Bethany Barone Gibbs

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Dr. Bethany Barone Gibbs is an Associate Professor of Health and Physical Activity, and Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh. She trained in cardiovascular epidemiology and studies the prevention and treatment of obesity and cardiometabolic disease through healthy lifestyle behaviors. Her interests include population and intervention studies of physical activity, sedentary behavior, and eating habits as they related to hypertension, subclinical cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity.

Most recently, her research has focused on sedentary behavior, a behavior distinct from moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity. These sedentary behavior studies have evaluated measurement and methods, longitudinal associations in cohort studies, and intervention methods to decrease sedentary behavior in special populations including office workers and older adults. She is currently the Principal Investigator of a 3-month randomized clinical trial evaluating whether a sedentary behavior intervention using sit-stand desks and activity prompters can decrease blood pressure and arterial stiffness, funded by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institutes. She is also funded by the American Heart Association to study objectively measured sedentary behavior and cardiovascular health across all three trimesters of pregnancy. To learn more about her research, students, and staff, please visit:

Bethany is a Pittsburgh native, growing up in the South Hills, and enjoys theater and getting outdoors with her husband and two children in her free time.

School Affiliations

Recent Grants

  • RESET BP: Effect of Reducing Sedentary Behavior on Blood Pressure (NHLBI R01 HL134809). Aug 2017-Jun 2022. The purpose of this randomized clinical trial is to test whether an intervention aimed at reducing sedentary behavior can decease blood pressure in working adults with pre-to-Stage hypertension.
  • Sedentary Behavior in Pregnancy and Cardiovascular Health: the Monitoring Movement and Health (MoM Health) Study PI: Barone Gibbs Jan 2017 through Dec 2019 This study will measure sedentary behavior and physical activity across each trimester in a cohort of pregnant women. The aims of the MoM Health Study are to describe patterns of sedentary behavior across pregnancy, study whether sedentary behavior is associated with gestational weight gain, blood pressure, and other pregnancy outcomes, and evaluate determinants of sedentary behavior in this population.
  • Maintaining Activity and Nutrition through Technology-Assisted Innovation in Primary Care 12/1/2015 - 7/30/2017 Role: Co-Investigator (AHRQ, R18 HS 021162; PI: Conroy)
  • Determinants of Sedentary Behavior Across the Senior Living Continuum; University of Pittsburgh Claude. D. Pepper Center Pilot Grant; PI: Kotzlarzyk; Role: Co-Investigator
  • Sit Less for Successful Aging: A Sedentary Behavior Intervention for Older Adults in UPMC Independent Living Communities; University of Pittsburgh Claude. D. Pepper Center Pilot Grant; PI: Hergenroeder; Role: Co-Investigator
  • Cardiovascular Effects of Using a Sit-Stand Desk HumanScale (investigator-initiated research project)
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Recent Publications

  • Taormina JM, Kowalsky RJ, Perdomo SJ, Jones MA, Barone Gibbs BB. Characteristics associated with lower blood pressure when using a sit-stand desk. Journal of Hypertension. In press.
  • Barone Gibbs B, Hergenroeder AL, Perdomo SJ, Kowalsky RJ, Delitto A, Jakicic JM. Reducing sedentary behavior to decrease low back pain: the Stand Back trial. Occup Environ Med Epub ahead of print. doi:10.1136/oemed-2017-104732
  • Barone Gibbs B, Kowalsky RJ, Perdomo SJ, Taormina JM, Balzer JR, Jakicic JM. Effect of alternating standing and sitting on blood pressure and pulse wave velocity during a simulated workday in overweight/obese adults. Journal of Hypertension. in press.
  • Barone Gibbs B, Carnethon MR, Pettee Gabriel K, Gary-Webb T, Jakicic JM, Rana JS, Reis JP, Siddique J, Sternfeld B, Lewis CE. Sedentary time, physical activity, and adiposity: cross-sectional and longitudinal associations in CARDIA. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. In press.
  • Tremblay MS, Aubert S, Barnes JD, Saunders TJ, Carson V, Latimer-Cheung AE, Chastin SFM, Altenburg TM, Chinapaw MJM, Aminian S, Arundell L, Atkin AJ, Barone Gibbs B, Bassett-Gunter R, Belanger K, Biddle S, Biswas A, Chaput JP, Chau J, Colley R, Coppinger T, Craven C, Cristi-Montero C, de Assis Teles Santos D, del Pozo Cruz B, del Pozo-Cruz J, Dempsey P, Ekelund U, Ellingson L, Ezeugwu V, Fitzsimons C, Florez-Pregonero A, Friel CP, Froberg A, Giangregorio L, Godin L, Goncalves RF, Gunnell K, Halloway S, Hinkley T, Hnatiuk J, Husu P, Kadir M, Karagounis LG, Koster A, Lakerveld J, Lamb M, Larouche R, LeBlanc AG, Lee EY, Lee P, Lopes L, Manns T, Manyanga T, Martin Ginis K, McVeigh J, Meneguci J, Moreira C, Murtagh E, Patterson F, Pereira da Silva DR, Pesola AJ, Peterson N, Pettitt C, Pilutti L, Pinto Pereira S, Poitras V, Prince S, Rathod A, Riviere F, Rosenkranz S, Routhier F, Santos R, Smith B, Theou O, Tomasone J, Tucker P, Umstattd Meyer R, van der Ploeg H, Villalobos T, Viren T, Wallmann-Sperlich B, Wijndaele K, Wondergem R. Sedentary Behavior Research Network (SBRN) - Terminology Consensus Project Process and Outcome. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 14:75, 2017.
  • Stoner L, Credeur D, Fryer S, Faulkner J, Lambrick DM, Barone Gibbs B. Reliability of Pulse Waveform Separation Analysis: Effects of Posture and Fasting. Journal of Hypertension. In press.
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