Beth Lewis, PhD

Director, School of Kinesiology
Professor, Behavioral Aspects of Physical Activity
Contact Information

School of Kinesiology

1900 University Ave SE
111B Cooke Hall
Minneapolis, 55455-0376

612-625-0756
blewis@umn.edu

Director, Exercise & Mental Health Laboratory (EMHL)


Graduate education faculty

About
Areas of specialization

Exercise psychology, physical activity and mental health, behavioral interventions, physical activity during pregnancy and postpartum

Research interests

My research focuses on examining the efficacy of non face-to-face behavioral interventions for physical activity promotion among sedentary adults. My studies test various motivational strategies to make physical activity a part of everyday life. The rationale for the interventions is to decrease risk of cardiovascular disease and other health problems associated with a sedentary lifestyle. I have worked on trials delivering physical activity interventions through the Internet, mail, and telephone. My work has included the examination of which mediating variables (e.g., social support, enjoyment of physical activity) are important for physical activity behavior change. The study populations have included healthy sedentary adults, individuals with peripheral artery disease, pregnant women, and post-partum women. My most recent studies have been randomized trials examining the effect of exercise on preventing postpartum depression.

Education
  • University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota
    Ph.D., clinical psychology, 2001

  • University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota
    M.A., clinical psychology, 1998

  • North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota
    B.A., psychology, 1996

Post-graduate training
  • 2001-2003, Post-doctoral Fellow, Brown University Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program, Providence, RI, Track: health psychology/behavioral medicine

  • 2000-2001, Psychology Intern, Brown University Clinical Psychology Internship Consortium, Providence, RI (APA Accredited); Track: health psychology/behavioral medicine

Academic appointments
  • Sep 2011-present, Associate Professor, School of Kinesiology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Aug 2007-2011, Assistant Professor, School of Kinesiology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Jan 2005-2011, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown University Medical School, Providence, Rhode Island

  • Oct 2004-Aug 2007, Research Investigator, HealthPartners Research Foundation, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Jan 2003-Aug 2004, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown University Medical School, Providence, Rhode Island

Selected Grants

2016-2019  Principal Investigator. Exercise Intervention for Preventing Perinatal Depression among Low Income Women. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA) #R40 MC29454 ($592,044 direct costs).

2012-2017  Principal Investigator.  Effect of Exercise and Wellness Interventions on Preventing PostPartum Depression.  NIH:  National Institute of Mental Health #R01 MH096748 ($1,026,826 direct costs).

2012-2017  Co-Investigator (with S. Allen, Principal Investigator).  Smoking, Sex Hormones, and Pregnancy.  NIH: National Institute on Drug Abuse #R01 DA008075 ($1,804,058 direct costs). 

2009-2014  Co-Investigator (with C. Oncken, Principal Investigator).  Smoking Cessation in Postmenopausal Women.  NIH: National Institute on Drug Abuse #R01 DA24872(978,683 direct costs).                     

2009-2011  Principal Investigator. Efficacy of an Exercise Intervention for the Prevention of PostPartum Depression. NIH: National Institute of Mental Health #R21 MH073820 ($275,000 direct costs).

2009-2010  Co-Invesigator (with J Stang, Principal Investigator). Diet and Exercise Intervention to Prevent Gestational Diabetes in Native American Women. Centers for Disease Control ($137,501, direct costs).

2007-2010 Co-Investigator (with R. Whitebird, Principal Investigator). Stress Reduction for Caregivers: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study. NIH: National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine #R21 AT003654 ($400,000 direct costs).

2006-2007 Principal Investigator. A Pilot Study Evaluating a Physical Activity Intervention for Pregnant Women.HealthPartners Research Foundation ($25,000).

2005-2006 Principal Investigator. An Evaluation of the HealthPartners Frequent Fitness Program. HealthPartners Research Foundation ($25,000).

2005-2010 Co-Investigator (with T. Murphy, Principal Investigator. Claudication Exercise vs. Endoluminal Revascularization. NIH: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute #U01 HL77221 ($184,756 direct costs for subcontract awarded to B.Lewis).

2004-2008 Principal Investigator. Examining Psychosocial Mediators of Exercise Behavior. NIH: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute #R01 HL72947 ($675,000 direct costs).

 

Education
  • University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota
    Ph.D., clinical psychology, 200

  • University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota
    M.A., clinical psychology, 1998

  • North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota B.A., psychology, 1996

Curriculum Vitae [PDF]
Selected Publications
  1. Frayeh, A. L. & Lewis, B. A. (in press).  Sport commitment among adult recreational soccer players: Test of an expanded model.  International Journal of Exercise Science.  

  2. McMahon, S. K., Lewis, B. A., Oakes, J.M., Guan, W., Wyman, J.F., & Rothman, A.J. (in press).  Assessing the effects of inter-personal and intra-personal behavioral change strategies on physical activity in older adults: a factorial experiment.  Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

  3. Giatras, N, Wanninkhof, E., Leontowitsch, M., Lewis, B. A., Taylor, A., Cooper, S., & Ussher, M, H.  (in press).  Lessons learned from the London Exercise And Pregnant (LEAP) Smokers randomized controlled trial process evaluation: implications for the design of physical activity for smoking cessation interventions during pregnancy.  BMC Public Health.

  4. Lewis, B. A., Napolitano, M. A., Buman, M. P., Williams, D. M., & Nigg, C. R. (2016).  Future Directions in Physical Activity Intervention Research:  Expanding our Focus to Sedentary Behaviors, Technology, and Dissemination.  Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 40, 1-15. doi: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10865-016-9797-8.

  5. McMahon, S. K., Lewis, B. A., Oakes, J.M., Guan, W., Wyman, J.F., & Rothman, A.J. (2016).  Older adults’ experiences using a commercially available monitor to self-track their physical activity. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 4(2). doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.2196/mhealth.5120

  6. Schuver, K. & Lewis, B. A. (2016).  Mindfulness-based yoga intervention for women with depression. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 26, 85-91.  doi:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ctim.2016.03.003.  

  7. Lewis, B.A., Williams, D. M., Frayeh, A., & Marcus, B.H.  (2015).  Self-efficacy versus perceived enjoyment as predictors of physical activity behavior.  Psychology & Health, 1-14. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08870446.2015.1111372.  

  8. Ussher, M., Lewis, S., Aveyard, P., Manyonda, I., West, R., Lewis, B., Marcus, B., Riaz, M., Taylor, A.H., Barton, P., Daley, A., Essex, H., Esliger, D., & Coleman, T. (2015) The London Exercise And Pregnant (LEAP) smokers trial: A randomised controlled trial of physical activity for smoking cessation in pregnancy with an economic evaluation. Health Technology Assessment, 19 (84).  doi: 10.3310/hta19840.  

  9. Murphy, T. P., Cutlip, D. E., Regensteiner, J. G., Mohler, E. R., Cohen, D. J., Reynolds, M. R., Massaro, J. M., Lewis, B. A., Cerezo, J., Oldenburg, N. C., Thum, C. C., Jaff, M. R., Comerota, A. J., Steffes, M. W., Abrahamsen, I. H.., Goldberg, S., & Hirsch, A. T. (2015).  Supervised exercise, stent revascularization, or medical therapy for claudication due to aortoiliac peripheral artery disease: The CLEVER study. Journal of the American College of Cardiology65(10), 999-1009. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jacc.2014.12.043.  

  10. Lewis, B.A., Schuver, K., Gjerdingen, D., Avery, M., Sirard, J., & Marcus, B.H. (2015). The Relationship between prenatal antidepressant use and the decision to breastfeed among women enrolled in a randomized exercise intervention trial.  Journal of Human Lactation, 32. doi: 10.1177/0890334415592153

  11. Ussher, M., Lewis, S., Aveyard, P., Manyonda, I., West, R., Lewis, B., Marcus, B., Riaz, M., Taylor, A., & Coleman, T.  (2015).  Physical activity for smoking cessation in pregnancy: randomised controlled trial. BMJ. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h2145.  

  12. Pope, Z., Lewis, B.A., & Gao, Z. (2015). Using the Transtheoretical Model to examine the effects of exergaming on physical activity among children. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 12, 1205 -1212. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2014-0310.  

  13. Lewis, B.A., Gjerdingen, D., Avery, M., Sirard, J., Guo, H., Schuver, K. & Marcus, B.H. (2014).  A randomized trial examining a physical activity intervention for the prevention of postpartum depression:  The Healthy Mom Trial.  Mental Health & Physical Activity, 7, 42-49. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mhpa.2013.11.002.  

  14. Lewis, B.A., Williams, D.M., Martinson, B.C., Dunsiger, S., & Marcus, B.H. (2013).  Healthy for Life: A randomized trial examining physical activity outcomes and psychosocial mediators.  Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 45, 203-212. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12160-012-9439-5.  

  15. Carr, L.J., Dunsiger, S.I., Lewis, B.A., Ciccolo, J.T., Hartman, S., Bock, B., Dominick, G., & Marcus, B.H. (2013).  Randomized controlled trial testing an internet physical activity intervention for sedentary adults.  Health Psychology, 32, 328-336. doi: 10.1037/a0028962.  

  16. Whitebird, R., Kreitzer, M., Crain, A. L., Lewis, B.A., Hanson, L., & Enstad, C. (2012).  Mindfulness-based stress reduction for family caregivers: A randomized controlled trial.  The Gerontologist, 53, 676-686. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093%2Fgeront%2Fgns126.  

  17. Lewis, B.A., Gjerdingen, D., Avery, M., Guo, H., Sirard, J., Bonikowske, A.R. & Marcus, B.H. (2012).  Examination of a telephone-based exercise intervention for the prevention of postpartum depression:  Design, methodology, and baseline data from The Healthy Mom Study.  Contemporary Clinical Trials, 33, 1150-1158.

  18. Murphy, T.P, Cutlip, D.E., Regensteiner, J.G., Mohler, E.R., Cohen, D., Reynolds, M.R., Massaro, J.M., Lewis, B.A., Cerezo, J, Oldenburg, N.C., Thum, C.C., Goldberg, S., Jaff, M.R., Steffes, M.W., Comerota, A.J., Ehrman, J., Treat-Jacobson, D., Walsh, M.E., Collins, T., Badenhop, D.T., Bronas, U., & Hirsch, A.T. (2012).  Supervised exercise versus primary stenting for claudication resulting from aortoiliac peripheral artery disease six-month outcomes from the claudication: Exercise versus endoluminal revascularization (CLEVER) Study. Circulation, 125, 130-139. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.111.075770.

  19. Ussher, M., Aveyard, P., Manyonda, I., Lewis, S., West, R., Lewis, B., Marcus, B., Taylor, A.H., Barton, P., Coleman, T.  (2012).  Physical activity as an aid to smoking cessation during pregnancy the LEAP randomised trial protocol.  Trials, 13:186.

  20. Lewis, B. A., & Kennedy, B. F. (2011). The Effect of Exercise on Depression during Pregnancy and Postpartum: A Review. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 5, 370-378.

  21. Lewis, B. A., Martinson, B. C., Sherwood, N. E., & Avery, M. D. (2011). A Pilot Study Evaluating a Telephone-Based Exercise Intervention for Pregnant and PostPartum Women. Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health, 56, 127-131.