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Children's Nutrition Research Center - Faculty

Houston, Texas

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Children's Nutrition Research Center - Faculty
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Janice C. Baranowski, M.P.H., R.D.

Janice C. Baranowski, M.P.H., R.D.Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Behavioral Nutrition), Baylor College of Medicine



B.S Home Economics/Nutrition, University of Texas, Austin, TX
M.P.H. Public Health Administration/Nutrition, University of Texas
School of Public Health, Houston, TX

Research Interests

Behavioral Nutrition Research with Children

I am interested in understanding why children eat the foods they do and why don't they engage in the physical activities. These issues are particularly relevant today because of the increasing incidence of obesity among children. In learning how children select the foods they eat and the activities they do, we can design interventions to help change these dietary and physical activity behaviors to prevent childhood obesity. The major areas of my interest include fruit, juice and vegetable (FJV) consumption, obesity prevention and promotion of physical activity in multi-ethnic groups of children and their families.

I am co-investigator on three currently funded grants: Computer-based Intervention for Type II Diabetes in Youth (a SBIR grant to create multi-media computer games for 7th & 8th grade students to increase their consumption of fruit and vegetables, drink more water and be more physically active funded by NIDDK); School Prevention of Type II Diabetes among Youth, (Studies to Treat Or Prevent Pediatric Type 2 Diabetes (STOPP T2D) in middle school children funded by NIDDK); and PROP Sensitivity and Obesity among Ethnic Children (a R01 grant to look at how PROP sensitivity affects the fruit and vegetable intake of children funded by NCI).

Representative Publications

Thompson D, Baranowski J, Cullen K, and Baranowski T. Development of a Theory-Based Internet Program Promoting Maintenance of Diet and Physical Activity Change to 8 year old African American Girls. Computers in Education. 2007, 48(3):446-459.

Baranowski T, Watson K, Missaghian M, Broadfoot A, Baranowski J, Cullen K, Nicklas T, Fisher J, O'Donnell S. Parent outcome expectancies for purchasing fruit and vegetables: a validation. Public Health Nutr. 2007, 10(3):280-91.

Jago R, Baranowski T, Baranowski JC. Fruit and vegetable availability: a micro environmental mediating variable? Public Health Nutr. 2007, 20:1-9.

Watson K, Baranowski T, Thompson D, Jago R, Baranowski J, Klesges LM. Innovation application of a multidimensional item response model in assessing the influence of social desirability on a pseudo-relationship between self-efficacy and behavior. Health Educ Res. 2006, 21 Suppl 1;85-97.

Jago R, Baranowski T, Baranowski J, Cullen KW, Thompson DI. Social desirability is associated with some physical activity, psychosocial variables and sedentary behavior but not self-reported physical activity among adolescent males. Health Educ Res. 2006, Sep 20.

Baranowski T, Missaghian M, Broadfoot A, Watson K, Cullen K, Nicklas T, Fisher J, Baranowski J, O'Donnell S. Fruit and vegetable shopping practices and social support scales: A validation. J Nutri Educ Behav. 2006, 38(6):340-51.

Yoo S, Baranowski T, Missaghian M, Baranowski J, Cullen K, Fisher JO, Watson K, Zakeri I F, Nicklas T. Food purchasing patterns for fruit and vegetables for home: A grocery store intercept survey. Public Health Nutr. 2006, 9(3) 384-93.

Jago R, Baranowski T, Baranowski J. Observed, GIS, and self-reported environmental features and adolescent physical activity. Am J Health Promot. 2006, 20(6): 422-428.

Jago R, Baranowski T, Baranowski J, Thompson D, Cullen KW, Watson K, Liu Y. Fit for Life Boy Scout badge: Outcome evaluation of a troop and Internet intervention. Prev Med. 2006, 42(3):181-187.

Jago, Baranowski T, Watson K, Zakeri I, Yoo S, Baranowski J, Conry K. Pedometer reliability, validity and daily activity targets among 10 to 15 yr old boys. J Sports Sci. 2006, 24(3): 241-251.

Jago R, Baranowski T, Thompson D, Baranowski J, Greaves K. Sedentary behavior, not TV viewing, predicts physical activity among 3-7 year old children. Ped Exerc Sci. 2006, 17: 364-376.

Jago R, Baranowski T, Thompson D, Baranowski J, Greaves K A. BMI from 3-6 years of age is predicted by TV viewing and physical activity, not diet. International J Obes. 2005, 29:557-564.

Cullen KW, Watson K, Baranowski T, Baranowski JC, Zakeri I. Squire’s Quest: Intervention changes occurred at lunch and snack meals. Appetite. 2005, 45(2): 148-51.

Jago R, Baranowski T, Watson K, Baranowski JC, Nicklas T, Zakeri I. Relationships between maternal and child cardiovascular risk factors: Ethnic differences and lack of influence of physical activity. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2004, Dec; 158(12):1125-31.

Cullen KW, Zakeri I, Pryor EW, Baranowski T, Baranowski JC, Watson K. Goal setting is differentially related to change in fruit, juice & vegetable consumption among fourth grade children. Health Educ Behav. 2004; 31(2):258-69.

Sherwood NE, Beech BM, Klesges LM, Story M, Killen J, McDonald T, Robinson TN, Pratt C, Zhou A, Cullen K, Baranowski JC. Measurement Characteristics of Weight Concern and Dieting Measures in 8-10 year-old African-American Girls from GEMS Pilot Studies. Prev Med. 2004, 38: Suppl:S50-9

Baranowski T, Cullen KW, Nicklas T, Thompson D, Baranowski JC. Are current health behavior change models helpful in guiding prevention of weight gain efforts?
Obes Res. 2003, 11:235-43 S.

Thompson VJ, Baranowski T, Cullen KW, Rittenberry L, Baranowski JC, Taylor WC, Nicklas T. Influences on Diet and Physical Activity Among Middle-Class African-American 8-10 year old Girls at Risk for Becoming Obese. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2003, 35(3):115-23.

Story M, Sherwood NE, Obarzanek E, Beech BM, Baranowski JC, Thompson NS, Owens AS, Mitchell M, Rochon J. Recruitment of African-American Pre-adolescent Girls into an Obesity Prevention Trial: The GEMS Pilot Studies. Ethnicity & Disease. 2003, 13:1 (Supplement 1): S1-78-87.

Baranowski T, Baranowski JC, Cullen KW, Thompson DI, Nicklas T, Zakeri I, Rochon J. The Fun, Food, and Fitness Project (FFFP): The Baylor GEMS Pilot Study. Ethnicity & Disease. 2003, 13:1 (Supplement 1): S1-30-9.

Kumanyika S, Story M, Beech BM, Sherwood NE, Baranowski JC, Powell TM, Cullen KW, Owens AS. Collaborative Planning for Formative Assessment and Cultural Appropriateness in the Girls health Enrichment Multi-site Studies (GEMS): A Retrospection. Ethnicity & Disease. 2003, 13:1 (Supplement 1): S1-15-29.

Baranowski T, Baranowski JC, Cullen KW, Marsh T, Islam N, Zakeri I, Honess-Morreale L, deMoor C. Squire’s Quest! Dietary Outcome Evaluation of a Multimedia Game. Am J Prev Med. 2003, 24(1): 52-61.

Research Projects

Co-Investigator and Project manager:

  • Computer-based Intervention for Type II Diabetes in Youth


  • School Prevention of Type II Diabetes among Youth, called Studies to Treat Or Prevent Pediatric Type 2 Diabetes (STOPP T2D)
  • PROP Sensitivity and Obesity among Ethnic Children

Pending research:

  • Obesity Prevention in Pediatric Primary Care
  • Fun Food & Fitness Camp and Internet: Obesity Prevention
  • Food Intake Recording Software System-Version 3

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