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Past Postdoctoral Member: Cynthia M Kroeger, Ph.D.

Cynthia M Kroeger, Ph.D.
Post-Doctoral Fellow
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
WEBB 560
Birmingham, AL 35294-4410
Phone: (205) 975-9524
Full CV

Dr. Kroeger joined the Office of Energetics and Nutrition Obesity Research Center at UAB in August, 2015. Her research interests include obesity, statistics, research methods, research reporting quality, and transparency. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Chicago in Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Rehabilitation, where she studied the effects of intermittent fasting on weight loss maintenance and cardiovascular disease risk indicators. At UAB she is obtaining further training in obesity, statistics, and meta-research methods. She is funded by the NIH (F32DK107157) to evaluate the prevalence of p-hacking and effect size estimation errors within peer-reviewed dietary supplement literature, enhance meta-research methods, and develop and test training modules designed to improve effect size estimations and data reproducibility.


Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Alabama at Birmingham, August 2015 – Present
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2015
B.S., Loyola University Chicago, 2009


  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  1. Trepanowski JF*, Kroeger CM*, Klempel MC, Barnosky A, Hoddy KK, Bhutani S, Ravussin E, Varady KA. Alternate day fasting for weight loss and weight loss maintenance: A randomized controlled trial. JAMA Internal Medicine. Online 2017 May. *Equal contribution and co-first authors.
  2. Goldsby TU, Kroeger CM, Allison DB. Ingestive Classics no. 16: Stanley Schachter and Obesity and Eating. Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior. 2017 Jan.
  1. Hoddy KK, Gibbons C, Kroeger CM, Trepanowski JF, Barnosky A, Bhutani S, Gabel K, Finlayson G, Varady KA. Changes in hunger and fullness in relation to gut peptides before and after 8 weeks of alternate day fasting. Clinical Nutrition. 2016 Mar.
  1. Varady KA, Hoddy KK, Kroeger CM, Trepanowski JF, Klempel MC, Barnosky A, Bhutani S. Determinants of weight loss success with alternate day fasting. Obes Res Clin Pract. 2015 In Press.
  2. Hoddy KK, Kroeger CM, Trepanowski JF, Barnosky A, Bhutani S, Varady KA. Safety of alternate day fasting and effect on disordered eating behaviors. Nutr J. 2015 May 6;14:44.
  3. Varady KA, Dam VT, Klempel MC, Horne M, Cruz R, Kroeger CM, Santosa S. Effects of weight loss via high fat vs. low fat alternate day fasting diets on free fatty acid profiles. Sci Rep. 2015 Jan 5;5:7561. Corrigendum in: Sci Rep. 2015 Aug 5;5:8806
  1. Kroeger CM, Hoddy KK, Varady KA. Impact of weight regain on metabolic disease risk: A review of human trials. J Obes. 2014;2014:614519.
  2. Hoddy KK, Kroeger CM, Trepanowski JF, Barnosky A, Bhutani S, Varady KA. Meal timing during alternate day fasting: Impact on body weight and cardiovascular disease risk in obese adults. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2014 Dec;22(12):2524-31. Erratum in: Obesity (Silver Spring). 2015 Apr;23(4):914.
  1. Varady KA, Bhutani S, Klempel MC, Kroeger CM, Trepanowski JF, Haus JM, Hoddy KK, Calvo Y. Alternate day fasting for weight loss in normal weight and overweight subjects: a randomized controlled trial. Nutr J. 2013 Nov 12;12(1):146.
  2. Bhutani S, Klempel MC, Kroeger CM, Aggour E, Calvo Y, Trepanowski JF, Hoddy KK, Varady KA. Effect of exercising while fasting on eating behaviors and food intake. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2013 Nov 1;10(1):50.
  3. Klempel MC, Kroeger CM, Norkeviciute E, Goslawski M, Phillips SA, Varady KA. Benefit of a low-fat over high-fat diet on vascular health during alternate day fasting. Nutr Diabetes. 2013 May 27;3:e71.
  4. Klempel MC, Kroeger CM, Varady KA. Alternate day fasting increases LDL particle size independently of dietary fat content in obese humans. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2013 Jul;67(7):783-5.
  5. Bhutani S, Klempel MC, Kroeger CM, Trepanowski JF, Varady KA. Alternate day fasting and endurance exercise combine to reduce body weight and favourably alter plasma lipids in obese humans. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2013 Jul;21(7):1370-9.
  6. Klempel MC, Kroeger CM, Varady KA. Alternate day fasting (ADF) with a high-fat diet produces similar weight loss and cardio-protection as ADF with a low-fat diet. Metabolism. 2013 Jan;62(1):137-43.
  1. Kroeger CM, Klempel MC, Bhutani S, Trepanowski JF, Tangney CC, Varady KA. Improvement in coronary heart disease risk factors during an intermittent fasting/calorie restriction regimen: Relationship to adipokine modulations. Nutr Metab (Lond). 2012 Oct 31;9(1):98.
  2. Klempel MC, Kroeger CM, Trepanowski JF, Varady KA. Intermittent fasting combined with calorie restriction is effective for weight loss and cardio-protection in obese women. Nutr J. 2012 Nov 21;11:98.
  1. Varady KA, Bhutani S, Klempel MC, Kroeger CM. Comparison of effects of diet versus exercise weight loss regimens on LDL and HDL particle size in obese adults. Lipids Health Dis. 2011 Jul 18; 10:119.


The trainee's projects are supported by NIH Grant Number F32DK107157 Research-Reporting Fidelity within Dietary Weight-Loss Supplement Scientific Literature.

Years: 8/24/2015 - 2017
Mentor(s): David B. Allison PhD