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

  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • "Pitt Moves!", Office of the Provost, Year of Healthy U grant, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA
  • Center for Latin American Studies Faculty Research Grant 5/1/18-8/13/18 University of Pittsburgh ($2,605) ""Addressing Health Disparities in U.S. Latinos: Learning from an existing promotores network"
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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. Physical activity promotion interventions in Latino preschool children: A scoping review. Kines Rev. (Accepted).
  • Taverno Ross, S.E., Documet, P.I., Pate, R.R., Saunders, R.P., McIver, K.L., Barone Gibbs, B. ANDALE Pittsburgh: results of a promotora-led, home-based intervention to promote a healthy weight in Latino preschool children. BMC Public Health. 2018 Mar 16;18(1):360. doi: 10.1186/s12889-018-5266-3. PMID: 29548321
  • Ross, S.E.T., Clennin, M., Pate, R.R. Stepping it up: Longitudinal walking behaviors and neighborhood walkability in children from 5th to 7th grade. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018 Feb 3;15(2), pii: E262.
  • 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 Adolesc Health. 2017 Nov;61(5):562-570. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2017.05.007. Epub 2017 Jul 18. PMID: 28732715
  • Taverno Ross, S.E., Documet, P.I., Pate, R.R., Wisneiwski, L.M., Smith-Tapia, I., Gibbs, B.B. Study Protocol for a Home-based Obesity Prevention Program in Latino Preschool Children. Transl J Am Coll Sports Med. 2017 Jul 15;2(14):85-91. doi: 10.1249/TJX.0000000000000038. PMID: 29082322
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