University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Bethany Barone Gibbs is an Associate Professor of Health and Physical Activity, and Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh. She trained in cardiovascular epidemiology and studies the prevention and treatment of obesity and cardiometabolic disease through healthy lifestyle behaviors. Her interests include population and intervention studies of physical activity, sedentary behavior, and eating habits as they related to hypertension, subclinical cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity.
Most recently, her research has focused on sedentary behavior, a behavior distinct from moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity. These sedentary behavior studies have evaluated measurement and methods, longitudinal associations in cohort studies, and intervention methods to decrease sedentary behavior in special populations including office workers and older adults. She is currently the Principal Investigator of a 3-month randomized clinical trial evaluating whether a sedentary behavior intervention using sit-stand desks and activity prompters can decrease blood pressure and arterial stiffness, funded by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institutes. She is also funded by the American Heart Association to study objectively measured sedentary behavior and cardiovascular health across all three trimesters of pregnancy.