Andrew Silverman

Andrew Silverman
Mentor: Dr. Anne Mathews
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
"Research qualifies someone as being a creative and independent thinker who is prepared to conduct original research and think proactively. My involvement in quality research will be a critical stepping stone towards my medical career."


Nutritional Sciences


Leadership, Communication Studies

Research Interests

  • Nutritional Sciences
  • Motivators and Barriers in Relation to a Healthy Lifestyle
  • Obesity and Chronic Disease Prevention

Academic Awards

  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Science for Life Research Grant
  • National Society for Collegiate Scholars
  • Dean's List
  • Florida Bright Futures


  • CALS Leadership Institute
  • Director-American Medical Students Association (AMSA)
  • Student Ambassador to the Florida Inter-generational Orchestra of America (FLIOA)


  • Shands Medical Center - Radiology Division
  • TOP Soccer
  • CALS Leadership Institute International Service

Hobbies and Interests

  • Sports
  • Nutrition
  • Travel
  • Music

Research Description

Self-identified Barriers and Motivators for Health Behavior Change as Predictors of Change
Understanding college students' perceived motivators and barriers to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle may be particularly significant as emerging adulthood may be a critical stage for developing enduring lifestyle habits. If we can put preventative measures into place by understanding the modifiable factors that motivate and deter college students in their desire and ability to achieve healthy lifestyles, we may reduce the prevalence of lifestyle related diseases. Therefore, the overall objective of this project is to evaluate whether self-identified barriers and motivators for health behavior change are predictive of health behavior change in an undergraduate college population. Focus groups were created. The findings from these focus groups were instrumental in the creation of an ongoing undergraduate course for credit at the University of Florida. Our specific aim is to test whether the self-identified barriers and motivators of healthful eating and regular physical activity are related to participation in healthy lifestyle change.