Gareth Dutton=Professor
Division of Preventive Medicine

Contact Information:

Medical Towers 615
1717 11th Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35205
Phone: (205) 934-6876
Fax: (205) 934-7959

Research Interests

  • Lifestyle interventions focused on weight loss and weight loss maintenance
  • Translation of behavioral interventions to primary care
  • Individual characteristics associated with response to behavioral weight loss interventions
  • Reduction in obesity-related health disparities
  • Diabetes prevention via lifestyle interventions

Educational Background

  • 2005 Ph.D., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA. Major: Clinical Psychology. (Emphasis in Behavioral Medicine)
  • 2005 Clinical Psychology Internship (APA-accredited), Brown University, Providence, RI. Major: Clinical Psychology. (Emphasis in Behavioral Medicine)
  • 2003 M.A., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA. Major: Clinical Psychology. (Emphasis in Behavioral Medicine)
  • 2000 B.A., Samford University, Birmingham, AL. Major: Psychology

Professional Activities (Select)


  • Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • American Diabetes Association
  • The Obesity Society
  • American Heart Association


  • Endowed Professorship in Diabetes Prevention and Control, UAB School of Medicine (2019)
  • Max Cooper Award for Excellence in Research, UAB Department of Medicine ( 2019)
  • Fellow, Society of Behavioral Medicine (2019)
  • Leadership DOM Participant, UAB Department of Medicine leadership development program ( 2018)
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine Leadership Institute Fellow (2016)
  • Louisiana State University Graduate School Travel Fellowship ( 2003, 2002)
  • Graduate School Scholars Enhancement Award, Louisiana State University (2000 – 2005)
  • Presidential Scholar, Samford University (1996 – 2000)Society of Behavioral Medicine Leadership Institute Fellow (2016)
  • UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center, “Creativity is a Decision” Faculty Award Recipient (2013)
  • American Psychological Association Presidential Citation for Leadership (2012)
  • Outstanding Junior Faculty Researcher Award, Florida State University College of Medicine (2010)
  • Fellow, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Summer Institute on the Design and Conduct of Randomized Clinical Trials Involving Behavioral Interventions (2006)
  • Research Citation Award, Society of Behavioral Medicine (2006, 2003, 2002)

Current Research Projects

  • Daily Self-Weighing for Obesity Management in Primary Care: SWOP (R01DK118939)
  • Prioritizing county-level social determinants that contribute to the greater burden of diabetes and hypertension in the US. (1U01DP006302-01)
  • Obesity Risk in African American Women is Determined by a Diet-by-Phenotype Interaction (R01DK115483)Primary Care Obesity Management in the Southeast: PROMISE (R01DK106041)
  • Fixed Versus Variable Energy Reduction During Behavioral Obesity Treatment (R01DK103863)
  • Obesity Health Disparities Research Center – Research Project: Leveraging ongoing home visitation programs to address obesity disparities among underserved, low-income mothers and children (U54MD000502)
  • UAB Diabetes Research Center – Intervention & Translation Core (P30DK079626)
  • Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Study – Birmingham, AL Field Center (HHSN268201800007I)
  • Action for Health in Diabetes Extension Study Research Project (UO1DK057008)