Amanda Birnbaum

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Scholarly Interests and Specialties

  • I am trained as a behavioral epidemiologist and consider myself a public health researcher with a focus on adolescent health behaviors. I am very interested in the social and environmental contexts of adolescent behaviors, especially physical activity and eating behaviors. I have skills in experimental/quasi-experimental research, observational research, and measurement development. I have considerable experience in school-based research and am now conducting research in after-school programs in NYC. Although my training has been primarily quantitative and deductive, I have begun pursuing qualitative and inductive research as well and I am very interested in gaining more experience using mixed methods (combining quantitative and qualitative methods).

Professional Association Memberships

  • American Academy of Health
  • American Public Health Association
  • International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine

Reviewer for the following professional journals

  • American Journal of Health Behavior
  • American Journal of Preventive Medicine
  • Annals of Behavioral Medicine
  • Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
  • Health Education and Behavior
  • Health Education Research Journal
  • Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
  • Medicine Science in Sports and Exercise
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Prevention Science

Editorial Board

  • Editorial Board of the American Journal of Health Behavior (the journal of the American Academy of Health Behavior)

Other Types of Reviews

  • Prentice-Hall- Expert reviewer for chapter on adolescent health in a high school textbook.
  • Sage Publications- Reviewed a book proposal.

Work With Schools and Other Agencies

  • Member of the National Evaluation Advisory Board for America SCORES! –“the nation’s only after-school program that uses soccer, creative writing, and community service to build healthy bodies, healthy minds, and healthy communities among at-risk youth.