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)


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

Service to Professional Associations:

  • Clinical Obesity, Editorial Board Member
  • The Obesity Society, Bio-behavioral Research Section, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Psychosocial Risk and Disease Prevention (PRDP) Study Section, NIH, Member
  • Obesity Committee, Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health, American Heart Association (AHA), Committee Member
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 Behavioral Science Test Material Development Committee, (2010 – 12)
  • National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Behavioral Science Test Committee, (2010 – 12)


  • 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

  • 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 (HHSN268201300026C)
  • Action for Health in Diabetes Extension Study Research Project (UO1DK057008)