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Janet Buckworth

  • Professor and Department Head, Department of Kinesiology (Exercise Science Programs)

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Office Location

115K Ramsey Center
330 River Road
Athens, Georgia 30602

Affiliated Units

Areas of Expertise

  • Behavioral Science
  • Exercise Adherence
  • Theories of behavior change

Research Interests

  • Obesity
  • Exercise motivation
  • Obesity bias
  • Weight management
  • Women's Health

Programs of Study


Research Summary

My academic and professional backgrounds include masters' degrees in clinical social work and health education and work experiences in medical and college settings. My primary research focus is promoting exercise adoption and adherence, particularly in women and people who are overweight or obese. I have expertise in theory-based interventions to increase exercise adoption and adherence, with an emphasis on motivation and related psychosocial constructs. I developed an intervention for patients who have had bariatric surgery and are regaining weight, and led a research team on a qualitative study of psychosocial influences and skills to foster weight management after bariatric surgery. Additional projects have included a study of explicit obesity bias and anti-fat attitudes in college students aiming to work in health care and wellness.


Degree Concentration Institution Year
PhD Exercise Psychology University of Georgia 1993
MA Community Health Education University of Georgia 1984
MSW Clinical Social Work University of Georgia 1979