Jorge Banda

Research Interests

Dr. Banda’s research merges the fields of exercise science, public health, and social psychology to develop creative solutions to improve child health.  His research interests focus on 1) developing, evaluating, and disseminating community-based interventions to decrease sedentary behavior, increase physical activity, and prevent and treat obesity in children and 2) using accelerometers and innovative data analysis strategies to improve estimates of child sleep, sedentary behavior, and physical activity.  Dr. Banda’s research uses an interdisciplinary team approach to accomplish these research aims, involving social psychologists, exercise scientists, statisticians, and physicians.

Community-based interventions:  Dr. Banda’s research applies approaches from social psychology theory to build intrinsic motivation for physical activity and sports participation and alter children’s mindsets about their abilities (i.e., promoting a “growth” mindset).  His research takes places in youth team sports programs, examining the effects of coach training interventions on coaching behaviors, child physical activity, and psychological and physical measures.  An important component of this research is the use of coaching behavior observation measures and coach-training instruments developed by Dr. Banda, funded by an NIH research supplement to promote diversity in health-related researchAdditional research is focused on 1) adapting these social psychology theories to other settings (e.g., homes, schools) and organizations (e.g., Boys and Girls Clubs), 2) developing interventions to improve child sleep behaviors to test their effects on health behaviors and outcomes (e.g., obesity), and 3) examining the effects of park and neighborhood environment interventions on community-level physical activity.

Developing comprehensive accelerometer methods:  With emerging interest in comprehensively measuring behaviors throughout the 24-hour cycle, and the increasing ubiquity of wearable monitoring, Dr. Banda’s research is focused on developing new methods to improve estimates of sleep behaviors, sedentary behavior, and physical activity in children from wearable devices.  He and colleagues are developing comprehensive data processing and analysis approaches using advanced statistical methods to differentiate between non-wear, sleep, sedentary behavior, and physical activity, and identifying the most unbiased and precise methods to impute missing data during non-wear periods.  An important component of this research is a study Dr. Banda is conducting with colleagues at Stanford University to develop methods to improve estimates of child sleep behaviors from accelerometers.  Participants in this study wear accelerometers while undergoing an overnight polysomnography sleep test, the gold standard measure of sleep.

Banda Research Lab

Dr. Banda is recruiting research assistants and interns to work in his research lab.  You can apply for a position in his research lab at:

Prospective Graduate Students 

Dr. Banda is recruiting graduate students interested in promoting physical activity and preventing and treating obesity in children.  Students interested in earning an MS or PhD in health promotion under the supervision of Dr. Banda should contact him via email. 


2015-2017      Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Pediatric Obesity

                       Department of Pediatrics, Stanford University

2012-2015      Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention 

          Stanford Prevention Research Center, Stanford University

2012               PhD in Exercise Science

                       University of South Carolina

2007               MS in Exercise Science

                       University of Houston

2004               BS in Kinesiology

                       University of Houston

Selected Publications

For a complete list of publications authored by Dr. Banda, please go to:

  • Salvo D, Banda JA, Sheats JL, Winter SJ, Lopes dos Santos D, King AC (in press).  Impacts of a temporary urban pop-up park on physical activity and other individual- and community-level outcomes.  Journal of Urban Health.
  • Robinson TN, Banda JA, Hale L, Shirong Lu A, Fleming-Milici F, Calvert SL, Wartella E (in press).  Screen media exposure and obesity in children and adolescents.  Pediatrics.
  • Banda JA, Hooker SP, Wilcox S, Colabianchi N, Kaczynski AT, Hussey J (in press).  The effects of a park awareness campaign on rural park use and physical activity.  Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.
  • Barkin SL, Lamichhane AP, Banda JA, JaKa MM, Buchowski MS, Evenson KR, Bangdiwala SI, Pratt CA, French SA, Stevens J (2017).  Parent's physical activity associated with preschooler activity in underserved populations.  American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 52(4), 424-432.
  • King AC, Salvo D, Banda JA, Ahn DK, Chapman JE, Gill TM, Fielding RA, Demons J, Tudor-Locke C, Rosso A, Pahor M, Frank LD (2017).  Preserving older adults’ routine outdoor activities in contrasting neighborhood environments through a physical activity intervention.  Preventive Medicine, 96, 87-93.
  • Banda JA, Haydel KF, Davila T, Desai M, Bryson S, Haskell WL, Matheson D, Robinson TN (2016).  Effects of varying epoch lengths, wear time algorithms, and activity cut-points on estimates of child sedentary behavior and physical activity from accelerometer data.  PLoS ONE, 11(3), e0150534.
  • King AC, Salvo D, Banda JA, Ahn DK, Gill TM, Miller M, Newman AB, Fielding RA, Siordia C, Moore S, Folta S, Spring B, Manini T, Pahor M, LIFE Study Investigators (2015).  An observational study identifying obese subgroups among older adults at increased risk of mobility disability: do perceptions of the neighborhood environment matter?  International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 12(1), 157.
  • Banda JA, Wilcox S, Colabianchi N, Hooker SP, Kaczynski AT, Hussey J (2014).  The associations between park environments and park use in southern US communities. Journal of Rural Health, 30(4), 369-378.
  • Robinson TN, Matheson DM, Desai M, Wilson DM, Weintraub DL, Haskell WL, McClain AD, McClure SM, Banda JA, Sanders LM, Haydel KF, Killen JD (2013).  Family, community and clinic collaboration to treat overweight and obese children: Stanford GOALS – A randomized controlled trial of a three-year, multi-component, multi-level, multi-setting intervention.  Contemporary Clinical Trials, 36(2), 421-435.
  • Lee RE, O’Connor DP, Smith-Ray R, Mama SK, Medina AV, Reese-Smith JY, Banda JA, Layne CS, Brosnan M, Cubbin C, McMillan T, Estabrooks PA (2012).  Mediating effects of group cohesion on physical activity and diet in women of color: Health Is Power.  American Journal of Health Promotion, 26(4), e116-e125.
  • Price AE, Pluto DM, Ogoussan O, Banda JA (2011).  School administrators’ perceptions of factors that influence children’s active travel to school.  Journal of School Health, 81(12), 741-748. 
  • Beets MW, Morgan CP, Banda JA, Bornstein D, Byun W, Mitchell J, Munselle L, Rooney L, Beighle A, Erwin H (2011).  Convergent validity of pedometer and accelerometer estimates of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity of youth.  Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 8(S2), S295-S305.
  • Banda JA, Hutto B, Feeney A, Pfeiffer KA, McIver K, LaMonte MJ, Blair SN, Vena J, Hooker SP (2010).  Comparing physical activity measures in a diverse group of midlife and older adults.  Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 42(12), 2251-2257. 
  • Banda JA, Clouston K, Sui X, Hooker SP, Lee CD, Blair SN (2010).  Protective health factors and incident hypertension in men.  American Journal of Hypertension, 23(6), 599-605. 


  • Lee RE, McAlexander KM, Banda JA (2011).  Reversing the Obesogenic Environment.  Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. 

Book Chapters

  • Banda JA and Robinson TN (2017).  Children and screen time.  In W Zhu and N Owen (Eds), Sedentary Behavior and Health: Concepts, Assessments, and Interventions (pp. 55-69, 362-364).  Champaign, Illinois:  Human Kinetics.
  • Banda JA, Winter SJ, King AC (2017).  Sedentary behavior of older adults.  In W Zhu and N Owen (Eds), Sedentary Behavior and Health: Concepts, Assessments, and Interventions (pp. 249-261, 401-404). Champaign, Illinois:  Human Kinetics.


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