Arwen Marker

BA (2012) Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Primary office:
Dole Human Development Center
Room 2005


My research interests focus on exploring the relationship between childhood overweight/obesity, physical activity, and (un)healthy lifestyle behaviors on the development on negative mental health outcomes, namely depression, anxiety, and related constructs (confidence, self-efficacy, etc.).  I am also interested in incorporating physical activity into treatments for depression and anxiety.

Selected Publications

Staiano A.E., Marker A.M., Liu M., Hayden E., Hsia D.S., & Broyles S.T. (in press). Childhood obesity screening and treatment practices of pediatric healthcare providers. Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society.

Hunley, S.B., Marker, A.M., & Lourenco, S.F. (in press). Individual differences in the flexibility of peripersonal space. Experimental Psychology

Staiano A.E., Marker A.M., Comeaux J., Frelier J.M., Hsia D.S., & Broyles S.T. (in press). Family-based behavioral treatment for childhood obesity: Parent-reported barriers and facilitators. The Ochsner Journal.

Staiano A.E., Marker, A.M., Martin, C.K., & Katzmarzyk, P.T. (2016). Physical activity, mental health, and weight gain in a longitudinal observational cohort of non-obese young adults. Obesity (Silver Spring), 24(9), 1969-75. doi:10.1002/oby.21567.

Staiano A.E., Marker A.M., Frelier J.M., Hsia D.S., & Martin C.K. (2016). Influence of screen-based peer modeling on preschool children’s vegetable consumption and preferences. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 48(5), 331-335. doi:10.1016/j.jneb.2016.02.005.

Staiano A.E., Marker A.M., Beyl R.A., Hsia D.S., Katzmarzyk P.T., Newton R.N. (2016). A randomized controlled trial of dance exergaming for exercise training in overweight and obese adolescent girls. Pediatric Obesity. doi:10.1111/ijpo.12117.          

Broyles S.T., Myers C.A., Drazba K.T., Marker A.M., Church T.S., & Newton R.L. Jr. (2016). The influence of neighborhood crime on increases in physical activity during a pilot physical activity intervention in children. Journal of Urban Health, 93(2), 271-278. doi:10.1007/s11524-016-0033-1.

Marker A.M. & Staiano A.E. (2015). Better together: Outcomes of cooperation versus competition in exergaming. Games for Health Journal, 4(1), 25-30. doi:10.1089/g4h.2014.0066.

Newton R.L. Jr., Marker A.M., Allen H.R., Machtmes R., Han H., Johnson W.D., Schuna J.M. Jr., Broyles S.T., Tudor-Locke C., & Church T.S. (2014). A parent-targeted mobile phone intervention to increase physical activity in sedentary children: A randomized pilot trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research mHealth uHealth, 2(4), e48. doi:10.2196/mhealth.3420.

Selected Presentations

Marker, A.M., Cushing, C.C., & Huffhines, L. (April 2016). Using ecological momentary assessments to assess daily mood profiles in adolescents. Poster presentation to the Society of Pediatric Psychology annual conference, Atlanta, GA.

Staiano, A.E., Marker, A.M., Frelier, J.M., Hsia, D.S., & Martin, C.K. (March-April, 2016). On-screen peer modeling induces preschool children’s vegetable consumption. Presentation to the annual meeting of the Society for Behavioral Medicine, Washington, D.C.

Newton, R.L. Jr., Hanken, K., Marker, A.M., Drake, D., Eagan, K., Olivero, S., Edwards, M., & Broyles, S.T. (March-April 2016). Effect of Play Streets on physical activity in children. Oral abstract presentation to the annual meeting of the Society for Behavioral Medicine, Washington, D.C.

Broyles, S.T., Hanken, K., Marker, A.M., Eagan, K., Olivero, S., Edwards, M., & Newton, R.L Jr. (February 2016). Play Streets for safe play: Bringing the concept to high-risk neighborhoods in Baton Rouge, LA. Poster presentation to the annual meeting of the Active Living Research Conference, Clearwater Beach, FL.

Staiano, A.E., Marker, A.M., Newton, R.L. Jr., Beyl, R., Hsia, D.S., & Katzmarzyk, P.T. (April 2015). Social Exergaming: Effects on Activity and Self-Efficacy in Overweight Adolescents. Poster presentation to the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Antonio, TX. Ann Beh Med 2015;49(Suppl 1):S248.

Frelier, J.M., Marker, A.M., Beyl, R., Hsia, D., Katzmarzyk, P.T., Newton, R.L. Jr., & Staiano, A.E. (March 2015). Dance-based exergaming improves adherence to physical activity among African American and White adolescent girls. Conference proceedings of the Eighth Health Disparities Conferences, Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy, New Orleans, LA.

Marker, A.M., Kirkpatrick, M., Davis, A.B., & Davis III, T.E. (November 2014). Defensive responding on childhood depression self-report measures. Poster presentation to the Child & Adolescent Depression SIG meeting during the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies annual conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Marker, A.M., Martin, C.K., & LeBlanc, M.M. (November 2014). The relationships among childhood abuse, intimate partner violence, psychological distress, and risky health behavior in young adults. Poster presentation to the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies annual conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Marker, A.M., Simon, M.E., Davis, A.B., & Martin, C.K. (November 2014). The effect of eating duration and eating rate on food intake: Implications for behavioral weight loss treatment. Poster presentation to the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies annual conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Apolzan, J.W., Smith, S.R., Marker, A.M., Redman, L.M., Ravussin, E., & Martin, C.K. (November 2014). The IDEEA monitor and activity temperament questionnaire do not accurately estimate energy expenditure or predict weight loss. Poster presentation to The Obesity Society annual conference, Boston, MA.

Broyles, S., Myers, C.A., Drazba, K.T., Marker, A.M., & Newton, R.L. Jr. (November 2014). Neighborhood crime moderates effect of a physical activity intervention in children. Poster presentation to the American Public Health Association annual conference, New Orleans, LA.

Newton, R.L. Jr., Marker, A.M., Tudor-Locke, C., Broyles, S., Han, H., Machtmes, R., & Church, T. (April 2014). Promoting physical activity in children using a parent-targeted mobile phone intervention. Poster presentation to the Society of Behavioral Medicine annual conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Marker, A.M., Apolzan, J.W., Geiselman, P.J., Stewart, T.M., Greenway, F.L., & Martin, C.K. (November 2013). Changes in self-reported eating attitudes and behaviors following an eight week low-calorie diet. Poster presentation to the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies annual conference, Nashville, TN.

Marker, A.M.,Machtmes, R., Johnson, W., Tudor-Locke, C., Broyles, S., Church, T., & Newton, R.L. Jr. (November 2013). A parent-targeted mobile phone intervention to increase physical activity in sedentary children. Poster presentation to The Obesity Society annual conference, Atlanta, GA.


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