Beth Lewis, PhD

Associate Professor, Behavioral Aspects of Physical Activity
Director, Undergraduate Studies

Areas of Interest: Exercise psychology, behavioral interventions for physical activity, exercise and mental health
Contact Information

209 Cooke Hall
1900 University Avenue S.E.
Minneapolis, 55455

Graduate education faculty

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.

  • 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

2012-2016       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).

2008-2009 Principal Investigator. Youth and Nature: Assessing the Impact of an Integrated Wellness Curriculum on Nature Based Play and Nature Appreciation for Youth in After-school Recreation Programming. SAJAI Foundation ($22,216 direct costs).

2008-2009 Principal Investigator. Kilocalorie Expenditure for Standing Desks vs. Traditional Desks in Elementary Schools. Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI) Collaborative Grants, University of Minnesota. ($3,738 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).

2003-2004 Co-Investigatorr  (with B. Marcus, Principal Investigator). Smoking Cessation, Weight Gain, and Exercise in Women. NIH: National Cancer Institute #R01 CA077249-04S1 ($124,789 direct costs).

2003-2006 Co-Investigator (with C. Sciamanna, Principal Investigator). Computerized Physical Activity Promotion in Primary Care. NIH: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute #R01 HL067005 ($979,786 direct costs).

2003-2006 Co-Investigator (with B. Marcus, Principal Investigator). Interactive Technologies to Increase Exercise Behavior. NIH: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute #R01 HL69866 ($1,321,377 direct costs).

2002-2004 Co-Investigator (with R. Brown, Principal Investigator). Exercise Intervention for Drug Treatment. NIH: National Institute on Drug Abuse #R01 DA14599 ($49,688 direct costs for subcontract awarded to B. Marcus).

2002-2003 Co-Investigator (with Mayo Clinic, K. Vickers, Principal Investigator). Exercise Intervention for Depressed Smokers. NIH: National Cancer Institute #R03 CA94760 ($3,522 direct costs for subcontract awarded to B. Lewis)

2001-2003 Principal Investigator. Barriers to Physical Activity Adoption and Maintenance. NIH: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute #F32 HL68422 ($71,060).

  • 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
Curriculum Vitae [PDF]
Selected Publications
  1. Lewis, B.A., Williams, D.M., Martinson, B.C., Dunsiger, S., & Marcus, B.H. (in press).  Healthy for Life: A randomized trial examining physical activity outcomes and psychosocial mediators.  Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

  2. Whitebird, R., Kreitzer, M., Crain, A. L., Lewis, B.A., Hanson, L., & Enstad, C. (in press). Mindfulness-based stress reduction for family caregivers: A randomized controlled trial.  The Gerontologist. doi:10.1093/geront/gns126.

  3. Carr, L.J., Dunsiger, S.I., Lewis, B.A., Ciccolo, J.T., Hartman, S., Bock, B., Dominick, G., & Marcus, B.H. (in press).  Randomized controlled trial testing an internet physical activity intervention for sedentary adults.  Health Psychology.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Williams, D.A., Papandonatos, G.D., Jennings, E.G., Napolitano, M.A., Lewis, B.A., Whiteley, J.A., Bock, B.C., Albrecht, A.E., Dunsiger, S., Parisi, A.F., King, A.C., & Marcus, B.H. (2011).  Does tailoring on additional theoretical constructs enhance the efficacy of a print-based physical activity promotion intervention? Health Psychology, 30, 432-441. doi: 10.1037/a0023084.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Whitebird, R.R., Kreitzer, M.J., Lewis, B.A., Hanson, L.R., Crain, A.L., Enstad, C.J., & Mehta, A. (2011). Recruiting and retaining family caregivers to a randomized controlled trial on mindfulness-based stress reduction. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 32, 654-661.

  11. Pekmezi, D., Williams, D., Dunsiger, S., Jennings, E., Lewis, B., Jakicic, J. & Marcus, B. (2010). Computer-Tailored and Internet-based Interventions. Telemedicine & E-Health, 16, 498-503

  12. Carroll, J. K., Lewis, B. A., Marcus, B. H., Lehman, E. B., Shaffer, M. L., & Sciamanna, C. N. (2010). Randomized controlled trial of computerized tailored physical activity reports. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 39, 148-159.

  13. Lewis, B.A., Williams, D.M., Neighbors, C.J., Jakicic, J.M., Marcus, B.H. (2010). Cost analysis of an internet and print intervention for physical activity promotion. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 11, 246-249.

  14. Napolitano, M.A., Borradaile, K.E., Lewis, B.A., Whiteley, J.A., Longval, J.L., Parisi, A.F., Albrecht, A.E., Sciamanna, C.N., Jakicic, J.M.,  Papandonatos, G.D., & Marcus, B.H. (2010). Accelerometer Use in a Physical Activity Intervention Trial. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 31, 514-523.

  15. Bronas, U.G., Hirsch, A. T., Badenhop, D., Collins, T., Ehrman, J., Ershow, A.G., Lewis, B., Murphy, T., Treat-Jacobson, D., Walsh, E., & Regensteiner, J. G. (2009). Design of the Multicenter Standardized Supervised Exercise Training Intervention for the Claudication: Exercise Versus Endoluminal Revascularization Study (CLEVER). Vascular Medicine, 14, 313-321.

  16. Vickers, K.S., Patten, C.A., Lewis, B.A., Clark, M.M., Ussher, M., Ebbert, J.O., Croghan, I. T., Decker, P.A., Hathaway, J., Marcus, B.H., & Hurt, R.D. (2009). Feasibility of an exercise counseling intervention for depressed women smokers. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 11(8), 985-995.

  17. Bock, B., Lewis, B., Jennings, E., Marcus-Blank, J., & Marcus, B.H. (2009). Women and smoking cessation: Challenges and opportunities. Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports, 3, 205-210.

  18. Williams, D.M., Lewis, B.A., Dunsiger, S., King, T.K., Jennings, E., & Marcus, B.H. (2008). Increasing fitness is associated with fewer depressive symptoms during successful smoking abstinence among women.International Journal of Fitness, 4, 39-44.

  19. Lewis, B.A., Avery., M., Jennings, E., Sherwood, N., Martinson, B., & Crain, A.L. (2008). The effect of exercise during pregnancy on maternal outcomes: Practical implications for practice. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 2, 441-455.

  20. Williams, D.M., Dunsiger, S., Ciccolo, J., Lewis, B.A., Albrecht, A.E. & Marcus, B.H. (2008). Acute affective response to a moderate intensity exercise stimulus predicts physical activity participation 6 and 12 months later. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 9, 231-245.

  21. Lewis, B.A., Williams, D., Dunsiger, S., Sciamanna, C., Whiteley, J., Napolitano, M., Bock, B., Jakicic, J., Getz, M., & Marcus, B. (2008). User attitudes towards physical activity websites in a randomized controlled trial.Preventive Medicine, 47, 508-513.

  22. Ciccolo, J.T., Lewis, B.A., & Marcus, B. H. (2008). Internet-based physical activity interventions. Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports, 2, 299-304.

  23. Napolitano, M.A, Papandonatos, G.D, Lewis, B.A, Whiteley, J.A, Williams, D.M, King, A.C, Bock. B., Pinto, B., & Marcus, B.H. (2008). Mediators of physical activity behavior change: A multivariate approach. Health Psychology, 27, 409-418. PMC: 2692944.

  24. Ussher, M., Aveyard, P., Coleman, T, Straus, L, West, R, Marcus, B, Lewis, B., & Manyonda, I. (2008). Physical activity as an aid to smoking cessation during pregnancy: Two feasibility studies. BioMed Central Public Health, 23, 8:328.

  25. Williams, D.M., Lewis, B.A., Dunsiger, S., Whiteley, J.A., Papandonatos, G.D., Napolitano, M.A., Bock, B.C., Ciccolo, J.T., & Marcus, B.H. (2008). Comparing psychosocial predictors of physical activity adoption and maintenance. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 36, 186-194.

  26. Grierson, G.M., Williams, D.M., Dunsiger, S., Lewis, B.A., Whiteley, J.A., Albrecht, A.E., Jakicic, J.M., Ficara, S.M., & Marcus, B.H. (2008). Recruitment of a racial-ethnic diverse sample into a physical activity efficacy trial.Clinical Trials: Journal of the Society for Clinical Trials, 5, 504–516. PMC: 2709781.

  27. Marcus, B. H., Napolitano, M. A., King, A. C., Lewis, B.A., Whiteley, J. A., Albrecht, A., Parisi, A., Bock, B., Pinto, B., Sciamanna, C., Jakicic, J., & Papandonatos, G. (2007). Examination of print and telephone channels for physical activity promotion: Rationale, design, and baseline data from Project STRIDE. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 28, 90-104. 

  28. Marcus, B.H., Lewis, B.A., Williams, D.M., Dunsiger, S., Jakicic, J.M., Whiteley, J.A., Albrecht, A.E., Napolitano, M.A., & Bock, B.C., Tate, D.F., Sciamanna, C.N., & Parisi, A.F. (2007). A comparison of Internet and print-based physical activity interventions. Archives of Internal Medicine, 167, 944-949.

  29. Marcus, B.H., Napolitano, M. A., King, A. C., Lewis, B. A., Whiteley, J. A., Albrecht, A., Parisi, A., Bock, B., Pinto, B., Sciamanna, C., Jakicic, J., & Papandonatos, G. (2007). Telephone versus print delivery of an individualized motivationally tailored physical activity intervention: Project STRIDE. Health Psychology, 26,401-409.

  30. Marcus, B.H., Lewis, B.A., Williams, D.M., Whiteley, J.A., Albrecht, A.E., Jakicic, J.M., Parisi, A.F., Hogan, J.W., Napolitano, M.A., & Bock, B.C. (2007). Step into Motion: A randomized trial examining the relative efficacy of internet vs. print-based physical activity interventions. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 28, 737-747.

  31. Whiteley, J.A., Napolitano, M.A., Lewis, B.A., Williams, D.M., Albrecht, A., Neighbors, C.J., Sciamanna, C.N., & Marcus, B.H. (2007). Commit to Quit in the YMCAs: Translating an evidence-based quit smoking program for women into a community setting. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 9(11), 1227-1235.

  32. Lewis, B. A., Forsyth, L. H., Pinto, B. M., Bock, B. C., Roberts, M., & Marcus, B. H. (2006). Psychosocial mediators of physical activity in a randomized controlled intervention Trial. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 28, 193-204.

  33. Lewis, B. A., Napolitano, M. A., Whiteley, J., & Marcus, B. H. (2006). The effect of preferences for print vs. telephone interventions on compliance and attrition in a randomized controlled physical activity trial.Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 7, 453-462.

  34. Williams, D. M., Papandonatos, G. D., Napolitano, M. A., Lewis, B. A., Whiteley, J. A., & Marcus, B. H. (2006). Perceived enjoyment moderates the efficacy of an individually tailored physical activity intervention. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 28, 300-309.