Janet Buckworth

Areas of Expertise

  • Behavioral Science
  • Exercise Adherence
  • Theories of behavior change


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



  •  PhD in Exercise Psychology, 1993
    University of Georgia
  •  MA in Community Health Education, 1984
    University of Georgia
  •  MSW in Clinical Social Work, 1979
    University of Georgia


 706-542-4378 (office)

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.