Bethany Barone Gibbs

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Dr. Bethany Barone Gibbs is an Assistant Professor in the Department 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 as a risk factor, independent 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. Current projects include evaluating whether sit-stand desks can decrease blood pressure and arterial stiffness, a 6-month pilot intervention study using sit-stand desks and activity breaks to decrease chronic low back pain, and developing interventions to decrease sedentary behavior and improve physical function in older adults across the spectrum of long-term care. She was recently funded by the American Heart Association to study sedentary behavior and cardiovascular health during pregnancy.

School Affiliations

Recent Grants

  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Cardiovascular Effects of Using a Sit-Stand Desk HumanScale (investigator-initiated research project)
  • Sit Less for Less Back Pain
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Recent Publications

  • 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.
  • Barone Gibbs, B, Kowalsky RJ, Perdomo SJ, Grier M, Jakicic JM. Energy Expenditure of Deskwork when Sitting, Standing, or Alternating Positions. Occupational Medicine. published online August 11, 2016.
  • Barone Gibbs B, King WC, Belle SH, Jakicic JM. Six-Month Changes in Ideal Cardiovascular Health vs. Framingham 10-year Coronary Heart Disease Risk among Young Adults Enrolled in a Weight Loss Intervention. Preventive Medicine. Prev Med. 2016 May. 86: 123-129.
  • Barone Gibbs B, Brach JS, Byard T, Creasy S, Davis KK, McCoy S, Peluso A, Rogers RJ, Rupp K, Jakicic JM. Reducing Sedentary Behavior Versus Increasing Moderate-to-Vigorous Intensity Physical Activity in Older Adults: A 12-Week Randomized, Clinical Trial. J Aging Health. 2015 Mar 3. pii: 0898264316635564. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Perdomo SJ, Moody AM, McCoy SM, Barinas-Mitchell E, Jakicic JM, Barone Gibbs, B. Effects on Carotid-Femoral Pulse Wave Velocity 24 Hours Post-Exercise in Young Healthy Adults. Hypertension publication 14 January 2016; doi: 10.1038/hr.2015.161
  • Barone Gibbs, BB, King W, Davis, KK, Rickman, AD, Rogers, RJ, Wahed A, Belle SH, Jakicic, JM. Objective vs. Self-reported Sedentary Behavior Assessment in Overweight and Obese Young Adults. J Phys Act Health. 2015 Feb 24.
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