Sofiya Alhassan

Sofiya Alhassan
Professor and Graduate Program Director
108 Totman Building


B.S., Stetson University, 1996; M.S., Auburn University, 2000; Ph.D., Auburn University, 2004; Postdoctoral Fellowship, Stanford University School of Medicine

Area(s) of Specialization: 

Community Family-Based Physical Activity Interventions

Research Description: 

My current research interest is in using 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 (obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus) in ethnic-minority children. My research agenda also includes examining: 1) physical activity policy-base intervention in preschool-age children; 2) environmental and media influence on various health behaviors in ethnic-minority populations, and 3) after-school family-base intervention to improve physiological (obesity and diabetes risk) and psychosocial, and academic performance of minority pre-adolescents.

Key Publications: 

Alhassan, S., Sirard, J., & Robinson, T. The effects of increasing outdoor playtime on physical activity in Latino preschool children. International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, 2007, 2: 153-158.

Alhassan, S. & Robinson, TN. Objectively measured physical activity and cardiovascular disease risk factors in African-American girls. Ethnicity & Disease, 2008 Autumn; 18(4):421-426.

Alhassan, S. & Robinson, TN. Defining accelerometer thresholds for physical activity in girls using ROC analysis. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 2010: 7(1): 45-53.

Alhassan, S., Nwaokelemeh, O., Goldsby, T. Lyden, K., & Mendoza, A. The effects of additional structured outdoor playtime on preschoolers physical activity level. Child Care in Practice (In Press).

Alhassan, S., Nwaokelemeh, O, Ghazarian, M., Roberts, J., Mendoza, A., & Shitole, S. Effect of locomotor-base physical activity program on minority preschoolers physical activity level. Pediatric Exercise Science (In Press).

Sofiya Alhassan Curriculum Vitae