Amanda Staiano, PhD

Assistant Professor-Research

Pediatric Obesity and Health Behavior
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Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, Georgetown University, 2010
Master of Public Policy, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University, 2009
Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Louisiana State University, 2007


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Dr. Staiano is a developmental psychologist in pediatric obesity with an interest in technology-mediated physical activity interventions to target children who are most at-risk for obesity and chronic disease. Her research has examined how technological devices like exergames (i.e. activity-promoting video games) affect youths’ adiposity, physical activity, and eating behaviors. She has led multiple scientific investigations of adolescents’ use of exergames, including the “Wii Active” study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which was a 20-week school-based exergame intervention for overweight and obese African American adolescents, and the “Klub Kinect” project to demonstrate the feasibility and efficacy of conducting a 12-week exergaming physical activity intervention for weight loss among overweight and obese adolescent girls. In the fall of 2015, Dr. Staiano's team is launching "GameSquad," a 6-month gaming intervention for children aged 10 to 12 years, funded by the American Heart Association.

As Roadmap Scholar for the NIH-funded Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science Center (LA CaTS), Dr. Staiano is also examining the influence of sedentary time, specifically television viewing, on young adults' eating attitudes, obesity, and cardiometabolic risk factors.

Drawing from her public policy training, Dr. Staiano participates in scientific advocacy at the national, state, and local level.


Staiano AE, Marker AM, Frelier JM, Hsia DS, Martin CK. Influence of screen-based peer modeling on preschool children’s vegetable consumption and preferences. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2016. NIHMS763194. [Advance Online Publication March 16, 2016].

Staiano AE, Marker AM, Beyl RA, Hsia DS, Katzmarzyk PT, Newton RN. A randomized controlled trial of dance exergaming for exercise training in overweight and obese adolescent girls. Pediatric Obesity. 2016. [Advance Online Publication February 26, 2016].

Baranowski T, Blumberg F, Buday R, DeSmet A, Fiellin LE, Green CS, Kato PM, Lu AS, Maloney AE, Mellecker R, Morrill BA, Peng W, Shegog R, Staiano AE, Thompson D, Young K. White Paper: Games for health for children – current status and needed research. Games for Health Journal 2016;5(1):1-12.

Staiano AE, DM Harrington, NM Johannsen, RL Newton, MA Sarzynski, DL Swift, PT Katzmarzyk. Uncovering physiological mechanisms for health disparities in type 2 diabetes. Ethnicity & Disease 2015;25(1):31-7. NIHMS 671588.

Marker AM, Staiano AE. Better together: Outcomes of cooperation versus competition in exergaming. Games for Health Journal 2015;4(1):25-30. NIHMS: 651483.

Staiano AE, R Flynn. Therapeutic uses of active video games: A systematic review. Games for Health Journal 2014;3(6):351-65.

Carson V, AE Staiano, PT Katzmarzyk. Physical activity, screen time, and sitting among U.S. adolescents. Pediatric Exercise Science 2015 Feb;27(1):151-9.

Staiano AE. Learning by Playing: Video Gaming in Education -- a cheat sheet for games for health designers. Games for Health Journal 2014;3(5):319-321.

Katzmarzyk PT, Barlow S, Bouchard C, Catalano PM, Hsia DS, Inge TH, Lovelady C, Raynor H, Redman LM, Staiano AE, Spruijt-Metz D, Symonds ME, Vickers M, Wilfley D, Yanovski JA. An evolving scientific basis for the prevention and treatment of pediatric obesity. International Journal of Obesity2014;4(1):209-220.

Staiano A.E., A. Gupta, P.T. Katzmarzyk. Cardiometabolic risk factors and fat distribution in children and adolescents. J Pediatr 2014;164(3):560-5.

Staiano A.E., D.H. Harrington, T.V. Barreira, P.T. Katzmarzyk. Sitting time and cardiometabolic risk in U.S. adults: Associations by sex, race, socio-economic status, and activity level. British Journal of Sports Medicine 2014;48:213-9.

Staiano A.E., S.T. Broyles, A. Gupta, R. Malina, and P.T. Katzmarzyk. Maturity-associated variation in total and depot-specific body fat in children and adolescents. American Journal of Human Biology 2013;25(4):473-9.

Staiano A.E., S.T. Broyles, A. Gupta and P.T. Katzmarzyk. Ethnic and sex differences in visceral, subcutaneous, and total body fat in children and adolescents. Obesity 2013;21(6):1251-5.

Staiano A.E., D.M. Harrington, S.T. Broyles, A. Gupta and P.T. Katzmarzyk. Television, adiposity, and cardiometabolic risk in children and adolescents. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2013;44(1):40-7.

Staiano A.E., A.A. Abraham and S.L. Calvert. Adolescent exergame play for weight loss and psychosocial improvement: A controlled physical activity intervention. Obesity 2013;21(3):598-601.

Staiano A.E. and P.T. Katzmarzyk. Ethnic and sex differences in body fat and visceral and subcutaneous adiposity in children and adolescents. International Journal of Obesity 2012;36:1261-9.

Katzmarzyk P.T. and A.E. Staiano. New race and ethnicity standards: Elucidating health disparities in diabetes. BMC Medicine 2012;10:42.

Staiano A.E., B.A. Reeder, S. Elliott, M.R. Joffres, P. Pahwa, S.A. Kirkland, G. Paradis and P.T. Katzmarzyk. Physical activity, waist circumference and mortality. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism 2012;37(5):1008-13.

Staiano A.E., B.A. Reeder, S. Elliott, M.R. Joffres, P. Pahwa, S.A. Kirkland, G. Paradis and P.T. Katzmarzyk. Body mass index versus waist circumference as predictors of mortality in Canadian adults. International Journal of Obesity 2012;36(11):1450-4.

Staiano A.E. and Calvert S.L. Digital gaming and pediatric obesity: At the intersection of science and social policy. Social Issues and Policy Review 2012;6(1):54-81.

Barreira T.V., D.M. Harrington, A.E. Staiano, S.B. Heymsfield and P.T. Katzmarzyk. Body adiposity index, body mass index and body fat in White and African American adults. JAMA 2011;306:828-830.

Staiano A.E. and S.L. Calvert. Exergames for physical education courses: Physical, social, and cognitive benefits. Child Development Perspectives 2011;5:93-98.

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