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Brooks C Wingo, PhD

Brooks Wingo, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Occupational Therapy
SHPB 385
University of Alabama at Birmingham
1720 2nd Ave South
Birmingham, AL 35294
Phone: 205-934-5982
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Areas of Research

Assessment of obesity in individuals with physical disabilities; lifestyle interventions for the prevention and treatment of cardiometabolic risk factors in people with physical disabilities; body composition changes in older adults; safety of weight loss in older adults; health disparities in physical disabilities

Focus of Research

My current research focuses on understanding the role of dietary and exercise patterns on the cardiometabolic health of individuals with mobility limitations, and developing novel methods for delivering lifestyle interventions to this group. Much of this research is focused on developing telehealth interventions for delivering weight management programs to children and adults with spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy and spina bifida. I have also been working on developing adaptations to current BMI and waist circumference classifications to better represent the body composition characteristics of children and adults with physical disabilities.


Institution Degree Year Field of Study
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL BSW 2000 Social Work
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL MSW 2002 Social Work
Univ of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham,AL PhD 2010 Health Education and Promotion
Univ of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham,AL Post-Doc 2010-2013 Comparative Effectiveness Research

Positions and Employment

2014-present: Associate Scientist, Nutrition Obesity Research Center, UAB
2013-present: Associate Scientist, Center for Exercise Medicine, UAB
2013-present: Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, UAB

Other Experience and Professional Memberships

  • Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems Special Interest Group on Aging
  • American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine
  • The Obesity Society
  • Society for Behavioral Medicine


  1. Wingo, B.C., Yang, D., Davis, D., Padalabalanarayanan, S., Hopson, B., Thirumalai, M., Rimmer, J.H. (2019) Lessons learned from a blended telephone/e-health platform for caregivers in promoting physical activity and nutrition in children with a mobility disability. Disability and Health Journal. In press. 
  2. Yahiro, A.M.*, Wingo, B.C., Kunwor, S., Parton, J., Ellis, A.E. (2019). Classification of obesity, cardiometabolic risk, and metabolic syndrome in adults with spinal cord injury. The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. 8:1-12. DOI: 10.1080/10790268.2018.1557864. PMID: 30620685.
  3. Silveira, S.L., McCroskey, J., Wingo, B.C., Motl, M.W. (2019). Fidelity protocol for a randomized controlled trial of an e-health based, behavioural intervention for increasing physical activity in multiple sclerosis. JMIR Research Protocols. 8:3.
  4. Wingo, B.C., Lein, D.H., Barstow, B., Eidson, C.A., Pearce, T.S., Malone, L., Morris, D.M. (2019)Preparing entry-level physical and occupational therapy students to promote
    healthy lifestyles with individuals with disabilities: Part 2, Emphasizing healthy eating.
    Journal of Occupational Therapy Education. 3:1.
  5. Wingo, B.C., Lein, D.H., Barstow, B., Eidson, C.A., Pearce, T.S., Malone, L., Morris, D.M. (2019). Preparing Entry-Level Occupational and Physical Therapy Students to Promote Healthy Lifestyles with Individuals with Disabilities. Journal of Occupational Therapy Education. 3:1.
  6. Wingo, B.C., Garr Barry, V., Ellis, A., Gower, B.A. (2018). Comparison of segmental body composition estimated by bioelectrical impedance analysis and dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. Clinical Nutrition ESPEN. In press.
  7. Motl, R.W., Sandroff, B.M., Wingo, B.C., McCroskey, J., Pilutti, L.A., Cutter, G.R., Bollaert, R.E., McAuley, E. (2018). Phase-III, Randomized Controlled Trial of the Behavioral Intervention for increasing Physical Activity in Multiple Sclerosis: Project BIPAMS. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 71: 154-161. DOI: 10.1016/j.cct.2018.06.017. PMID: 29959105.
  8. Motl, R.W., Pekmezi, D., Wingo, B.C. (2018). Promotion and sustainability of physical activity and exercise behavior in multiple sclerosis: Importance of behavioral science and theory. Multiple Sclerosis Journal: Experimental, Translational and Clinical. 4:3. DOI: 10.1177/2055217318786745.
  9. Rimmer, J. H., Herman, C., Wingo, B.C., Fontaine, K., Mehta, T. (2018). Methodological and clinical implications of a three-in-one Russian doll design for tracking health trajectories and improving health and function through innovative exercise treatments in adults with disability. BMC Medical Research Methodology. 18:28. DOI: 10.1186/s12874-018-0480-3.
  10. Wingo, B.C., Young, H., Motl, R.W. (2018). Body composition differences between adults with Multiple Sclerosis and BMI-matched controls without MS. Disability and Health Journal. 11(2): 243-248.
  11. Sineath, A., Lambert, L.,* Verga, C.,* Wagstaff, M.,* Wingo, B.C. (2017). Monitoring intervention fidelity of a lifestyle behavioral intervention delivered through telehealth. mHealth. 3:35PMCID: PMC5583039.
    Invited manuscript for focused issue: “mHealth Infrastructure: Issues and Solutions.”
  12. Ard, J., Gower, B.A., Hunter, G., Ritchie, C.S., Roth, D.L., Goss, A., Wingo, B.C., Bodner, E.V., Brown, C.J., Bryan, D., Buys, D.R., Haas, M.C., Dulin-Keita, A., Flagg, L.A., Williams, C.P., Locher, J.L. (2016). Effects of calorie restriction in obese older adults: the CROSSROADS randomized controlled trial. Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences. doi:10.1093/gerona/glw237. PMID:28003374.
  13. Jerome, G.J., Myers, V.H., Rohm Young, D., Matthews-Ewald, M.R., Coughlin, J.W.,
    Wingo, B.C., Ard, J.A., Champagne, C.M., Funk, K.L., Stevens, V.J., Bradley, P.J.
    (2015). Psychosocial Predictors of Weight Loss by Race and Sex. Clinical Obesity.
    5(6):342-8. NIHMSID: NIHMS748218.  PMID:26486256. PMCID: PMC4715521.
  14. Wingo, B.C., Mehta, T., Vogel, L.C., Rimmer, J.H. (2015). An exploratory study examining clinical measures of adiposity risk for predicting obesity in adolescents with physical disabilities. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 94(8): 585-94. PMID: 26053188. 
  15. Evans, N., Wingo, B.C., Sasso, E., Hicks, A., Gorey, A., Harness, E. (2015).  Exercise recommendations and considerations for persons with spinal cord injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 96 (9): 1749-50. PMID: 26198424.
  16. Hass, M., Bodner, E., Brown, C.J., Bryan, D., Buys, D.R., Keita, A., Flagg, L.A., Goss, A., Gower, B., Hovater, M., Hunter, G., Ritchie, C.S., Roth, D.L., Wingo, B.C., Ard, J.A., Locher, J.L. (2014). Calorie Restriction in Overweight SeniorS: Response of Older Adults to a Dieting Study: The CROSSROADS Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial. Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics. 33(4): 376-400. PMID: 25424512.
  17. Wingo, B.C., Cox, T., Ard, J. (2014). Differences in weight loss and health outcomes between African Americans and whites in behavioral interventions: A systematic review. Obesity Reviews. 15 (Suppl. 4): 46-61. PMID: 25196406.
  18. Boggiano M.M., Burgess E.E., Turan B., Soleymani T., Daniel S., Vinson L.D., Lokken K.L., Wingo B.C., Morse A. (2014). Motives for eating tasty foods associated with binge- eating. Results from a student and weight-loss seeking population. Appetite. 83:160-6. PMID:25169880. PMCID: PMC4962333
  19. Wingo, B.C., Ard, J., Desmond, R., Evans, R., Roy, J., Baskin, M. (2013). Body mass index and chronic health conditions as predictors of exercise fear-avoidance beliefs. Journal of Research in Obesity, Vol. 2013, Article ID 793181, DOI: 10.5171/2013.793181
  20. Wingo, B.C., Desmond, R., Brantley, P., Appel, L., Svetkey, V.J., Ard, J.D. (2013). Self-efficacy as a predictor of weight change and behavior change in the PREMIER trial. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 45(4): 341-21.
  21. Wingo, B.C., Baskin, M.B., Ard, J.D., Evans, R., Roy, J., Vogtle, L., Grimley, D., Snyder, S. (2013).  Component analysis and initial validity of the Exercise Fear Avoidance Scale.  American Journal of Health Behavior. 37(1): 87-95.
  22. Northrop, M.D., Wingo, B.C., Ard, J.D. (2013). The perceptions of community gardens at Jones Valley Urban Farms and the implications for dietary interventions. The Qualitative Report. 18(53): 1-10.
  23. Ard, J.D., Zunker, C., Qu, H., Cox, T., Wingo, B.C., Jefferson, W.K., Shewchuk, R. (2013). Cultural perceptions of weight in African American and Caucasian women. American Journal of Health Behavior. 37(1).
  24. Wingo, B.C., Evans, R., Ard, J.D., Grimley, D.M., Roy, J., Snyder, S.W., Zunker, C., Acton, A., Baskin, M.B. (2011). Fear of physical response to exercise among overweight and obese adults. Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise. 3(2): 174-192. DOI: 10.1080/2159676X.2011.572994.
  25. Cox, T. L., Zunker, C., Wingo, B. C., Jefferson, W.K., Ard, J. D (2011). Stressful life events and behavior change: A qualitative examination of African American women’s participation in a weight loss program. The Qualitative Report, 16(3).
  26. Cox, T. L., Zunker, C., Wingo, B. C., Thomas, D., Ard, J. D. (2010). Body image and quality of life in a group of African American women. Social Indicators Research. DOI: 10.1007/s11205-010-9602-y.
  27. Ard, J.D., Cox, T.L., Zunker, C., Wingo, B.C., Jefferson, W. K., Brakhage, C. (2010) A study of a culturally enhanced EatRight dietary intervention in a predominately African American workplace. Journal of Public Health Management & Practice, 16 (6), E1-E8.
  28. Malpede, C.Z., Cox, T.L., Wingo, B.C., Knight, B., Jefferson, W.K., Ard, J.D. (2008) Using Formative Research to Develop a Worksite Health Promotion Program for African American Women. Women and Health, 48 (2): 189-207.