Bio

Honors & Awards


  • School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation Alumni Board Fellowship Award, Indiana University-Bloomington (2010-2011)
  • Research Fellowship Award, Indiana University-Bloomington, School of HPER, Department of Applied Health Science (2009-2010, 2010-2011)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Member, Abstract Reviewer, Society of Behavioral Medicine (2011 - Present)
  • Member, Abstract Reviewer, American Public Health Association (2002 - 2011)
  • Executive Board of Trustees, Secretary and Program Chair, Girls Inc., of Monroe County, Indiana (2008 - 2011)
  • Chair, Health and Human Services Programming, Links, Inc., Peninsula Bay Chapter (2011 - Present)

Professional Education


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Indiana University (2011)
  • Master of Public Health, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Nutrition (2003)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Spelman College, Psychology (2002)

Stanford Advisors


Research & Scholarship

Current Research and Scholarly Interests


Psychosocial, behavioral and environmental determinants of physical activity and healthy eating; food choice; the impact of contextual factors on the health outcomes of minority and aging populations, respectively; the development of technology-based physical activity and nutrition interventions; settings-based health promotion; health-related implications of Smart Growth; nutrition and physical activity-related policy.

Lab Affiliations


Publications

Journal Articles


  • Understanding African American Women's Decisions to Buy and Eat Dark Green Leafy Vegetables: An Application of the Reasoned Action Approach JOURNAL OF NUTRITION EDUCATION AND BEHAVIOR Sheats, J. L., Middlestadt, S. E., Ona, F. F., Juarez, P. D., Kolbe, L. J. 2013; 45 (6): 676-682

    Abstract

    Examine intentions to buy and eat dark green leafy vegetables (DGLV).Cross-sectional survey assessing demographics, behavior, intention, and Reasoned Action Approach constructs (attitude, perceived norm, self-efficacy).Marion County, Indiana.African American women responsible for buying and preparing household food.Reasoned Action Approach constructs explaining intentions to buy and eat DGLV.Summary statistics, Pearson correlations, and multiple regression analyses.Among participants (n = 410, mean age = 43 y), 76% and 80%, respectively, reported buying and eating DGLV in the past week. Mean consumption was 1.5 cups in the past 3 days. Intentions to buy (r = 0.20, P < .001) and eat (r = 0.23, P < .001) DGLV were positively associated with consumption. Reasoned Action Approach constructs explained 71.2% of the variance in intention to buy, and 60.9% of the variance in intention to eat DGLV. Attitude (β = .63) and self-efficacy (β = .24) related to buying and attitude (β = .60) and self-efficacy (β = .23) related to eating DGLV explained significant amounts of variance in intentions to buy and eat more DGLV. Perceived norm was unrelated to either intention to buy or eat DGLV.Interventions designed for this population of women should aim to improve DGLV-related attitudes and self-efficacy.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jneb.2013.07.013

    View details for Web of Science ID 000326596800026

    View details for PubMedID 24021457

  • Salient beliefs about eating and buying dark green vegetables as told by Mid-western African-American women. Appetite Sheats, J. L., Middlestadt, S. E. 2013; 65: 205-209

    Abstract

    Vegetables in the dark green group are the most nutritious, yet intake is low. Studies suggest that an increase in fruit and vegetables may improve diet-related health outcomes of African Americans. The aim of this exploratory study was to use the Reasoned Action Approach (RAA) to qualitatively assess salient, top-of-the-mind, beliefs (consequences, circumstances and referents) about eating and buying more dark green leafy vegetables each week over the next 3months. Adult (n=30), Midwestern African-American women, who buy and prepare food for their household participated in a face-to-face salient belief elicitation. A content analysis of verbatim text and a descriptive analysis were conducted. Findings suggest that the RAA can be used to identify salient consequences, circumstances and referents about eating and buying more dark green leafy vegetables. The use of the RAA allowed for the extraction of specific beliefs that may aid in the development of nutrition education programs that consider the varying priorities, motivators and barriers that subgroups within the population have in regard to buying and consuming dark green leafy vegetables.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.appet.2013.02.001

    View details for PubMedID 23415980

  • The stanford healthy neighborhood discovery tool: a computerized tool to assess active living environments. American journal of preventive medicine Buman, M. P., Winter, S. J., Sheats, J. L., Hekler, E. B., Otten, J. J., Grieco, L. A., King, A. C. 2013; 44 (4): e41-7

    Abstract

    The built environment can influence physical activity, particularly among older populations with impaired mobility. Existing tools to assess environmental features associated with walkability are often cumbersome, require extensive training, and are not readily available for use by community residents.This project aimed to develop and evaluate the utility of a computerized, tablet-based participatory tool designed to engage older residents in identifying neighborhood elements that affect active living opportunities.Following formative testing, the tool was used by older adults (aged ?65 years, in 2011) to record common walking routes (tracked using built-in GPS) and geocoded audio narratives and photographs of the local neighborhood environment. Residents (N=27; 73% women; 77% with some college education; 42% used assistive devices) from three low-income communal senior housing sites used the tool while navigating their usual walking route in their neighborhood. Data were analyzed in 2012.Elements (from 464 audio narratives and photographs) identified as affecting active living were commensurate with the existing literature (e.g., sidewalk features, aesthetics, parks/playgrounds, crosswalks). However, within each housing site, the profile of environmental elements identified was distinct, reflecting the importance of granular-level information collected by the tool. Additionally, consensus among residents was reached regarding which elements affected active living opportunities.This tool serves to complement other assessments and assist decision makers in consensus-building processes for environmental change.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.amepre.2012.11.028

    View details for PubMedID 23498112

  • Harnessing Different Motivational Frames via Mobile Phones to Promote Daily Physical Activity and Reduce Sedentary Behavior in Aging Adults. PloS one King, A. C., Hekler, E. B., Grieco, L. A., Winter, S. J., Sheats, J. L., Buman, M. P., Banerjee, B., Robinson, T. N., Cirimele, J. 2013; 8 (4)

    Abstract

    Mobile devices are a promising channel for delivering just-in-time guidance and support for improving key daily health behaviors. Despite an explosion of mobile phone applications aimed at physical activity and other health behaviors, few have been based on theoretically derived constructs and empirical evidence. Eighty adults ages 45 years and older who were insufficiently physically active, engaged in prolonged daily sitting, and were new to smartphone technology, participated in iterative design development and feasibility testing of three daily activity smartphone applications based on motivational frames drawn from behavioral science theory and evidence. An "analytically" framed custom application focused on personalized goal setting, self-monitoring, and active problem solving around barriers to behavior change. A "socially" framed custom application focused on social comparisons, norms, and support. An "affectively" framed custom application focused on operant conditioning principles of reinforcement scheduling and emotional transference to an avatar, whose movements and behaviors reflected the physical activity and sedentary levels of the user. To explore the applications' initial efficacy in changing regular physical activity and leisure-time sitting, behavioral changes were assessed across eight weeks in 68 participants using the CHAMPS physical activity questionnaire and the Australian sedentary behavior questionnaire. User acceptability of and satisfaction with the applications was explored via a post-intervention user survey. The results indicated that the three applications were sufficiently robust to significantly improve regular moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity and decrease leisure-time sitting during the 8-week behavioral adoption period. Acceptability of the applications was confirmed in the post-intervention surveys for this sample of midlife and older adults new to smartphone technology. Preliminary data exploring sustained use of the applications across a longer time period yielded promising results. The results support further systematic investigation of the efficacy of the applications for changing these key health-promoting behaviors.

    View details for DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0062613

    View details for PubMedID 23638127

  • Factors Associated with Participation in Worksite Wellness Programs in an Underserved Population: Implications for Increasing Willingness Among Rural Service Employees. Health Education & Behavior Middlestadt, S., Sheats, JL, Geshnizjani, A, Sullivan, MA, Arvin, C. 2011
  • Religious Health Fatalism and its association with Health Care Utilization, Health Behaviors and Chronic Illness American Journal of Health Behavior Franklin, M., Schlundt DG, McClellan L, Kinebrew T, Sheats JL, Belue R, Brown A, Smikes D, Dowling L, Hargreaves M. 2007
  • An evaluation of the Nashville REACH 2010 community health screening strategy Journal of Ambulatory Care Management Schlundt, D., Greene C, Reid R, McClellan L, Dowling L, Sheats JL, Brown A. 2006

Conference Proceedings


  • GOIN' GREEN: AN EXPLORATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL DETERMINANTS OF EATING DARK GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLES AMONG AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN IN A LARGE MID-WESTERN CITY Sheats, J. L., Ona, F. F., Middlestadt, S. E., de Leon, B. SPRINGER. 2012: S237-S237
  • GOIN' GREEN: APPLICATION OF THE REASONED ACTION APPROACH TO UNDERSTAND INTENTION TO EAT AND BUY DARK GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLES AMONG AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN IN A LARGE MID-WESTERN CITY Sheats, J. L., Middlestadt, S. E., Ona, F. F., Kolbe, L. J., Juarez, P. D. SPRINGER. 2012: S236-S236

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