Sofiya Alhassan, PhD, FACSM

Affiliated Research Scientist

My current research interest is in using physical activity in the prevention of pediatric obesity, particularly the utilization of community family-based physical activity interventions to reduce early onset cardiovascular disease risk factors (obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus) in ethnic-minority children. My research agenda also includes examining: 1) physical activity policy-based intervention in preschool-age children; 2) environmental and media influence on various health behaviors in ethnic-minority populations, and 3) after-school family-based intervention to improve physiological (obesity and diabetes risk) and psychosocial, and academic performance of minority pre-adolescents.