Abby King

Abby C. King, PhD, Professor, Departments of Health Research & Policy and Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine

Research Description: Dr. King’s research program spans 30 years and focuses on the development, evaluation, and translation of state-of-the-science interventions to reduce chronic disease, including type II diabetes, and its key risk factors, including physical inactivity, dietary intake, obesity, and sedentary behavior. As part of this work she has developed and rigorously evaluated the effectiveness of state-of-the-art communication technologies and community-based participatory research perspectives to address health disparities among disadvantaged populations worldwide. She and her group have extensive collaborations with scientists in the Stanford School of Medicine as well as members of the Stanford DRC.

Selected relevant publications (Stanford DRC members in BOLD):

1. Espeland M, Blair SN, Cohen RA, Demons J, King AC, Kritchevsky SB, Lipska K, McDermot MM, Miller ME, Pahor M, Rushing J, Reid K, Strotmeyer ES, Verghese J, for the LIFE Study Investigators. (2016). Effects of physical activity intervention on physical and cognitive function in older, sedentary adults with and without diabetes:  An exploratory analysis from the Lifestyle Interventions and Independence for Seniors Trial. J Gerontol: Med Sci. 2016 Sep 2. pii: glw179. PMID: 27590629


2. Mummah S, Mathur M, King AC, Gardner CD, Sutton S. (2016). Mobile technology for vegetable consumption: A randomized controlled pilot study in overweight adults. JMIR mHEALTH uHEALTH 2016; 4(2): e51; doi: 10.2196/mhealth.5146.


3. Kiernan M, Brown SD, Schoffman DE, Lee K, King AC, Taylor CB, Schleicher NC, Perri MG. (2013). Promoting healthy weight with ‘Stability Skills First’: A randomized trial. J Consult Clin Psychol, 81(2), 336-46; DOI: 10.1037/a0030544.


4. Kiernan M, Moore SD, Schoffman DE, Lee K, King AC, Taylor CB, Kiernan NE, Perri MG. (2011). Social support for healthy behaviors: Scale psychometrics and prediction of weight loss among women in a behavioral program. Obesity (Silver Spring).  PubMedID: 21996661


5. Moore SD, King AC, Kiernan M, Gardner CD. (2011). Outcome expectations and realizations as predictors of weight regain among dieters. Eating Behaviors, 12, 60-63.