Rodney Joseph

Assistant Professor
Faculty
DTPHX Campus
Mailcode
3020

Biography

Rodney Joseph is an assistant professor in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at ASU. He originally joined the college in 2013 as a NIH/NINR-funded T32 postdoctoral fellow and recently completed second NIH-funded K99 postdoctoral fellowship with the college. 

Professor Joseph's research interests involve the development, implementation, and evaluation of theory-based, culturally relevant behavioral interventions to promote physical activity and reduce cardiometabolic disease risk among racial/ethnic minority women, with a particular focus on the use of innovative technologies to deliver these interventions. His research emphasizes the role of culture and behavioral theory to reduce cardiometabolic health disparities among African American and Hispanic women.

He is an active member of several professional organizations, including the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) and American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and serves as a peer-reviewed for over 20 professional journals. He has an active program of research funded by the National Institutes of Health and has an established publication record. 

Education

  • Ph.D. Health Education and Promotion, University of Alabama-Birmingham, School of Public Health 2013
  • M.A. Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Texas-Austin 2008
  • M.S. Health Science, Stephen F. Austin State University 2006

Research Interests

Health Disparities, Cardiometbolic Disease Risk, Physical Activity, Behavioral Theory, Technology-mediated Behavioral Interevntions

Research Group

Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention: https://chpdp.asu.edu/

Publications

A complete and updated list of peer-reviewed publications is available via: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Rodney_Joseph

Select recent publications are below:

  1. Joseph, R.P., Benitez, T.J., Ainsworth, B.E., Todd, M., & Keller, C. (Epub ahead of print). Acculturation and Physical Activity among Latinas enrolled in a 12-month Walking Intervention. Western Journal of Nursing Research. DOI: 10.1177/0193945917692305
  2. Joseph, R.P., Ainsworth, B.E., Mathis, L., Hooker, H.P. & Keller, C. (2017). Utility of the Social Cognitive Theory in Intervention Design for Promoting Physical Activity among African American Women: A Qualitative Study. American Journal of Health Behavior.41 (17), 518-533. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.41.5.1
  3. Pagan, J.M., Joseph, R.P., Cherrington, A., Allison, J.J., Kim, Y., Spear, B., Childs, G., Simpson, T., & Durant, N.H. (2017). Development of Participant Informed Text Messages to Promote Physical Activity Among African American Women Attending College: A Qualitative Mixed-Methods Inquiry. Journal of Transcultural Nursing. 28 (3), 236-242.  DOI: 10.1177/1043659616644959
  4. Joseph, R.P., Keller, C., Affuso, A., & Ainsworth, B.E. (2016). Designing culturally relevant physical activity programs for African American women: A framework for intervention development. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 4 (3), 397-409. DOI:  10.1007/s40615-016-0240-1
  5. Joseph, R.P. & Maddock, J.E. (2016). Comparative Analysis of Five Observational Audit Tools to Assess the Physical Environment of Parks for Physical Activity, 2016.  Preventing Chronic Disease, 13 (E166). DOI: 10.5888/pcd13.160176.
  6. Joseph, R.P., Daniel, C.L., Thind, H., Benitez, T.J., Pekmezi, D.W. (2016). Applying psychological theories to promote long-term maintenance of health behaviors. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 10 (6). DOI: 10.1177/1559827614554594.
  7. Joseph, R.P., Keller, C., & Ainsworth, B.E. (2016). Recruiting participants into pilot trials: Tools and techniques for researchers with shoestring budgets. Californian Journal of Health Promotion. 14 (2), 81-89.
  8. Joseph, R.P. & Maddock, J.E. (2016). Observational park-based physical activity studies: A systematic review of the literature. Preventive Medicine. 89, 257-277. DOI:10.1016/j.ypmed.2016.06.016
  9. Pekmezi, D., Ainsworth, C., Joseph, R.P., Bray, M.S., Kvale, E., Isaac, S., Desmond, R., Meneses, B., Marcus, B., & Demark-Wahnefried, W. (2016). Rationale, design, and baseline findings from HIPP: A randomized controlled trial testing a Home-based, Individually-tailored Physical activity Print intervention for African American women in the Deep South. Contemporary Clinical Trials.47, 340-348.  DOI: 10.1016/j.cct.2016.02.009.
  10. Joseph, R.P., Pekmezi, D., Dutton, G.R., Cherrington, A.L, Kim, Y., Allison, J.J., Durant, N.H.  (2016). Results of A culturally-adapted Internet-enhanced physical activity pilot intervention for overweight and obese young adult African American women. Journal of Transcultural Nursing. 27 (2), 136-146. DOI: 10.1177/1043659614539176.
  11. Joseph, R.P., Keller, C, Adams, M.A., & Ainsworth, B.E. (2015). Validity of Two Brief Physical Activity Questionnaires with Accelerometers among African American Women. Primary Health Care Research & Development. DOI: 10.1017/S1463423615000390
  12. Benitez, T.J, Cherrington, A., Joseph, R.P., Keller, C., Marcus, B.H., Meneses, K., Marquez, B., Pekmezi, D. (2015). Using web-based technology to promote physical activity in Latinas in Alabama. Computers, Informatics, and Nursing. DOI: 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000162.
  13. Joseph, R.P., Dutton, G.R., Fontaine, K., Cherrington, A., Casazza, K., Lorch, D. & Allison, J. Durant, N.H. (2015). Feasibility, acceptability, and characteristics associated with adherence and completion of a culturally relevant Internet-enhanced physical activity pilot intervention for overweight and obese young adult African American women enrolled in college. BMC Research Notes, 8 (209).  DOI: 10.1186/s13104-015-1159-z.
  14. Joseph, R.P., Ainsworth, B.E., Keller, C., Dodgson, J.E. (2015). Barriers to physical activity among African American women: An integrative review of the literature. Women & Health. DOI: 10.1080/03630242.2015.1039184.
  15. Joseph, R.P., Adams, M.A., Keller, C., & Ainsworth, B.E. (2015). Print versus a Culturally-Relevant Facebook and Text Message Delivered Intervention to Promote Physical Activity in African American Women:  A Randomized Pilot Trial. BMC Women’s Health, 15 (30). DOI: 10.1186/s12905-015-0186-1.

Research Activity

Ongoing Funded Research:

National Institutes of Health/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (09/01/2015 – 06/30/2020)

K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award: Smart Walk: A Physical Activity Program for African American Women (K99HL129012; R00HL129012)

The goal of this award is to refine an established culturally relevant physical activity program for obese African American women, develop a Smartphone application to deliver the physical activity program, and to evaluate the effects of the intervention to improve and maintain high physical activity levels and reduce cardiometabolic disease risk among obese African American women. Study outcomes include changes in PA and feasibility and acceptability of the Smartphone-delivered program; secondary outcomes include cardiorespiratory fitness, cardiometabolic disease risk factors.

Role: PI 

 

Courses

Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
HCR 335 Prog Develop Mngmt Comm Hlth

Presentations

CONFERENCE SYMPOSIA PRESENTATIONS

  1. Joseph, R.P., Hongu, N.K., and Shoepe, T. (October 2016). Innovative Technology in Exercise Science, Physical Activity Promotion, and Pedagogy.  Presented as an invited Symposia at the Southwest American College of Sports Medicine 36th Annual Meeting. Costa Mesa, CA.
  2. Panel Discussant; The Importance of Mentoring: Lessons Learned from the AAHB Research Scholars Program. Presented as a Profession Development Luncheon at the 16th Annual American Academy of Health Behavior conference. Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. February 2016.
  3. Joseph, R.P., Ainsworth, B.E., & Keller, C.S. (May 2014). Emerging Issues in Design and Measurement of Interventions with Diverse Populations. Presented as a tutorial lecture at the 2014 American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, 5th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine, and World Congress on the Role of Inflammation in Exercise, Health, and Disease, Orlando, FL.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

  1. Joseph, R.P., Ainsworth, B.E., Hooker, H.P. & Keller, C. (May 2017). Incorporating Spirituality and Role Models into Physical Activity Programs for Black Women: A Qualitative Inquiry. Presented as a post presentation at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. Denver, CO.
  2. Joseph, R.P., Ainsworth, B.E., Hooker, H.P. & Keller, C. (March 2017). Optimizing Social Cognitive Theory in the Design of Physical Activity Programs for African American Women: A Qualitative Study. Presented as a Paper Presentation at the 38th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. San Diego, CA.
  3. Pekmezi, D., Ainsworth, C. Joseph, R.P., Meneses, K., Marcus, B., Demark-Wahnefried, W.  Desmond, R., Williams, V., & Kvale, E. (March 2017). Six month physical activity and psychosocial outcomes from the HIPP study for African American women in the Deep South. Presented as a Paper Presentation at the 38th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. San Diego, CA.
  4. Joseph, R.P., Keller, C, & Ainsworth, B.E. (March 2016). Recruiting Participants into Pilot Trials: Techniques for Researchers with Shoestring Budgets. Presented as a poster presentation at the 37th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. Washington, DC.
  5. Pekmezi, D., Ainsworth, C., Joseph, R.P., Bray, M.S., Kvale, E., Isaac, S., Desmond, R., Meneses, B., Marcus, B., & Demark-Wahnefried, W. (March 2016). Rationale, design, and baseline findings from HIPP: A randomized controlled trial testing a Home-based, Individually-tailored Physical activity Print intervention for African American women in the Deep South. Presented as a poster presentation at the 37th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. Washington, DC.
  6. Joseph, R.P., Keller, C, & Ainsworth, B.E. (May 2015). Validity of Two Brief Physical Activity Questionnaires with Accelerometers among African American Women. Presented as a Thematic Poster at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. San Diego, CA.
  7. Joseph, R.P., Keller, C., Adams, M.A., Ainsworth, B.E. (April 2015).  Facebook and Text Messaging to Deliver a Physical Activity Intervention to African American Women. Presented as a Paper Session at the 36th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. San Antonio, TX.
  8. Benitez, T.J, Cherrington, A., Joseph, R.P., Keller, C., Marcus, B.H., Meneses, K., Marquez, B., Pekmezi, D. (April 2015). Using web-based technology to promote physical activity in Latinas in Alabama. Presented as a Paper Session at the 36th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. San Antonio, TX.
  9. Pagan J.M., Joseph R.P., Cherrington A., Kim, Y.I,., Allison J., Spear B., Childs G., Simpson T., & Durant N. (September 2014). Five Themes Identified During a Study of Participant-Informed Text Messages to Promote Physical Activity in Young Adult African American Women. Presented as a poster presentation at the UAB Center for Exercise Medicine Second Annual Symposium. Birmingham, AL.
  10. Joseph, R.P., Pekmezi, D., Allison, J., & Durant, N.H. (April 2014). Lessons Learned from Implementing 2 Internet-enhanced Physical Activity Interventions for African American Women. Presented as a poster presentation at the 2014 Society of Behavioral Medicine Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  11. Joseph R.P., Cherrington A.C., Allison J.J., Kim Y., Durant N.H. (March 2014). Results of the Love Your Heart Study: A culturally-adapted Internet-enhanced physical activity promotion program for overweight and obese African American College Females. Presented as a poster presentation at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, Austin, TX.
  12. Pagan J.M., Joseph R.P., Kim Y., Allison J., Cherrington A., Durant N.H. (March 2014). FIT HARRT Plus: A Study of Participant Informed Text Messages to Promote Physical Activity in Adolescent and Young Adult African American Women. Presented as a poster presentation at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, Austin, TX.
  13. Joseph, R.P., Pekmezi, D.W., Lewis, T., Dutton, G., & Durant, N.H. (March 2013). Outcomes of a Culturally-adapted Web-based Pilot Study Promoting Physical Activity among African American Female College Students. Presented as a poster presentation at 34th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM). San Francisco, CA.
  14. Joseph, R.P., Pekmezi, D.W., Lewis, T., Dutton, G., & Durant, N.H. (February 2013). Physical activity and Social Cognitive Theory Outcomes of a culturally-relevant web enhanced physical activity intervention for overweight African American female college students.  Presented as a poster presentation at the University of Alabama at Birminghams 8th Annual Health Disparities Research Symposium. Birmingham, AL.
  15. Joseph, R.P., Dutton, G., Allison, J., Cuffee, Y., Lewis, B., Kim, Y., & Durant, N.H. (December 2012). Efficacy of a culturally-adapted Internet-based physical activity and weight loss intervention for young African American women. Presented as a poster presentation at the 2012 Science of Eliminating Health Disparities Summit. National Harbor, MD.
  16. Cuffee, Y., Joseph, R.P., & Durant, N.H. (December 2012). Promotion of physical activity in overweight young African American women: Development of a culturally-adapted Internet-based intervention.  Presented as a poster presentation at the 2012 Science of Eliminating Health Disparities Summit. National Harbor, MD.
  17. Joseph, R.P, Pekmezi, D.W., & Durant, N.H. (April 2012). Application of Social Cognitive Theory to physical activity among overweight African American female college students. Presented as a poster presentation at the 33rd Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM). New Orleans, LA.
  18. Joseph, R.P., Pekmezi, D.W., Lewis, T., & Durant, N.H. (April 2012). Application of Social Cognitive Theory to physical activity among overweight African American female college students. Presented as a poster presentation at the University of Alabama at Birminghams 7th Annual Health Disparities Research Symposium. Birmingham, AL.
  19. Joseph, R.P, Pekmezi, D.W., Lewis, T., & Durant, N.H. (April 2012). Application of Social Cognitive Theory to physical activity among overweight African American college females. Presented as a poster presentation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health Research Symposium. Birmingham, AL.
  20. Durant, N.H. Joseph, R.P., Scarinci, I., & Allison, J. (November 2011). WEBWALK: Development of a culturally adapted Internet-based physical activity promotion tool for African American women. Presented as a poster presentation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Center for Clinical and Translational Research Annual Scientific Symposium. Birmingham, AL.
  21. Benitez, T.J., Daniel, C.D. Geiger, B.F., & Joseph, R.P. (October 2011). Assessing and promoting healthy minds and bodies through healthy playgrounds: A comprehensive approach using MAP-IT.  Presented as a round table discussion at the American Public Health Association 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition. Washington, D.C.
  22. Joseph, R.P., Benitez, T.J. Geiger, B.F. & Daniel, C.D. (October 2011). Assessing playground safety: A collaborative community outreach project.  Presented as a round table discussion at the American Public Health Association 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition.  Washington, D.C.
  23. Geiger, B, Roy, J, Sims, S.K., Joseph, R.P., Daniel, C, & Benitez, T. (November 2010). Assessment of playground safety.  Presented as an oral presentation at the Alabama Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance 2010 Fall Conference. Birmingham, AL.
  24. Joseph, R.P., Edmundson, E., Smith, S. (April 2009). Physical activity and quality of life in young adults: Examine self-efficacy, self-esteem, and affect as mediators. Presented as a paper presentation at 30th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. Montreal, Quebec.

Professional Associations

<p>American Academy of Health Behavior (AAHB); American Heart Association (AHA); American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM); Black Nurses Association, Great Phoenix Area; Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM); The Obesity Society (TOS)</p>

Service

National Organization Committee Membership

  • Exercise is Medicine © Community Health Committee, American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Appointment from 2016-2019.
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) Physical Activity Special Interest Group Annual Meeting Action Team. Appointment 2017 – present.

 

Journal Peer Review Editor

  •  Frontiers in Public Health, Public Health Education and Promotion Section

 

Ad-Hoc Journal Peer Reviewer.

  • American Journal of Preventive Medicine
  • Archives of Public Health
  • BMC Obesity
  • BMC Public Health
  • Contemporary Clinical Trial Communications
  • Health Education Journal
  • Health Education Research
  • Journal of Applied Sport Psychology
  • Journal of Behavioral Medicine
  • Journal of Development and Physical Disabilities
  • Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice
  • Journal of Health Education & Behavior
  • Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
  • Journal of Medical Internet Research
  • Journal of Physical Activity and Health
  • Journal of Public Health
  • Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Preventing Chronic Disease
  • Qualitative Health Research
  • Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
  • SAGE Open
  • Telemedicine and eHealth
  • Translational Behavioral Medicine
  • Translational Issues in Psychological Science
  • Western Journal of Nursing Research