Barbara Ainsworth

School of Nutrition and Health Promotion
500 N. Third Street
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

Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
EXW 592Research
EXW 692Research
NTR 692Research
NTR 792Research
EXW 792Research
NTR 799Dissertation
EXW 799Dissertation
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
NTR 692Research
NTR 792Research
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
EXW 444Epidemiology
EXW 494Special Topics
EXW 592Research
EXW 598Special Topics
EXW 599Thesis
EXW 692Research
EXW 792Research
EXW 799Dissertation
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
EXW 444Epidemiology
EXW 450Soc Deter of Health and Beh
KIN 493Honors Thesis
EXW 592Research
EXW 599Thesis
EXW 692Research
EXW 792Research
EXW 799Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
EXW 599Thesis
NTR 692Research
NTR 792Research
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
EXW 444Epidemiology
KIN 492Honors Directed Study
EXW 499Individualized Instruction
EXW 592Research
EXW 599Thesis
EXW 692Research
EXW 792Research
EXW 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
EXW 444Epidemiology
EXW 500Research Methods
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
EXW 444Epidemiology
EXW 499Individualized Instruction
EXW 500Research Methods
EXW 599Thesis
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
EXW 499Individualized Instruction
EXW 590Reading and Conference
EXW 592Research
EXW 595Continuing Registration
EXW 597Capstone Project
EXW 599Thesis
EXW 692Research
EXW 792Research
EXW 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
EXW 492Honors Directed Study
EXW 493Honors Thesis
EXW 499Individualized Instruction
EXW 584Internship
EXW 590Reading and Conference
EXW 592Research
EXW 593Applied Project
EXW 595Continuing Registration
EXW 598Special Topics
EXW 599Thesis
EXW 692Research
EXW 792Research
EXW 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
EXW 444Epidemiology
EXW 492Honors Directed Study
EXW 493Honors Thesis
EXW 494Special Topics
EXW 499Individualized Instruction
EXW 584Internship
EXW 590Reading and Conference
EXW 592Research
EXW 595Continuing Registration
EXW 597Capstone Project
EXW 599Thesis
EXW 692Research
EXW 792Research
EXW 799Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
EXW 499Individualized Instruction
EXW 590Reading and Conference
EXW 592Research
EXW 595Continuing Registration
EXW 599Thesis
EXW 692Research
EXW 792Research
EXW 799Dissertation
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
EXW 344Phys Activity in Hlth/Disease
EXW 492Honors Directed Study
EXW 493Honors Thesis
EXW 499Individualized Instruction
EXW 584Internship
EXW 590Reading and Conference
EXW 592Research
EXW 595Continuing Registration
EXW 599Thesis
EXW 692Research
EXW 792Research
EXW 799Dissertation

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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