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|
|2016-2017||Research Fellowship, Cancer Prevention Research Program, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX|
|2015-2016||Research Fellowship, Behavioral Science, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX|
|2010||National Board of Public Health Examiners|
|2009||Certified Base Programmer for SAS 9, by SAS|
Junior Co-Chair, Society of Behavioral Medicine, Theories and Techniques of Behavior Change Interventions Special Interest Group, Milwaukee, WI, 2019 - Present
Institutional Committee Activities
Member, Review Committee for the NCI funded R25E Summer Research Program in Cancer Prevention, 2018 - 2019
Department Representative, Focus on Junior Faculty, 2018 - Present
Reviewer, Review Committee for Leading Mentor in Cancer Prevention, 2016 - 2017
|2019||Early Career Travel Award, Society of Behavioral Medicine|
|2017||Duncan Family Institute Mentored Junior Faculty Fellow, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center|
|2017||STAT Wunderkind, STAT News|
|2017||Outstanding Postdoctoral Trainee in Cancer Prevention, 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|
|2013||Academic Professional Development Award, University of Southern California|
|2013||Research Award, Society of Behavioral Medicine, Student Special Interest Group|
|2013||Early Career Travel Award, Society of Prevention Research (SPR), Early Career Preventionists Network|
|2012||Research Travel Award, University of Southern California, Institute for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Research|
|2012||Steven P. Hooker Research Award, American Public Health Association, Physical Activity Section|
|2011||Early Career Travel Award, Society of Prevention Research|
|2009||Honorable Mention in Research Excellence, Texas Obesity Research Center, University of Houston|
|2004||Provost’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship, University of Southern California|
- Robertson MC, Green CE, Liao Y, Durand CP, Basen-Engquist KM. Self-efficacy and physical activity in overweight and obese adults participating in a worksite weight loss intervention: multi-state modeling of wearable device data. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 29(4):769-776, 2020. e-Pub 2019. PMID: 31871110.
- Schembre SM, Liao Y, O'Connor SG, Hingle MD, Shen SE, Hamoy KG, Huh J, Dunton GF, Weiss R, Thomson CA, Boushey CJ. Mobile ecological momentary diet assessment methods for behavioral research: Systematic review. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth 6(11):e11170, 2018. e-Pub 2018. PMID: 30459148.
- Robertson MC, Liao Y, Song J, Lyons EJ, Basen-Engquist KM. Motivation for physical activity and the moderating effect of cancer diagnosis: a nationally representative cross-sectional study. Prev Med 115:8-11, 2018. e-Pub 2018. PMID: 30081132.
- 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.
- Wen CKF, Liao Y, Maher JP, Huh J, Belcher BR, Dzubur E, Dunton GF. Relationships among affective states, physical activity, and sedentary behavior in children: Moderation by perceived stress. Health Psychol 37(10):904-914, 2018. PMID: 30234349.
- 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.
- Tate EB, Shah A, Jones M, Pentz MA, Liao Y, Dunton G. Toward a Better Understanding of the Link Between Parent and Child Physical Activity Levels: The Moderating Role of Parental Encouragement. J Phys Act Health 12(9):1238-44, 2015. e-Pub 2014. PMID: 25494399.
- 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.
- Tate EB, Wood W, Liao Y, Dunton GF. Do stressed mothers have heavier children? A meta-analysis on the relationship between maternal stress and child body mass index. Obes Rev 16(5):351-61, 2015. PMID: 25879393.
- 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.
- Dunton GF, Liao Y, Grana R, Lagloire R, Riggs N, Chou CP, Robertson T. State-wide dissemination of a school-based nutrition education programme: a RE-AIM (Reach, Efficacy, Adoption, Implementation, Maintenance) analysis. Public Health Nutr 17(2):422-30, 2014. e-Pub 2012. PMID: 23218458.
- Huh J, Huang Z, Liao Y, Pentz M, Chou CP. Transitional life events and trajectories of cigarette and alcohol use during emerging adulthood: latent class analysis and growth mixture modeling. J Stud Alcohol Drugs 74(5):727-35, 2013. PMID: 23948532.
- 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, Basen-Engquist KM, Urbauer DL, Bevers TB, Hawk E, Schembre SM. Design of a novel physical activity intervention in overweight and obese adults using continuous glucose monitoring: A pilot study. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.
- Liao Y, Thompson C, Peterson S, Mandrola J, Beg MS. The future of wearable technologies and remote monitoring in health care. Am Soc Clin Oncol Educ Book 39:115-121, 2019. e-Pub 2019. PMID: 31099626.
- Winne A, Liao Y, Robertson MC, Thuan LA, Basen-Engquist KM. Multilevel modeling of objectively measured physical activity and sleep data from overweight and obese individuals. Annals of Behavioral Medicine 53:S108, 2019.
- Robertson MC, Green C, Liao Y, Basen-Engquist KM. A novel approach to modeling objectively-measured physical activity: multi-state modeling of intensive longitudinal data. Annals of Behavioral Medicine 53:S109, 2019.
- Schembre SM, Liao Y, Weiss R, Cinar A. Integrating continuous glucose monitoring and diet tracking data to ease the burden of self-monitoring in diabetes management. Annals of Behavioral Medicine 53:S295, 2019.
- Liao Y, Robertson M, O'Connor S, Dunton GF. The moderating effects of stress on the dynamic between daily activity levels and sleep. Annals of Behavioral Medicine 53:S505, 2019.
- Thomas S, Coletta AM, Robertson M, Song J, Liao Y, Carmack CL, & Basen-Engquist K. Anxiety sensitivity’s impact on physical activity in a cohort of endometrial cancer survivors. Annals of Behavioral Medicine 52:S236, 2018.
- Liao Y, Desai N, Song J, Li L, Shen Q, Daniel CR, Kopetz S, Basen-Engquist K, Schembre SM. Explore effects of free-living physical activity on next 24-hr glucose patterns using mobile glucose monitors in non-diabetics. Annals of Behavioral Medicine 52:S595, 2018.
- 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.
- Wen CKF, Liao Y, Huh J, Belcher BR, Dzubur E, Leventhal A, Dunton GF. The acute bidirectional relationships of children's affective states and physical activity: The role of chronic stress. Annals of Behavioral Medicine(51):S1532, 2017.
- Hoolihan L, Larsen A, Liao Y, Dunton GF. Nutrition education intervention in kindergarteners: effects on knowledge and behavior. The FASEB Journal 30(1):S8996.8, 2016.
- Robertson T, Larsen A, Liao Y, Dunton GF, Huh J, Alberts J. Building healthier kindergarten students through nutrition education. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 48(7):S82, 2016.
- 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.
- Liao Y, Dzubur E, Dunton GF. Using a smartphone application to capture sedentary behavior and multitasking among adolescents. Annals of Behavioral Medicine(49):S90, 2015.
- Liao Y, Dunton GF. How morning cognitive and feeling states predict daily physical activity levels among adults. Annals of Behavioral Medicine(49):S171, 2015.
- Dunton G, Huh J, Liao Y, Tate E, Intille S. Novel approaches to using ecological momentary assessment to examine the interrelations of affective states and physical activity. Annals of Behavioral Medicine(45):S165, 2013.
- Shah A, Tate E, Liao Y, Pentz MA, Dunton GF. Understanding the link between parent and child physical activity levels: The role of parental influences. Annals of Behavioral Medicine(45):S187, 2013.
- Liao Y, Huh J, Intille S, Dunton GF. Short-term relationships of affective and physical feeling states with physical activity level in naturalistic settings. Annals of Behavioral Medicine(45):S295, 2013.
- Liao Y, Huh J, Huang Z, Arif A, Pentz MA, Chou CP. Identifying threshold of social influences on lifetime smoking status among adolescents - A recursive partitioning approach. Annals of Behavioral Medicine(43):S264, 2012.
- Dunton GF, Liao Y, Almanza E, Jerrett M, Spruijt-Metz D, Pentz MA. Correspondence in daily physical activity levels in parent-child pairs based on accelerometer and GPS monitoring. Annals of Behavioral Medicine 41(1):S238, 2011.
- Robertson T, Dunton GF, Liao Y, Grana R, Lagloire R. School-based nutrition program to help third graders learn importance of “Shaping Up My Choices”. Journal of the American Dietetic Association 111(9):A49, 2011.
- Robertson T, Liao Y, Dunton GF. “Activity & Eating”: An interactive adult nutrition education program. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 42(4):S85, 2010.
- Liao Y, Intille S, Pentz MA, Dunton GF. How do mood and motivational factors shape concurrent physical activity levels in children? An ecological momentary assessment study. Obesity(18):S131, 2010.
- Lee R, Liao Y, Mama SK, Medina A, Reese-Smith JY, Estabrooks PA. Social cohesion increases physical activity in obese ethnic minority women. Obesity(17):S161, 2009.
|Title:||One plus one can be greater than two: Ecological momentary assessment for black prostate cancer survivors and partners|
|Title:||Active Living After Cancer: Combining a physical activity program with survivor navigation|
|Funding Source:||Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)|
|Title:||Development of a novel wearable sensor-based exercise intervention for sedentary cancer survivors|
|Funding Source:||Duncan Family Institute Integrative Health Initiative Jason's Deli Funding Program, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center|
|Title:||Patient-centered liver cancer prevention in the Houston community|
|Funding Source:||Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)|