Faculty Profile: Bess Marcus, PhD

Bess Marcus
Bess Marcus, PhD
Adjunct Professor of Behavioral & Social Sciences and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Bio-Med Institute of Community Health Promotion
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As a clinical health psychologist, Bess Marcus has spent the last 20 years conducting research on physical activity behavior. She has published over 150 articles and book chapters, as well as three books on physical activity. Marcus has developed a series of assessment instruments to measure psychosocial mediators of physical activity behavior and has also developed low-cost interventions to promote physical activity behavior in community, workplace, and primary care settings. She contributed to new national recommendations for physical activity and contributed to the 1996 Surgeons General Report on Physical Activity and Health.

Biography

Dr. Marcus is a clinical health psychologist who has spent the last 20 years conducting research on physical activity behavior and has published over 150 papers and book chapters as well as three books on this topic. She has developed a series of assessment instruments to measure psychosocial mediators of physical activity behavior and has also developed low-cost interventions to promote physical activity behavior in community, workplace, and primary care settings.

Institutions

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Research Description

Bess H. Marcus, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Brown University Medical School. She is a clinical health psychologist and her primary research interests are in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and the promotion of women's health. She has spent the last 20 years conducting research primarily on physical activity behavior and has published over 150 papers and book chapters on this topic as well as three books. She has developed a series of assessment instruments to measure psychosocial mediators of physical activity behavior and has also developed low-cost interventions to promote physical activity behavior in community, workplace, and primary care settings.

She has participated in numerous national and international committees and review groups including the American Heart Association, American College of Sports Medicine, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Institutes of Health. She has served on panels that have created new recommendations regarding the quantity and intensity of physical activity necessary for health benefits. She was also a contributing author to the Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health. She serves or has served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Physical Activity and Health, Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Psychology, Sport and Exercise, Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, and Research and Sport. She serves on the national advisory panel for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) course on Physical Activity and Public Health.

She has also conducted a series of studies on the efficacy of physical activity to enhance smoking cessation and minimize weight gain in women smokers (e.g., CA50087; CA77249). She is currently principal investigator or co-investigator on 13 National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants on physical activity behavior including trials of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention in adults and older adults (e.g., HL64342; HL69866).

Grants and Awards

Lifetime Member, Manchester Who's Who Executive and Professional Registry, 2006

Faculty Mentoring Award, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown University, 2004

Active Living by Design Person of the Year, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2004

Invited Presentations:
--Behavior change interventions: Applications to public health. International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health, Atlanta, Georgia, April 2006.

--Individually tailored interventions. American College of Sports Medicine Walking for Health: Measurement and Research Issues and Challenges Conference, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, October 2005.

--Physical activity interventions: Targeting delivery channels. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and University of South Carolina Prevention Center Eight Day Course on Physical Activity and Public Health, Hilton Head, South Carolina, September 2005.

--Physical activity promotion via mediated communication channels. New England Psychological Association, October 2004.

--Exercise and Smoking Cessation in Women. International symposium Promoting physical activity as an aid for smoking cessation sponsored by the Swiss Federal Office for Public Health and the University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland, October 2004.

--Physical activity interventions: Targeting delivery channels. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and University of South Carolina Prevention Center Eight Day Course on Physical Activity and Public Health, Hilton Head, South Carolina, September 2003.

--Non face-to-face approaches to physical activity promotion. Seventh International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, Helsinki, Finland. August, 2002.

--Interventions to increase physical activity levels. National Institutes of Health Cardiovascular Health Conference, Washington, DC. April, 2002.

--Applications of psychological theory to physical activity interventions using print media and information technology. Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, Cologne, Germany. July, 2001.

Affiliations

National Advisory Panel for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Research Center at the University of South Carolina

Scientific Advisory Board, C. Everett Koop Foundation, Shape Up America, Washington, DC

Scientific Advisory Board, The Cooper Institute

Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Metabolism, American Heart Association

Active Living By Design National Advisory Committee, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Women's Health Advisory Council, National Women's Health Resource Center

Core Faculty, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Chair, Physical Activity and Behavior Change Writing Group, American Heart Association

Scientific Advisory Board, Health Magazine

Editorial Board, Journal of Physical Activity & Health

Editorial Board, Journal of Behavioral Medicine

Editorial Board, American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine

Funded Research

2006-2009 Principal Investigator. Achieving Physical Activity Guidelines Through an Enhanced Print Intervention. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute #R01 HL64342. $1,943,480.

2006-2008 Principal Investigator. Achieving Physical Activity Guidelines Through an Enhanced Print Intervention. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Diversity Supplement to #R01 HL64342. $90,374.

2006-2010 Principal Investigator. Using a YMCA Exercise Program to Enhance Nicotine Dependence Treatment for Women. National Institute on Drug Abuse #R01 DA021729. $2,495,136.

2006-2008 Principal Investigator. Seamos Activas. Increasing Activity among Latinas. National Institute of Nursing Research # R21 NR009864. $267,002.

2006-2008 Co-Investigator (with D. Williams, Principal Investigator). Does Moderate Intensity Exercise Help Prevent Smoking Relapse Among Women? National Cancer Institute # R03 CA119747. $ 100,000.

2007-2009 Co- Investigator (with B. Bock, Principal Investigator). Yoga for Women Attempting Smoking Cessation: An initial investigation National Institute for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine #R21 AT003669. $214,288.

Teaching Experience

2008
Sedentary Behavior, CVD and Cancer. Lecture for the Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer Behavioral Medicine Seminar Series. Centers for Behavioral & Preventive Medicine, Brown University.

2008-present
Masters in Public Health Small Group Leader, Department of Community Health, Brown University

2008-present
Course Developer and Instructor: Physical Activity and Public Health (PHP2310), Department of Community Health, Brown University

2008-present
Course Developer and Instructor: Environmental and Policy Influences on the Obesity Epidemic (PHP2320), Department of Community Health, Brown University.