Bethany Barone Gibbs, PhD, FAHA
32 Oak Hill Court, Room 205
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Epidemiology (2010)
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
Area of Study: physical activity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, epidemiologic methods, biostatistics
Master of Science (ScM) in Epidemiology (2003)
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
Areas of Study: cardiovascular epidemiology, obesity, epidemiologic methods, biostatistics,
Bachelor of Science (BS) in Kinesiology and Chemistry (double major) (2001)
College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
Assistant Professor, 2016-current Department of Health and Physical Activity, and
Clinical and Translational Science, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Assistant Professor, 2010-2016 Department of Health and Physical Activity, University
of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Graduate Research Assistant, 2007-10 Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
Clinical Research Coordinator, 2002-6 Johns Hopkins University (Look AHEAD), Children’s
Hospital of Philadelphia (REACH Study), Eastern Virginia Medical School (pharmaceutical trials)
Research Grant Participation
8/1/2016 – 7/30/2018 Role: Principal Investigator: The Effect of Reducing Sedentary Time
on Blood Pressure in Desk Workers (University of Pittsburgh Central
Development Research Fund Award)
12/1/2015 – 7/30/2017 Role: Co-Investigator: Maintaining Activity and Nutrition through
Technology-Assisted Innovation in Primary Care (AHRQ, R18 HS 021162; PI: Conroy)
8/1/2015 – 11/30/2016 Role: Principal Investigator: Reducing Sedentary Behavior to Decrease
Low Back Pain: the Stand Back Study (Ruth Kaufman Foundation)
1/1/2015 – 12/30/2016 Role: Principal Investigator: Sit-stand desks for improving health and
wellness in working adults (HumanScale®)
9/1/2015 – 2/28/2016 Role: Co-Investigator: A promotora-mediated, family-based
intervention to prevent obesity in Latino preschoolers (NHLBI, R21 HL119395; PI: Ross)
1/2013 – 5/2016 Role: Co-Investigator: Effect of exercise and weight loss on cardiovascular health, National Heart Lung and Blood Institutes (R01 HL103646-01; PI: J. Jakicic)
11/2013 – 10/2013 Role: Principal Investigator: Reducing sedentary behavior vs.
increasing physical activity in older adults: the RISE Study (Claude D. Pepper Center Small Grants Program)
7/2012 – 6/2014 Role: Principal Investigator: Impact of a Lifestyle Intervention with Varying Physical Activity Doses on Arterial Stiffness, U. of Pittsburgh’s Central Research Development Fund Small Grants Program
1/2012 – 3/2014 Role: Principal Investigator: The Effect of a Technology-enhanced Lifestyle Intervention on Cardiovascular Health in Overweight and Obese Young Adults, American Heart Association, Beginning Grant-in-Aid (12BGIA9410032)
10/2006 – 10/2009 Predoctoral Fellowship: National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Disorders (NIDDK) (T32- DK062707-06; PI: C. Saudek), Diabetes and Obesity Training Program
Peer Reviewed Manuscripts
Stoner L, Credeur D, Fryer S, Faulkner J, Lambrick DM, Barone Gibbs B. Reliability of Pulse Waveform Separation Analysis: Effects of Posture and Fasting. Journal of Hypertension. In press.
Quinn T, Jakicic JM, Fertman C, Barone Gibbs B. Demographic factors, workplace factors, and active transportation use in the United States: a secondary analysis of 2009 NHTS data. In review at Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. In press.
Nagle EF, Sanders ME, Gibbs BB, Franklin BA, Nagle JA, Prins PJ, Johnson CD, Robertson RJ. Reliability and Accuracy of a Standardized Shallow Water Running Test to Determine Cardiorespiratory Fitness. J Strength Cond Res. 2016 Sep 16. PubMed PMID: 27669180
Barone Gibbs, B, Kowalsky, RJ, Grier, M, Perdomo, SJ, Jakicic, JM. Energy Expenditure of Deskwork when Sitting, Standing, or Alternating Positions. Occupational Medicine. published online Aug 11, 2016.
Peluso A, Barone Gibbs B, Rogers RJ, Jakicic JM. Fruit and Vegetable Intake and Diet Quality in a Weight Loss Intervention. Health Behavior and Policy Review. 2016 Nov 1. 3: 535-45.
McCoy SM, Jakicic JM, Barone Gibbs B. Comparison of obesity, physical activity, and sedentary behaviors between adolescents with autism spectrum disorders and without. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2016 July 46: 2317.
Barone Gibbs B, Brach JS, Byard T, Creasy S, Davis KK, McCoy S, Peluso A, Rogers RJ, Rupp K, Jakicic JM. Reducing Sedentary Behavior Versus Increasing Moderate-to-Vigorous Intensity Physical Activity in Older Adults: A 12-Week Randomized, Clinical Trial. J Aging Health. 2015 Mar 3. pii: 0898264316635564. [Epub ahead of print]
Barone Gibbs B, King WC, Belle SH, Jakicic JM. Six-Month Changes in Ideal Cardiovascular Health vs. Framingham 10-year Coronary Heart Disease Risk among Young Adults Enrolled in a Weight Loss Intervention. Preventive Medicine. Prev Med. 2016 May 31. 86: 123-129.
White DA, Rofey DL, Kriska AM, Venditti EM, Gibbs BB, Gallagher JD, Jakicic JM. Parental Influences on Child Weight: Perception, Willingness to Change, and Barriers. J Obes Weight Loss Ther 6:293.
Perdomo SJ, Moody AM, McCoy SM, Barinas-Mitchell E, Jakicic JM, Barone Gibbs, B. Effects on Carotid-Femoral Pulse Wave Velocity 24 Hours Post-Exercise in Young Healthy Adults. Hypertension Research.online publication 14 January 2016; doi: 10.1038/hr.2015.161
Rogers RJ, Lang W, Barone Gibbs B, Davis, KK, Burke LE, Kovacs, SJ, Portzer, LA, Jakicic JM. Applying a technology-based system for weight loss in adults with obesity. Obesity Science & Practice (2016).
Gibbs BB, King WC, Davis KK, Rickman AD, Rogers RJ, Wahed A, Belle SH, Jakicic JM. Objective versus Self-Reported Sedentary Behavior in Overweight and Obese Young Adults. Journal of Physical Activity and Health. 2015 Dec.
Barone Gibbs B, Pettee Gabriel K, Reis JP, Jakicic JM, Carnethon MR, Sternfeld B. Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Associations Between Objectively Measured Sedentary Time and Metabolic Disease: The Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Study. Diabetes Care. October 2015 vol. 38 no. 10 1835-1843.
Portzer LA, Rogers RJ, Barone Gibbs B, Hergenroeder AL, Rickman AD, Jakicic JM. Energy Expenditure and Enjoyment of Active Television Viewing. International Journal of Exercise Science. 9.1 (2016): 8.
Jakicic JM, King WC, Marcus MD, Davis KK, Helsel D, Rickman AD, Gibbs BB, Rogers RJ, Wahed A, Belle SH. Short-Term Weight Loss with Diet and Physical Activity in Young Adults: the IDEA Study. Obesity. 2015 Dec;23(12):2385-97. doi: 10.1002
Jakicic JM, King WC, Gibbs BB, Rogers RJ, Rickman AD, Davis KK, Wahed A, Belle SH. Objective versus Self-Reported Physical Activity in Overweight and Obese Young Adults. Journal of Physical Activity and Health. 2015 Feb 24.
Garcia DO, Jakicic JM, Davis KK, Barone Gibbs B, Burke LE, Rickman, AD. A Pilot Feasibility Study of a Campaign Intervention for Weight Loss in Overweight and Obese Adults. Californian Journal of Health Promotion, 2014, Volume 12, Issue 3, 56-70.
Espeland MA, Beavers KM, Gibbs BB, Johnson KC, Hughes TM, Baker LD, Jakicic J, Korytkowski M, Miller M, Bray GA. Ankle-brachial index and inter-artery blood pressure differences as predictors of cognitive function in overweight and obese older adults with diabetes: Results from the Action for Health in Diabetes Movement and Memory Study. Int J Geriatr Psych. 2014.
Barone Gibbs, B, Hergenroeder, AL, Katzmarzyk, P, Lee, IM, Definition, Measurement and Health Risks Associated with Sedentary Behavior. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2014 Sep 12. [Epub ahead of print]
Reis J.P., Allen N., Barone Gibbs B., Lee J., Lewis C.E., Lima J., Lloyd-Jones D., Loria C.M., Powell-Wiley T.M., Sharma S., Wei G.S., Liu K. Association of the degree of adiposity and duration of obesity with measures of cardiac structure and function: The CARDIA Study. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2014 Nov;22(11):2434-40
Goss, F.L., R.J. Robertson, A. Deldin, B. Barone Gibbs, and D. Hostler. Observation of OMNI scale of perceived exertion during fire suppression training. Perceptual and Motor Skills. 2014. Epub 2014 Jul 15.
Jakicic JM, Rickman AD, Lang W, Davis KK, Gibbs BB, Neiberg R, Marcus MD. Time-based physical activity interventions for weight loss: a randomized trial. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2015. May; 47(5).
Barone Gibbs B, Brancati FL, Coday M, Chen H, Jakicic JM, Lewis C, Stewart KJ, Clark JM. Effect of Improved Fitness beyond Weight Loss on Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes in the Look AHEAD Study. European Journal of Preventative Cardiology. 2014, Vol. 21(5) 608–617.
Barone Gibbs B, Reis JP, Schelbert EB, Craft LL, Sidney S, Lima J, Lewis CE. Sedentary Screen Time and Left Ventricular Structure and Function: the CARDIA Study. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2014 Feb;46(2):276-83.
Freeman S, Barone Gibbs, B, Broadland, DB, Zitelli J. The prognostic value of sentinel lymph node biopsy compared to Breslow thickness; implications for informed consent in patients with invasive melanoma Dermatologic Surgery. 2013 Dec;39(12):1800-12
Dobrosieski DA, Barone Gibbs B, Chaudhari S, Ouyang P, Silber HA, Stewart KJ. Effect of exercise on abdominal fat loss in men and women with and without type 2 diabetes. BMJ Open. 2013 Nov 25; 3(11): e003897.
Nagle EF, Sanders ME, Shafer A, Barone Gibbs B, Nagle JA, Deldin AR, Franklin BA, Robertson RJ. Energy Expenditure, Cardiorespiratory, and Perceptual Responses to Shallow-Water Aquatic Exercise in Young Adult Women. The Physician and Sportsmedicine. 2013 Sep;41(3):67-76.
Barone Gibbs B, Dobrosielski DA, Althouse AD, Stewart KJ. The effect of exercise training on ankle-brachial index in type 2 diabetes. Atherosclerosis. 2013. Sep; 230(1):125-30.
Lambert JW, Ingham M, Gibbs BB, Given, RW, Lance RS, Riggs SB. Using preoperative albumin levels as a surrogate marker for outcomes after radical cystectomy for bladder cancer. Urology. 2013 Mar;81(3):587-92.
Barone Gibbs, B, Dobrosielski DA, Bonekamp S, Stewart KJ, Clark JM. A randomized trial of exercise for blood pressure reduction in type 2 diabetes: effect on flow-mediated dilation and circulating biomarkers of endothelial function. Atherosclerosis. 2012 Oct; 224(2): 446-453.
Barone Gibbs, B, Kinzel, LS, Pettee Gabriel, K, Change, Y, Kuller, LH. Short- and long-term eating habit modification predict weight change in overweight, post-menopausal women: results from the WOMAN Study. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2012 Sep;112(9):1347-1355.e2.
Dobrosielski DA, Gibbs BB, Ouyang P, Bonekamp S, Clark JM, Wang NY, Silber HA, Shapiro EP, Stewart KJ. Effect of Exercise on Blood Pressure in Type 2 Diabetes: A Randomized Controlled Trial. J Gen Intern Med. 2012 May 19.
Gibbs BB, Dobrosielski DA, Lima M, Bonekamp S, Stewart KJ, Clark JM. The Association of Arterial Shear and Flow-mediated Dilation in Diabetes. Vascular Medicine. 2011 Aug; 16(4):267-74.
Brien JC, Barone BB, Fabrizio MD, Given RW. Posterior Reconstruction Prior to Vesicourethral Anastomosis in Patients Undergoing Robot Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy Leads to Earlier Return to Baseline Continence. J Endourol. 2011. Mar. 25(3):441-5.
Peairs KS, Barone BB, Snyder CF, Yeh HC, Stein KB, Derr RL, Brancati FL, Wolff AC. Diabetes
Mellitus and Breast Cancer Outcomes: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. J Clin Oncol. 2011. 29(1):40-6
Barone BB, Yeh HC, Snyder CF, Peairs KS, Stein KB, Derr RL, Wolff AC, and Brancati FL. Increased Short-term Mortality in Cancer Patients with Pre-existing Diabetes Mellitus: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Diabetes Care. 2010 Apr;33(4):931-9.
Malcolm JB, Fabrizio MD, Barone BB, Given RW, Davis JW, Lance RS, Schellhammer PF. Quality of Life after Open or Robotic Prostatectomy, Cryoablation, or Brachytherapy for Localized Prostate Cancer. J. Urol. 2010 Mar 17.
Stein KB, Snyder CF, Barone BB; Yeh HS, Peairs KS, Derr RL, Wolff AC, Brancati FL. Colorectal cancer mortality outcomes, cancer recurrence, and treatment-related complications in persons with and without diabetes mellitus: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Digestive Disease and Sciences. 2010 Mar;13(1):58-64.
Snyder CS, Stein KB, Barone BB, Peairs KS, Yeh HC, Derr RL, Wolff AC, Carduccis MA, Brancati FL. Does diabetes affect prostate cancer prognosis? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases. 2010 Mar;13(1):58-64.
Bepple JR, Barone BB, Eure GR. A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Double-Blind Study of the use of Dutasteride for improving Outcomes of Photoselective Vaporization of the Prostate (DOP trial). Urology. 2009 Nov;74(5):1101-4.
Campbell CY, Clarke W, Park H, Haq N, Barone BB, Brotman DJ. Usefulness of Cystatin C and Prognosis following Admission for Acute Heart Failure. Am J Cardiol. 2009 104(3):389-92.
Malcolm JB, Berry TT, Williams MB, Logan JE, Given RW, Lance RS, Barone B, Shaves S, Vingan H, Fabrizio MD. Single center experience with percutaneous and laparoscopic cryoablation of small renal masses. J Endourol. 2009 Jun;23(6):907-11.
Barone BB, Wang NY, Bacher AC, and Stewart KJ. Decreased exercise blood pressure in older adults after exercise training: contributions of increased fitness and decreased fatness. Brit J Sport Med. 2009;43;52-56
Berry T, Tepera C, Staneck D, Barone B, Lance RS, Fabrizio MD, Given RW. Is there Correlation of Urinary Continence and Nerve Sparing Status During Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Radical Prostatectomy? J Endourol. 2009;Mar;23(3):489-93.
Baptiste-Roberts K, Barone BB, Gary TL, Golden SH, Wilson L, Bass E, Nicholson WK. Risk Factors for the Development of Type 2 Diabetes among Women with Previous Gestational Diabetes: A Systematic Review. Am J Med. 2009 Mar;122(3):207-214.
Barone BB, Yeh HC, Snyder CF, Peairs KS, Stein KB, Derr RL, Wolff AC, and Brancati FL. Long-term, All-cause Mortality in Cancer Patients with Pre-existing Diabetes Mellitus: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. JAMA. 2008;300(23):2754-64.
Bennett WL, Ouyang P, Wu AW, Barone BB, Stewart KJ. Fatness and fitness: how do they influence health-related quality of life in type 2 diabetes mellitus? Health Quality of Life Outcomes.2008;6:110
Golden SH, Bennett WL, Baptiste-Roberts K, Wilson LM, Barone B, Gary T, Bass E, Nicholson WK. Antepartum glucose tolerance test results as predictors of type 2 diabetes mellitus in women with a history of gestational diabetes mellitus: a systematic review. Gend Med. 2008; Theme Issue: Diabetes: 109-122.
Nicholson WK, Wilson LM, Witkop CT, Baptiste-Roberts K, Bennett WL, Bolen S, Barone BB, Golden SH, Gary TL, Neale DM, Bass EB. Therapeutic Management, Delivery, and Postpartum Risk Assessment and Screening in Gestational Diabetes. Evidence Report/Technology Assessment No. 162 (Prepared by the Johns Hopkins University Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract No. 290-02-0018.) AHRQ Publication No. 08-E004. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. March 2008.
Hubosky SG, Fabrizio MD, Schellhammer PF, Barone BB, Tepera CM, Given RW. Single center experience with third-generation cryosurgery for management of organ-confined prostate cancer: critical evaluation of short-term outcomes, complications, and patient quality of life. J Endourol. 2007 Dec;21(12):1521-31.
Barone BB, Clark JM, Wang NY, Meoni LA, Klag MJ , Brancati FL. Lifetime weight patterns in male physicians: the effects of cohort and selective survival. Obesity. 2006 May;14(5):902-8.
Barone BB, Bunin GR. Folic acid and neuroblastoma: too soon to tell. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2004 May;75(5):489.
Chapter 3: Physical Activity in Chronic Disease Prevention by B. Barone Gibbs and J. Reis. Physical Activity and Public Health Practice. Ainsworth BE, Macera CA. (Eds.) CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group. 2012.
Bethany Barone Gibbs on the Health Effects of the Modern Western Lifestyle. Singularity Bros podcast. November 7, 2106. http://singularitybros.com/episode-064-bethany-barone-gibbs-on-the-health-effects-of-the-modern-western-lifestyle/
Myth Busting your Fitness Routine. Featured guest on Science Friday with Ira Flato,, Public Radio International. September 23, 2016. http://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/myth-busting-your-fitness-routine/
‘Sedentary Time: an Independent Cardiometabolic Risk Factor?’ Keynote address at the Northwest Regional American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Bend, Oregon, February 2017.
‘Using Sit-stand Desks to Reduce Low Back Pain in Sedentary Office Workers’ featured session at the Northwest Regional American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Bend, Oregon, February 2017.
‘Offsetting the Energy Gap through Standing and Walking at Work’ presented during a the Influence of Sedentary Behavior on Mechanisms of Energy Balance Symposium, American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, May 31-June 4, 2016, Boston, MA.
‘Cross-sectional and Longitudinal Associations between Objectively Measured Sedentary Time and Metabolic Disease: The Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Study’ American Heart Association EPI/Lifestyle, March 3, 2015, Phoenix, Arizona.
‘Exercise and the Diabetic Patient,’ University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Fifteenth Annual Podiatry Conference – Current Concepts in Foot and Ankle Surgery. Pittsburgh, PA, June 12, 2015.
‘Active Everywhere and Design for a Healthier Workspace’ panelist, sponsored by HumanScale® and Metropolitan Magazine, New York, NY March 12, 2015.
‘How Important is Physical Activity as a Lifestyle Target for the Prevention and Treatment of Obesity?’, American College of Sports Medicine Symposium on Physical Activity and Obesity, The Obesity Society Annual Meeting Boston, MA, November 6, 2014.
‘Obesity, Physical Activity, and Cardiovascular Disease: the role of Traditional and Nontraditional Risk Factors,’ Mid-Atlantic American College of Sports Medicine Conference, Harrisburg, PA, November 4-5, 2011
Abstract Oral Presentations
‘Objective vs. Self-reported Sedentary Behavior and Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Young Adults,’ American College of Sports Medicine 2014 Conference, Orlando, May, 2014.
‘Sedentary Screen Time and Left Ventricular Structure and Function: the CARDIA Study’. American Heart Association NPAM 2013 Conference, New Orleans, LA, Mar 20, 2013.
‘Lifetime Weight Patterns in a Cohort of Male Physicians: Effects of Cohort and Selective Survival’, the North American Association for the Study of Obesity (NAASO) Annual Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, October 2003.
Awards and Honors
Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA)
Early Career Review Program, NIDDK
Outstanding Junior Scientist award from the Aging Institute, University of Pittsburgh
Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Award
GTE Summer Research Grant
Allegheny Hospital Scholarship for Community Service
Phi Beta Kappa
Omicron Delta Kappa
Professional Organization Memberships
American College of Sports Medicine 2010 – current
American Heart Association 2011 – current
Research and Experimental Design in Exercise Physiology (2011 - current)
Statistics in Health and Physical Activity Research (Spring 2012 - current)
Advanced Methods in Exercise Science (Fall 2013-current)
Manuscript Writing in Health and Physical Activity (2014 - current)
School of Education
School-level Committee Member
Faculty Search Committee – Tenure-track Assistant Professor (2014)
Faculty Search Committee Chair – Tenure-track Assistant Professor (2013)
School of Education Alumni Doctoral Scholarship Review Committee (2011 - 2013)
Faculty Search Committee – Non-tenure Research Assistant Professor (2012)
Faculty and Staff Development Committee, Chair (2012 - 2015)
Curriculum Committee (2013-2016)
Diversity Scholars Committee (2015-2016)
Research Committee (2016-current)
Coordinator of Research Track Graduate Programs (2014 – current)
Curriculum Committee (2014 – current)
Graduate Student Assistantship committee (2014 – current)
Blake Justice, PhD (2011) - member
Steve Verba, PhD (2011) - member
Anne Mischler, PhD (2012) - member
Renee Rodgers, PhD (2012) – member
Jackson Coppock, PhD (2013) – member
David Garcia, PhD (2013) – member
David White, PhD (2013) – member
LuAnn Sowko, PhD (2013) – member
Lori Portzer, PhD (2014) - member
Jacklyn Nagle, PhD (2014) – member
Anne Moody, PhD (2014) – chair
Lisa Wisnewski, PhD (2016) – member
Seth Creasy, PhD (2016) – member
Stephanie McCoy, PhD (2016) – co-chair
Anna Peluso, PhD (2016) - member
Sophy Perdomo, PhD (pending) – chair
Robert Kowalsky, PhD (pending) - chair
Master’s Thesis Committees
Tyler Quinn, M.S. (2015) - chair
Research in Health and Physical Activity, Council of Graduate Students in Education Colloquium, University of Pittsburgh, March 15, 2012
Invited Speaker, ‘Preparing to Secure a University Faculty Position’, Center for Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh, October 8, 2013 – panel member
University of Pittsburgh
Data Safety and Monitoring Board
‘Resistance and Time-Matched Cardiorespiratory Time-matched Exercise in Youth: A Randomized Clinical Trial’, 1R01HL114857-01, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, University of Pittsburgh (PI: Lee, So Jung) (2013-current) – board member
Ad hoc Reviewer
American Journal of Epidemiology
American Journal of Preventative Medicine
Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
British Medical Journal
Journal of Clinical Oncology
Evaluation and Program Planning
NIH Grant Peer Reviewer
Kidney, Nutrition, and Obesity and Diabetes Study Section (2013)
American Heart Association Grant Reviewer
Behavioral and Population Health Section (2014-5)
Abstract Reviewer for National Meetings
The Obesity Society (2011 – 2013)
The American Diabetes Association (2013)