Sandy J. Slater, PhD

Research Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Administration

Dr. Slater is a research assistant professor in the School of Public Health. She has been working on research in the Health Policy Center, especially the Bridging the Gap project, since 1997. As a result, she is recognized as an IHRP Fellow. Her research interests focus on community-level studies designed to examine and reduce modifiable risk factors such as physical inactivity, obesity, tobacco use and substance abuse in minority and underserved populations.

Dr. Slater serves on the Institute of Medicine committee on Physical Activity and Physical Education in the School Environment and was on the IOM committee that wrote the consensus report Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School.

She earned her PhD from the UIC School of Public Health in 2005 and was one of the first in the country to earn a K99/ROO grant, the Pathway to Independence Award, from the National Institutes of Health.

Research Interests

Community-level studies designed to examine and reduce modifiable risk factors such as physical inactivity, obesity, tobacco use and substance abuse in minority and underserved populations

Recent and Noteworthy Publications

For a more detailed list of publications by Dr. Sandy Slater, see this edited list on PubMed. 

Chriqui JF, Leider J, Thrun E, Nicholson LM, Slater SJ. Pedestrian-oriented zoning is associated with reduced income and poverty disparities in adult active travel to work, United States. Prev Med. 2016 Oct 3. [Epub ahead of print.]

Slater SJ, Nicholson L, Abu Zayd H, Chriqui JF. Does Pedestrian Danger Mediate the Relationship between Local Walkability and Active Travel to Work? Front Public Health. 2016 May 9;4:89. [See abstract.]

Glanz K, Handy SL, Henderson KE, Slater SJ, Davis EL, Powell LM.  Built environment assessment: Multidisciplinary perspectives. SSM Popul Health. 2016 Dec;2:24-31. [See article.]

Chriqui JF, Nicholson LM, Thrun E, Leider J, Slater SJ. More active living–oriented county and municipal zoning is associated with increased adult leisure time physical activity—United States, 2011. Environ Behav. 2016;48(1):111-130. [See abstract.]

Slater S, Pugach O, Lin W, Bontu A. If you build It will they come? Does involving community groups in playground renovations affect park utilization and physical activity? Environ Behav. 2016;48(1):246-265. [See abstract.]

Colabianchi N, Griffin JL, Slater SJ, O'Malley PM, Johnston LD. The Whole-of-School approach to physical activity: findings from a national sample of U.S. secondary students. Am J Prev Med. 2015 Sep;49(3):387-94. [See abstract.]

Eyler AA, Blanck HM, Gittelsohn J, Karpyn A, McKenzie TL, Partington S, Slater SJ, Winters M. Physical activity and food environment assessments: implications for practice. Am J Prev Med. 2015 May;48(5):639-645. [See abstract.]

Nicholson LM, Turner L, Slater SJ, Abuzayd H, Chriqui JF, Chaloupka F. Developing a measure of traffic calming associated with elementary school students' active transport.Transp Res D Transp Environ. 2014 Dec 1;33:17-25. [See abstract.]

Slater S, Chriqui J, Chaloupka FJ, Johnston L. Joint use policies: are they related to adolescent behavior? Prev Med. 2014 Dec;69 Suppl 1:S37-43. [See abstract.]

Slater S, Colabianchi N. What influences park use and physical activity? Transl Behav Med. 2014 Jun;4(2):130. [See abstract.]

Turner L, Johnson TG, Slater SJ, Chaloupka FJ. Physical activity practices in elementary schools and associations with physical education staffing and training. Res Q Exerc Sport. 2014;85(4):488-501. [See abstract.]

Slater SJ, Colobianchi N. Society of Behavioral Medicine Position Statement on supporting robust, well-designed, safe, and accessible community parks [position statement]. Society of Behavioral Medicine; July 2013.

Taber DR, Chriqui JF, Perna FM, Powell LM, Slater SJ, Chaloupka FJ. Association between state physical education (PE) requirements and PE participation, physical activity, and body mass index change. Prev Med. 2013 Nov;57(5):629-33. [See abstract.]

Turner L, Slater SJ, Chaloupka FJ. Support for school-based obesity prevention efforts: attitudes among administrators at nationally representative samples of US elementary schools. Childhood Obesity. 2013 Aug;9(4):311-8. [See abstract.]

Chriqui JF, Eyler A, Carnoske C, Slater S. State and district policy influences on district-wide elementary and middle school physical education practices. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2013 May-Jun;19(3 Suppl 1):S41-8. [See abstract.]

Slater SJ, Nicholson L, Chriqui J, Barker DC, Chaloupka FJ, Johnston LD. Walkable communities and adolescent weight. Am J Prev Med. 2013 Feb;44(2):164-8. [See abstract.]

Slater S, Full K, Fitzgibbon M, Floyd MF. How well do adolescents know their local parks? Test-retest reliability and validity of an adolescent self-report park survey for diverse low-income urban neighborhoods. J Child Adolesc Behav. 2013;1:108. [See abstract.]

Slater S, Fitzgibbon M, Floyd M. Urban Adolescents' Perceptions of their Neighborhood Physical Activity Environments. Leisure Sciences. 2013;35(2):167-183.

Turner L, Chaloupka FJ, Slater SJ. Geographic variations in elementary school-based physical activity practices. J Sch Health. 2012 Jul;82(7):307-310. [See abstract.]

Slater SJ, Nicholson L, Chriqui J, Turner L, Chaloupka F. The impact of state laws and district policies on physical education and recess practices in a nationally representative sample of US public elementary schools. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2012 Apr;166(4):311-6. [See abstract.]

Chriqui JF, Taber DR, Slater SJ, Turner L, Lowrey KM, Chaloupka FJ. The impact of state safe routes to school-related laws on active travel to school policies and practices in U.S. elementary schools. Health Place. 2012 Jan;18(1):8-15. [See abstract.]

Han E, Powell L, Slater S, Quinn C. Validation of secondary commercial data sources for physical activity facilities in urban and non-urban settings. J Phys Act Health. 2012 Nov;9(8):1080-8. [See abstract.]

Slater SJ, Ewing R, Powell LM, Chaloupka FJ, Johnston LD, O'Malley PM. The association between community physical activity settings and youth physical activity, obesity and body mass index. J Adolesc Health. 2010 Nov;47(5):496-503. [See abstract.]

Honors and Awards

IHRP Fellow