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Past Postdoctoral Member: TaShauna U. Goldsby, Ph.D.

TaShauna U. Goldsby PhD
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
1717 University Blvd, LHL
Birmingham, AL 35294-4410
Full CV

Dr. Goldsby joined the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in March of 2014 as a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Nutrition Obesity Research Center, and the UAB Obesity Training Program. Dr. Goldsby received her Bachelor’s degree from the Department of Chemistry at Lincoln University; her Master’s degree from the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst; and her Doctorate degree from the Public Health Program at the University of Connecticut. Her previous work focused on developing and validating objective techniques to assess habitual physical activity in children and adults, as well as quantifying the immediate and long lasting effects of aerobic exercise among ethnically diverse adults. After graduating, Dr. Goldsby worked as a Clinical Research Scientist investigating the social, behavioral and biological determinants of health and how they influence diabetes and obesity in a community clinic. At UAB she will pursue her interest in factors that influence exercise adherence and adoption including the built environment, the social determinants of health and other personal factors. Her major research projects include: 1) developing a health report card for Birmingham neighborhoods focused on health equity 2) quantifying the optimal dose of exercise needed to lower blood pressure in ethnically diverse populations and 3) methods and statistical research focused on quasi-experiments and why quasi experiments are better alternatives than observational or cross-sectional studies for obesity research, when randomized controlled trials are not feasible.

Research Interests:

  • Behavioral Interventions for:
    • Hypertension prevention and control
    • Obesity prevention and control
  • Physical Activity Monitoring
  • Minority health and health disparities
  • Meta-analysis and mixed-methods data analysis


  • Ph.D., Public Health, University of Connecticut
  • Certificate., Health Psychology, University of Connecticut
  • M.S., Kinesiology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • B.S., Chemistry, Lincoln University, Oxford, PA


  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  1. Skinner AS, Goldsby TU, Allison DB. Regression to the Mean: A Commonly Overlooked and Misunderstood Factor Leading to Unjustified Conclusion. Childhood Obesity. April 2016
  2. Carter SJ, Goldsby TU, Fisher G, Plaisance EP, Gower BA, Glasser SP, Hunter GR. Arterial elasticity is decreased following high-intensity interval exercise in normotensive African American women. Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism Epub 07Jan2016. 10.1139/apnm-2015-0512
  3. George BJ, Goldsby TU, Brown AW, Li P, Allison DB. Unsubstantiated Conclusions for Improper Statistical Design and Analysis of a Randomized Controlled Trial. International Journal of Yoga. 2016 Jan; 8(15R4).
  1. Zalewski BM, Chmielewska A, Szajewska H, Keithley JK, Li P, Goldsby TU, Allison DB. Correction of data errors and reanalysis of "The effect of glucomannan on body weight in overweight or obese children and adults: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials". Nutrition. 2015 Jul-Aug; 31(7-8):1056-7. [doi: 10.1016/j.nut.2015.02.008] Epub 2015 Mar 5. [PMID: 26059384]
  2. Thind H, Goldsby TU, Dulin-Keita A, Baskin ML. Cultural beliefs and physical activity among African-American adolescents. Am J Health Behav. 2015 Mar;39(2):285-94. [doi: 10.5993/AJHB.39.2.15] [PMID: 25564841]
  1. ohnson BT, MacDonald HV, Bruneau ML Jr, Goldsby TU, Brown JC, Huedo-Medina TB, Pescatello LS. Methodological quality of meta-analyses on the blood pressure response to exercise: a review. J Hypertens. 2014 Apr;32(4):706-23. [doi:10.1097/HJH.0000000000000097] Review. [PMID: 24463936]
  1. Dulipsingh L, Zailskas S, Goldsby T, McInnis T, Marotta A. Assessment of pain and treatment satisfaction in patients with painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Conn Med. 2013 Oct;77(9):523-7. [PMID: 24266128]
  2. Lim R, Zailskas S, Goldsby TU, Lukens C, Muravev R, Dulipsingh L. Effect of zoledronic acid on bone density and markers of bone turnover in a community clinic. Conn Med. 2013 Jun-Jul;77(6):357-9. [PMID: 23923255]
  3. Alhassan S, Nwaokelemeh O, Lyden K, Goldsby TU, Mendoza A (2013). A pilot study to examine the effect of additional structured outdoor playtime on preschoolers’ physical activity levels. Child Care in Practice, 19:1, 23-35.


Acknowledgement and Disclaimer
The trainee's projects are supported by Grant Number T32DK062710 from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases or the National Institutes of Health.

Years: 2014 - 2016
Mentor(s): David B. Allison PhD

In January 2017, Dr. Goldsby began her new position as the research director for Growing Kings, Inc. She also will continue as an adjunct professor for Concordia University, in the Department of Human Performance. She may be contacted at