Physical Activity and Health

Sofiya Alhassan

Sofiya Alhassan

Assistant Professor of Kinesiology
Director of Pediatric Physical Activity Laboratory

Email: alhassan@kin.umass.edu

 
Special Areas of Interest: Physical activity in the prevention of pediatric obesity. In particular, the utilization of community family-based physical activity interventions to reduce early onset cardiovascular disease risk factors in ethnic-minority children. Her research agenda also includes examining; the interrelationship between physical activity policy in preschool settings on preschool-age children physical activity levels, as well as, environmental and family influence on various health behaviors in ethnic-minority populations.


Judi Labranche


Judi Bruno LaBranche

Lecturer in the Department of Kinesiology
Director of the Body Shop Fitness Center

Email: jblabran@kin.umass.edu

Special Areas of Interest: Community Health Promotion, Wellness Facility Management, Exercise Program Design for Normal and Special Populations. Her latest work with the YMCA included a partnership with LIVESTRONG in designing and implementing rehab programs for cancer survivors.

John Sirard


John Sirard

Associate Professor of Kinesiology

Email: jsirard@kin.umass.edu

Special Areas of Interest: The long-term goals of my research program are to develop, test, and disseminate successful intervention programs that work at multiple levels of influence to increase youth physical activity and decrease screen media use, leading to long-term improvements in physical, social, and mental health. 

To accomplish these long-term goals my research embraces the Social Ecological Model as a framework to better understand the multiple levels of influence on youth physical activity and sedentary behavior.   

One facet of my research program is to better understand the social and physical environmental influences on youth physical activity and sedentary behavior.  At the heart of the Social-Ecological Model are the individual-level behaviors and their health outcomes.  Therefore, another integral facet of my research program is to better understand how to quantify physical activity and sedentary behavior in youth using accelerometers (i.e., motion sensors) and questionnaire data, when appropriate.