Barbara Ainsworth

School of Nutrition and Health Promotion
500 N. Third Street
Phoenix
Regents Professor Emerita
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Biography

Barbara Ainsworth is a Regents Professor Emerita with expertise in physical activity assessment, including the areas of physical activity epidemiology, surveillance of physical activity, physical activity in women, and environmental supports for physical activity. She is the lead author for the Adult Compendium of Physical Activities.

Among her recent honors and awards are services as president (2012) and Honor Award recipient (2018) with the American College of Sports Medicine; the McCloy Lecturer (2018), a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Presidents Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition (2015), and University of Minnesota-Duluth College of Education Distinguished Alumni Award (2015) and Twin Cities College of Education Top 100 Graduates from 1906-2006.

Ainsworth is a fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology and the American College of Sports Medicine. 

Education

  • M.P.H.  Epidemiology, University of Minnesota 1989
  • Ph.D. Exercise Physiology, University of Minnesota 1987
  • M.A. Education, University of Minnesota 1975
  • B.A. Physical Education, Fresno State University 1974
     

Research Interests

Physical Activity Epidemiology, Surveillance of Physical Activity, PA in Women, Environmental Supports for Physical Activity

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Research Group

Youth Compendium of Physical Activity Development Group

Motor, Activity, and Fitness Assessment Group

Publications

Recent Publications

  • Ainsworth BE, Watson KB, Ridley K, Pfeiffer KA, Hermann SD, Crouter SE, McMurray RG, Butte NF, Bassett DR Jr, Trost SG, Berrigan D, Fulton JE. Utility of the Youth Compendium of Physical Activities. Res Q Exerc Sport 2018:89(3):273-281.Flórez-Pregonero A, Fulton JE, Dorn JM,
  • Ainsworth BE. Feasibility of using pedometers in a state-based surveillance system: 2014 Arizona Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. J Sport Health Sci. 2018;7(1):34-41 
  • Riviere F, Aubert S, Omorou AY, Ainsworth BE, Vuillemin A. Taxonomy-based content analysis of sedentary behavior questionnaires: A systematic review. PLoS One. 2018; 13(3):e0193812. Doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0193812. eCollection 2018.
  • Ainsworth BE, Buchholz S. Measuring physical activity in clinical practice and for scholarly work. Journal of Nurse Practitioner, supplement. 2017;13(1):14-20e2
  • Fulton J, Carlson SA, Ainsworth BE, Berrigan D, Carlson C, Dorn JM, Health GW, Kohl HW III, Lee I-M, Lee SM, Mâsse LC, Morrow JR Jr., Gabriel KP, Pivarnik JM, Pronk NP, Rodger AB, Saelens BE, Sallis JF, Troiano RP, Tudor-Locke C, Wendel A. CDC / ACSM Roundtable Statement: Strategic Priorities for Physical Activity Surveillance in the United States. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2016;48(10):2057-2069.

Research Activity

Courses

Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
NTR 792 Research
NTR 799 Dissertation
Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
EXW 592 Research
EXW 692 Research
NTR 692 Research
NTR 792 Research
EXW 792 Research
NTR 799 Dissertation
EXW 799 Dissertation
Summer 2019
Course Number Course Title
NTR 692 Research
NTR 792 Research
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
EXW 444 Epidemiology
EXW 494 Special Topics
EXW 592 Research
EXW 598 Special Topics
EXW 599 Thesis
EXW 692 Research
EXW 792 Research
EXW 799 Dissertation
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
EXW 444 Epidemiology
EXW 450 Soc Deter of Health and Beh
KIN 493 Honors Thesis
EXW 592 Research
EXW 599 Thesis
EXW 692 Research
EXW 792 Research
EXW 799 Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
EXW 599 Thesis
NTR 692 Research
NTR 792 Research
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
EXW 444 Epidemiology
KIN 492 Honors Directed Study
EXW 499 Individualized Instruction
EXW 592 Research
EXW 599 Thesis
EXW 692 Research
EXW 792 Research
EXW 799 Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
EXW 444 Epidemiology
EXW 500 Research Methods
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
EXW 444 Epidemiology
EXW 499 Individualized Instruction
EXW 500 Research Methods
EXW 599 Thesis
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
EXW 499 Individualized Instruction
EXW 590 Reading and Conference
EXW 592 Research
EXW 595 Continuing Registration
EXW 597 Capstone Project
EXW 599 Thesis
EXW 692 Research
EXW 792 Research
EXW 799 Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
EXW 492 Honors Directed Study
EXW 493 Honors Thesis
EXW 499 Individualized Instruction
EXW 584 Internship
EXW 590 Reading and Conference
EXW 592 Research
EXW 593 Applied Project
EXW 595 Continuing Registration
EXW 598 Special Topics
EXW 599 Thesis
EXW 692 Research
EXW 792 Research
EXW 799 Dissertation

Presentations

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Honors/Awards

  • Honor Award Recipient, American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), 2018
  • McCloy Lecturer, Research Consortium of AAHPERD, 2018
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Presidents Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition, 2015
  • University of Minnesota-Duluth College of Education Distinguished Alumni Award, 2015
  • Regents Professor, Arizona State University, 2013
  • Scholar Award, Southwest ACSM, 2012
  • University of Minnesota-Twin Cities College of Education Top 100 Graduates from 1906-2006
  • Research Quarterly for Exercise & Sport Invited Lecturer, 2008; Service Award 2009 
  • Raymond Weiss Lecturer, Research Consortium of AAHPERD, 2006
  • Citation Award, ACSM, 2006
  • McKenzie Award, AAHPERD, 2004 
  • McCloy Lecturer, Research Consortium of AAHPERD, 2002
  • Outstanding Researcher, USC School of Public Health, 2000
  • Henry J. Montoye Scholar Award, Southeast ACSM, 2001
  • Scholar Lecturer, Research Consortium of AAHPERD, 1997
  • J. Anna Norris Outstanding Woman in Physical Education, U of MN, 1983
  • Outstanding Service Award, American Red Cross, 1982 

Consulting

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