About Dr. Yue Liao
Dr. Liao’s training background includes public health, biostatistics, and behavioral science with a focus on real-time data capture methods using wearable sensors and mobile technologies. In the field of behavioral science, real-time assessment strategies represent a progression towards not only the collection of more ecologically valid data but also the ability to develop and deliver just-in-time interventions at critical decision points.
Dr. Liao’s research areas include the use of wearable sensors and mobile technologies to (1) assess daily physical activity and sedentary behavior, along with contextual factors that might influence decisions to engage in those behaviors; and (2) link daily behavioral patterns with obesity-related cancer risks.
Dr. Liao’s research goal is to develop personalized, adaptable, and timely behavioral interventions to promote energy balance in real-world contexts and reduce cancer risk along the entire cancer continuum.
Instructor , Department of Behavioral Science, Division of OVP, Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Dr. Liao's research interests include using mobile and wearable sensor technologies to assess and intervene on physical activity, sedentary behavior, and eating behavior (i.e., energy balance-related behaviors) in peoples’ daily lives; exploring contextual factors that might influence decisions to engage in those energy balance-related behaviors (e.g., affective state, cognitive state, social companions, and physical locations); and improving behavior change theories in the age of mobile technology-enhanced (mHealth) interventions.
|2015||University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, USA, PHD, Health Behavior Research|
|2009||University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health, Houston, TX, USA, MPH, Biostatistics|
|2006||University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, USA, BS, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Studies|
|2015-2016||Research Fellowship, Behavioral Science, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX|
|2010||National Board of Public Health Examiners|
|2017||Duncan Family Institute Mentored Junior Faculty Fellow, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center|
|2016||Meritorious Award, Society of Behavioral Medicine|
|2016||Janice Davis Gordon Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship in Colorectal Cancer Prevention, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center|
|2015||Citation and Meritorious Award, Society of Behavioral Medicine|
|2015||Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing, American Journal of Preventive Medicine|
|2014||PhD Research Award, International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity|
|2013||8th Annual Sloboda and Bukoski Cup Winner, Society of Prevention Research|
|2012||Steven P. Hooker Research Award, American Public Health Association, Physical Activity Section|
- Liao Y, Schembre S. Acceptability of continuous glucose monitoring in free-living healthy individuals: Implications for the use of wearable biosensors in diet and physical activity research. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth 6(10):e11181, 2018. e-Pub 2018. PMID: 30355561.
- Liao Y, Schembre SM, O'Connor SG, Belcher BR, Maher JP, Dzubur E, Dunton GF. An Electronic Ecological Momentary Assessment Study to Examine the Consumption of High-Fat/High-Sugar Foods, Fruits/Vegetables, and Affective States Among Women. J Nutr Educ Behav 50(6):626-631, 2018. e-Pub 2018. PMID: 29573964.
- Schembre SM, Liao Y, Robertson MC, Dunton GF, Kerr J, Haffey ME, Burnett T, Basen-Engquist K, Hicklen RS. Just-in-Time Feedback in Diet and Physical Activity Interventions: Systematic Review and Practical Design Framework. J Med Internet Res 20(3):e106, 2018. e-Pub 2018. PMID: 29567638.
- Liao Y, Solomon O, Dunton GF. Does the Company of a Dog Influence Affective Response to Exercise? Using Ecological Momentary Assessment to Study Dog-Accompanied Physical Activity. Am J Health Promot 31(5):388-390, 2017. e-Pub 2016. PMID: 27609907.
- Liao Y, Chou CP, Huh J, Leventhal A, Dunton G. Associations of Affective Responses During Free-Living Physical Activity and Future Physical Activity Levels: an Ecological Momentary Assessment Study. Int J Behav Med 24(4):513-519, 2017. PMID: 28008556.
- Jones M, Taylor A, Liao Y, Intille SS, Dunton GF. Real-time subjective assessment of psychological stress: Associations with objectively-measured physical activity levels. Psychol Sport Exerc 31:79-87, 2017. e-Pub 2017. PMID: 29151810.
- Liao Y, Chou CP, Huh J, Leventhal A, Dunton G. Examining acute bi-directional relationships between affect, physical feeling states, and physical activity in free-living situations using electronic ecological momentary assessment. J Behav Med 40(3):445-457, 2017. e-Pub 2016. PMID: 27766481.
- Liao Y, Skelton K, Dunton G, Bruening M. A Systematic Review of Methods and Procedures Used in Ecological Momentary Assessments of Diet and Physical Activity Research in Youth: An Adapted STROBE Checklist for Reporting EMA Studies (CREMAS). J Med Internet Res 18(6):e151, 2016. e-Pub 2016. PMID: 27328833.
- Pickering TA, Huh J, Intille S, Liao Y, Pentz MA, Dunton GF. Physical Activity and Variation in Momentary Behavioral Cognitions: An Ecological Momentary Assessment Study. J Phys Act Health 13(3):344-51, 2016. e-Pub 2015. PMID: 26284314.
- Dunton GF, Liao Y, Intille S, Huh J, Leventhal A. Momentary assessment of contextual influences on affective response during physical activity. Health Psychol 34(12):1145-53, 2015. e-Pub 2015. PMID: 26053885.
- Liao Y, Shonkoff ET, Barnett E, Wen CK, Miller KA, Eddy JM. Brief report: Examining children's disruptive behavior in the wake of trauma - A two-piece growth curve model before and after a school shooting. J Adolesc 44:219-23, 2015. e-Pub 2015. PMID: 26298676.
- Dunton GF, Liao Y, Dzubur E, Leventhal AM, Huh J, Gruenewald T, Margolin G, Koprowski C, Tate E, Intille S. Investigating within-day and longitudinal effects of maternal stress on children's physical activity, dietary intake, and body composition: Protocol for the MATCH study. Contemp Clin Trials 43:142-54, 2015. e-Pub 2015. PMID: 25987483.
- Liao Y, Intille SS, Dunton GF. Using ecological momentary assessment to understand where and with whom adults' physical and sedentary activity occur. Int J Behav Med 22(1):51-61, 2015. PMID: 24639067.
- Liao Y, Shonkoff ET, Dunton GF. The Acute Relationships Between Affect, Physical Feeling States, and Physical Activity in Daily Life: A Review of Current Evidence. Front Psychol 6:1975, 2015. e-Pub 2015. PMID: 26779049.
- Liao Y, Intille S, Wolch J, Pentz MA, Dunton GF. Understanding the physical and social contexts of children's nonschool sedentary behavior: an ecological momentary assessment study. J Phys Act Health 11(3):588-95, 2014. e-Pub 2013. PMID: 23493261.
- Liao Y, Liao J, Durand CP, Dunton GF. Which type of sedentary behaviour intervention is more effective at reducing body mass index in children? A meta-analytic review. Obes Rev 15(3):159-68, 2014. e-Pub 2013. PMID: 24588966.
- Liao Y, Huang Z, Huh J, Pentz MA, Chou CP. Changes in friends' and parental influences on cigarette smoking from early through late adolescence. J Adolesc Health 53(1):132-8, 2013. e-Pub 2013. PMID: 23583505.
- Dunton GF, Liao Y, Almanza E, Jerrett M, Spruijt-Metz D, Pentz MA. Locations of joint physical activity in parent-child pairs based on accelerometer and GPS monitoring. Ann Behav Med 45 Suppl 1:S162-72, 2013. PMID: 23011914.
- Dunton GF, Liao Y, Almanza E, Jerrett M, Spruijt-Metz D, Chou CP, Pentz MA. Joint physical activity and sedentary behavior in parent-child pairs. Med Sci Sports Exerc 44(8):1473-80, 2012. PMID: 22367744.
- Dunton GF, Liao Y, Kawabata K, Intille S. Momentary assessment of adults' physical activity and sedentary behavior: feasibility and validity. Front Psychol 3:260, 2012. e-Pub 2012. PMID: 22866046.
- Dunton GF, Liao Y, Intille SS, Spruijt-Metz D, Pentz M. Investigating children's physical activity and sedentary behavior using ecological momentary assessment with mobile phones. Obesity (Silver Spring) 19(6):1205-12, 2011. e-Pub 2010. PMID: 21164502.
- Dunton GF, Liao Y, Intille S, Wolch J, Pentz MA. Physical and social contextual influences on children's leisure-time physical activity: an ecological momentary assessment study. J Phys Act Health 8 Suppl 1:S103-8, 2011. PMID: 21350250.
- Liao Y, Schembre SM, Wetter DW, Spring B, Cvrkel T. Next-gen mHealth: Integrating physiological measures with smart technology to influence health behavior change. Annals of Behavioral Medicine(51):S1467, 2017.
- Liao, Y, Li, L, Chen, M, Busaidy, N, Basen-Engquist, K, Huh, J, Schembre, S M. Using mobile glucose monitoring as biological feedback on daily eating behaviors. Annals of Behavioral Medicine(51):S1468, 2017.
- Liao Y, Song J, Robertson M, Basen-Engquist K. Outcome expectancy mediates the relationship between affective and physical feeling states and next-day physical activity. Annals of Behavioral Medicine(51):S1468, 2017.
- Liao Y, Schembre S, Dunton GF. Using Ecological Momentary Assessment to examine post-food consumption affect in moms. Annals of Behavioral Medicine(50):S70, 2016.