Cheryl Braselton Anderson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
My research is aimed at promoting regular physical activity through understanding its determinants, including identity as a motivational factor in health behavior over time. Long-term physical activity patterns that are sustained over many years likely reflect a core aspect of the self as a physically active person that is formed in childhood. My research among adults and adolescents has shown that how we perceive ourselves athletically and how others perceive us is related to how much physical activity we do.
My past studies, funded by the Cancer Research Foundation of America, American Cancer Society, and Baylor College of Medicine, have focused on the description and measurement of athletic identity in adolescents and children as a new mechanism for change in future intervention studies to increase physical activity. I have been the principal investigator on two NIH/National Cancer Institute grants. A recently completed study (R03 CA90185) evaluated parental influence on the physical activity and athletic identity of 4th and 5th grade children. A current study (R01 CA98662) is a longitudinal investigation to examine change in athletic identity and its relation to physical activity over the transition from middle to high school among adolescents: Does an improved athletic identity lead to more physical activity or does an increasingly negative self-view lead to less? How stable is athletic identity over time, especially over transition periods? What factors (gender, parents, peers, school and community environments, skill training in sports, ethnic/cultural beliefs) influence change in identity or serve to keep it stable?
Other areas of research interest include smoking among adolescents, depression and its relation to behavior, and measurement issues in research, especially in the area of questionnaire development. My work has included several investigations in which survey questionnaires on attitudes and behaviors have been developed and psychometrically evaluated using exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis, and structural equation modeling, including the equivalency of measures across groups (e.g., gender, ethnic).
Anderson, C.B., Hughes, S.O. Fuemmeler, B.F. Parent-child attitude congruence on type and intensity of physical activity: Testing multiple mediators and gender effects in sedentary behavior among older children. Submitted manuscript.
Anderson, C.B. & Coleman, K.J. Adaptation and validation of the Athletic Identity Questionnaire-Adolescent for use with children. Submitted manuscript.
Hughes, S.O., Patrick, H., Power, T.G., Fisher, J.O., Anderson, C.B., & Nicklas, T.A. (in press). The impact of child-care providers’ feeding on children’s food consumption. Jn Develop & Behav Pediatrics.
Anderson, C.B., Mâsse, L.C., & Hergenroeder, (2007) A. C. Factorial and construct validity of the Athletic Identity Questionnaire for Adolescents. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 39(1), 59-69.
Irvin-Vidrine, J., Anderson, C.B., Pollak, K.I., & Wetter, D.W. (2006). Gender differences in adolescent smoking: Mediator and moderator effects of self-generated expected smoking outcomes. Am Journal Health Promotion 20(6), 383-387.
Hughes, S.O., Anderson, C.B., Power, T.G., Micheli, N., Jaramillo, S., & Nicklas, T.A. (2006). Measuring feeding in low-income African-American and Hispanic parents. Appetite, 46(2), 215-223.
Irvin-Vidrine, J., Anderson, C.B., Pollak, K.I., & Wetter, D.W. (2005). Race/ethnicity, smoking behavior, and self-generated expected outcomes from smoking among adolescents. Cancer Control, 12(2 Suppl), S51-S57.
Cinciripini, P.M., Tsoh, J.Y., Wetter, D.W., Lam, C., de Moor, C., Cinciripini, L., Skarr, K., Friedman, K., Baile, W., Anderson, C., Minna, J.D. (2005). Combined effects of venlafaxine, nicotine replacement and brief counseling on smoking cessation. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 13(4), 282-292.
Mâsse, L.C., Fuemmeler, B., Anderson, C.B., Matthews, C.E., Trost, S., & Catelier, D. (2005). Developing standards to summarize accelerometer data. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 37(11 Suppl), S544-S554.
Anderson, C.B., Hughes, S.O., Fisher, J.O, & Nicklas, T.A. (2005). Cross-cultural equivalence of feeding beliefs and practices: The psychometric properties of the Child Feeding Questionnaire. Preventive Medicine, 41(2), 521-531.
Yago, R., Anderson, C.B., Baranowski, T., & Watson, K. (2005). Adolescent patterns of physical activity: Differences by gender, day, and time of day. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 28(5), 447-452.
Anderson, C.B., Hagströmer, M., & Yngve, A. (2005). Validation of the PDPAR as an adolescent diary: Effect of accelerometer cut-point values. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 37(7), 1224-1230.
Anderson, C.B. (2004). Athletic identity and its relation to exercise behavior: Scale development and validation. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 26(1), 39-56.
Anderson, C.B. (2003). When more is better: Number of motives and reasons for quitting as correlates of physical activity in women. Health Education Research, 18(5), 525-537.
Mâsse, L.C. & Anderson, C.B. (2003). Ethnic differences in relation to correlates of physical activity in women. American Journal of Health Promotion, 17(6), 357-360.
Brody, B.A., Anderson, C.B., McCrary, S.V., McCullough, L.B., Morgan, R., & Wray, N.P. (2003) Expanding the scope of disclosures of conflicts of interest: The views of the stakeholders. IRB: Ethics and Human Research, 25(1), 1-8.
Anderson, C.B., Pollak, K., & Wetter, D.W. (2002). Relations between self-generated positive and negative expected smoking outcomes and smoking behavior: An exploratory study among adolescents. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 16(3), 196-204.
McCrary, S.V., Anderson, C.B., Jakovljevic, J., Khan, T., McCullough, L.B., Wray, N.P., & Brody, B.A. (2000). Policies on disclosure of conflicts of interest in biomedical research: A national survey. New England Journal of Medicine, 343(22), 1621-1626.
Wetter, D.W., Carmack, C.L., Anderson, C.B., Moore, C.A., de Moor, C.A., Cinciripini, P.M., & Hirshkowitz, M. (1999). Tobacco withdrawal signs and symptoms among women with and without a history of depression. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 8(1), 88-96.
Cullen, K.W., Koehly, L., Anderson, C.B., Baranowski, T., Basen-Enquist, K., Hergenroeder, A.C., and Wetter, D.W. (1999). Gender differences in cancer risk behaviors during the transition out of high school. American Jn Preventive Medicine, 17(1), 1-7.
Baranowski, T., Koehly, L., Cullen, K., Prokhorov, A., Wetter, D., Basen-Engquist, K., Anderson, C., Hergenroeder, A. (1999). Ethnic differences in cancer risk behaviors through the transition out of high school. Ethnicity & Disease, 9(1), 94-103.
Baranowski, T., Anderson, C.B., & Carmack, C. (1998). Mediating variable framework in physical activity interventions: How are we doing? How might we do better? American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 15(4), 266-297.
Overall, J.E., Shobaki, G., & Anderson, C.B. (1998). Comparative evaluation of two models for estimation of sample sizes for tests on trends across repeated measurements. Controlled Clinical Trials, 19, 188-197.
Anderson, C.B. & Wetter, D.W. (1997). Behavioral and pharmacologic approaches to smoking cessation. Cancer and Metastasis Reviews, 16, 393-404.