Sharon E. Ross

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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

  • 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.
  • Office of the Provost, Year of Diversity grant 11/2016 - 11/2017 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • OjO Latino: Pittsburgh Latino Immigrants Photo-Voice Project; Office of the Provost, Year of Diversity grant;11/2016 - 11/2017 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.
  • Barr-Anderson, D.J., Flynn, J.I., Dowda, M., Taverno Ross, S.E., Schenkelberg, M., Reid, L., Pate, R.R. Change in physical activity from elementary to middle school: race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status as modifying effects. J Adol Health. (Accepted).
  • Dowda, M., McIver, K.L., Taverno Ross, S.E., Dishman, R., Pate, R.R. Physical activity and changes in adiposity in the transition from elementary to middle school. Child Obesity. 2017 Feb;13(1):53-62.
  • Taverno Ross, S.E., Documet, P.I., Pate, R.R., Wisneiwski, L.M., Smith-Tapia, I., Gibbs, B.B. Study Protocol for a Promotora-led Obesity Prevention Program in Latino Preschool Children. TJACSM. (Accepted).
  • Rupp, K., Taverno Ross, S.E., Jakicic, J.M. Age of onset of obesity is not predictive of response to a standard behavioral weight loss intervention. Obes Sci Pract. 2016. 2(3); 248-255
  • Taverno Ross, S. E., Dowda, M., Dishman, R., Pate, R. R. Classes of physical activity and sedentary behavior in 5th grade children. Am J Health Behavior. 2016;40(3):352-361.
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