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James F. Sallis Research Group

View the James F. Sallis Research Group website which contains his publications, measures, activities and background information.

James F. Sallis, Ph.D is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine and Public Health at University of California San Diego and Professorial Fellow at Australian Catholic University, Melbourne.  His research interests have ranged from promoting physical activity in families. schools (SPARK), health care settings, and universities, to understanding policy and environmental influences on physical activity, nutrition, and obesity.  He was Director of Active Living Research (2001-2015) that helped establish an interdisciplinary field of research to identify effective environmental and policy strategies to increase physical activity.  He is an author of over 700 scientific publications and one of the world's most cited authors (top 0.01%). He is currently focusing on getting research used to create healthier cities. Dr. Sallis is Past-President of Society of Behavioral Medicine and member of the National Academy of Medicine.

This widely-used website contains many resources developed over decades of research that can be used by researchers, practitioners, and advocates. Our research groups have mainly studied physical activity, with some studies related to nutrition, obesity, and tobacco control. There are papers on international studies, health disparities, ecological models of behavior, interventions, and measurement development. Collaborative projects led by others included additional topics such as sun safety and mental health. 

Here are some highlights of the website:

  • Publications are organized by topic and by project, so it is easier to find papers related to your interests. There are direct links to many of the publications. Both professional and lay publications are listed, including lay summaries, op-eds, and letters to editors. The home page has lists of publications by year for recent years, as well as a separate list of IPEN-related papers.
  • Measurement tools. Our teams have developed dozens of measures, including surveys, direct observation tools, accelerometer tools, and GIS tools. The full measures are available, as well as training materials, scoring instructions, and links to key papers. The measures are free to use.
  • Blog. Jim Sallis writes periodic blogs, and these are archived. You can link to the video blog "Active Living Clips" on
  • Affiliated websites: Direct links to specific project websites are provided, as well as organizations we collaborate with and support.
  • CV elements: Common curriculum vitae sections are provided, such as education and employment history, along with lists of grants, awards and honors, professional activities and consulting.
  • The website contains links to photographs of Dr. Sallis's career, collaborators, and notable built environments around the world.

For further information please contact:

James F. Sallis, Ph.D.
Department of Family and Preventive Medicine
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0631
La Jolla, CA 92093