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Edward Archer, Ph.D.

Past Postdoctoral Trainee
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Nutrition and Obesity Research Center &
Office of Energetics
409 Lister Hill Library
1700 University Boulevard
Phone: (205) 975-9105
Fax: (205) 975-7560
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Dr. Edward Archer joined the Nutritional Obesity Research Center at the University of Alabama, Birmingham in January of 2015. He is an obesity theorist and computational physiologist, and has a broad interdisciplinary background with graduate degrees and training in physiology, psychology, nutrition, exercise science, and epidemiology. His research spans the continuum of human bioenergetics, from the physiology of nutrient energy partitioning to national nutrition surveillance and chronic non-communicable disease epidemiology. He has authored numerous scientific publications that have been profiled in the New York Times, ABC News with Diane Sawyer, L.A. Times, Huffington Post, and many other media outlets.


  • University of South Carolina
    • PhD in Exercise Science, 2012
    • Mentor: Dr. Steven N. Blair
  • The Florida State University
    • M.S. in Psychology, 2010
    • M.S. in Human Sciences, 2009
  • George Mason University
    • BS. Psychology; Summa Cum Laude; 2006


  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  1. Archer, E., Pavela, G., Lavie, CJ., Blair, SN. The Inadmissibility of 'What We Eat In America' (WWEIA) and NHANES Dietary Data in Nutrition & Obesity Research and the Scientific Formulation of National Dietary Guidelines. (Mayo Clinic Proceedings; in press)
  2. Archer, E., Blair, S.N. (2015). Implausible data, false memories, and the status quo in dietary assessment. Advances in Nutrition. 2015;6(2):229-230.
  3. Archer, E., Blair, S.N. (2015). Reply to Freedman et al. Advances in Nutrition. 2015; in press.
  4. McDonald, S.M., Liu, J., Wilcox, S. Lau, E., Archer, E. (2015) Does exercise dose matter? The association between exercise and weight gain during pregnancy: A systematic review of literature. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport (In press).
  5. Lavie, C.J., Archer, E., Shook, R.P., Blair, S.N. (2015) "Metabolically Healthy Obesity, Fitness, and Prognosis." The Ochsner Journal, (In press).
  6. Archer, E. (2015) The Mother of All Problems. New Scientist. London, England: Reed Business Information, Ltd.; 2015; issue 3010:32-33. (Invited: not peer-reviewed).
  7. Archer, E., (2015) The Childhood Obesity Epidemic as a Result of Nongenetic Evolution: The Maternal Resources Hypothesis. Mayo Clinic Proceedings; 90(1):77-92
  8. Archer E. (2015) In reply - Maternal, paternal, and societal efforts are needed to 'cure' child obesity [letter]. Mayo Clin Proc. 2015;90(4):p-p.
  9. Archer E. (2015) In reply – Epigenetics and Childhood Obesity [letter]. Mayo Clin Proc. 2015;90(5):p-p.
  10. N. Liu, Archer, E., Srinivasasainagendra, V., Allison, D.B. (2015). A Statistical Framework for Testing Fetal Drive Effects: Illustration in a Human Dataset. (Front Genet. 2014;5:464.).
  11. Schoeller D, Archer E., Dawson JA., Heymsfield S. (2015) Implausible Results from the Use of Invalid Methods. The Journal of Nutrition. 2015;145(1):150.


  1. Archer, E., Artero, E. G., Blair, S.N. (2014). Sedentary Behaviors and Cardiovascular Disease. In Sedentary Behavior and Health: Concepts, Assessment & Intervention. Eds: Zhu. W., Owen, N.; Human Kinetics, Champaign, Illinois. (In Press)
  1. Lau, E., Liu, J., McDonald, S.M., Archer, E., (2014). Maternal weight gain in pregnancy and risk of obesity among offspring: A systematic review. Journal of Obesity. 2014:16.
  2. Lau, E., Lau, W.C., Bo, C. Archer, E., (2014). The effects of text message content on the use of an Internet-based physical activity intervention in Hong Kong Chinese adolescents. (In Press, Journal of Health Communication).
  3. Lewis, D.W., Archer, E., Allison, D.A. (2014) The plausible health benefits of nuts: associations, causal conclusions, and informed decisions. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition May 28;100(1):8-10.
  4. Hardee, J.P., Porter, R.R., Sui, X., Archer, E., et al. (2014). The Role of Resistance Exercise on All-cause Mortality in Cancer Survivors. Mayo Clin Proc. Aug;89(8):1108-1115.
  5. Lavie, C.J., De Schutter, A., Archer, E. et al., (2014). Obesity and Prognosis in Chronic Diseases – Impact of Cardiorespiratory Fitness in the Obesity Paradox. Current Sports Medicine Reports; Jul-Aug;13(4):240-5.
  1. Archer, E., et al. (2013). "Validation of a Novel Protocol for Calculating Estimated Energy Requirements and Average Daily Physical Activity Ratio for the U.S. Population: 2005-2006." Mayo Clinic Proceedings 88(12): 1398-1407.
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  2. Archer, E. Carl J. Lavie,, Samantha M. McDonald, Diana M. Thomas, James R. Hébert, Sharon E. Taverno Ross, Kerry L. McIver, Robert M. Malina, & Steven N. Blair. (2013) Maternal Inactivity: 45-Year Trends in Mother’s Use of Time. Mayo Clinic Proceedings 88(12): 1368-1377.
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  3. Archer, E., Gregory A. Hand, & Steven N. Blair. (2013) Validity of U.S. Nutritional Surveillance: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey Caloric Energy Intake Data, 1971-2010. PLoS ONE 8(10): e76632.
  4. Schoeller DA, Thomas D, Archer E., Heymsfield SB, Blair SN, et al. (2013) Self-report-based estimates of energy intake offer an inadequate basis for scientific conclusions. Am J Clin Nutr 97: 1413-1415.
  5. Hebert JR, Allison DB, Archer E, Lavie CJ, Blair SN (2013) Scientific decision making, policy decisions, and the obesity pandemic. Mayo Clin Proc 88: 593-604
  6. Archer, E., Robin P. Shook, Diana M. Thomas, Timothy S. Church, Peter T. Katzmarzyk, James R. Hébert, Kerry L. McIver, Gregory A. Hand, Carl J. Lavie & Steven N. Blair. (2012) 45-Year Trends in Women’s Use of Time, Household Management Energy Expenditure and Obesity. PLoS ONE 8(2): e56620. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0056620
  7. Archer, E., Amanda E. Paluch, Robin P. Shook, and Steven N. Blair. (2013) Physical Activity and the Science of Successful Aging. Kinesiology Review, 2, 29-38
  8. Hand, G. A., Shook, R.A., Paluch, A., E., Baruth, M., Crowley, E., Jaggers, J., Prasad, V., Hurley, T., Hebert, J.R., Connor, D., Archer, E., Burgess, S. & Blair. S.N. (2013) The Energy Balance Study: The Design and Baseline Results for a Longitudinal Study of Energy Balance. Res Q Exerc Sport 84(3): 275-286.


  1. Archer E., Albrecht H., and G.A. Hand, (2013) Human Immunodeficiency Virus. In Clinical Exercise Physiology. 3rd edition. (ed. J.K. Ehrman); Human Kinetics, Champaign, Illinois.
  1. Lau, E.Y., Lau, P. WC., Chung, P., Ransdell, L., Archer, E. (2012) Evaluation of an Internet-SMS-based intervention for promoting physical activity in Hong Kong Chinese adolescent school children: A pilot study. Cyberpsychol Behav Soc Netw 15(8): 425-434.
  2. Archer, E., Blair, S.N. (2012) “Physical Activity, Exercise and Non-Communicable Diseases.” Res Exerc Epidemiol, 2012; 14(1): 1-18.
  3. Blair, S.N.., Sallis, R.E., Hutber, A., Archer, E. (2012) “Exercise therapy – the public health message“. Scand J Med Sci Sports 22(4):e24-8
  4. Archer, E., Groessl, E.J., Sui, X., McClain, A., Wilcox, S., Hand, G., Blair, S.N. (2012) “An Economic Analysis of Traditional and Technology-based Approaches to Weight Loss: LEAN Study Cost-effectiveness.” Am J Prev Med, 43:176-82
  1. Archer, E. and S. N. Blair (2011). "Physical activity and the prevention of cardiovascular disease: From evolution to epidemiology." Prog Cardiovasc Dis 53(6): 387-96.
  2. Archer, E. and S. N. Blair (2011). "Dr. Roy J. Shephard: A Pioneer in Physical Activity and Preventive Medicine." The Health & Fitness Journal of Canada 4(1): 27-29.
  3. Beets, M.W., Paluch, A.E., Archer, E., Blair, S.N. (2010). "Physical Activity: The Future of Learning?" Childhood Obesity 6(6): 345-346.


Acknowledgement and Disclaimer
The trainee's projects are supported by Grant Number T32DK062710 from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases or the National Institutes of Health.

Years: 2014 - 2015
Mentor(s): David B. Allison, Ph.D.