James F. Sallis, Ph.D is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at University of California, San Diego and Professorial Fellow at the Institute for Health and Ageing, Australian Catholic University. His primary research interests are promoting physical activity and understanding policy and environmental influences on physical activity, sedentary behavior, nutrition, and obesity. Prof. Sallis was a pioneer in developing the interdisciplinary study of built environment and physical activity, including such topics as community walkability, design of parks, and facilities for safe bicycling. He co-founded IPEN (International Physical Activity and Environment Network), which is coordinating international studies in over 20 countries. His health improvement programs have been studied and used in health care settings, schools, universities, and companies.
His current focus is using research to inform policy and environmental changes that will increase physical activity and reduce obesity and chronic diseases. He is the author of over 600 scientific publications, on the editorial boards of several journals, and one of the world’s most cited authors in the social sciences. Thomson-Reuters identified him as one of the world’s most creative scientific minds of 2014, 2015, and 2016. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports. He serves on the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Obesity Solutions and is an elected member of the US National Academy of Medicine. He is current President of the Society of Behavioral Medicine.