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    Brittany Larsen

    TitleAssistant Adjunct Professor
    SchoolUniversity of California, San Diego
    DepartmentFamily Medicine and Public Health
    Address9500 Gilman Drive #0725
    CA La Jolla 92093
    Phone858-534-8429
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      University of California, San DiegoPh.D.2011Experimental Psychology
      University of California, San DiegoM.A.2006Experimental Psychology
      Wellesley CollegeB.A.2004Psychology

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      Britta Larsen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at UCSD. She received a PhD in Experimental Psychology from UCSD with a focus in social and health psychology, then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Cardiovascular Epidemiology and Behavioral Medicine in the UCSD School of Medicine. Her research focuses on physical activity promotion and behavioral management of diabetes and cardiovascular disease in underserved populations. She is also interested in the association of health behavior and body composition, and how these influence chronic disease epidemiology.


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      Niñas Saludables: Development and Evaluation of a Physical Activity Intervention for Latina Girls

      It is estimated that more than half of Latinas born in this century will eventually develop type II diabetes. Adolescence is a time when health behaviors develop that often carry through to adulthood, thus it is a critical period in which to intervene and introduce life-long health behaviors like regular physical activity. However, to date there are no physical activity interventions specifically for young Latinas. This project focuses on developing a web-based, theory driven physical activity intervention specifically for Latina adolescents that will be informed by a parent study with Latina adults and driven by formative research. (R03NR014329, PI - Larsen)

      Primary Care-Based Physical Activity for Diabetic Latinas

      Physical activity adoption is now considered standard of care for diabetes management, yet promotion of physical activity in primary care settings is limited by physician time, training, and resources. Latinas in particular may have limited access to behavioral management programs due to language, cultural, transportation, and other barriers. The aim of this study is to develop a culturally and linguistically adapted web-based physical activity program for Latinas seeking primary care treatment for type II diabetes. (K01DK101650, PI - Larsen)

      Dr. Larsen also is involved in studies promoting physical activity in Latina adults and Latino men. She has also studied body composition and chronic disease using data from the Rancho Bernardo Study, Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis, and the Healthy Aging and Body Composition Study.


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      1. Larsen B, Laughlin GA, Cummins K, Barrett-Connor E, Wassel CL. Adipokines and severity and progression of coronary artery calcium: Findings from the Rancho Bernardo Study. Atherosclerosis. 2017 Jul 22; 265:1-6. PMID: 28825974.
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      2. Vella CA, Allison MA, Cushman M, Jenny NS, Miles MP, Larsen B, Lakoski SG, Michos ED, Blaha MJ. Physical Activity and Adiposity-related Inflammation: The MESA. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2017 May; 49(5):915-921. PMID: 27977529.
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      3. Larsen B, Marcus B, Pekmezi D, Hartman S, Gilmer T. A Web-Based Physical Activity Intervention for Spanish-Speaking Latinas: A Costs and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis. J Med Internet Res. 2017 Feb 22; 19(2):e43. PMID: 28228368.
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      4. Hartman SJ, Dunsiger SI, Bock BC, Larsen B, Linke S, Pekmezi D, Marquez B, Gans KM, Mendoza-Vasconez AS, Marcus BH. Physical activity maintenance among Spanish-speaking Latinas in a randomized controlled trial of an Internet-based intervention. J Behav Med. 2017 Jun; 40(3):392-402. PMID: 27752866.
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      5. Marquez B, Dunsiger SI, Pekmezi D, Larsen B, Marcus BH. Social support and physical activity change in Latinas: Results from the Seamos Saludables trial. Health Psychol. 2016 Dec; 35(12):1392-1401. PMID: 27669178.
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      6. Mendoza-Vasconez AS, Linke S, Muñoz M, Pekmezi D, Ainsworth C, Cano M, Williams V, Marcus BH, Larsen B. Promoting Physical Activity among Underserved Populations. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2016 Jul-Aug; 15(4):290-7. PMID: 27399827.
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      7. Marcus BH, Hartman SJ, Larsen B, Pekmezi D, Dunsiger SI, Linke S, Marquez B, Gans KM, Bock BC, Mendoza-Vasconez AS, Noble ML, Rojas C. Pasos Hacia La Salud: a randomized controlled trial of an internet-delivered physical activity intervention for Latinas. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2016 May 28; 13:62. PMID: 27234302; PMCID: PMC4884436.
      8. Linke SE, Larsen B, Marquez B, Mendoza-Vasconez A, Marcus BH. Adapting Technological Interventions to Meet the Needs of Priority Populations. Prog Cardiovasc Dis. 2016 May-Jun; 58(6):630-8. PMID: 26957186.
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      9. Larsen B, Wassel CL, Kritchevsky SB, Strotmeyer ES, Criqui MH, Kanaya AM, Fried LF, Schwartz AV, Harris TB, Ix JH. Association of Muscle Mass, Area, and Strength With Incident Diabetes in Older Adults: The Health ABC Study. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2016 Apr; 101(4):1847-55. PMID: 26930180; PMCID: PMC4880161 [Available on 04/01/17].
      10. Crawford MA, Mendoza-Vasconez AS, Larsen B. Type II diabetes disparities in diverse women: the potential roles of body composition, diet and physical activity. Womens Health (Lond). 2015 Nov; 11(6):913-27. PMID: 26648099; PMCID: PMC4864180.
      11. Larsen B, Gilmer T, Pekmezi D, Napolitano MA, Marcus BH. Cost effectiveness of a mail-delivered individually tailored physical activity intervention for Latinas vs. a mailed contact control. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2015 Nov 11; 12:140. PMID: 26559336; PMCID: PMC4642691.
      12. Marcus BH, Hartman SJ, Pekmezi D, Dunsiger SI, Linke SE, Marquez B, Gans KM, Bock BC, Larsen B, Rojas C. Using interactive Internet technology to promote physical activity in Latinas: Rationale, design, and baseline findings of Pasos Hacia La Salud. Contemp Clin Trials. 2015 Sep; 44:149-158. PMID: 26255237.
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      13. Larsen B, Laughlin GA, Saad SD, Barrett-Connor E, Allison MA, Wassel CL. Pericardial fat is associated with all-cause mortality but not incident CVD: the Rancho Bernardo Study. Atherosclerosis. 2015 Apr; 239(2):470-5. PMID: 25702617; PMCID: PMC4364516.
      14. Dominick GM, Dunsiger SI, Pekmezi DW, Larsen B, Marquez B, Nodora J, Gans KM, Marcus BH. Moderating Effects of Health Literacy on Change in Physical Activity Among Latinas in a Randomized Trial. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2015 Sep; 2(3):351-7. PMID: 26863464.
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      15. Larsen B, Allison MA, Laughlin GA, Araneta MR, Barrett-Connor E, Wooten WJ, Saad SD, Wassel CL. The association between abdominal muscle and type II diabetes across weight categories in diverse post-menopausal women. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2015 Jan; 100(1):E105-9. PMID: 25250636; PMCID: PMC4283010.
      16. Larsen B, Martin L, Strong DR. Sedentary behavior and prevalent diabetes in Non-Latino Whites, Non-Latino Blacks and Latinos: findings from the National Health Interview Survey. J Public Health (Oxf). 2015 Dec; 37(4):634-40. PMID: 25538143.
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      17. Marcus BH, Dunsiger SI, Pekmezi D, Larsen B, Marquez B, Bock BC, Gans KM, Morrow KM, Tilkemeier P. Twelve-month physical activity outcomes in Latinas in the Seamos Saludables trial. Am J Prev Med. 2015 Feb; 48(2):179-182. PMID: 25442225.
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      18. Larsen B, Strong D, Linke SE. The association between family and friend integration and physical activity: results from the NHIS. Int J Behav Med. 2014 Jun; 21(3):529-36. PMID: 23681602; PMCID: PMC3796040.
      19. Camacho Á, Larsen B, McClelland RL, Morgan C, Criqui MH, Cushman M, Allison MA. Association of subsyndromal and depressive symptoms with inflammatory markers among different ethnic groups: the multi-ethnic study of atherosclerosis (MESA). J Affect Disord. 2014 Aug; 164:165-70. PMID: 24856570; PMCID: PMC4079665.
      20. Larsen B, Allison MA, Kang E, Saad S, Laughlin GA, Araneta MR, Barrett-Connor E, Wassel CL. Associations of physical activity and sedentary behavior with regional fat deposition. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2014 Mar; 46(3):520-8. PMID: 23924920; PMCID: PMC3916942.
      21. Marcus BH, Dunsiger SI, Pekmezi DW, Larsen B, Bock BC, Gans KM, Marquez B, Morrow KM, Tilkemeier P. The Seamos Saludables study: A randomized controlled physical activity trial of Latinas. Am J Prev Med. 2013 Nov; 45(5):598-605. PMID: 24139773; PMCID: PMC3864768.
      22. Larsen B, Pekmezi D, Marquez B, Benitez TJ, Marcus BH. Physical activity in Latinas: social and environmental influences. Womens Health (Lond). 2013 Mar; 9(2):201-10. PMID: 23477325; PMCID: PMC3868363.
      23. Larsen B, Darby RS, Harris CR, Nelkin DK, Milam PE, Christenfeld NJ. The immediate and delayed cardiovascular benefits of forgiving. Psychosom Med. 2012 Sep; 74(7):745-50. PMID: 22822231.
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      24. Larsen B, Christenfeld NJ. Cognitive distancing, cognitive restructuring, and cardiovascular recovery from stress. Biol Psychol. 2011 Feb; 86(2):143-8. PMID: 20193732.
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      25. Larsen B, Christenfeld NJ. Cardiovascular disease and psychiatric comorbidity: the potential role of perseverative cognition. Cardiovasc Psychiatry Neurol. 2009; 2009:791017. PMID: 20029626; PMCID: PMC2790803.
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