Dr. Rosenda Murillo

Dr. Rosenda Murillo


Title: Associate Professor

Department: Psychological, Health, and Learning Sciences

Office Number: 424 FH

Email: rmurillo3@uh.edu


Dr. Murillo's research is focused on understanding and reducing physical activity disparities in underserved populations. Much of her research has focused on understanding the pathways through which psychosocial and cultural factors contribute to physical activity, and how physical activity contributes to health and well-being among Latino adults. Her research also includes examining how built and social environment contribute to health behavior among Latino adults.

Recent Grants:

NIH/National Cancer Institute (P20 CA221697-S1). The Role of Perceptions and Barriers to Physical Activity in Cancer Risk Among Mexican Immigrants: A U-HAND (University of Houston /MD Anderson) Program to Reduce Cancer Disparities – Administrative Supplement. (2018-2020). Role: Principal Investigator.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Role of Built and Social Environment in Latino Health. (2017-2018). Role: Principal Investigator.

United Health Foundation. A Community Collaborative for Preventing and Treating Obesity in Underserved Communities in Houston. (2016-2019). Role: Co-Investigator.


Recent Publications:

* denotes undergraduate or graduate student co-author at time of submission
** denotes co-first authors
^ denotes senior author

Murillo, R., *Reesor, L., Hernandez, D.C., Obasi, E.M. (in press). Neighborhood walkability and aerobic physical activity among Latinos. American Journal of Health Behavior.

**Divney, A.A., **Murillo, R., Rodriguez, F., Mirzayi, C.A., Tsui, E.K., Echeverria, S. E. (in press). Diabetes prevalence by leisure, transportation, and occupation-based physical activity among racially/ethnically diverse U.S. adults. Diabetes Care.

Florez, K., Katic, B., Lopez-Cevallos, D., Murillo, R., Cancel-Tirado, D., Aponte-Soto, L., Echeverria, S.E. (in press). The double burden of food insecurity and obesity among Latino youth: understanding the role of generational status. Pediatric Obesity.

Murillo, R., Doss, D., *Yanez, J., *Ortega, L. (2019). The association between seeing people walk and neighborhood social cohesion. Health Behavior and Policy Review, 6(2), 174-181.

Vasquez, E., Murillo, R., Echeverria, S.E. (2019). Neighborhood social cohesion and walking limitations in ethnically diverse Latinos in the United States. Ethnicity & Disease, 29(2), 247-252.

Murillo, R., Katic, B., Gonzalez, T., Vasquez, E., Echeverria, S. (2019). The association of diabetes and prediabetes risk perception with leisure-time physical activity and weight loss. American Journal of Health Promotion, 33(4), 534-540.

Echeverria, S.E., Divney, A.A., Rodriguez, F., Sterling, M., Vasquez. E., Murillo, R., Lopez, L. (2019). Nativity and occupational determinants of physical activity participation among Latinos. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 56(1), 84-92.

*Agrawal, P., *Mercer, A., *Hassanali, J., Carmack, C., Doss, D., ^Murillo, R. (2018). Gender differences in the association between alcohol use and sedentary behavior among adults. American Journal of Health Promotion, 32(7), 1576-1581.

Moreira, T., Hernandez, D.C., Scott, C.W., Murillo, R., Vaughan, E.M., Johnston, C.A. (2018). Susto, Coraje, y Fatalismo: Cultural-bound beliefs and the treatment of diabetes among socioeconomically disadvantaged Hispanics. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 12(1), 30-33.

Laddu, D.R., Rana, J.S., Murillo, R., Sorel, M.E., Quesenberry, C.P., Allen, N.B., Pettee Gabriel, K., Carnethon, M.R., Liu, K., Reis, J.P., Lloyd-Jones, D., Carr, J., Sidney, S. (2017). 25-year physical activity trajectories and development of subclinical coronary artery disease as measured by coronary artery calcium: the CARDIA study. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 92(11), 1660-1670.

Hernandez, D.C., *Reesor, L.M., Murillo, R. (2017). Food insecurity and adult overweight/obesity: gender and race/ethnic disparities. Appetite, 117(1), 373-378.

Murillo, R., Huber, L., Middlestadt, S.E., Seo, D.C. (2017). The association of psychosocial factors with leisure-time physical activity intention among Latinas. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 39(3), 381-388.

Murillo, R., *Reesor, L., Scott, C., & Hernandez, D. C. (2017). Food insecurity and pre-diabetes among adults: gender and race/ethnic differences. American Journal of Health Behavior. 41(4), 428-436.

Hernandez, D.C., *Reesor, L., Murillo, R. (2017). Gender disparities in the food Insecurity–overweight and food insecurity–obesity paradox among Low-Income older adults. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 117(7), 1087-1096.

Marquez, B., Murillo, R. (2017). Racial/ethnic differences in weight loss strategies among U.S. adults: NHANES 2007-2012. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 117(6), 923-928.

Murillo, R., Lambiase, M.J., Rockette-Wagner, B.J., Kriska, A.M., Haibach, J.P., Thurston, R.C. (2017). Racial/ethnic differences in the associations between physical activity and sleep duration: A population-based study. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 14(2), 138-144.

Murillo, R., Reid, K.J., Arredondo, E.M., Cai, J., Gellman, M.C., Gotman, N.M., Marquez, D.X., Penedo, F.J., Ramos, A.R., Zee, P.C., Daviglus, M.L. (2016). Association of self-reported physical activity with obstructive sleep apnea: Results from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL). Preventive Medicine, 93, 183-188.

Murillo, R., Echeverria, S., Vasquez, E. (2016). Differences in neighborhood social cohesion and aerobic physical activity by Latino subgroup. SSM-Population Health, 2, 536-541.

Murillo, R., *Ali, S., Carmack, C., Doss, D. (2016). Activity and weight misperception among overweight and obese US adults. American Journal of Health Behavior, 40(1),12-20.

Vasquez, E., Strizich, G., Gallo, L., Marshall, S.J., Merchant, G.C., Murillo, R., Penedo, F.J., Salazar, C., Sotres-Alvarez, D., Shaw, B.A., Isasi, C.R. (2016). The role of stress in understanding differences in sedentary behavior in Hispanic/Latino adults: results from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos Socio-cultural Ancillary Study. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 13, 310-317.

Shay, C.M., Gooding, H.S., Murillo, R., Foraker, R. Understanding and improving cardiovascular health: An update on the American Heart Association’s concept of cardiovascular health. (2015). Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases, 58(1), 41-49.

Murillo, R., Albrecht, S., Daviglus, M.L., Kershaw, K.N. (2015). The role of physical activity and sedentary behaviors in explaining the association between acculturation and obesity among Mexican-American adults. American Journal of Health Promotion, 30(1), 50-57.

Stimpson, J.P., Wilson, F.A., Murillo, R., Pagan, J.A. Persistent disparities in cholesterol screening among immigrants to the United States. (2012). International Journal for Equity in Health, 11, 1-4.



B.S. in Chemistry, Texas Woman's University, 2005
M.P.H. in Community Health, University of North Texas Health Science Center, 2009
Ph.D. in Health Behavior, Indiana University, 2012
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Cardiovascular Epidemiology and Prevention, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, 2014