Sharon Taverno Ross

Assistant Professor, Health and Physical Activity

Department of Health & Physical Activity, University of Pittsburgh

32 Oak Hill Court, Room 206
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Phone: 412-383-4042

University of Pittsburgh


My primary research interests center on physical activity promotion and obesity prevention in children and youth, with a specific focus on the Hispanic/Latino population.  My overall research goals include understanding the factors that contribute to obesity in Latino children to inform culturally-sensitive intervention programs and policies to prevent obesity and its associated comorbidities in the U.S. Latino child and youth population.  Much of my training and research has been family and community-oriented using mixed methodology.  Currently, I am the PI on a study that aims to design and test the feasibility and effectiveness of a home-based, child obesity intervention uniquely tailored to Latino families with preschool children (NIH/NHLBI 7R21HL119395-02).  This intervention uses promotoras (peer health educators) from the local community to educate and train Latino parents to foster home environments that promote a healthy weight in their children. 


  • Ph.D.