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Brooks C Wingo, PhD

Brooks Wingo, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Occupational Therapy
SHPB 339
University of Alabama at Birmingham
1720 2nd Ave South
Birmingham, AL 35294
Phone: 205-996-5029
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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


  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2008
  1. Wingo, B.C., Cox, T., Ard, J. Differences in weight loss and health outcomes between African Americans and whites in behavioral interventions: A systematic review. Accepted for publication in Obesity Reviews.
  1. 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]
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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).
  1. 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]
  2. 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).
  1. 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]
  2. 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.
  1. 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.