Margaret Schneider, Ph.D.


Ph.D. University of California Irvine

Phone: (949) 824-8853

Office: 258 Social Ecology I


Specializations: determinants of physical activity among adolescents; school-based health promotion; program evaluation


Summary of Research Interests

My research focuses on multi-factorial models of health behavior, with a primary focus on physical activity among adolescents. I am interested in moving beyond simple psychosocial models of health behavior to incorporate both physiological and environmental factors that may interact with psychosocial variables to shape behavior. Recent areas of investigation include the role of personality and frontal cortical brain asymmetry as factors that influence the affective response to exercise and the association between affective response to exercise and physical activity participation among adolescents. In addition, I maintain a strong interest and involvement in process evaluation of multi-factorial intervention research.


Selected Publications: Recent Publications

  Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

  • Volpe, S.L., Hall, W.J., Steckler, A., Schneider, M., Thompson, D., Mobley, C., Pham, T., El Ghormli, L. (in press). Process Evaluation Results from the HEALTHY Nutrition Intervention to Modify the Total School Food Environment. Health Education Research.
  • Schneider, M. and Kwan, B. (2013). Psychological Need Satisfaction, Intrinsic Motivation and Affective Response to Exercise in Adolescents. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 14(5):776-785.
  • Schneider, M., DeBar, L., Calingo, A., Hall, W., Hindes, K., Sleigh, A., Thompson, D., Volpe, S., Zeveloff, A., Pham, T., Steckler A., for The HEALTHY Study Group (2013). The effect of a communications campaign on middle school students’ nutrition and physical activity: Results of the HEALTHY Study. Journal of Health Communication,18(6):649-67. PMCID: PMC3669645.
  • Hall, W.J., Zeveloff, A., Steckler, A., Schneider, M., Thompson, D., Pham, T., Volpe, S.L., Hindes, K., Sleigh, A., McMurray, R.G.; HEALTHY Study Group. (2012). Process evaluation results from the HEALTHY physical education intervention. Health Education Research, Apr;27(2):307-18. Epub 2011 Dec 8. PubMed PMID: 22156231; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3303206.
  • Graham, DJ., Schneider, M., and Dickerson, S. (2011). Environmental resources moderate the relationship between social support and school sports participation among adolescents: a cross-sectional analysis. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 8:34. PMCID: PMC3103410
  • DeBar, L., Schneider, M., Drews, K., Ford, E., Stadler, D., Moe, E., White, M., Hernandez, A., Solomon, S., Jessup, A., Venditti, E., and the HEALTHY Study Group (2011). Student public commitment in a school-based diabetes prevention project: Impact on physical health and health behavior. BMC Public Health, 11. PMCID: PMC3189889
  • Kaufman, F., Hirst, K., Buse, J., Foster, G., Goldberg, L., Schneider, M., Staten, M., Venditti, B., White, M. and Yin, Z. for the HEALTHY Study Group (2011). Effect of secular trends on a primary prevention trial: The HEALTHY study experience. Childhood Obesity, 7(4), 291-297. doi: 10.1089/chi.2011.0044.
  • Schneider, M., and Cooper, D. M. (2011). Enjoyment of exercise moderates the impact of a school-based physical activity intervention. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 8. PMCID: PMC3135490
  • Marcus,M., Baranowski, T., DeBar, L., Edelstein, S., Kaufman, F., Schneider, M., Siega-Riz, A., Staten, M., Virus, A., RD, Yin, Z. (2010). Severe obesity and selected risk factors in a sixth grade multiracial cohort: the HEALTHY study. Journal of Adolescent Health, 47, 604-607. PMCID: PMC2993008
  • The HEALTHY Study Group. (2010). A School-Based Intervention for Diabetes Risk Reduction. New England Journal of Medicine. 363(5): p. 443-453. PMCID: PMC2924187.
  • Morris, N., and Schneider, M. (2010). Volunteer Research Subjects’ Experience of Participation in Research on a Novel Diagnostic Technology for Breast Cancer. Qualitative Health Research, 20(1) 81–92.
  • Schneider, M., Hall, W., Hernandez, A., Hindes, K., Montez, G., Pham, T., Rosen, L., Sleigh, A., Thompson, D., Volpe, S., Zeveloff, A., Steckler, A., on behalf of HEALTHY Study Group (2009). Rationale, Design and Methods for the Process Evaluation in the HEALTHY Primary Prevention Trial. International Journal of Obesity, 33, S60–S67.
  • DeBar, L., Schneider, M., Ford, E., Hernandez, A., Showell, B., Drews, K., Moe, E., Gillis, B., Jessup, A., Stadler, D., White, M. (2009). Social Marketing and Communications to Integrate and Support a School-Based Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Project. International Journal of Obesity, 33, S52–S59.
  • Venditti, B., Elliot, D., Faith, M., Firell, S., Giles, C., Goldberg, L., Marcus, M., Thompson, D., Schneider, M., Solomon, S., Zenong, Y., (2009). Rationale, Design, and Methods of the HEALTHY Study Behavior Intervention Component. International Journal of Obesity, 33, S44–S51.
  • Schneider, M., Dunn, A., and Cooper, D. (2009). Affect, exercise, and physical activity among healthy adolescents. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 31, 706-723.
  • Schneider, M., Graham, D., Grant, A., King, P., and Cooper, D. (2009). Regional brain activation and affective response to physical activity among healthy adolescents. Biological Psychology, 82: 246-252.
  • Schneider, M., and Graham, D. (2009). Personality, physical fitness, and affective response to exercise among adolescents. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 41(4): 947–955.
  • Graham, D., Schneider, M., Cooper, D.M. (2008). Television viewing: Moderator or mediator of an adolescent physical activity intervention. American Journal of Health Promotion, 23(2): 88-91.
  • Marcuse, L.V., Schneider, M., Mortati, K.A., Donnelly, K.M., Arnedo, V., Grant, A. (2008). Quantitative analysis of the EEG posterior-dominant rhythm in healthy adolescents. Clinical Neurophysiology, 119: 1778-1781.
  • Schneider, M., Dunton, G.F., Cooper, D.M. (2008). Physical Activity and Physical Self- Concept among Sedentary Adolescent Females; An Intervention Study. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 9:1-14.
  • Schneider, M., Dunton, G.F., Cooper, D.M. (2007). Media use and obesity in adolescent females. Obesity Research, Sep;15(9):2328-35.
  • Ischander, M., Zaldivar, F., Eliakim, A., Nussbaum, E., Dunton, G., Leu, S., Cooper, D., and Schneider, M. (2007). Physical Activity, Growth, Inflammatory Mediators in BMI-Matched Female Adolescents. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 39(7):1131-1138.
  • Wigal, S.B., Schneider, M., Stehli Nguyen, A., Kapelinski, A., Shanklin, A., and Cooper, D.M. (2007). The Feasibility of School-Based Moderate-to-Vigorous Physical Activity in Children with ADHD. Advances in ADHD,1(4): 121-6.
  • Schneider, M., Dunton, G.F., Bassin, S., Graham, D., Eliakim, A., Cooper, D. (2007). Impact of a school-based physical activity intervention on fitness and bone in sedentary adolescent females. Physical Activity and Health, 4:1-13.
  • Dunton, G.F., Schneider, M., and Cooper, D. (2007). An investigation of psychosocial factors related to changes in physical activity and fitness among adolescent females. Psychology and Health, 22:8, 929- 944.
  • Dunton, G.F., Schneider, M., and Cooper, D. (2007). Factors predicting behavioral response to a physical activity intervention. American Journal of Health Behavior, 31(4):411-422.

  Book Chapters and Invited Articles

  • Schneider, M. (2011). Behavioral Choices and the Built Environment. In Making Healthy Places: A Built Environment for Health, Well-Being, and Sustainability, A.L. Dannenberg, H. Frumkin, and R.J. Jackson (Eds.). Island Press.
  • Schneider, M. and Stokols, D. (2008). Multi-level theories of behavior change: Social ecological theory. In Handbook of Health Behavior Change, Third Edition. S.A. Shumaker, J.K. Ockene and K. Riekert (Eds.). New York: Springer Publishing Company, pp. 85-106.
  • Jamner. M.S. (2006). Physical Activity, Effects and Benefits. In Encyclopedia of Health Psychology, A.J. Christensen, R. Martin, and J.M. Smyth (Eds.). Kluwer/Plenum.

Ongoing Research

Co-Principal Investigator, “A critical analysis of the FitnessGram cardiovascular fitness standards”
Campus-Community Research Incubator Award
Funding Source: Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, University of California, Irvine

Principal Investigator, “Feeling States and Heart Rates: A Translational Study”
Funding Source: NIH (NIDDK)

Co-Investigator, Clinical Translation Science Center - University of California, Irvine
Principal Investigator: Dan Cooper, M.D.
Funding Source: NIH (NCRR)