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Sarah-Jeanne Salvy, PhD

Sarah-Jeanne Salvy, PhD
Associate Professor
Division of Preventive Medicine
School of Medicine
Medical Towers, MT-621
1720 2nd Ave South
Birmingham, AL 35294-4410
Phone: 205-934-7609
Full CV

Dr. Salvy is Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology Summa cum laude at the University of Quebec in Montreal and completed her clinical internship in Clinical and Pediatric Psychology at the Columbus Children’s Hospital in Ohio. She was then a postdoctoral fellow in Social Psychology at the University of Toronto. Dr. Salvy subsequently held faculty positions in Pediatrics at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, at the University of Southern California and at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California.

Dr. Salvy’s work focuses on social determinants of health and obesity, as well as social regulation of behavioral, metabolic, and inflammatory markers of obesity in children, adolescents and adults. Her additional research interests focus on the mechanisms of intergenerational transmission of obesity, and on implementation science in developing scalable, sustainable and cost effective models of obesity prevention implemented in infancy.


  1. Salvy, S. J., Pierce, W. D., Heth, D. C., & Russell, J. C. (2002). Pre-exposure to wheel running disrupts taste aversion conditioning. Physiology & Behavior, 76, 51-56. [IF = 3.0]
  2. Salvy, S. J. & McCargar, L. (2002). Nutritional Interventions for Individuals with Bulimia Nervosa. Journal of Eating and Weight Disorders, 7, 258-267.
  3. Salvy, S. J., Pierce, W. D., Heth, D., & Russel, J. (2003). Wheel Running Produces Conditioned Food Aversion. Physiology & Behavior, 80, 89– 94. [IF = 3.0]
  4. Salvy, S. J., Pierce, W. D., Heth, D., & Russel, J. (2004). Taste Avoidance induced by wheel running: effects of backward pairings and robustness of CTA. Physiology & Behavior, 82, 303-308. [IF = 3.0]
  5. Salvy, S. J., Pierce, W. D., Heth, D., & Russel, J. (2004). Conditioned taste aversion induced by wheel running: further evidence on wheel running duration. Behavioral Processes, 66, 101-106. [IF = 1.7]
  6. Salvy, S. J., Mulick, J. A, Butter, E. , Kahng, R., & Linscheid, T. R. (2004). Contingent electric shock and a conditioned punisher eliminate severe head banging in a preschool child. Behavioral Interventions, 19, 59–72.
  7. Salvy, S. J., Romero, N., Paluch, R., & Epstein, L. H. (2007). Peer influence on pre-adolescent girls' snack intake: effects of weight status. Appetite.  49, 177-182. [IF = 2.7]
  8. Salvy, S. J., Jarrin, D., Paluch, R., Irfan, N., & Pliner, P. L. (2007). Effects of social influences on eating in couples, friends and strangers. Appetite. 49, 92-99.  [IF = 2.7]
  9. Salvy, S. J., Cohelo, J., Kieffer, E. & Epstein, L.H. (2007). Effects of social contexts on overweight and normal-weight children’s food intake. Physiology & Behavior. 92: 840-846.
  10. Vallerand, R.J., Salvy, S.J., Mageau, G.A., Denis, P., Grouzet, F.M.E., & Blanchard, C.B. (2007). On the role of passion in performance. Journal of Personality. 75, 505-534. [IF = 2.9]
  11. Robinson, J. L., Fuerch, J. H., Winiewicz, D. D., Salvy, S. J., Roemmich, J. N, & Epstein, L. H. (2007). Cost effectiveness of recruitment methods in a prevention trial for young children. Preventive Medicine. 44, 499-503. [IF = 3.1]
  12. Salvy, S. J., Wojslawowicz Bowker, J., Romero, N., Kieffer, E., Paluch, R., & Epstein, L. H. (2008). Peer influence on children’s physical activity: an experience sampling study. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 33, 39-49. [IF = 2.5]
  13. Salvy, S. J., Kieffer, E., & Epstein, L. H. (2008). Effects of social context on overweight and normal-weight children's food selection. Eating Behaviors. 9, 190–196. [IF = 1.7]
  14. Salvy, S.-J., Vartanian, L. R., Coelho, J. S., Jarrin, D., & Pliner, P. P. (2008). The role of familiarity on modeling of eating and food consumption in children. Appetite. 50, 514-518. [IF = 2.7]
  15. Temple, J. L., Legierski, C. L., Giacomelli, A. M., Salvy, S. J., & Epstein, L. H. (2008). Overweight children find food more reinforcing and consume more energy than non-overweight children. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 87, 1121-7. [IF = 6.8]
  16. Mageau, G. A., Vallerand, R. J., Charest, J., Salvy, S. J., Lacaille, N., Bouffard, T. & Koestner, R., (2009). On the development of harmonious and obsessive passion: The role of autonomy support, activity valuation, and identity processes. Journal of Personality, 77, 601-646. [IF = 2.9]
  17. Salvy, S. J., Nitecki, L. & Epstein, L. H. (2009). Do social activities substitute for food in youth? Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 38, 205-212. [IF = 4.2]
  18. Salvy, S. J., Roemmich, J. N., Bowker, J. C., Romero, N. D., Stadler, P. J., & Epstein, L. H. (2009). Effect of Peers and Friends on Youth Physical Activity and Motivation to be Physically Active. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 34, 217-225. [IF = 2.5]
  19. Salvy, S. J., Howard, M., Read, M. & Mele, E. (2009). The Presence of Friends Increases Food Intake in Youth. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 90, 1-6. [IF = 3.0]
  20. Romero, N., Epstein, L. H. & Salvy, S. J. (2009). Peer-modeling influences girls' snack intake. American Journal of Dietetic Association, 109, 133-136. [IF = 3.9]
  21. Wrotniak, B. H. Salvy, S. J., Lazarus, L. & Epstein, L. H. (2009). Motor Proficiency Relationships among Siblings. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 108, 112-120.
  22. Havermans, R. C, Salvy, S. J., & Jansen, A. (2009). Single-Trial Exercise-Induced Taste and Odor Aversion Learning in Human. Appetite. 53, 442-445.  [IF = 2.7]
  23. Roemmich, J. N., Lambiase, M., Salvy, S. J., & Horvath, P.J. (2009). Protective Effect of Interval Exercise on Psychophysiological Stress Reactivity in Children. Psychophysio-logy, 46, 852-861. [IF = 1.6]
  24. Bowker, J.C., Spencer, S.V., & Salvy, S. (2010). Examining how overweight adolescents process social information: The significance of friendship quality. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 31, 231-237. [IF = 2.5]
  25. Epstein, L. H., Salvy, S. J., Carr, K. A., Dearing, K. K., & Bickel, W. K. (2010). Food reinforcement, delay discounting and obesity. Physiology & Behavior. 100,438-45.[IF = 3.0]
  26. Cohelo, J. S., Salvy, S. J., Havermans, R. C. & Jansen, A. (2010) Effects of exercising before versus after eating on dieting and exercise evaluations: A preliminary investigation. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science. 43, 63-67.
  27. Salvy, S. J., Elmo, A., Nitecki, L. & Roemmich, J. N. (2011). Influence of parents and friends on children and adolescents’ food intake and food selection. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  93, 87-92. [IF = 6.8]
  28. Salvy, S. J., Bowker, J.C., Nitecki, L.A., Germeroth, L.J., Kluczynski, M.A., & Roemmich, J.N. (2011). Impact of ostracism on overweight and normal-weight youths’ eating behavior. Appetite, 56, 39-45. [IF = 2.7]
  29. Salvy, S. J., Bowker, J. C., Nitecki, L. A. & Kluczynski, M. A. (2011). Effects of ostracism and subsequent activities on adolescents’ eating behavior. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 37, 23-32. [IF = 2.5]
  30. Rittenhouse, M. A., Salvy, S. J. & Barkley, J. E. (2011). The Effect of Peer Influence on the amount of physical activity performed in 8-12 year old boys. Pediatric Exercise Science.  23, 49-60. [IF = 1.6]
  31. Salvy, S. J., De la Haye, K., Bowker, J. C. & Hermans, R. C. J. (2012). The importance of peers and friends to eating, physical activity, and obesity during childhood and adolescence. Physiology & Behavior. 106, 369-78. [IF = 3.0]
  32. Salvy, S. J., Bowker, J. C., Germeroth, L., Barkley, J. (2012). The influence of peers and friends on overweight and obese youths’ physical activity during childhood and adolescence. Exercise and Sport Sciences Review. 40, 127-32. [IF = 4.3]
  33. Barkley, J. E., Salvy, S. J. & Roemmich, J. N. (2012). The effect of simulated ostracism on physical activity behavior in children, Pediatrics. 129, 659-66. [IF = 5.5]
  34. Salvy, S. J., Kluczynski, M. A., & Nitecki, L. A. (2012). The presence of peers influence youth’s food purchases. Eating Behaviors. 13, 233-9.  [IF = 1.7]
  35. Barkley, J.E., Salvy, S. J., Sanders, G. J., Dey, S., Von Carlowitz, K.P. & Williamson. M.L. (2013). Peer Influence and physical activity behavior in young children; an experimental study. Research Quarterly in Exercise and Sport. 11, 404-9. [IF = 1.6]
  36. Hermans, R. C. J., Salvy, S. J., Larsen, J. K., & Engels, R. C. M. E. (2014). Examining the effects of remote-video confederates on young women's food intake. Eating Behaviors. 13, 246-51. [IF = 1.7]
  37. Salvy, S. J., & Bowker, J (2014). Peers and obesity during childhood and adolescence: a review of the empirical research on peers, eating, and physical activity. Obesity & Weight Loss Therapy, 4,
  38. Salvy, S. J., Pedersen, E. R., Miles, J. N. V., Tucker, J. S. & D’Amico, E. J. (2015). Proximal and distal social influence on alcohol consumption and marijuana use among middle school adolescents. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 144,93-101. [IF = 3.3]
  39. Salvy, S. J., Miles, J. N. V., Shi, R, Tucker, J. S. & D’Amico, E. J. (2016). Neighborhood, family and peer-level predictors of obesity-related health behaviors among middle-school adolescents. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. [IF = 2.5]