• 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

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    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
    2017 Gut microbiota composition associated with alterations in cardiorespiratory fitness and psychosocial outcomes among breast cancer survivorsSupportive Care in Cancer.  25:1563-1570. 2017
    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
    2014 Biobehavioral factors mediate exercise effects on fatigue in breast cancer survivorsMedicine and science in sports.  46:1077-1088. 2014
    2014 Meeting physical activity guidelines in rural breast cancer survivorsHealth values.  38:890-899. 2014
    2013 Pilot, randomized trial of resistance exercise during radiation therapy for head and neck cancerHead & neck surgery.  35:1178-1188. 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 directionsExpert Review of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research.  12:251-254. 2012
    2012 Better exercise adherence after treatment for cancer (BEAT Cancer) study: Rationale, design, and methodsControlled 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 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 diagnosisHead & neck surgery.  31:1207-1214. 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 determinantsPSYCHO-ONCOLOGY.  18:412-421. 2009
    2009 Exercise preferences among patients with head and neck cancer: Prevalence and associations with quality of life, symptom severity, depression, and rural residenceHead & neck surgery.  31:994-1005. 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.  41:935-946. 2009
    2008 Factors associated with fatigue, sleep, and cognitive function among patients with head and neck cancerHead & neck surgery.  30:1310-1317. 2008
    2008 Fatigue and sleep during cancer and chemotherapy: Translational rodent modelsLaboratory Animal Science.  58:234-245. 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 survivorsHealth values.  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. 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 successTeaching and Learning in Medicine.  18:215-221. 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 A physician fitness program: Enhancing the physician as an "exercise" role model for patientsTeaching and Learning in Medicine.  17:27-35. 2005
    2004 Exploring social cognitive theory constructs for promoting exercise among breast cancer patientsCancer Nursing.  27:462-473. 2004
    2004 A clinical pathway to improve surgical risk assessment and use of perioperative β blockade in noncardiac surgery patientsJCOM.  11:429-433. 2004
    2003 A lay person vs a trained endoscopist: Can the preop endoscopy simulator detect a difference?Surgical Endoscopy.  17:896-898. 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
    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 STREPTOKINASE THERAPY AND BREAKAWAY PULMONARY EMBOLI - REPLYAmerican Journal of Medicine.  90:412-413. 1991
    1991 The replyAmerican Journal of Medicine.  90:412-413. 1991
    1991 The replyAmerican Journal of Medicine.  90:412-413. 1991
    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

    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

  • Life after Breast Cancer Treatment: Racial Health Disparities and Chronic Pain in Breast Cancer Survivors  awarded by National Cancer Institute/NIH/DHHS 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 - 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
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