Positions

Overview

  • Dr. Laura Rogers is a Professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She is also a Senior Scientist in the UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC), Center for Exercise Medicine, and the Cancer Control and Population Science Program of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. She completed her MD degree at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, internal medicine internship and residency at the Medical College of Georgia, and a Masters of Public Health Degree at the University of South Carolina. She is board certified in internal medicine and is a fellow in the American College of Physicians and American College of Sports Medicine. She has held prior faculty positions at the Medical College of Georgia, University of Tennessee Memphis, and Southern Illinois University School of Medicine during which she has participated in a variety of educational, research, clinical, and administrative activities. Dr. Rogers’ clinical interests focus on out-patient general internal medicine and weight management.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2021 Design and rationale for the deep south interactive voice response system-supported active lifestyle study: Protocol for a randomized controlled trialJMIR Research Protocols.  10. 2021
    2020 Input from multiple stakeholder levels prioritizes targets for improving implementation of an exercise intervention for rural women cancer survivors. 2020
    2020 Effects of interactive voice response (Ivr) counseling on physical activity benefits and barriers 2020
    2020 Epigenetic stratification of head and neck cancer survivors reveals differences in lycopene levels, alcohol consumption, and methylation of immune regulatory genesClinical Epigenetics.  12. 2020
    2020 Randomized trial of weight loss in primary breast cancer: Impact on body composition, circulating biomarkers and tumor characteristicsInternational Journal of Cancer.  146:2784-2796. 2020
    2020 Fecal Akkermansia muciniphila Is Associated with Body Composition and Microbiota Diversity in Overweight and Obese Women with Breast Cancer Participating in a Presurgical Weight Loss TrialJournal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  120:650-659. 2020
    2019 Inverse association between changes in energetic cost of walking and vertical accelerations in non-metastatic breast cancer survivorsEuropean Journal of Applied Physiology.  119:2457-2464. 2019
    2019 Head and neck cancer survivors' preferences for and evaluations of a post-treatment dietary interventionNutrition Journal.  18. 2019
    2019 Beyond efficacy: a qualitative organizational perspective on key implementation science constructs important to physical activity intervention translation to rural community cancer care sitesJournal of Cancer Survivorship.  13:537-546. 2019
    2019 Feasibility Outcomes of a Pilot Randomized Clinical Trial to Increase Cruciferous and Green Leafy Vegetable Intake in Posttreatment Head and Neck Cancer SurvivorsJournal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  119:659-671. 2019
    2019 Gut microbiota diversity is associated with cardiorespiratory fitness in post-primary treatment breast cancer survivorsExperimental Physiology.  104:529-539. 2019
    2018 Physical Activity and Related Psychosocial Outcomes From a Pilot Randomized Trial of an Interactive Voice Response System–Supported Intervention in the Deep SouthHealth Education and Behavior.  45:957-966. 2018
    2018 Changes in body mass index and physical activity predict changes in vitality during a weight loss trial in breast cancer survivorsAnnals of Behavioral Medicine.  52:999-1009. 2018
    2018 Higher carbohydrate intake is associated with increased risk of all-cause and disease-specific mortality in head and neck cancer patients: results from a prospective cohort studyInternational Journal of Cancer.  143:1105-1113. 2018
    2018 Ease of walking associates with greater free-living physical activity and reduced depressive symptomology in breast cancer survivors: pilot randomized trialSupportive Care in Cancer.  26:1675-1683. 2018
    2018 Effects of BEAT Cancer randomized physical activity trial on subjective memory impairments in breast cancer survivors 2018
    2018 Acceptability of a mobile phone app for measuring time use in breast cancer survivors (life in a day): Mixed-methods studyJMIR Cancer.  4. 2018
    2017 Rationale, design, and baseline findings from a pilot randomized trial of an IVR-Supported physical activity intervention for cancer prevention in the Deep South: The DIAL studyContemporary Clinical Trials Communications.  8:218-226. 2017
    2017 Effects of a multicomponent physical activity behavior change intervention on fatigue, anxiety, and depressive symptomatology in breast cancer survivors: randomized trial 2017
    2017 Physical activity and sleep quality in breast cancer survivors: A randomized trialMedicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.  49:2009-2015. 2017
    2017 Gut microbiota composition associated with alterations in cardiorespiratory fitness and psychosocial outcomes among breast cancer survivorsSupportive Care in Cancer.  25:1563-1570. 2017
    2017 Social Cognitive Constructs Did Not Mediate the BEAT Cancer Intervention Effects on Objective Physical Activity Behavior Based on Multivariable Path AnalysisAnnals of Behavioral Medicine.  51:321-326. 2017
    2016 Pancreatic cancer survivors’ preferences, barriers, and facilitators related to physical activity and diet interventionsJournal of Cancer Survivorship.  10:981-989. 2016
    2016 Lower rate-pressure product during submaximal walking: a link to fatigue improvement following a physical activity intervention among breast cancer survivorsJournal of Cancer Survivorship.  10:927-934. 2016
    2016 Effects of a multicomponent physical activity behavior change intervention on breast cancer survivor health status outcomes in a randomized controlled trialBreast Cancer Research and Treatment.  159:283-291. 2016
    2016 Exploring effects of presurgical weight loss among women with stage 0-II breast cancer: Protocol for a randomised controlled feasibility trialBMJ Open.  6. 2016
    2016 Is 'high-intensity' a bad word?Journal of Physiotherapy.  62:175. 2016
    2016 Lower Rate-pressure Product During Submaximal Walking Is Associated With Fatigue Improvement Among Breast Cancer Survivors: 704 Board #20 June 1, 2: 00 PM - 3: 30 PM.Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.  48:188. 2016
    2015 Exercise barriers self-efficacy: Development and validation of a subcale for individuals with cancer-related lymphedemaHealth and Quality of Life Outcomes.  13. 2015
    2015 Top 10 research questions related to physical activity and cancer survivorshipResearch Quarterly for Exercise and Sport.  86:107-116. 2015
    2015 Inflammation and psychosocial factors mediate exercise effects on sleep quality in breast cancer survivors: Pilot randomized controlled trial 2015
    2015 Effects of the BEAT Cancer physical activity behavior change intervention on physical activity, aerobic fitness, and quality of life in breast cancer survivors: a multicenter randomized controlled trialBreast Cancer Research and Treatment.  149:109-119. 2015
    2015 Feelings of energy are associated with physical activity and sleep quality, but not adiposity, in middle-aged postmenopausal women 2015
    2015 Practical clinical interventions for diet, physical activity, and weight control in cancer survivorsCA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.  65:167-189. 2015
    2015 Refining measurement of social cognitive theory factors associated with exercise adherence in head and neck cancer patientsJournal of Psychosocial Oncology.  33:467-487. 2015
    2014 Adiposity, physical activity, and muscle quality are independently related to physical function performance in middle-aged postmenopausal women 2014
    2014 Biobehavioral factors mediate exercise effects on fatigue in breast cancer survivorsMedicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.  46:1077-1088. 2014
    2014 Meeting physical activity guidelines in rural breast cancer survivorsAmerican Journal of Health Behavior.  38:890-899. 2014
    2013 Pilot, randomized trial of resistance exercise during radiation therapy for head and neck cancer 2013
    2013 Effects of a physical activity behavior change intervention on inflammation and related health outcomes in breast cancer survivors: Pilot randomized trialIntegrative Cancer Therapies.  12:323-335. 2013
    2013 Diet components associated with perceived fatigue in breast cancer survivorsEuropean Journal of Cancer Care.  22:51-59. 2013
    2012 Using exercise to fight fatigue in breast cancer survivors: Challenges and future directions 2012
    2012 Better exercise adherence after treatment for cancer (BEAT Cancer) study: Rationale, design, and methodsContemporary Clinical Trials.  33:124-137. 2012
    2011 How many steps/day are enough? For older adults and special populationsInternational Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.  8. 2011
    2011 Factors Influencing Long Term Physical Activity Adherence in Breast Cancer SurvivorsMedicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.  43:146-146. 2011
    2011 Nutritional Intake, Physical Activity, Adiposity And Perceived Fatigue In Breast Cancer SurvivorsMedicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.  43:445-445. 2011
    2011 Physical activity type and intensity among rural breast cancer survivors: Patterns and associations with fatigue and depressive symptomsJournal of Cancer Survivorship.  5:54-61. 2011
    2011 Reduced barriers mediated physical activity maintenance among breast cancer survivorsJournal of Sport and Exercise Psychology.  33:235-254. 2011
    2010 Lessons learned in the trenches: Facilitating exercise adherence among breast cancer survivors in a group settingCancer Nursing.  33. 2010
    2010 Objective monitoring of physical activity after a cancer diagnosis: challenges and opportunities for enhancing cancer controlPhysical Therapy Reviews.  15:224-237. 2010
    2010 Physical activity and fatigue in breast cancer and multiple sclerosis: Psychosocial mechanismsPsychosomatic Medicine.  72:88-96. 2010
    2009 Exercise preference patterns, resources, and environment among rural breast cancer survivorsJournal of Rural Health.  25:388-391. 2009
    2009 Factors associated with quality of life in outpatients with head and neck cancer 6 months after diagnosis 2009
    2009 Health care student attitudes toward the prevention of cardiovascular diseaseNursing Education Perspectives.  30:285-289. 2009
    2009 Rural breast cancer survivors: Exercise preferences and their determinants 2009
    2009 Exercise preferences among patients with head and neck cancer: Prevalence and associations with quality of life, symptom severity, depression, and rural residence 2009
    2009 Physical activity and health outcomes three months after completing a physical activity behavior change intervention: Persistent and delayed effectsCancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.  18:1410-1418. 2009
    2009 A randomized trial to increase physical activity in breast cancer survivorsMedicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.  41:935-946. 2009
    2008 Factors associated with fatigue, sleep, and cognitive function among patients with head and neck cancer 2008
    2008 Fatigue and sleep during cancer and chemotherapy: Translational rodent models 2008
    2008 Effectiveness of a Physical Activity Behavior Change Intervention for Breast Cancer Survivors: a Randomized TrialMedicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.  40:S106-S106. 2008
    2008 Exercise Program Preferences among Head and Neck Cancer Survivors: Associations with Quality of LifeMedicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.  40:S483-S483. 2008
    2008 Lifestyle behaviors, obesity, and perceived health among men with and without a diagnosis of prostate cancer: A population-based, cross-sectional studyBMC Public Health.  8. 2008
    2008 Correlates of physical activity self-efficacy among breast cancer survivorsAmerican Journal of Health Behavior.  32:594-603. 2008
    2008 Factors associated with exercise counseling and program preferences among breast cancer survivorsJournal of Physical Activity and Health.  5:688-705. 2008
    2008 Physical activity correlates and barriers in head and neck cancer patientsSupportive Care in Cancer.  16:19-27. 2008
    2007 PHYSICAL ACTIVITY CORRELATES IN HEAD AND NECK CANCER SURVIVORSAnnals of Behavioral Medicine.  33:S191-S191. 2007
    2007 Racial differences in physical activity associations among primary care patientsEthnicity and Disease.  17:629-635. 2007
    2007 Home-Anticoagulation Testing: Accuracy of Patient-Reported ValuesJournal of Surgical Research.  140:189-193. 2007
    2007 Exercise stage of change, barriers, expectations, values and preferences among breast cancer patients during treatment: A pilot studyEuropean Journal of Cancer Care.  16:55-66. 2007
    2007 Physical activity barriers and program preferences among indigent internal medicine patients with arthritis.Rehabilitation Nursing Journal.  32:31-34. 2007
    2006 Home Anticoagulation Testing: Predictors of Rural Patient InterestJournal of Surgical Research.  136:232-237. 2006
    2006 Physical activity reactivity: More questions than answers [2]Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science.  10:269-271. 2006
    2006 Physical activity and quality of life in head and neck cancer survivorsSupportive Care in Cancer.  14:1012-1019. 2006
    2006 Evaluation of internal medicine residents as exercise role models and associations with self-reported counseling behavior, confidence, and perceived success 2006
    2006 Lack of reactivity during pedometer self-monitoring in adultsMeasurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science.  10:1-11. 2006
    2006 Exercise barrier and task self-efficacy in breast cancer patients during treatmentSupportive Care in Cancer.  14:84-90. 2006
    2005 Social cognitive theory and physical activity during breast cancer treatmentOncology Nursing Forum.  32:807-815. 2005
    2005 Associations Between Osteoarthritis Biomarkers And Physical Activity In Healthy Females With Family History Of OsteoarthritisMedicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.  37:S460???S461-S460???S461. 2005
    2005 Physical Activity Correlates During Breast Cancer Treatment Within A Social Cognitive Theory FrameworkMedicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.  37:S367-S367. 2005
    2005 A physician fitness program: Enhancing the physician as an "exercise" role model for patients 2005
    2004 Adipocytokines as biomarkers for breast cancer prevention.Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.  13:1907S-1907S. 2004
    2004 A clinical pathway to improve surgical risk assessment and use of perioperative β blockade in noncardiac surgery patientsJCOM.  11:429-433. 2004
    2004 Exploring social cognitive theory constructs for promoting exercise among breast cancer patientsCancer Nursing.  27:462-473. 2004
    2003 Effect of lifestyle factors on breast cancer incidence in women with Gail score greater than 1.7.Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.  12:1340S-1340S. 2003
    2003 A lay person vs a trained endoscopist: Can the preop endoscopy simulator detect a difference? 2003
    2002 Teaching resident physicians to provide exercise counseling: A needs assessmentAcademic Medicine.  77:841-844. 2002
    2002 The association between joint stress from physical activity and self-reported osteoarthritis: An analysis of the Cooper clinic dataOsteoarthritis and Cartilage.  10:617-622. 2002
    1997 Demographic bias in physician smoking cessation counselingAmerican Journal of the Medical Sciences.  313:153-158. 1997
    1996 Teaching Dietary Counseling Skills to Residents: Patient and Physician OutcomesAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine.  12:259-265. 1996
    1996 Teaching dietary counseling skills to residents: Patient and physician outcomesAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine.  12:259-265. 1996
    1994 A Program for Teaching Residents to Provide Dietary Counseling for Hypercholesterolemic Patients 1994
    1993 EVALUATION OF A COST-CONTAINMENT PROGRAM IN HYPERTENSIVE PATIENTS PRESCRIBED SUSTAINED RELEASED NIFEDIPINEClinical research.  41:A551-A551. 1993
    1993 GENDER BIAS IN PHYSICIAN SMOKING CESSATION COUNSELINGClinical research.  41:A569-A569. 1993
    1993 RESIDENT KNOWLEDGE AND UTILIZATION OF NCEP GUIDELINESClinical research.  41:A562-A562. 1993
    1993 Current physician screening and treatment of hypercholesterolemic patientsAmerican Journal of the Medical Sciences.  306:124-128. 1993
    1992 Dietary counseling of hypercholesterolemic patients by internal medicine residentsJournal of General Internal Medicine.  7:511-516. 1992
    1992 Classification model that predicts medical students' choices of primary care or non-primary care specialtiesAcademic Medicine.  67:324-327. 1992
    1991 DO IN-TRAINING EXAMINATION RESULTS PREDICT PERFORMANCE ON THE ABIM CERTIFICATION EXAMINATIONClinical research.  39:A617-A617. 1991
    1991 FACTORS INFLUENCING STUDENTS TO CHOOSE AMONG PRIMARY CARE SPECIALTIESClinical research.  39:A616-A616. 1991
    1991 STREPTOKINASE THERAPY AND BREAKAWAY PULMONARY EMBOLI - REPLYAmerican Journal of Medicine.  90:412-413. 1991
    1991 Resident recognition and treatment of hypercholesterolaemic patientsPostgraduate Medical Journal.  67:1028. 1991
    1991 The replyAmerican Journal of Medicine.  90:412-413. 1991
    1991 The replyAmerican Journal of Medicine.  90:412-413. 1991
    1990 Factors influencing medical students to choose primary care or non-primary care specialtiesAcademic Medicine.  65:S47-8. 1990
    1990 Factors influencing medical students to choose primary care or non-primary care specialties.Academic Medicine.  65:S47-S48. 1990
    1990 Factors influencing medical students to choose primary care or non-primary care specialtiesAcademic Medicine.  65:S47-S48. 1990
    1990 Incidence of post-phlebitic syndrome after streptokinase therapy for deep vein thrombosis (Reply)American Journal of Medicine.  89:698. 1990
    1990 Primary prevention of coronary artery disease through a family-oriented cardiac risk factor clinicSouthern Medical Journal.  83:1270-1272. 1990
    1990 Streptokinase therapy for deep vein thrombosis: A comprehensive review of the english literatureAmerican Journal of Medicine.  88:389-395. 1990
    1990 The replyAmerican Journal of Medicine.  89:698. 1990
    1989 A survey to determine factors influencing medical students’ career choicesAcademic Medicine.  64:417. 1989
    Design and Rationale for the Deep South Interactive Voice Response System–Supported Active Lifestyle Study: Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial (Preprint)

    Chapter

    Year Title Altmetric
    2018 Physical activity.  287-307. 2018
    2018 Diet, Physical Activity, and Weight Control for Cancer Patients and Survivors 2018

    Research Overview

  • Dr. Rogers’ research interests focus on exercise promotion and benefits in chronic disease populations, especially cancer survivors. She has also examined diet and exercise counseling knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors among resident physicians and medical students. Her research program centers on translational, multi-disciplinary randomized trials involving exercise. Her published work has enhanced the knowledge base for understanding and successfully applying the social cognitive theory to exercise behavior in cancer survivors. Based on needs assessments, she designed and successfully pilot tested the BEAT Cancer intervention which is an effective theory-based intervention assisting breast cancer survivors in becoming and remaining more physically active. She is currently leading an NCI funded multi-center randomized trial testing the effectiveness of this intervention. Her other recent funded projects have included examining mediators of exercise effects on fatigue and sleep quality in breast cancer survivors and effects of resistance training during radiation therapy for head and neck cancer.
  • Investigator On

  • UAB Pre-Doctoral Training Program in Obesity-Related Research  awarded by National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute/NIH/DHHS 2020 - 2025
  • Life after Breast Cancer Treatment: Racial Health Disparities and Chronic Pain in Breast Cancer Survivors  awarded by National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS 2020 - 2024
  • 2020 Robert E. Reed Gastrointestinal Oncology Research Foundation and UAB Department of Surgery International Scholars Program  awarded by ROBERT E. REED GASTROINTESTINAL ONCOLOGY RESEARCH FOUNDATION 2020 - 2024
  • Adapting MultiPLe Behavior Interventions that eFfectively Improve (AMPLIFI) Cancer Survivor Health  awarded by National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS 2018 - 2023
  • Adapting MultiPLe Behavior Interventions that eFfectively Improve (AMPLIFI) Cancer Survivor Health- Project 3  awarded by National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS 2018 - 2023
  • Comprehensive Cancer Center Core Support Grant  awarded by National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS 2019 - 2022
  • Comprehensive Cancer Center Core Support Grant - Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program  awarded by National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS 2019 - 2022
  • Comprehensive Cancer Center Core Support Grant  awarded by National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS 2019 - 2021
  • Comprehensive Cancer Center Core Support Grant - Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program  awarded by National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS 2019 - 2021
  • 2019 Robert E. Reed Gastrointestinal Oncology Research Foundation and UAB Department of Surgery International Scholars Program  awarded by ROBERT E. REED GASTROINTESTINAL ONCOLOGY RESEARCH FOUNDATION 2019 - 2020
  • Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center (TCC) for Colorectal Cancer Research  awarded by National Academy of Sciences 2016 - 2020
  • 2018 Robert E. Reed Gastrointestinal Oncology Research Foundation and UAB Department of Surgery International Scholars Program  awarded by ROBERT E. REED GASTROINTESTINAL ONCOLOGY RESEARCH FOUNDATION 2018 - 2019
  • Non Canonical WNT Signaling in Colorectal Cancer  awarded by ROBERT E. REED GASTROINTESTINAL ONCOLOGY RESEARCH FOUNDATION 2017 - 2018
  • Exploring Effects of Weight Loss on Ductal Carcinoma In Situ  awarded by National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS 2014 - 2017
  • Feasibility of the Institution of a Combination of Dedicated Nutritional Counseling and Exercise in Stage I Endometrial Cancer Patients following Minimally Invasive Surgery in the Post Operative Period  awarded by FOUNDATION FOR GYNECOLOGIC ONCOLOGY 2013 - 2016
  • Coming Together to Advance Minority Cancer Survivorship Research: First Symposium Focused on African American Survivors  awarded by NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON MINORITY HEALTH AND HEALTH DISPARITIES/NIH/DHHS 2014 - 2015
  • Education And Training

  • Master of Public Health, University of South Carolina System : Columbia 2002
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of South Florida 1984
  • Medical College of Georgia, Internship 1985
  • Medical College of Georgia, Residency 1987
  • Full Name

  • Laura Rogers