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Matthew Buman

Matthew Buman

Professor, School of Nutrition and Heath Promotion, College of Health Solutions


School of Nutrition and Health Promotion
Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix campus
500 N Third St
Phoenix, AZ 85004-3020


  • Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Professor, School of Nutrition and Heath Promotion, College of Health Solutions
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota


Buman's research interests includes health behaviors across the 24h spectrum - sleep, sedentary behavior, and physical activity - and how optimally these behaviors may be harnessed for health promotion. His major areas of focus include the validation and development of wearable sensors for quantifying these behaviors, sustainable interventions to improve these behaviors, and enviroments/contexts in which these behaviors are optimally supported.


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, 2011
  • PhD, Sport and Exercise Psychology, University of Florida, 2008
  • MS, Counseling Psychology (conc. atheletic counseling), Springfield College, 2004
  • BS, Exercise and Sport Science, University of Utah, 2002
  • BS (cum laude), Psychology, University of Utah, 2002
  • Certificate, Public Health (social and behavioral science), University of Florida


Journal Articles


Vizcaino, M., M. Buman, C. T. DesRoches and C. Wharton. 2020. From TVs to tablets: The relation between device-specific screen time and health-related behaviors and characteristics. BMC Public Health 20:Art. 1295. DOI: 10.1186/s12889-020-09410-0. (link )


Ainsworth, B., L. Cahalin, M. Buman and R. Ross. 2015. The current state of physical activity assessment tools. Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases 57(4):387-395. DOI: 10.1016/j.pcad.2014.10.005. (link )

Buman, M. P., F. Bertmann, E. B. Hekler, S. J. Winter, J. L. Sheats, A. C. King and C. M. Wharton. 2015. A qualitative study of shopper experiences at an urban farmers' market using the Stanford Healthy Neighborhood Discovery Tool. Public Health Nutrition 18(6):994-1000. DOI: 10.1017/S136898001400127X. (link )

Buman, M. P., C. E. Kline, S. D. Youngstedt, B. Philips, M. Tulio de Mello and M. Hirshkowitz. 2015. Sitting and television viewing: Novel risk factors for sleep disturbance and apnea risk? Results from the 2013 National Sleep Foundation Sleep in America Poll. Chest Journal 147(3):728-234. DOI: 10.1378/chest.14-1187. (link )

Vallance, J. K., M. P. Buman, C. Stevinson and B. M. Lynch. 2015. Associations of overall sedentary time and screen time with sleep outcomes. American Journal of Health Behavior 39(1):62-67. DOI: 10.5993/AJHB.39.1.7. (link )


Buman, M. P., E. A. Winkler, J. M. Kurka, E. B. Hekler, C. M. Baldwin, N. Owen, B. E. Ainsworth, G. N. Healy and P. A. Gardiner. 2014. Reallocating time to sleep, sedentary behaviors, or active behaviors: Associations with cardiovascular disease risk biomarkers, NHANES 2005-2006. American Journal of Epidemiology 179(3):323-334. DOI: 10.1093/aje/kwt292. (link )

King, A. C., E. B. Hekler, C. M. Castro, M. P. Buman, B. H. Marcus, R. H. Friedman and M. A. Napolitano. 2014. Exercise advice by humans versus computers: Maintenance effects at 18 months. Health Psychology 33(2):192-196. DOI: 10.1037/a0030646. (link )

Kurka, J. M., M. P. Buman and B. E. Ainsworth. 2014. Validity of the rapid eating assessment for patients for assessing dietary patterns in NCAA patients. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 11:Art. 42. DOI: 10.1186/s12970-014-0042-y. (link )

Otten, J. J., B. E. Saelens, K. I. Kapphahn, E. B. Hekler, M. P. Buman, B. A. Goldstein, R. A. Krukowski, L. S. O'Donohue, C. D. Gardner and A. C. King. 2014. Impact of San Francisco's toy ordinance on restuarants and children's food purchases, 2011-2012. Preventing Chronic Disease: Public Health Research, Practive, and Policy 11:140026. DOI: 10.5888/pcd11.140026. (link )

Winter, S. J., M. P. Buman, J. L. Sheats, E. B. Hekler, J. J. Otten, C. Baker, D. Cohen, B. A. Butler and A. C. King. 2014. Harnessing the potential of older adults to measure and modify their environments: Long-term successes of the Neighborhood Eating and Activity Advocacy Team (NEAAT) study. Translational Behavioral Medicine 4(2):226-227. DOI: 10.1007/s13142-014-0264-1. (link )


Buman, M. P., S. J. Winter, J. L. Sheats, E. B. Hekler, J. J. Otten, L. A. Grieco and A. C. King. 2013. The Stanford Healthy Neighborhood Discovery Tool. American Journal of Preventative Medicine 44(4):e41-47. DOI: 10.1016/j.amepre.2012.11.028. (link )

Hekler, E. B., M. P. Buman, J. J. Otten, C. M. Castro, L. Grieco, R. H. Friedman, M. A. Napolitano and A. C. King. 2013. Determining who responds better to a computer- vs. human-delivered physical activity intervention: Results from the community health advice by telephone (CHAT) trial. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 10:109. DOI: 10.1186/1479-5868-10-109. (link )

Hekler, E. B., M. P. Buman, N. Poothakandiyil, D. E. Rivera, J. M. Dzierzewski, A. Aiken Morgan, C. S. McCrae, B. L. Roberts, M. Marsiske and P. R. Glacobbi Jr. 2013. Exploring behavioral markers of long-term physical activity maintenance: A case study of system identification modeling within a behavioral intervention. Health Education & Behavior 40(1 suppl.):516-625. DOI: 10.1177/1090198113496787. (link )

King, A. C., C. M. Castro, M. P. Buman, E. B. Hekler, G. G. Urizar Jr and D. K. Ahn. 2013. Behavioral impacts of sequentially versus simultaneously delivered dietary plus physical activity interventions: The CALM trial. Annals of Behavioral Medicine 46(2):157-168. DOI: 10.1007/s12160-013-9501-y. (link )

King, A. C., E. B. Hekler, L. A. Grieco, S. J. Winter, J. L. Sheats, M. P. Buman, B. Banerjee, T. N. Robinson and J. Crimele. 2013. Harnessing different motivational frames via mobile phones to promote daily physical activity and reduce sedentary behavior in aging adults. PLOS One 4(e62613):. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0062613. (link )


Hekler, E. B., M. P. Buman, D. Ahn, G. Dunton, A. A. Atienza and A. C. King. 2012. Are daily fluctuations in perceived environment associated with walking?. Psychology & Health 27(9):1009-1020. DOI: 10.1080/08870446.2011.645213. (link )

Book Chapters


King, A. C., M. P. Buman and E. B. Hekler. 2014. Physical activity and Behavior change. Pp. 262-293 In: Kahan, S., A. C. Gielen, P. J. Fagan and L. W. Green eds., Health Behavior Change in Populations. Johns Hopkins Uninversity Press. Baltimore, MD. ISBN: 978-1421414553.

Conference Papers


Martin, C. A., D. E. Rivera, E. B. Hekler, M. P. Buman, M. A. Adams and A. C. King. 2014. A dynamical systems model of social cognitive theory. Pp. 2407-2412 Proceedings of the American Control Conference (ACC’14). American Control Conference (ACC’14). Portland, OR.


Hekler, E. B., P. Klasnja, J. E. Froehlich and M. P. Buman. 2013. Mind the theoretical gap: Interpreting, using, and developing behavioral theory in HCI research. Pp. 3307-3316 Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems . SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems . New York, NY. (link )