2008 Ph.D. Health and Physical Activity University of Pittsburgh
1997 M.S. Foods and Nutrition University of Georgia
1994 B.S. Public Health Nutrition University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Dr. Mathews’ research interests include the prevention and treatment of overweight, obesity, and type 2 diabetes through behavioral and lifestyle approaches. She holds degrees in both nutrition and exercise physiology, and thus approaches treatment of such disease processes from nutritional, behavioral and metabolic perspectives. This includes determining the most appropriate interventions for increasing the long term adoption of increased physical activity and reduced caloric intake, as well as determining which approaches have the most positive physiologic impact towards reaching these goals.
She has successfully contributed to the development and implementation of both physical activity and nutrition interventions to improve long term weight loss maintenance and is contributing to the publication of this research. Dr. Mathews has conducted short and long term group and individual behaviorally based weight management programs, including over 6 years of work with the multi-center NIH funded Look AHEAD trial, an ongoing research project which is testing the effects of weight loss and physical activity on incidence of cardiovascular events in adults with type 2 diabetes. She has also developed healthy eating interventions specific for older adults in both research and community settings.
As an exercise physiologist, Dr. Mathews is particularly interested in fatty acid metabolism and its role in insulin resistance and weight loss maintenance. Physical activity can positively impact fatty acid oxidation in healthy adults. Whether physical activity can significantly impact fat metabolism in obesity and type 2 diabetes is an area that Dr. Mathews is examining. This includes determining the most appropriate type (mode, duration, intensity) of physical activity to target maximal oxidation of fatty acids with the goal of reducing insulin resistance as well as sustaining a significant weight loss.
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