College of Education and Human Development

School of Kinesiology

Daheia Barr-Anderson

  • Director of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor, Physical Activity and Health Promotion

Daheia Barr-Anderson

Areas of interest

Behavioral interventions, physical activity epidemiology, health disparities, Black and/or African-American communities, yoga, sedentary behavior, obesity prevention


PhD, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 2006
Major: kinesiology, emphasis: exercise epidemiology

Masters of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.), University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, 2000
Major: epidemiology

BS, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC, 1998
Major: biology


Graduate education faculty

Director, Behavioral Physical Activity Laboratory (BPAL)

Professional memberships

Dr. Barr-Anderson's research focuses on physical activity, sedentary behaviors, and obesity prevention in children and adults. She is particularly interested in home- and community-based, environmental interventions that incorporate both physical activity and nutrition to achieve healthy outcomes and to decrease racial/ethnic health inequalities.

She has been the Principal Investigator of grants from the General Mills Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and NIH Building Interdisciplinary Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) program and Co-Investigator on several NIH R01 grants. Her current projects: 1) explore the factors within the home activity and food environments that interplay with individual and interpersonal factors to contribute to overweight and obesity in African-American girls age 4-8 years, and 2) examine the use of yoga to address cardiovascular risk factors in sedentary African-American women.



Selected Publications (out of 57) Underline denotes trainee co-author

Puttock EJ, Marquez J, Young DR, Shirley Am, Han B, McKenzie TL, Smith N, Manuel K, Spear S, Ruiz M, Smith C, Krytus K, Martinez I, So H, Levy M, Wittenbraker J, Mehmood A, Thomas JD, Apedaile L, Ison S, Barr-Anderson DJ, Heller J, Cohen DA. Association of masking policies with mask adherence and distancing during the SARS-COV-2 pandemic. American Journal of Infection Control. 2022;50(9):969-974. 

Barr-Anderson DJ, Hazzard VL, Hahn SL, Folk AL, Wagner BE, Neumark-Sztainer D. Stay-at-home orders during COVID-19: the influence of physical activity and recreational screen time among diverse, emerging adults and future implications for health promotion and the prevention of widening health disparities. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021;18(24);13228. 

Wagner BE, Folk AL, Hahn SL, Larson NI, *Barr-Anderson DJ, Neumark-Sztainer D. Recreational screen behaviors during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States: A mixed-methods study among a diverse population-based sample of emerging adults. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021;18:4613. 

Folk AL, Wagner BE, Hahn SL, Larson NI, Barr-Anderson DJ, Neumark-Sztainer D. Changes to physical activity during a global pandemic: a mixed methods analysis among a diverse population-based sample of emerging adults in the US. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021;18:4613.

Melius J, *Barr-Anderson DJ, Orekoya O. Consideration of factors influencing weight outcomes among U.S. racial-ethnic minority populations in the social work literature. Social Work in Public Health. 2019;34(2):158-175

Kinsey AW, Segar ML, *Barr-Anderson DJ, Whitt-Glover MC, Affuso O. Positive outliers among African American women and the factors associated with long-term physical activity maintenance. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. 2019;6(3):603-617.

Barr-Anderson DJ, Cook B, Loth K, Neumark-Sztainer D. Physical activity habits and sociodemographic correlates of adolescent exergamers. Journal of Adolescent Health.2018 May;62(5):630-632. 

Bramante CT, King MM, Story M, Whitt-Glover MC, *Barr-Anderson DJ. Worksite physical activity breaks: perspectives on feasibility of Implementation. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation. 2018;59(4):491-499.

Barr-Anderson DJ, Flynn JI, Dowda M, Taverno Ross SE, Schenkelberg MA, Reid LA, Pate RR. The modifying effects of race/ethnicity & socioeconomic status on the change in physical activity from elementary to middle school. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2017;61(5):562-570. 

Barr-Anderson DJ, Adams-Wynn AW, Alhassan S, Whitt-Glover MC. Culturally-appropriate, 9-month pilot, obesity intervention for African-American middle school girls and their mothers: a feasibility study. Journal of Adolescent and Family Health. 2014;6(2):6. 

Barr-Anderson DJ, Bauer KW, Hannan PJ, Story M, Neumark-Sztainer D. Perception vs Reality: Is perceived or objective proximity to environmental, physical activity opportunities more associated with recent use among adolescent girls? Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal. 2014;22:107-12. 

Barr-Anderson DJ, Singleton C, Cotwright CJ, Floyd MF, Affuso O. Outside-of-school time obesity prevention and treatment interventions in African American youth. Obesity Reviews. 2014;15(S4):26-45. 

Barr-Anderson DJ, Adams-Wynn AW, DiSantis KI, Kumanyika S. Family-focused physical activity, diet, and obesity interventions in African-American girls: a systematic review. Obesity Reviews. 2013;14(1):29-51. PMID: 23057473 Journal’s 2012 IF=6.87.

Barr-Anderson DJ, AuYoung M, Whitt-Glover MC, Glenn BA, Yancey AK. Structural re-integration of short bouts of physical activity in organizational routine: a systematic review of the literature. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2011 Jan;40(1):76-93. PMID: 21146772. 

Barr-Anderson DJ, van den Berg P, Neumark-Sztainer DR, Story MT. Characteristics associated with older adolescents who have a TV in their bedroom. Pediatrics. 2008;121(4):718-24. PMID: 18381536. Journal’s 2013 IF=5.297.


10 Most Recent Invited Presentations (out of 33)

Barr-Anderson DJ. “Diversity, inclusion and social activism/advocacy for athletes, exercisers, and performers from marginalized groups.” ACSM Exchange Lecture. American Psychological Association (Division 47) Annual Meeting. Minneapolis, MN. August 4-6, 2022. Invited lecture speaker.

Barr-Anderson DJ. “Intersectionality of gender and race with physical activity and obesity: what do we know and how do we move forward” Hamline Biology-Exercise Science Seminar Series. Hamline University. Virtual. February 2022. Invited seminar speaker.

Barr-Anderson DJ. “Changing from girls to women: the role of physical activity to address obesity in Black females.” Institute of Child Development’s Weekly Seminar Speaker Series. Institute of Child Development, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota. Virtual. January 2022. Invited seminar speaker.

Barr-Anderson DJ. “Physical activity and obesity: innovative strategies for black women and girls.” TRANSCEND Program in Maternal Child Health and Childhood Obesity Prevention. Department of Nutrition, College of Health Solutions, University of Arizona. Virtual. September 2021. Invited seminar speaker.

Barr-Anderson DJ, Burnett-Zeigler I, Evans R, Pizon M, Saper R, Stern M, Walls H. “NCCIH’s Health Disparities Hot Topics Webinar.” National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Virtual. April 2021. Invited panelist.

Barr-Anderson DJ, Brandvain Y, Harrison KC, Nguyen-Feng V, Xiong Z. “How faculty can support first-generation students in the classroom and through mentoring.” 2021 First-Gen Institute Program. Virtual. April 2021. Invited panelist.

Barr-Anderson DJ. “The potential of yoga to impact the health of African-American women.” Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota. Minneapolis, MN. September 2019. Invited seminar presenter.

Barr-Anderson DJ. “Stopping the obesity pipeline: innovative interventions for African-American females.” Department of Epidemiology, University of Alabama Birmingham. Birmingham, AL. April 2018. Invited seminar presenter.

Barr-Anderson DJ. “Halting the obesity trajectory: innovative physical activity interventions for African-American females.” Department of Kinesiology, University of Wisconsin. Madison, WI. March 2018. Invited seminar presenter.

Barr-Anderson DJ. “Move more to weigh less: the importance of physical activity to address childhood obesity.” MinneCollege, University of Minnesota Alumni Association. Phoenix, AZ. February 2018. Invited session presenter.