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Ellen M. Evans

  • Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, College of Education

  • Professor, Department of Kinesiology (Exercise Science Programs)

  • Director, Center for Physical Activity and Health

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Contact Information

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Office Location

101A Ramsey Center
330 River Road
Athens, Georgia 30602

Affiliated Units

Areas of Expertise

  • clinical exercise physiology
  • body composition
  • weight management

Research Interests

  • middle-aged and older adults
  • women's health
  • randomized controlled trials
  • effective and sustainable physical activity/exercise interventions

Programs of Study


Research Summary

The goal of my research program is to create and disseminate knowledge regarding the importance of physical activity/exercise and nutrition for optimal body composition as it relates to health status, with a special interest in aging and women's health. My translational clinical research program is interdisciplinary and evaluates body composition outcomes as both independent and dependent variables fostering collaborations with experts in nutrition, the behavioral sciences and biomedical imaging. My primary current research is exploring the efficacy of a higher protein diet, in combination with exercise, to favorably impact body composition and enhance physical function and mental energy in overweight middle-aged and older women.


Degree Concentration Institution Year
BS Physical Education Western Illinois University 1987
MS Exercise Physiology University of Illinois 1990
PhD Exercise Physiology University of Georgia 1998
PostDoc Geriatrics and Gerontology; Applied Physiology Washington University School of Medicine 2001

Awards and Accolades

Year Award From
1999 National Research Service Award National Institutes of Health
2002 Fellow American College of Sports Medicine
2003 Fellow, Summer Institute on Aging Research National Institute on Aging, NIH
2007 Fellow The Obesity Society
2016 Fellow National Academy of Kinesiology