Erin Dooley, Ph.D.

Cancer Research Training Award Fellow
Risk Factor Assessment Branch, Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program

Telephone: (240) 276-5772
Fax: (240) 276-7906

  • Ph.D. – Behavioral Science, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Austin
  • M.S. – Health Behavior and Health, The University of Texas at Austin
  • B.S. – Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin


Erin Dooley is a Cancer Research Training Award Fellow in EGRP’s Risk Factor Assessment Branch (RFAB). In this capacity, she works on projects related to accelerometer data, algorithm development, and the WHO physical activity guidelines.

Before joining EGRP, Dr. Dooley received her Ph.D. in Behavioral Science from the University of Texas Health Science Center, School of Public Health, in Austin. Her dissertation research focused on physical activity among preschool-aged youth, specifically assessing the dose-response relationship between physical activity and adiposity measures in a majority-minority cohort and assessing the parental and environmental correlates related to physical activity patterns. She is also interested in developing a focused line of research evaluating physical activity measures and working with wearable technology devices to optimize measurement of 24-hour activity cycles.

Select Publications

Dooley EE, Thi CA, Browning C, Hoelscher DM, Byrd-Williams CE. Examining physical activity policies to practice implementation: results from the Texas early childhood physical activity survey in non-head start childcare centersExternal Web Site Policy. Prev Med Rep. 2019 (in press).

Johnson AM, Dooley EE, Ganzar LA, Jovanovic CE, Janda KM, Salvo D. Neighborhood food environment and physical activity among U.S. adolescents. Am J Prev Med. 2019 Jul;57(1):24-31.

Byrd-Williams CE, Dooley EE, Thi CA, Browning C, Hoelscher DM. Physical activity, screen time, and outdoor learning environment practices and policy implementation: a cross sectional study of Texas child care centers. BMC Public Health. 2019 Mar 7;19(1):274.

Born KA, Dooley EE, Cheshire PA, McGill LE, Cosgrove JM, Ivy JL, Bartholomew JB.  Chocolate milk versus carbohydrate supplements in adolescent athletes: a field based study. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2019 Feb 12;16(1):6.

Byrd-Williams C, Dooley EE, Sharma SV, Chuang RJ, Butte N, Hoelscher DM. Best practices and barriers to obesity prevention in Head Start: differences between director and teacher perceptions. Prev Chronic Dis. 2017 Dec 21;14:E139.

Dooley EE, Golaszewski NM, Bartholomew JB. Estimating accuracy at exercise intensities: a comparative study of self-monitoring heart rate and physical activity wearable devices. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2017 Mar 16;5(3):e34.