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Amanda N. Szabo-Reed, Ph.D.

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Research Associate Professor, Physical Activity & Weight Management

Professional Background

Dr. Szabo-Reed completed her BS in Movement Science and her BA in Sports Management from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2007. She completed her MS in Kinesiology at the University of Illinois,Urbana-Champaign in 2011 and her Ph.D. in 2012. In January 2017, she completed a Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Individual National Research Service Award at University of Kansas Medical Center, focusing her training on obesity and Weight Management. In July 2020 she completed a KL2 Mentored Clinical Research Scholar Award at the University of Kansas Medical Center and graduated with her Masters in Clinical Research in December 2020 as part of this program. She is currently an assistant research professor in the Division of Weight Managment. She is also affiliated with the KU Alzheimer's Disease Center.

Education and Training
  • BS, Movement Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • BA, Sports Management and Communications, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • MS, Kinesiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
  • PhD, Kinesiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
  • MS, Clinical Research, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS
  • Post Doctoral Fellowship, Weight Management, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS



Dr. Szabo-Reed's primary research focus is investigating how lifestyle behavioral adherence, particularly to diet and exercise, influence mental/cognitive health with the aim of 1) examining moderators of cognitive change (i.e., self-efficacy, self-regulation and physiological changes) and 2) improving cognitive and brain health to improve quality of life long term.

Current Research and Grants
  • Differential Effects of Exercise Modality on Cognition and Brain in Older Adults, NIH
  • Washburn, R., A, Szabo-Reed, A., N, Gorczyca, A., M, Sullivan, D., K, Honas, J., J, Mayo, M., S, Krebill, R, Goetz, J, Ptomey, L., T, Lee, J, Donnelly, J., E. 2021. A Randomized Trial Evaluating Exercise for the Prevention of Weight Regain.. Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.), 29 (1), 62-70
  • Szabo-Reed, A., N, Donnelly, J., E. 2021. Cognitive Training: Associations and Implications for Weight Management and Translational Research.. Translational journal of the American College of Sports Medicine, 6 (2)
  • Vidoni, E., D, Szabo-Reed, Amanda., N, Kanf, C, Shaw, A., R, Perales-Puchalt, J, Grove, G, Hamill, M, Henry, D, Burns, J., M, Hillman, C, Kramer, A., F, Erickson, K., I. 2020. The IGNITE Trial: Participant Recruitment Lessons Prior to SARS-CoV-2. . Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications, 20.
  • Szabo-Reed, A., N, Martin, L., E, Hu, J, Yeh, H., W, Powell, J, Lepping, R., J, Patrician, T., M, Breslin, F., J, Donnelly, J., E, Savage, C., R. 2020. Modeling interactions between brain function, diet adherence behaviors, and weight loss success.. Obesity science & practice, 6 (3), 282-292