Cynthia M. Kroeger
(812) 855-5144
WIC 394

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham, Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2017
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, PhD, 2015
  • Loyola University Chicago, BS, 2009

F32 Grant - NIH/NIDDK: Research-Reporting Fidelity within Dietary Weight-Loss Supplement Scientific Literature, 2015-2018

Editor - Obesity and Energetics Offerings: Scientific Rigor & Scholarly Dialogue, 2015-2018

Catalyst - Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences, 2015-2018

Career Enhancement Award for Postdoctoral Scholars - University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2016

George A. Bray Doctoral Dissertation Award - The Obesity Society, 2015

Kris and Savitri K. Kamath Scholarship for Academic Excellence in Human Nutrition - University of Illinois at Chicago, 2014

Obesity RIS Poster Award - American Society for Nutrition, 2013


Dr. Kroeger is a Postdoctoral Fellow and Interdisciplinary Researcher in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Indiana University School of Public Health - Bloomington. Dr. Kroeger is currently funded to evaluate the prevalence of p-hacking and effect size estimation errors within scientific literature on dietary supplements, as well as to develop and test the efficacy of training modules for mitigation of common mistakes (NIH:F32DK107157). As a postdoc, she is pursuing additional training in statistical methods, with a focus on research rigor and reproducibility. She has published and/or presented on topics such as trust and competing interests within nutrition science, p-hacking, responsible communication of science to non-experts, and methods to improve both the efficiency and reliability of clinical and meta-research.

Dr. Kroeger's formal training is in integrative pathophysiology, with a focus on the interplay of kinesiology, nutrition, and rehabilitation for cardiovascular disease prevention and long-term behavioral change. For her PhD, she helped test the effects of various exercise, caloric restriction, intermittent fasting, and behavioral change education regimens on cardiometabolic factors, neuroendocrine appetite regulation, and self-efficacy. She is currently working to integrate her background in research rigor and pathophysiology to study the role of autonomic function and social neuroscience on the behavioral rehabilitation of obesity-related metabolic diseases.

Selected Publications

Kroeger C, M, Garza C, Lynch C, Myers E, Rowe S, Schneeman B, Sharma AM, Allison DB. Scientific rigor and competing interests in the nutrition research landscape. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. [In Press]

Kroeger CM, Thomas DM, Siu CO, Allison DB. Overlooking regression to the mean leads to unwarranted interpretations: Letter concerning, “Do obese and extremely obese patients lose weight after lumbar spine fusions? Analysis of a cohort of 7303 patients from the Kaiser national spine registry.” Spine. [In Press]

Kroeger CM, Trepanowski JF, Klempel MC, Barnosky A, Bhutani S, Varady KA. Eating behavior traits of successful weight losers during 12-months of alternate day fasting: An exploratory analysis of a randomized controlled trial. Nutrition and Health. [In Press]

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.

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.

Kroeger CM, Hoddy KK, Varady KA. Impact of weight regain on metabolic disease risk: A review of human trials. J Obes. 2014;2014:614519.

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.