Olvera, N., McCarley, K., Rodriguez, A. X., Noor, N., & Hernandez-Valero, M. A. (2014, in press). Body image disturbances and predictors of body dissatisfaction in Hispanic and white preadolescents. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 1-11. DOI: 10.1111/jora.12165.
*Kim, J. H., Lee, C., Olvera, N., & Ellis, C. D. (2014). The role of landscape spatial patterns on childhood obesity in Hispanic children residing in inner-city neighborhoods. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 11(8), 1449-1457. DOI: 10.1123/jpah.2012.0503.
*Graham, M. H., Bush, J. A., Olvera, N., Puyau, M. R., & Butte, N. F. (2014). Effectiveness of the modified progressive aerobic capacity endurance run test for assessing aerobic fitness in Hispanic children who are obese. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 28(10), 2880-2887. DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000000544.
*Rodriguez, A. X., Olvera, N., Leung, P., O’Connor, D., & Smith, D. (2014). Association between the summer season and body fatness and aerobic fitness among Hispanic children. Journal of School Health, 84, 233–238. DOI: 10.1111/josh.12141
*Leung, P., Lachapelle, A., Scinta, A., & Olvera, N. (2014). Factors contributing to depressive symptoms among Mexican Americans and Latinos. Social Work,59(1), 1–10. DOI: 10.1093sw/swt047
Olvera, N., Leung, P., Kellam, S. F., & Liu, J. (2013). Body fat and fitness improvements in Hispanic and African American girls. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 38(9), 987-996. DOI: 10.1093/jpepsy/jst041
Olvera, N., Leung, P., Kellam, S. F., Smith, D. W. & Liu, J. (2013). Summer and follow-up interventions to affect adiposity with mothers and daughters. American Journal of Preventive Medicine,44, 258–266. DOI : 10.1016/j.amepre.2012.11.018
Olvera, N., Dempsey A., Gonzalez, E. & Abramson, C. (2013). Weight-related teasing, emotional eating and weight control behaviors in Hispanic and African American girls. Eating Behaviors, 14, 513-517. DOI: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2013.06.012
Hernandez-Valero, M.A., Bustamente-Montes, L.P., Hernandez, M., Halley-Castillo, E., Wilkinson, A.V. Bondy, M. D., & Olvera, N. (2012). Higher risk for obesity among Mexican-American and Mexican immigrant children and adolescents than among peers in Mexico. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 14:517-522. DOI 10.1007/s10903-011-9535-9.
Taylor, W.C., Franzini, L. Olvera, N., Poston, W.C. & Lin, G. (2012). Environmental audits of friendliness toward physical activity in three income levels. Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine. doi:10.1007/s11524-011-9663-5.
Olvera, N., Smith, D., Lee, C., Liu, J., Lee, J., Kellam, S., F. & Kim, J., H. (2012). Hispanic maternal and children’s perception of neighborhood safety related to walking and cycling. Health and Place, 18, 71-75.
Major Research Projects
FUN WITH FOOD! Use of IPADs to deliver a nutrition program
LACE UP AND MOVE! Use of Nano technology to promote walking
Urban Hispanic Perceptions of Environment and Activity among Kids Study (UHPEAK) Study
BOUNCE: A Healthy Lifestyle After School Program for Hispanic Girls and Mothers
BOUNCE Lite: A Summer Healthy Lifestyle Program for Minority Girls
Major Funded Proposals
Norma Olvera, N. (PI), Dennis Smith, Jian Liu, and Patrick Leung (Co-Investigators). From Mothers to Daughters: A Physical Activity Dosage Intervention to Impact Adiposity. Awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Salud America Program. Direct cost: $66,784. Indirect Cost: $8,014. Total $74,798. July 1 2009-June 30, 2011.
Dr. Norma Olvera (Principal Investigator), Drs. Dennis Smith and Jill A. Bush (Co-Investigators and Dr. Chanam Lee (Principal Investigator, contractor). Urban Hispanic Perceptions of Environment and Activity among Kids (UH-PEAK). Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. ($150,000.00). January 2008-June 2009
Awards and Honors
2014 Lifetime Faculty Award For Mentoring Undergraduate Research, University of Houston
2014 Texas Society for Public Health Education Faculty Award
2013 Distinguished Nationally Known Health Professional Award, American Public Health Association Latino Caucus for Public Health.
2012 Heroes in Health Education awarded by the Society for Public Health Education.
Fellow, The Obesity Society, 2012
President, Hispanic Health Coalition, 2011- 2014
BOUNCE Healthy Lifestyle Summer Program received honorable mention 2010 Texas Cardiovascular Health Promotion Awards by The Texas Council on Cardiovascular Disease, Texas Department of State Health Services.
National Cancer Research Awareness Award, Health Disparities Research Center, University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, April 2009
BOUNCE Lite: A Summer Healthy Lifestyle Program for Minority Girls, Best Nutrition and Physical Activity Practices, Texas Public Health Association, 2006.