Dr. Bryan Blissmer
Office: 25 West Independence Way, Suite P, RM 209
Professor, Department of Kinesiology
Research Faculty, Cancer Prevention Research Center
Education & Training
B.S. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Kinesiology
M.S. Miami (Ohio) University, Health Appraisal & Enhancement
Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Kinesiology (Exercise Psychology)
Outstanding Dissertation, Society of Behavioral Medicine
Outstanding Article, North American Society for the Sociology of Sport
Citation Abstract, Society of Behavioral Medicine
KIN 369, Tests & Measurements
KIN 382, Psychological Aspects of Sport & Physical Activity
KIN 563, Physical Activity Epidemiology
KIN 581, Psychological Aspects of Health Lifestyles
Dr. Blissmer’s research focuses on delivering interventions to promote a healthy lifestyle as well as analysis of the psychosocial outcomes of those interventions. This research involves collaboration with faculty in Psychology and Nutrition and has included populations ranging from adolescents to older adults. His current funding by the American Cancer Society is to examine the best way to get individuals with multiple risk factors (smoking, sedentary, poor diet) to change their behaviors to promote health and reduce their risk of developing cancer.
McAuley, E., & Blissmer, B. (2002). Self-Efficacy and Attributional Processes in Physical Activity. In T.S. Horn (Ed.), Advances in Sport Psychology 2nd Edition (pp. 185-206). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
Garber, C. E., & Blissmer, B. (2002). The challenges of exercise in older adults. In P. Burbank and D. Riebe (Eds.). Promoting Exercise and Behavior Change in Older Adults: Interventions with the transtheoretical model (pp. 29-56). New York: Springer Publishing.
Blissmer, B., & McAuley, E. (2002). Testing the requirements of stages of physical activity among adults: The comparative effectiveness of stage-matched, mismatched, standard care, and control interventions. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 24(3), 181-189.
McAuley, E., Marquez, D. X., Jerome, G. J., Blissmer, B., & Katula, J. (2002). Physical activity and self-presentation in older adults: Fitness and efficacy influences. Aging and Mental Health, 6(3), 22-230.
Riebe, D., Greene, G. W., Ruggiero, L., Stillwell, K. M., Blissmer, B., Nigg, C., & Caldwell, M. (2003). Evaluation of a healthy-lifestyle approach to weight management. Journal of Preventive Medicine, 36, 45-54.
Menard, J. R., Smith, H. E., Riebe, D., Blissmer, B., & Patterson, R. B. (2004). Long term benefits of a supervised vascular exercise program for patients with peripheral vascular disease. Journal of Vascular Surgery, 39, 1186-1192.
Blissmer, B., Marquez, D.X., Jerome, G., & Kimiecik, J. C. (2005). Theory and applications in promoting exercise behavior. In D. Hackfort, R., Lidor, and J. Duda (Eds.) Handbook of Research in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology: International Perspectives (p. 257-274). Morgantown, WV: Fitness Information Technology
Riebe, D. Blissmer, B., Greene, G., Caldwell, M., Ruggiero, L., Stillwell, K. M., & Nigg, C. R. (2005). Long-term maintenance of exercise and healthy eating behaviors in overweight adults. Preventive Medicine, 46(8), 769-778.
Blissmer, B., Riebe, D., Dye, G., Ruggiero, L., Greene, C. & Caldwell, M. (2006). Health-related quality of life following a clinical weight loss intervention among overweight and obese adults: Intervention and 24 month follow-up effects. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes.
Prochaska, J.O., Velicer, W.F., Redding, C.A., Rossi, J.S., Greene, G.W., Paiva, A., Robbins, M., Blissmer, B., & Dye, G. (in press). Treatment, stage, severity and effort effects predict long-term changes in multiple behaviors. Preventive Medicine.
Most Recent Grant Funded Projects
Principal Investigator: “Multiple Behavior Change for Cancer Prevention.” (2005-2010). Proposal funded by the American Cancer Society. Awarded: $602,178
Co-investigator (Geoffrey Greene, PI): “Behavior change for obesity prevention in young adults.” (2005-2009). Proposal funded by the USDA National Research Initiative. Awarded: $1,127,707.
Co-investigator (Geoffrey Greene, PI): ““Healthy Weight Management in the Latino Population.” (2006-2007). Funded by the URI College of the Environment and Life Sciences Community Access to Research and Extension Services Initiative. Awarded: $100,000.
Co-investigator (James Prochaska, PI): “Maintenance in Multiple Behaviors with Emphasis on Aging.” (2006-2010). Proposal funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIA). Awarded: $738,000.
Co-investigator (Phil Clark, PI): “Maintaining Exercise and Healthy Eating in Older Adults.” (2006-2011) Proposal funded by the National Institutes of Health (NCI). Awarded: $1,890,692
Co-investigator (Wayne Velicer, PI): “Comparing Tailored Communication Channels For Cancer Prevention.” (2007-2011) Proposal funded by the National Institutes of Health. Awarded $2,470,690.
Member, Washington County Cancer Control Task Force Faculty Advisor, URI Chapter of Colleges Against Cancer
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Rhode Island State Clinic
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2013 Kinesiology Internship Meeting
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2013 KIN585 Summer Course
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Strength & Conditioning Program
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Kinesiology Graduate Research Night
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Kinesiology in the News
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HSS Living and Learning Community
HSS Living and Learning Community
in Butterfield Hall is a great opportunity for Kinesiology students to network with each other during their first year on campus.