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Lauren T. Ptomey, PhD, RD, LD

Lauren Ptomey portrait
Associate Professor, Physical Activity & Weight Management
lptomey@kumc.edu

Professional Background

Dr. Ptomey is an Associate Professor for the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She is a Registered Dietitian with over a decade of experience working within the research field with expertise in weight management, energy balance, and individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Dr. Ptomey completed the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopment and Related Disabilities (LEND) training program in 2010 and then began participating in research with individuals with disabilities. In 2013, Dr. Ptomey graduated with her PhD in Medical Nutrition Sciences and started a postdoc fellowship at the University of Kansas Medical Center. During her postdoctoral fellowship she gained experience in physical activity assessment and delivery. Since then most of her research has concentrated on weight loss and physical activity interventions in adults and adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Dr. Ptomey also serves as Assistant Director of the Kansas Weight Management Program at the University of Kansas Medical Center. In this role she trains and supervises all health educators involved with the Weight Management Clinic at KUMC as well as the health educators involved in research studies utilizing the Kansas Weight Management Program framework.

Education and Training
  • BS, Nutrition and Dietetics, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO
  • MS, Dietetics and Nutrition, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS
  • PhD, Medical Nutrition Science, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS
  • Post Doctoral Fellowship, Physical Activity and Energy Balance, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS
Licensure, Accreditations & Certifications
  • Licensed Dietitian , Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition
Professional Affiliations
  • Healthy Weight Research Network for Adolescents with IDD/ASD, Core Member- Dissemination Committee, 2017 - Present

Research

Overview

Dr. Ptomey's primary research focus is the use of technology for the promotion of weight management and physical activity in individuals with disabilities (intellectual and developmental disabilities, Down syndrome, Alzheimer's disease), and the impact of diet and physical activity on body composition, cognition, and metabolism in this population. Her secondary research focus is the use of technology to improve dietary intake assessments.

Dr. Ptomey currently serves as PI or MPI on 4 NIH funded R01s examining strategies to promote physical activity and weight loss in individuals with individuals with intellectual disabilities and other cognitive disabilities (DK114121, HD094704, AG063909, AG061187). Additionally, she is responsible for the collection/analysis of dietary outcomes for 3 additional NIH R01s. She has developed methodology that has improved the collection of dietary intake data in both individuals with disabilities as well as adults without disabilities.

Current Research and Grants
  • A Dyadic Approach for a Remote Physical Activity Intervention in Adults with Alzheimer's Disease and their Caregivers, NIH, PI
  • The Promotion of Physical Activity for the Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease in Adults with Down Syndrome, NIH, PI
  • Individual and Family Based Approaches to Increase Physical Activity in Adolescents with IDD, NIH, Multi-Principal Investigator
  • Remote Delivery of Weight Management for Adults with IDD , NIH, Multi-Principal Investigator
Publications
  • Donnelly, J., E, Saunders, R., R, Saunders, M, Washburn, R., A, Sullivan, D., K, Gibson, C., A, Ptomey, L., T, Goetz, J., R, Honas, J., J, Betts, J., L, Rondon, M., R, Smith, B., K, Mayo, M., S. 2013. Weight management for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities: rationale and design for an 18 month randomized trial.. Contemporary clinical trials, 36 (1), 116-24
  • Ptomey, L., T, Wittenbrook, W. 2015. 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, 115 (4), 593-608
  • Curtin, C, Hyman, S., L, Boas, D., D, Hassink, S, Broder-Fingert, S, Ptomey, L., T, Gillette, M., D, Fleming, R., K, Must, A, Bandini, L., G. 2020. Weight Management in Primary Care for Children With Autism: Expert Recommendations.. Pediatrics, 145 (Suppl 1), S126-S139
  • Ptomey, L., T, Szabo, A., N, Willis, E., A, Gorczyca, A., M, Greene, J., L, Danon, J., C, Donnelly, J., E. 2018. Changes in cognitive function after a 12-week exercise intervention in adults with Down syndrome.. Disability and health journal, 11 (3), 486-490
  • Ptomey, L., T, Steger, F., L, Lee, J, Sullivan, D., K, Goetz, J., R, Honas, J., J, Washburn, R., A, Gibson, C., A, Donnelly, J., E. 2018. Changes in Energy Intake and Diet Quality during an 18-Month Weight-Management Randomized Controlled Trial in Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 118 (6), 1087-1096
  • McClung, H., L, Ptomey, L., T, Shook, R., P, Aggarwal, A, Gorczyca, A., M, Sazonov, E., S, Becofsky, K, Weiss, R, Das, S., K. 2018. Dietary Intake and Physical Activity Assessment: Current Tools, Techniques, and Technologies for Use in Adult Populations.. American journal of preventive medicine, 55 (4), e93-e104
  • Willis, E., A, Szabo-Reed, A., N, Ptomey, L., T, Steger, F., L, Honas, J., J, Al-Hihi, E., M, Lee, R, Lee, J, Oh, Y, Washburn, R., A, Donnelly, J., E. 2017. Distance learning strategies for weight management utilizing online social networks versus group phone conference call.. Obesity science & practice, 3 (2), 134-142
  • Ptomey, L., T, Herrmann, S., D, Lee, J, Sullivan, D., K, Rondon, M., F, Donnelly, J., E. 2013. 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, 113 (12), 1704-9
  • Ptomey, L., T, Willis, E., A, Honas, J., J, Mayo, M., S, Washburn, R., A, Herrmann, S., D, Sullivan, D., K, Donnelly, J., E. 2015. Validity of energy intake estimated by digital photography plus recall in overweight and obese young adults.. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 115 (9), 1392-9
  • Ptomey, L., T, Willis, E., A, Greene, J., L, Danon, J., C, Chumley, T., K, Washburn, R., A, Donnelly, J., E. 2017. The Feasibility of Group Video Conferencing for Promotion of Physical Activity in Adolescents With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.. American journal on intellectual and developmental disabilities, 122 (6), 525-538