Translating Active Living Research to Action in Multiple Sectors

James Sallis - Active Living Researc

James F. Sallis, PhD

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Family Medicine & Public Health. Division of Behavioral Medicine, University of California; Professorial Fellow, Institute for Health & Aging, Australia Catholic University, Melbourne


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Research on active living has identified a wide range of environment and policy correlates and interventions with potential for widespread and long-lasting effects on behavior and health. Decisions made in many sectors considered “non-health” are relevant to active living, especially urban planning, transportation, parks and recreation, schools, architecture, landscape architecture, housing, and industries such as technology, entertainment, and real estate. Using research to inform and influence decisions in these sectors is seen as an essential goal for health, but there many challenges. Dr. Sallis’ presentation will provide models for conceptualizing “research translation” as part of the research process and will offer a variety of pathways by which research can be used to impact practice and policy. He will offer promising examples of research translation in the active living field.

Presenter Bio

James F. Sallis, Ph.D is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at University of California, San Diego and Professorial Fellow at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. He has a doctorate in clinical psychology from Memphis State University (now University of Memphis) and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine. He has been named a Fellow in four scientific organization. His primary research interests are promoting physical activity and providing evidence to guide policy and environmental strategies to improve physical activity, sedentary behavior, nutrition, and obesity. His health improvement programs have been studied and used in health care settings, schools, universities, and companies. He is an author of over 600 scientific publications, on the editorial boards of several journals, and one of the world’s most cited authors in the social sciences. Thomson-Reuters identified him as one of the world’s most creative scientific minds of 2014, 2015, 2016. He is a member of the US National Academy of Medicine and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. He is Past-President of the Society of Behavioral Medicine.