Dr. Bocarro’s research focuses on childhood and adolescent obesity and inactivity and specifically how the built environment can contribute to alleviating this public health problem. Most of his current research efforts have been targeted around the issue of how parks, recreation and youth sport programs can increase the physical activity levels and health of children and adolescents. His research has been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the Centers for Disease Control, National Park Service, European Union (EU), National Recreation and Park Association, and sport governing bodies such as USA Hockey and the National Hockey League. His research has been featured in Time Magazine, the Guardian, National Public Radio, and USA Today. In 2015, Dr. Bocarro was named an NC State Faculty Scholar, awarded to recognize and reward emerging academic leaders among the NC State faculty. Dr. Bocarro has published over 50 peer reviewed research journal publications and book chapters spanning a number of disciplines including medicine, sociology, public health, psychology, parks and recreation, exercise science and education.
Research Focus: Youth Development, Youth Sport, and Physical Activity