My research training is in pediatric exercise physiology and behavioral medicine. My current research primarily focuses on factors that affect individuals’ motivation to participate in physical activity and sedentary behavior. This includes examining the effects of technology (e.g., cell phone use, activity monitors, video gaming), autonomy, peer influence and adiposity on the decision to participate in physical or sedentary activities. I also have an interest in biostatistics and research design.
Barkley received the award of Notable Article by Computing Reviews' 19th Annual Best of Computing lists for his 2014 article The relationship between cell phone use, academic performance, anxiety, and satisfaction with life in college students. Of all of the articles published in 2014, it ranked in the top 100 for the most talked about articles in the media.
- Recognized by Computing Reviews 19th Annual Best of Computing Notable Books and Articles
- Awarded Outstanding Achievement in Research (Second Place) by the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians Annual Abstract Presentation
- Received SAGE Open's Award for the Most Read Journal Article of 2015
- Recognized as one of the five “Top Read Articles for 2017” in Games for Health Journal
- Authored over 60 peer-reviewed, scientific manuscripts
- recent research examining the correlation between cell phone use and decreased physical activity have been featured in Time, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the Today Show, the London Daily Mail, and Huffington Post