Latino preschool children: A scoping review. Kines Rev. 2018;7(2):151-162.