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.