Jason A. Mendoza, MD, MPH

Jason A. Mendoza, MD, MPH


On staff since July 2013

Children's Title: Attending Physician

Academic Title: Associate Professor

Research Center: Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development

  • Dr. Mendoza is a general pediatrician, University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine associate professor of pediatrics, UW adjunct associate professor of health services, and Core Faculty for the UW Interdisciplinary Program in Nutritional Sciences. He teaches and practices general pediatrics at Harborview Medical Center in both the pediatric clinic and on the inpatient pediatric service. He leads several research projects on physical activity and nutrition in the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at the Seattle Children's Research Institute. He is also an affiliate member of the cancer prevention program and co-director of the Health Disparities Research Center at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

    Dr. Mendoza earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and subsequently attended Rush Medical College where he earned his MD. He received his pediatric residency training at the University of Washington/Seattle Children's Hospital and advanced research training through the UW Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, where he also earned a MPH through the UW School of Public Health.
    Dr. Mendoza is a Principal Investigator in the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at the Seattle Childrens Research Institute. His research seeks to address disparities in childhood physical activity and nutrition outcomes among racial/ethnic minorities and socioeconomically disadvantaged populations through innovative behavioral interventions and policies in school and community settings. His studies have been funded by the US National Institutes of Health (NCI and NHLBI) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Active Living Research Program).
    Dr. Mendoza leads research on (1) reducing Latino preschoolers sedentary activities, such as television viewing, (2) increasing elementary schoolchildrens physical activity such as through the Walking School Bus, Bicycle Train, and other Safe Routes to School programs, and (3) promoting adolescents physical activity through wearable mobile health (mHealth) devices.
    Dr. Mendoza also leads global health research on the influence of household food insecurity/hunger on HIV+ children in the US and Sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Mendoza also co-leads research examining household food insecurity among US adolescents and young adults with diabetes.

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  • Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    Research Award for Community Cancer Education, National Minority Cancer Awareness Week M.D. Anderson Cancer Center 2009
    NIH Pediatric Loan Repayment Program NIH 2007 - 2013
    Alpha Omega Alpha 2000
    • Mendoza JA, Liu Y
      Active commuting to elementary school and adiposity: an observational study.
      24443901 Childhood obesity (Print) , 2014 Feb. : 10(1)34-41
    • Mendoza JA, McLeod J, Chen TA, Nicklas TA, Baranowski T
      Correlates of adiposity among latino preschool children.
      23250380 Journal of physical activity & health , 2014 Jan. : 11(1)195-8 PMCID: PMC3750103
    • Nicklas TA, Liu Y, Stuff JE, Fisher JO, Mendoza JA, O'Neil CE
      Characterizing lunch meals served and consumed by pre-school children in Head Start.
      23701867 Public health nutrition , 2013 Dec. : 16(12)2169-77
    • Baranowski T, O'Connor T, Hughes S, Sleddens E, Beltran A, Frankel L, Mendoza JA, Baranowski J
      Houston... We have a problem! Measurement of parenting.
      23837847 Childhood obesity (Print) , 2013 Aug. : 9 SupplS1-4 PMCID: PMC3824087
    • Davison KK, Mâsse LC, Timperio A, Frenn MD, Saunders J, Mendoza JA, Gobbi E, Hanson P, Trost SG
      Physical activity parenting measurement and research: challenges, explanations, and solutions.
      23944918 Childhood obesity (Print) , 2013 Aug. : 9 SupplS103-9 PMCID: PMC3746238
    • Mendoza JA, Paul ME, Schwarzwald H, Liu Y, Martinez R, Nicklas TA, Baranowski T
      Food insecurity, CD4 counts, and incomplete viral suppression among HIV+ patients from Texas Children's Hospital: a pilot study.
      23377704 AIDS and behavior , 2013 June : 17(5)1683-7 PMCID: PMC3664131
    • O'Connor TM, Cerin E, Robles J, Lee RE, Kerr J, Butte N, Mendoza JA, Thompson D, Baranowski T
      Feasibility study to objectively assess activity and location of Hispanic preschoolers: a short communication.
      23733298 Geospatial health , 2013 May : 7(2)375-80
    • Mendoza JA, Cowan D, Liu Y
      Predictors of Children's Active Commuting to School: An Observational Evaluation in Five US Communities.
      23575275 Journal of physical activity & health , 2013 Apr, 5 PMCID: PMC3749259
    • Chen TA, O'Connor TM, Hughes SO, Frankel L, Baranowski J, Mendoza JA, Thompson D, Baranowski T
      TV parenting practices: is the same scale appropriate for parents of children of different ages?
      23548115 The international journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity , 2013 Apr, 2 : 1041 PMCID: PMC3623785
    • Baranowski T, Chen TA, Mendoza JA, O'Connor T, Baranowski J, Jago R
      Prospective BMI category change associated with cardiovascular fitness change.
      22935738 Medicine and science in sports and exercise , 2013 Feb. : 45(2)294-8 PMCID: PMC3552042
    • Mendoza JA, McLeod J, Chen TA, Nicklas TA, Baranowski T
      Convergent validity of preschool children's television viewing measures among low-income Latino families: a cross-sectional study.
      23270534 Childhood obesity (Print) , 2013 Feb. : 9(1)29-34 PMCID: PMC3604787
    • Mendoza JA, Nicklas TA, Liu Y, Stuff J, Baranowski T
      General versus central adiposity and relationship to pediatric metabolic risk.
      22149935 Metabolic syndrome and related disorders , 2012 Apr, : 10(2)128-36 PMCID: PMC3339386
    • Mendoza JA, Salmon J, Sallis JF
      Partnerships for progress in active living: from research to action.
      22243900 Health & place , 2012 Jan. : 18(1)1-4
    • Mendoza JA, Watson K, Chen TA, Baranowski T, Nicklas TA, Uscanga DK, Hanfling MJ
      Impact of a pilot walking school bus intervention on children's pedestrian safety behaviors: a pilot study.
      22243904 Health & place , 2012 Jan. : 18(1)24-30 PMCID: PMC3259456
    • Mendoza JA, Watson K, Baranowski T, Nicklas TA, Uscanga DK, Hanfling MJ
      The walking school bus and children's physical activity: a pilot cluster randomized controlled trial.
      21859920 Pediatrics , 2011 Sept. : 128(3)e537-44 PMCID: PMC3164094
    • Mendoza JA, Watson K, Nguyen N, Cerin E, Baranowski T, Nicklas TA
      Active commuting to school and association with physical activity and adiposity among US youth.
      21597121 Journal of physical activity & health , 2011 May : 8(4)488-95 PMCID: PMC3115568
    • Mendoza JA, Watson K, Baranowski T, Nicklas TA, Uscanga DK, Nguyen N, Hanfling MJ
      Ethnic Minority Children's Active Commuting to School and Association with Physical Activity and Pedestrian Safety Behaviors.
      21874160 The journal of applied research on children : informing policy for children at risk , 2010 Sept. 30 : 1(1)1-23 PMCID: PMC3160673
    • Mendoza JA, Hubsmith D
      Walking to school and away from obesity.
      20530371 Health affairs (Project Hope) , 2010 June : 29(6)1274; author reply 1275
    • Mendoza JA, Watson K, Baranowski T, Nicklas TA, Uscanga DK, Hanfling MJ
      Validity of instruments to assess students' travel and pedestrian safety.
      20482778 BMC public health , 2010 May 18 : 10257 PMCID: PMC2887818
    • Mendoza JA, Watson K, Cullen KW
      Change in dietary energy density after implementation of the Texas Public School Nutrition Policy.
      20184994 Journal of the American Dietetic Association , 2010 Mar. : 110(3)434-40 PMCID: PMC2853227
    • Park J, Hilmers DC, Mendoza JA, Stuff JE, Liu Y, Nicklas TA
      Prevalence of metabolic syndrome and obesity in adolescents aged 12 to 19 years: comparison between the United States and Korea.
      20052351 Journal of Korean medical science , 2010 Jan. : 25(1)75-82 PMCID: PMC2800028
    • Mendoza JA, Levinger DD, Johnston BD
      Pilot evaluation of a walking school bus program in a low-income, urban community.
      19413910 BMC public health , 2009 May 4 : 9122 PMCID: PMC2680829
    • O'Donnell SI, Hoerr SL, Mendoza JA, Tsuei Goh E
      Nutrient quality of fast food kids meals.
      18996876 The American journal of clinical nutrition , 2008 Nov. : 88(5)1388-95
    • Nicklas TA, O'Neil CE, Mendoza J, Liu Y, Zakeri IF, Berenson GS
      Are energy dense diets also nutrient dense?
      18845705 Journal of the American College of Nutrition , 2008 Oct. : 27(5)553-60 PMCID: PMC2769989
    • Park J, Mendoza JA, O'Neil CE, Hilmers DC, Liu Y, Nicklas TA
      A comparison of the prevalence of the metabolic syndrome in the United States (US) and Korea in young adults aged 20 to 39 years.
      18818169 Asia Pacific journal of clinical nutrition , 2008 : 17(3)471-82
    • Mendoza JA, Zimmerman FJ, Christakis DA
      Television viewing, computer use, obesity, and adiposity in US preschool children.
      17894878 The international journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity , 2007 Sept. 25 : 444 PMCID: PMC2131753
    • Mendoza JA, Drewnowski A, Christakis DA
      Dietary energy density is associated with obesity and the metabolic syndrome in U.S. adults.
      17229942 Diabetes care , 2007 Apr, : 30(4)974-9
    • Mendoza JA, Drewnowski A, Cheadle A, Christakis DA
      Dietary energy density is associated with selected predictors of obesity in U.S. Children.
      16614423 The Journal of nutrition , 2006 May : 136(5)1318-22

  • Presentations Title Event Location Date
    Addressing Risk of Obesity: Innovative Approaches to Old School Ideas Illinois Transdisciplinary Obesity Prevention Program 2013 Biennial Symposium University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL Oct. 4, 2013
    Injury and Obesity Prevention on the Way to School Injury Prevention Webinar. Childrens Hospital Association Alexandria, VA May 21, 2013
    Active, Healthy and Ready to Learn: SRTS and Childrens Health Webinar America Walks, Portland, OR Aug. 8, 2012


Board Certification(s)


Medical/Professional School

Rush University, Chicago
University of Washington, Seattle


Pediatrics, University of Washington, Seattle


General Pediatrics, University of Washington, Seattle

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