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Gareth R. Dutton, PhD

Gareth R. Dutton, PhD
Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive Medicine
Medical Towers 615
1717 11th Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35205
Phone: (205) 934-6876
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Research Interests

Behavioral and preventive medicine research focusing on lifestyle interventions for weight loss, physical activity, and diabetes prevention. There is a particular emphasis on behavioral interventions as they are implemented in applied and community-based settings and with underserved and minority populations. Related areas of interest include predictors of weight loss maintenance, modifying maintenance programs to minimize weight regain following treatment, and the role of physicians in weight loss and weight loss maintenance.

Educational Background

  • 2005 Ph.D., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA. Major: Clinical Psychology. (Emphasis in Behavioral Medicine)
  • 2005 Clinical Psychology Internship (APA-accredited), Brown University, Providence, RI. Major: Clinical Psychology. (Emphasis in Behavioral Medicine)
  • 2003 M.A., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA. Major: Clinical Psychology. (Emphasis in Behavioral Medicine)
  • 2000 B.A., Samford University, Birmingham, AL. Major: Psychology

Professional Activities


  • Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • American Diabetes Association
  • The Obesity Society
  • American Heart Association

Selected Recent Publications

  1. Houston DK, Neiberg RH, Miller ME, Hill JO, Jakicic JM, Johnson KC, Gregg EW, Hubbard VS, Pi-Sunyer X, Rejeski WJ, Wing RR, Bantle JP, Beale E, Berkowitz RI, Cassidy-Begay M, Clark JM, Coday M, Delahanty LM, Dutton G, Egan C, Foreyt JP, Greenway FL, Hazuda HP, Hergenroeder A, Horton ES, Jeffery RW, Kahn SE, Kure A, Knowler WC, Lewis CE, Martin CK, Michaels S, Montez MG, Nathan DM, Patricio J, Peters A, Pownall H, Regensteiner J, Steinburg H, Wadden TA, White K, Yanovski SZ, Zhang P, Kritchevsky SB. Physical Function Following a Long-Term Lifestyle Intervention among Middle Aged and Older Adults with Type 2 Diabetes: the Look AHEAD Study. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2017 Oct 19. doi: 10.1093/gerona/glx204.
  2. Yoon C, Jacobs DR Jr, Duprez DA, Dutton G, Lewis CE, Neumark-Sztainer D, Steffen LM, West DS, Mason SM.  Questionnaire-based problematic relationship to eating and food is associated with 25 year body mass index trajectories during midlife: The Coronary Artery Risk Development In Young Adults (CARDIA) Study. Int J Eat Disord. 2017 Dec 7. doi: 10.1002/eat.22813.
  3. Dhurandhar EJ, Pavela G, Kaiser KA, Dutton GR, Fontaine KR, Kim D, Shikany JM, Allison DB, Lewis CE. Body Mass Index and Subjective Social Status: The Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults Study. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2018 Feb;26(2):426-431. doi: 10.1002/oby.22047.
  4. Salvy SJ, Dutton GR, Borgatti A, Kim Y. Habit Formation Intervention to Prevent Obesity in Low-Income Preschoolers and Their Mothers: A Randomized Controlled Trial Protocol. Contemp Clin Trials. 2018 Jul;70:88-98. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2018.05.015.
  5. Kinsey AW, Gowey MA, Tan F, Zhou D, Ard J, Affuso O, Dutton GR. Similar Weight Loss and Maintenance in African American and White Women in the Improving Weight Loss (ImWeL) Trial. Ethn Health. 2018 Jul 2:1-13. doi: 10.1080/13557858.2018.1493435.
  6. Espeland MA, Dutton GR, Neiberg RH, Carmichael O, Hayden KM, Johnson KC, Jeffery RW, Baker LD, Cook DR, Kitzman DW, Rapp SR; Action for Health in Diabetes (Look AHEAD) Research Group. Impact of a Multidomain Intensive Lifestyle Intervention on Complaints about Memory, Problem-Solving, and Decision-Maing Abilities: The Action for Health in Diabetes Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2018 May 28. Doi: 10.1093/Gerona/gly124. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29846553.
  7. Dutton GR, Lewis CE, Cherrington A, Pisu M, Richman J, Turner T, Phillips JM.  A Weight Loss Intervention Delivered by Peer Coaches in Primary Care: Rationale and Study Design of the PROMISE Trial. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2018 Sep;72:53-61. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2018.07.015. PMID: 30055336.
  8. Gowey M, Khodneva Y, Tison S, Carson A, Cherrington A, Howard V, Safford M, Dutton GR. Depressive Symptoms, Perceived Stress, and Metabolic Health: The REGARDS Study. International Journal of Obesity. Int J Obes (Lond). 2019 Mar;43(3):615-632. doi: 10.1038/s41366-018-0270-3.
  9. Gowey MA, Dutton GR. It's not all in your head: Genetic underpinnings of the relationship between executive function and BMI. Am J Clin Nutr. 2019 Oct 1;110(4):793-794. doi: 10.1093/ajcn/nqz175.
  10. West D, Dutton G, Delahanty L, Hazuda H, Rickman A, Knowler W, Vitolins M, Neiberg R, Peters A, Gee M, Begay M. Weight loss experiences of African-American, Hispanic and non-Hispanic White adults with type 2 diabetes: The Look AHEAD Trial. Obesity. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2019 Aug;27(8):1275-1284. doi: 10.1002/oby.22522.


  • Endowed Professorship in Diabetes Prevention and Control, UAB School of Medicine (2019)
  • Max Cooper Award for Excellence in Research, UAB Department of Medicine (2019)
  • Fellow, Society of Behavioral Medicine (2019)
  • Leadership DOM Participant, UAB Department of Medicine leadership development program (2018)
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine Leadership Institute Fellow (2016)
  • UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center, “Creativity is a Decision” Faculty Award Recipient (2013)
  • Presidential Citation for Leadership, American Psychological Association (2012)
  • Outstanding Junior Faculty Researcher Award, Florida State University College of Medicine (2010)
  • Fellow, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Summer Institute on the Design and Conduct of Randomized Clinical Trials Involving Behavioral Interventions (2006)
  • Research Citation Award, Society of Behavioral Medicine (2006)
  • Research Citation Award, Society of Behavioral Medicine (2003
  • Louisiana State University Graduate School Travel Fellowship (2003)
  • Research Citation Award, Society of Behavioral Medicine (2002)
  • Louisiana State University Graduate School Travel Fellowship (2006, 2003, 2002)
  • Graduate School Scholars Enhancement Award, Louisiana State University (2000 – 2005)
  • Presidential Scholar, Samford University (1996 – 2000)

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