Lauren T Ptomey, PhD, RD, LD

Assistant Research Professor
BS, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO
MS, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS
PhD, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS


Research interests

  • Energy Balance
  • Obesity and chronic disease risk
  • Effect of exercise on weight loss and maintenance
  • Weight loss and maintenance for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Physical activity for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Using technology to increase physical activity
  • The use of technology to improve dietary assessments 

Selected Publications

  • Ptomey LT, Saunders RR, Saunders M, Washburn RA, Mayo MS, Sullivan DS, Gibson CA, Goetz JR, Honas JJ, Willis EA, Danon JC, Krebill R, Donnelly JE. Weight management in adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities: A randomized controlled trial of two dietary approaches. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities.
  • Ptomey LT, Gibson CA, Lee J, Sullivan DK, Washburn RA, Gorczyca AM, & Donnelly JE. Caregivers' effect on weight management in adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 2017 Disability and Health Journal.
  • Willis EA, Szabo, Reed AN, Ptomey LT, Steger FL, Honas JJ, Al?Hihi EM, Lee R, Lee J, Oh Y, Washburn RA, Donnelly JE. Distance Learning Strategies for Weight Management Utilizing Online Social Networks versus Group Phone Conference Call. Obesity Science & Practice. 2016. Journal of telemedicine and telecare, 23(2), 263-272.
  • Donnelly JE, Ptomey LT, Goetz JR, Sullivan DK, Gibson CA, Greene JL, Lee RH, Mayo MS, Honas JJ, Washburn RA. Weight management for adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities: Rationale and design for an 18 month randomized trial. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2016 Nov;51:88-95. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2016.10.009. PubMed PMID: 27810602.
  • Taylor J, Ptomey LT, Hamilton-Reeves JM, Sullivan DK, Creed C, Carlson SE, Wesson DE, Grantham JJ, Gibson CA. Experiences and Perspectives of Polycystic Kidney Disease Patients following a Diet of Reduced Osmoles, Protein, and Acid Precursors Supplemented with Water: A Qualitative Study.PLoS One. 2016 Aug 18;11(8):e0161043. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0161043. PubMed PMID: 27537328; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4990231.
  • Gibbs H, Kennett AR, Kerling EH, Yu A, Gajewski B, Ptomey LT, Sullivan DK. Assessing the Nutrition Literacy of Parents and its Relationship with Child Diet Quality. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2016 Jul-Aug;48(7):505-509.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2016.04.006. PubMed PMID: 27216751; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4931947.
  • Willis EA, Szabo AN, Ptomey LT, Steger FL, Honas JJ, Al-Hihi EM, Lee R,. Washburn RA, Vansaghi L, Donnelly JE. Distance Learning Strategies for Weight Management Utilizing Social Media: A Comparison of Phone Conference Call Verses Social Media Platform. Rational and Design for a Randomized Study. Contemporary Clinical Trials 2016 Mar;47:282-8. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2016.02.005. PubMed PMID: 26883282; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4889333.
  • Willis EA, Szabo AN, Ptomey LT, Steger FL, Honas JJ, Washburn RA, Donnelly JE. Do weight management interventions delivered by online social networks effectively improve body weight, body composition, and chronic disease risk factors? A Systematic Review. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. J Telemed Telecare. 2016 Feb 15. pii: 1357633X16630846. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26880695; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4985486.
  • Ptomey LT, Steger F, Schubert M, Lee J, Willis EA, Sullivan DK , Washburn RW, Donnelly JE. Breakfast Intake and Composition is Associated with Superior Academic Achievement in Elementary School Children. The Journal of the American College of Nutrition. 2015:1-8. Epub 2015/12/25. PubMed PMID: 26697955.
  • Sullivan DK, Goetz JR, Gibson CA , Mayo MS, Washburn RA, Lee Y, Ptomey LT, Donnelly JE. A virtual reality intervention (second life) to improve weight maintenance: Rationale and design for an 18 month randomized trial. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2016;46(1):77-84.
  • Szabo-Reed AN, Lee J, Ptomey LT, Willis EA, Schubert MM, Washburn RA, Donnelly JE. Longitudinal Weight Loss Patterns and Demographic Associations. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 2015 Sep 30; PubMed PMID: 26423446
  • Ptomey LT, Willis EA, Honas JJ, Mayo MS, Washburn RA, Herrmann SD, Sullivan DK, Donnelly JE. Validity of Energy Intake Estimated by Digital Photography Plus Recall in Overweight and Obese Young Adults. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2015 Sep;115(9):1392-9. PubMed PMID: 26122282
  • Ptomey LT, Gibson CA, Willis EA, Taylor JM, Goetz JR, Sullivan DK, Donnelly JE. Parents' perspective on weight management interventions for adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Disability and Health Journal. 2015 Jul 23;PubMed PMID: 26277410.
  • Willis EA, Herrmann SD, Honas JJ, Bessmer CT, Ptomey LT, Donnelly JE, Washburn RA. Predicting Resting Energy Expenditure in Overweight and Obese Young Adults. Obesity Research & Clinical Practice. 2015 Jul 22;PubMed PMID: 26210376.
  • Ptomey LT, Wittenbrook W. Position of the academy of nutrition and dietetics: nutrition services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and special health care needs. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2015 Apr;115(4):593-608. PubMed PMID: 25819518.
  • Willis EA, Ptomey LT, Szabo AN, Honas JJ, Lee J, Washburn RA, Donnelly JE. Length of Moderate-to-Vigorous Physical Activity Bouts are Associated with Cardio-metabolic Risk Factors in Elementary School Children. Preventative Medicine. Prev Med. 2015 Apr;73:76-80. PubMed PMID: 25647532.
  • Ptomey LT, Willis EA, Goetz JR, Lee J, Szabo-Reed A, Sullivan DK, Donnelly JE. Portion Controlled Meals Provide Increases in Diet Quality During Weight Loss and Maintenance. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. 2015 Feb 9;PubMed PMID: 25664818.
  • Washburn RA, Honas JJ, Ptomey LT, Lee J, Lambourne K, Willis EA, Mayo MS, Sullivan DK, Donnelly JE. Energy and macronutrient intake in the Midwest Exercise Trial 2 (MET-2). Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 2015 Jan 8;PubMed PMID: 25574796.
  • Choi I, Lee P, Denney DR, Spaeth K, Nast O, Ptomey LT, Roth AK, Lierman JA, Sullivan DK. Dairy intake is associated with brain glutathione concentration in older adults. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2015 Feb;101(2):287-93. PubMed PMID: 25646325; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4307202.
  • Washburn RA, Szabo AN, Lambourne K, Willis EA, Ptomey LT, Honas JJ, Herrmann SD, Donnelly JE. Does the method of weight loss effect long-term changes in weight, body composition or chronic disease risk factors in overweight or obese adults? A systematic review. PLoS One. 2014;9(10):e109849. PubMed PMID: 25333384; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4198137.
  • Ptomey LT, Willis EA, Goetz JR, Lee JH, Sullivan DK, Donnelly JE. Digital Photography Improves Estimates of Dietary Intake in Adolescents with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Disability and Health Journal. 2015: 8(1):146-50. PubMed PMID: 25281035.
  • Reichard A, Saunders M, Saunders R, Donnelly J, Ptomey L, Sullivan D. A Comparison of Two Weight Management Programs for Adults with Mobility Impairments. Disability and Health Journal. 2015: 8 (1) 61-69. PubMed PMID: 25242059.
  • Ptomey LT, Sullivan DK, Lee JH, Goetz JR, Gibson C, Donnelly JE. The Use of Technology for Delivering a Weight Loss Program for Adolescents with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2015:115 (1)112-118. PubMed PMID: 25441960.
  • Ptomey LT, Herrmann SD, Lee J, Sullivan DK, Rondon MF, Donnelly JE. Photo-assisted recall increases estimates of energy and macronutrient intake in adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2013;113(12):1704-9. PubMed PMID: 24095784; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3834035.
  • Ptomey L, Goetz J, Lee J, Donnelly J, Sullivan D. Diet Quality of Overweight and Obese Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities as Measured by the Healthy Eating Index-2005. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities. 2013;25(6). PubMed PMID: 24319322; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3848605.
  • Donnelly JE, Saunders RR, Saunders M, Washburn RA, Sullivan DK, Gibson CA, Ptomey LT, Goetz JR, Honas JJ, Betts JL, Rondon MR, Smith BK, Mayo MS. Weight management for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities: rationale and design for an 18 month randomized trial. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2013;36(1):116-24. PubMed PMID: 23810939; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4180227.

Published Abstracts

  • Ptomey LT, Saunders RR, Saunders M, Goetz JR, Mayo MS, Sullivan DK, Washburn RA, Gibson CA, Honas JJ, Donnelly JE. Weight management for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Poster Presentation Society of Behavior Medicine. March 2016.
  • Ptomey LT, Willis EA, Honas JJ, Mayo MS, Washburn RA, Herrmann SD, Sullivan DK, Donnelly JE. Energy Intake Assessed by Digital Photography is Preferable to Self-Report in Energy Balance Trials. The American College of Sports Medicine 62nd Annual Meeting, June 2015
  • Ptomey LT, Willis EA, Lee J, Sullivan DK, Washburn R, Donnelly J. Changes in Diet Quality during Weight Loss in Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Poster Presentation at The Obesity Society Obesity Week. November 2014
  • Willis EA, Ptomey LT, Szabo AN, Honas JJ, Lee J, Washburn RA, Donnelly JE. Length of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity bouts are associated with cardio-metabolic risk factors in elementary school children. Thematic Poster Presentation at The Obesity Society Obesity Week. November 201
  • Ptomey LT, Willis EA, Goetz JR, Lee J, Sullivan DK, Donnelly JE. Portion Controlled Meals in Combination with Group Education and Physical Activity provide increases in Diet Quality during Weight Loss and Maintenance. Thematic Poster Presentation at The American College of Sports Medicine 61st Annual Meeting, June 2014.
  • Willis EA, Herrmann SD, Honas JJ, Bessmer CT, Ptomey LT, Donnelly JE, Washburn RA. Predicting Resting Energy Expenditure in Overweight and Obese Young Adults. Poster Presentation at The American College of Sports Medicine 61st Annual Meeting, June 2014.
  • Taylor J, Hamilton-Reeves J, Sullivan D, Ptomey L, Gibson C, Wesson D, Gratham J. A New Diet for Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease. Oral Presentation at Experimental Biology, San Diego, CA, 2014.
  • Young T, Ptomey L, Craven T, Swanson A, Gibson C. Diet Quality of Farm to School Implementation by using Healthy Eating Index. Poster presentation at Experimental Biology, San Diego, CA, 2014
  • Ptomey LT, Goetz JR, Lee JH, Sullivan DK, Donnelly JE. An Innovative Weight Loss Program for Adolescents with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Poster presentation at The Obesity Society Annual Meeting; Atlanta GA, 2013
  • Ptomey LT, Herrmann SD, Sullivan DK, Lee JH, Donnelly JD. The use of photo assisted 24-hour dietary recalls in adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Experimental Biology, Boston MA, 2013
  • Taylor M, Gibson C, Unruh G, Ptomey L, Spaeth , Sullivan D. Dietary intake of sleep-deprived on call anesthesiology residents. Poster Presentation at Experimental Biology, Boston MA, 2013
  • Ptomey LT, Goetz JR, Donnelly JE, Sullivan DK. Calculating the Healthy Eating Index-2005 for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Oral presentation at National Nutrient Databank Conference, Boston MA, 2013
  • Ptomey LT, Goetz JR, Sullivan DK, Donnelly JE. An Innovative Weight Loss Program for Adolescents with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Poster presentation at Kansas Capitol Graduate Research Summit; Topeka KS, 2013
  • Ptomey LT, Goetz JR, Sullivan DK, Donnelly JE. An Innovative Weight Loss Program for Adolescents with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Oral presentation at University of Kansas Student Research Forum; Kansas City KS, 2013
  • Ptomey LT, Goetz JR, Lee JH, Barkley R, Sullivan DK. Both Food Secure and Food Insecure Individuals With Serious Mental Illness May Have Trouble Acquiring and Maintaining a Healthy Food Supply Throughout the Month. Poster presentation at Obesity Society Annual Meeting; San Antonio TX. 2012.
  • Ptomey LT, Goetz JR, Donnelly JE, Sullivan DK. Diet Quality of Adults With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities as Measured By the Healthy Eating Index-2005. Poster presentation at Obesity Society Annual Meeting; San Antonio TX. 2012
  • Ptomey LT, Goetz JR, Lee JH, Sullivan DK, Donnelly JE. Antipsychotic Drug Use in US Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Poster presentation at National Association for Developmental Disabilities, Annual Conference; Denver CO. 2012

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