Department of Kinesiology and Community Health
Dr. Tassitano is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research program is based on 15 years of experience in physical activity epidemiology research, teaching, and service experiences with low-income and other underrepresented populations from Brazil. The overarching goal of Dr. Tassitano’s research is to gain a better understanding of health behaviors, including physical activity, sedentary behavior, and more recently, sleep, and to reduce existing disparities within and between populations. Ongoing projects include a mixed-methods approach to identify, test, and implement feasible and sustainable solutions that promote physical activity opportunities in structured settings, such as childcare and school. Dr. Tassitano is a founding member of the Brazilian Society of Physical Activity and Health (SBAFS) and a member of the South American Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior Network (SAPASEN). He is also a senior editor at the Journal of Physical Activity and Health. Dr. Tassitano has participated in the development of the Physical Activity Guidelines for the Brazilian population, specifically in the people with disability workgroup.