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Maryland Assistant Professor Selected as Visiting Researcher at University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Dr. Jennifer D. Roberts, assistant professor of Kinesiology at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, has been invited by the School of Physical Education, Sport, and Exercise Sciences at the University of Otago (Dunedin, New Zealand) to be a visiting researcher and symposium speaker at the University’s Active Living and Environment (ALE) Conference during the month of August. After her research presentation on the Built Environment and Active Play (BEAP) Study at the International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health in Bangkok, Thailand late last year, she was invited for these international engagements.

[Photo: Dr. Jennifer D. Roberts]

At the ALE Conference, Dr. Roberts will present “Active Living Among Washington, DC Area Youth,” which will discuss her research scholarship on active play, active transportation and sedentary behaviors, including the findings of her ongoing research studies. The goal of ALE is to focus on health, transportation, environment, and sustainability and to “bring together national and international experts from multiple sectors including academia, government, public health, urban design, transportation, and environment.”  As a visiting researcher, Dr. Roberts will closely work with Dr. Sandra Mandic and the Active Living Laboratory research group.

These opportunities will foster research collaborations between the PHOEBE Laboratory and other research groups, and Dr. Roberts is “absolutely thrilled about the prospect of working with other academics and active living researchers from New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom, Spain and Canada.”