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Amanda N. Szabo-Reed, Ph.D.

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Research Assistant 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, Kinesiology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI1
  • BA, Kinesiology, 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
  • A Didactic Approach for a Remote Physical Activity Intervention in Adults with Alzheimer’s Disease and their Caregivers, NIH
  • The Promotion of Physical Activity for the Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease in Adults with Down Syndrome, NIH
  • Teacher vs. Remotely Delivered Classroom Physical Activity Breaks, NIH
  • Individual and Family Based Approaches to Increase Physical Activity in Adolescents with IDD., NIH
  • Remote Delivery of Weight Management in Adults with IDD, NIH
  • 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