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Laura Quillian Rogers, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.S.M.

Laura Quillian Rogers, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.S.M. Professor
Department of Nutrition Sciences
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Webb 326
1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL
Phone: (205) 975-1667
Fax: (205) 934-7049
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Biographical Sketch

Dr. Laura Rogers is a Professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She is also a Senior Scientist in the UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC), Center for Exercise Medicine, and the Cancer Control and Population Science Program of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. She completed her MD degree at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, internal medicine internship and residency at the Medical College of Georgia, and a Masters of Public Health Degree at the University of South Carolina. She is board certified in internal medicine and is a fellow in the American College of Physicians and American College of Sports Medicine. She has held prior faculty positions at the Medical College of Georgia, University of Tennessee Memphis, and Southern Illinois University School of Medicine during which she has participated in a variety of educational, research, clinical, and administrative activities. Dr. Rogers’ clinical interests focus on out-patient general internal medicine and weight management.

Dr. Rogers’ research interests focus on exercise promotion and benefits in chronic disease populations, especially cancer survivors. She has also examined diet and exercise counseling knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors among resident physicians and medical students. Her research program centers on translational, multi-disciplinary randomized trials involving exercise. Her published work has enhanced the knowledge base for understanding and successfully applying the social cognitive theory to exercise behavior in cancer survivors. Based on needs assessments, she designed and successfully pilot tested the BEAT Cancer intervention which is an effective theory-based intervention assisting breast cancer survivors in becoming and remaining more physically active. She is currently leading an NCI funded multi-center randomized trial testing the effectiveness of this intervention. Her other recent funded projects have included examining mediators of exercise effects on fatigue and sleep quality in breast cancer survivors and effects of resistance training during radiation therapy for head and neck cancer.

Published on Oct 21, 2014
Physical activity adherence after breast cancer diagnosis



  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • Pre 2008
  1. Guest, DD; Rogers, LQ; Evans, EM. (2013) Diet components and perceived fatigue in breast cancer survivors. European Journal of Cancer Care. 22:51-59.
  1. Rogers, LQ; McAuley, E; Anton, PA; Courneya, KS; Vicari, S; Hopkins-Price, P; Verhulst, S; Mocharnuk, R; Hoelzer, K. (2012) Better exercise adherence after treatment for cancer (BEAT Cancer) study: rationale, design, and methods. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 33(1):124-137.
  2. Rogers, LQ; Fogleman, A; Trammell, R; Hopkins-Price, P; Vicari, S; Rao, K; Edson, B; Verhulst, S; Courneya, KS; Hoelzer, K. (2012) Effects of a physical activity behavior change intervention on inflammation and related health outcomes in breast cancer survivors: pilot randomized trial. Integrative Cancer Therapies (Epub ahead of print) (
  3. Rogers, LQ; Anton, PM; Fogleman, AF; Hopkins-Price, P; Verhulst, S; Rao, K; Malone, J; Robbs, R; Courneya, KS; Nanavati, P; Mansfield, S; Robbins, KT. (2012) Pilot, randomized trial of resistance exercise during radiation therapy for head and neck cancer. Head and Neck. (Epub ahead of print).
  1. Rogers, LQ; Markwell, SJ; Courneya, KS; McAuley, E; Verhulst, S. (2011) Physical activity type and intensity among rural breast cancer survivors: patterns and associations with fatigue and depressive symptoms. Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice. 5(1):54-61.
  2. Rogers, LQ; Markwell, S; Hopkins-Price, P; Vicari, S; Courneya, KS; Hoelzer, K; Verhulst, S. (2011) Reduced barriers mediated physical activity maintenance among breast cancer survivors. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. 33(2):235-254. Revised 11/13/2012 - Page 13
  3. Tudor-Lock, C; Craig, CL; Aoyagi, Y; Bell, RC; Croteau, KA; De Bourdeaudhuij, I; Ewald, B; Gardner, AW; Hatano, Y; Lutes, LD; Matsudo, SM; Ramirez-Marrero, FA; Rogers, LQ; Rowe, DA; Schmidt, MD; Tully, MA; Blair, SN. (2011) How many steps/day are enough? For older adults and special populations. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 8:80 (Epub).
  1. McAuley, E; White, SM; Rogers, LQ; Motl, RW; Courneya, KS. (2010) Physical activity and fatigue in breast cancer and multiple sclerosis: psychosocial mechanisms. Psychosomatic Medicine. 72(1):88-96.
  2. Rogers, LQ; Vicari, S; Courneya, KS. (2010) Lessons learned in the trenches: facilitating exercise adherence among breast cancer survivors in a group setting. Cancer Nursing. 33(6):E10-17.
  3. Rogers, LQ. Objective monitoring of physical activity after a cancer diagnosis: challenges and opportunities for enhancing cancer control. (2010) Physical Therapy Reviews. 15(3):224-237. (Invited submission)
  1. McFall, M; Nonneman, R; Rogers, LQ; Mukerji V. (2009) Health care student attitudes toward prevention of cardiovascular disease. Nursing Education Perspectives. 30(5):285-294. [PMID: 19824237]
  2. Rogers, LQ; Malone, J; Rao, K; Courneya, KS; Fogleman, A; Tippey, A; Markwell, SJ, Robbins, TK. (2009) Exercise preferences among head and neck cancer patients: prevalence and associations with quality of life, symptom severity, depression, and rural residence. Head and neck. 31(8):994-1005.
  3. Rogers, LQ; Markwell, SJ; Verhulst, S; McAuley E; Courneya, KS. (2009) Rural breast cancer survivors: exercise preferences and their determinants. Psycho-Oncology. 18:412-421.
  4. Rogers, LQ; Rao, K; Malone, J; Kandula, P; Ronen, O; Markwell, SJ; Courneya, KS; Robbins, KT. (2009) Factors associated with quality of life in out-patient head and neck cancer patients six months after diagnosis. Head and neck. 31(9):1207-1214.
  5. Rogers, LQ; Hopkins-Price, P; Vicari, S; Markwell, S; Pamenter, R; Courneya, KS; Hoelzer, K; Naritoku, C; Edson, B; Jones, L; Dunnington, G; Verhulst, S. (2009) Physical activity and health outcomes three months after completing a physical activity behavior change intervention: persistent and delayed effects. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. 18(5):1410-1418.
  6. Rogers, LQ; Hopkins-Price, P; Vicari, S; Pamenter, R; Courneya, KS; Markwell, S; Verhulst, S; Hoelzer, K; Naritoku, C; Jones, L; Dunnington, G; Lanzotti, V; Wynstra, J; Shah, L; Edson, B; Graff, A; Lowy, M. (2009) A randomized trial to increase physical activity in breast cancer survivors. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 41(4):935-946.
  7. Rogers, LQ; Markwell, SJ; Courneya, KS; McAuley, E; Verhulst, S. (2009) Exercise preference patterns, resources, and environment among rural breast cancer survivors. Journal of Rural Health. 25(4):388-391.
  1. Rogers, LQ; Courneya, KS; Robbins, T; Malone, J; Seiz, A; Koch, L; Rao, K. (2008) Physical activity correlates and barriers in head and neck cancer patients. Supp Care Canc. 16:19-27.
  2. Rogers, LQ; McAuley, E; Courneya, KS; Verhulst, S. (2008) Correlates of physical activity self-efficacy among breast cancer survivors. American Journal of Health Behavior. 32(6):594-603.
  3. Rogers, LQ; Courneya, KS; Verhulst, S; Markwell, SJ; McAuley, E. (2008) Factors associated with exercise counseling and program preferences among breast cancer survivors. J Phys Act Health. 5(5):688-705.
  4. Rogers, LQ; Courneya, KS; Gururaja, RP; Markwell, SJ; Imeokparia R. (2008) Lifestyle behaviors, obesity, and perceived health among men with and without a diagnosis of prostate cancer: a population-based, cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health. 8:23.
  5. Rogers, LQ; Courneya, KS; Robbins, KT; Rao, K; Malone, J; Seiz, A; Reminger, S; Markwell, SJ; Burra, V. (2008) Factors associated with fatigue, sleep, and cognitive function among head and neck cancer patients. Head and Neck. 30:1310-1317.
  6. Ray, M; Rogers, LQ; Trammell, R; Toth, LA. (2008) Fatigue and sleep during cancer and chemotherapy: translational rodent models. Comparative Medicine. 58(3):234-245.
  1. Rogers, LQ; Fincher, RME; Lewis, LA; Nance, LD III. (1989) A survey to determine factors influencing medical students' career choice. Acad Med. 64: 417.
  2. Rogers, LQ; Lutcher, CL. (1990) Streptokinase therapy for deep venous thrombosis: a comprehensive review of the English Literature. Am J Med. 88: 389-395.
  3. Rogers, LQ; Fincher, RME; Lewis, LA. (1990) Factors influencing medical students to chose primary care or non-primary care specialties. Acad Med. 65: 547-548.
  4. Rogers, LQ; Lutcher, CL. (1990) Incidence of post - phlebitic syndrome after streptokinase therapy for deep vein thrombosis (Letter-to-the-editor: the reply). Am J Med. 9: 698.
  5. Rogers, LQ; Fincher, RME; Strong, WB. (1990) Primary prevention of coronary artery disease through a family-oriented cardiac risk factor clinic. Sou Med J. 83:1270-1272.
  6. Dardin, PM; Jackson, SM; *CADRE Study Group. (1991) Are pediatric residents prepared to do dietary counseling for hypercholesterolemic patients? Ann N Y Acad Sci. 623: 422-423.
  7. Jackson, SM; Darden, P; *CADRE Study Group. (1991) Teaching pediatric residents to control cholesterol with diet. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 623: 424-426.
  8. Rogers, LQ; Lutcher, CL. (1991) Streptokinase therapy and breakaway pulmonary emboli (Letter-to-the-Editor: the reply). Am J Med. 90: 411-413.
  9. Fincher, RME; Rogers, LQ; Herring, LM; Lewis, LA; Nance, LD III. (1991) Resident recognition and treatment of hypercholesterolemic patients (Letter-to-the-Editor). Postgrad Med J. 67: 1028.
  10. Fincher, RME; Lewis, LA; Rogers, LQ. (1992) Classification model that predicts medical students' choices of primary care or non-primary care specialties. Acad Med. 67: 324-327.
  11. Levine, MA; Grossman, RS; Darden, PM; Jackson, SM; Peden, JG; Ammerman, AS; Levin, ML; Layne, RD; Rogers, LQ; Seelig, CB; Evans, AT; Settle, MB; Fletcher, SW. (1992) Dietary counseling of hypercholesterolemic patients by internal medicine residents. J Gen Int Med. 7: 511-516.
  12. Rogers, LQ; Johnson, KC; Arheart, KL. (1993) Current physician screening and treatment of hypercholesterolemic patients. Am J Med Sci. 306: 124-128.
  13. Rogers, LQ; Peden, JG; Seelig, CB; Grossman, R; Levin, ML; Evans, AT; Fletcher, SW; Stritter, FT; Ammerman, A; Settle, MB; Levine, MA; Darden, PM; Jackson, SM; Layne, RD. Revised 11/13/2012 - Page 10 (1994) A program for teaching residents to provide dietary counseling for hypercholesterolemic patients. Teach Learn Med. 6: 277-282.
  14. Evans, AT; Rogers, LQ; Peden, JG; Seelig, CB; Layne, RD; Levine, MA; Levin, ML; Grossman, RS; Darden, PM; Jackson, SM; Ammerman, AS; Settle, MB; Stritter, FT; Fletcher, SW, and the CADRE Study Group. (1996) Teaching dietary counseling skills to residents: patient and physician outcomes. Am J Prev Med. 12(4): 259-265.
  15. Rogers, LQ; Johnson, KC; Young, ZM; Graney, M. (1997) Demographic bias in physician smoking cessation counseling. Am J Med Sci. 313(3): 153-158.
  16. Rogers, LQ; Macera, CA; Hootman, JM; Ainsworth, BE; Blair, SN. (2002) The association between joint stress from physical activity and self-reported osteoarthritis: an analysis of the Cooper Clinic data. Osteoarth Cart. 10: 617-622.
  17. Rogers, LQ; Bailey, JE; Gutin, B; Johnson, KC; Levine, MA; Milan, F; Seelig, CB; Sherman, SE. (2002) Teaching resident physicians to provide exercise counseling: a needs assessment. Acad Med. 77 (8): 841-844.
  18. MacDonald, J; Ketchum, J; Williams, R; Rogers, LQ; Varney A. (2003) A lay person versus a trained endoscopist: can the preop endoscopy simulator detect a difference? J Surg Endo. 17(6): 896-898.
  19. Robinson, RL; Rogers, LQ; Todd, CY; Bussing, RC. (2004) A Clinical Pathway to improve surgical risk assessment and use of perioperative β blockade in Noncardiac Surgery Patients. J Clin Outcome Manag. 11(7): 429-433.
  20. Rogers, LQ; Matevey, C; Hopkins-Price, P; Shah, P; Dunnington, G; Courneya. K.S. (2004) Exploring social cognitive theory constructs for promoting exercise among breast cancer patients. Canc Nurs. 27(6):462-473.
  21. Rogers, LQ; Gutin, B; Humphries, M; Lemmon, CR; Waller, JL; Baranowski, T; Saunders, R. (2005) A physician fitness program: enhancing the physician as an “exercise” role model for patients. Teach Learn Med. 17(1):27-35.
  22. Rogers, LQ; Shah, P; Dunnington, G; Greive, A; Shanmughan, A; Dawson B; Courneya, KS. (2005) Social cognitive theory and physical activity during breast cancer treatment. Oncol Nurs Forum. 32(4):807-815.
  23. Matevey, C; Rogers, LQ; Dawson, E; Tudor-Locke, C. (2006) Lack of reactivity during pedometer self-monitoring in adults. Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science. 10(1):1-11.
  24. Rogers, LQ; Courneya, KS; Verhulst, S; Markwell, S; Lanzotti, V; Shah, P. (2006) Exercise barrier and task self-efficacy in breast cancer patients during treatment. Supp Care Canc. 14(1):84-90.
  25. Rogers, LQ; Gutin, B; Humphries, M; Lemmon, CR; Waller, JL; Baranowski, T; Saunders, R. (2006) Evaluation of internal medicine residents as exercise role models and associations Revised 11/13/2012 - Page 11 with self-reported counseling behavior, confidence, and perceived success. Teach Learn Med. 18(3):215-221.
  26. Rogers, LQ; Courneya, KS; Robbins, TK; Malone, J; Seiz, A; Koch, L; Rao, K; Nagarkar, M. (2006) Physical activity and quality of life in head and neck cancer survivors. Supp Care Canc. 14:1012-1019
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  28. Rogers, LQ; Tudor-Locke, C. (2006) Physical activity reactivity: more questions than answers (Letter-to-the-editor). Meas Phys Educ Exer Sci. 10(4):269-271.
  29. Quin, J; Markwell, S; Rogers, LQ; McLafferty, R; Reinersman, M; Hazelrigg, S. (2006) Home anticoagulation testing: predictors of rural patient interest. J Surg Res. 136(2):232-237.
  30. Rogers, LQ; Courneya, KS; Shah, P; Dunnington, G; Hopkins-Price, P. (2007) Exercise stage of change, barriers, expectations, values, and preferences among breast cancer patients during treatment: a pilot study. European Journal of Cancer Care. 16:55-66.
  31. Bajwa, HA; Rogers, LQ. (2007) Physical activity barriers and program preferences among indigent internal medicine patients with arthritis. Rehab Nurs. 32(1):31-34.
  32. Rogers, LQ; McAuley, E; Courneya, KS; Humphries, MC; Gutin, B. (2007) Racial differences in physical activity associations among primary care patients. Ethnicity & Disease. 17:629-635.