Valerie Myers, Ph.D.

Adjunct Associate Professor

Behavioral Medicine

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Ph.D., Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, 2003, Clinical Psychology


Current research interests focus on behavioral factors in weight loss and maintenance, and translational research for use in primary care settings with a focus on obesity and people with diabetes. Other interests include chronic disease prevention and management, and behavior change maintenance research for at-risk populations with a particular focus on environmental and psychosocial influences maintaining maladaptive health behaviors.


Myers, V.H., Adams, C., Barbera, B.L., Brantley, P.J. (in press). Medical and psychosocial outcomes of laparoscopic roux-en-Y gastric bypass: Four-year follow-up study. Obesity Surgery.

Funk, K.L., Stevens, V.J., Bauck, A., Brantley, P.J., Hornbrook, M., Jerome, G.J., Myers, V.H., Appel, L.(in press). Development and implementation of a tailored self-assessment module in an internet-based weight loss maintenance program. Clinical Practice & Epidemiology in Mental Health.

Church, T.S., Blair, S.N., Cocreham, S., Johannsen, N., Johnson, W., Kramer, K., Mikus, C., Myers, V., Nauta, M., Rodarte, R.Q., Sparks, L., Thompson, A., Earnest, C. (2010). Effects of aerobic and resistance training on hemoglobin A1c levels in patients with type 2 diabetes. Journal of the American Medical Association, 304(20), 2253-2262.

Young, D.R., Coughlin, J., Jerome, G.J., Myers, V., Chae, S.E., Brantley, P.J. (2010). Effects of the PREMIER interventions on health-related quality of life. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 40, 302–312.

Funk, K.L., Stevens, V.J., Appel, L.J., Bauck, A., Brantley, P.J., Champagne, C.M., Coughlin, J.W., Dalcin, A.T., Harvey-Berino, J., Hollis, J.F., Jerome, G.J., Kennedy, B.M., Lien, L.F., Myers, V.H., Samuel-Hodge, C., Svetkey, L.P., Vollmer, W.M. (2010). Associations of internet website use with weight change in a long-term weight loss maintenance program. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 12(3), e29.

Ryan, D. H, Johnson, W.D., Myers, V.H., Prather, T.L., McGlone, M.M., Rood, J., Brantley, P.J., Bray, G.A et al. (2010). Non-Surgical weight loss for extreme obesity in primary care settings: Results of the Louisiana Obese Subjects Study. Archives of Internal Medicine, 170(2): 146-154.

Svetkey, L.P., Stevens, V.J., Brantley, P.J., Appel, L.J., Hollis, J.F., Loria, C., Vollmer, W.M., Gullion, C.M., Funk, K., Smith, P., Samuel-Hodge, C., Myers, V.H., Lien, L.F., Laferriere, D., Kennedy, B., Jerome, G.J., Heinith, F., Harsha, D., Evans, P., Erlinger, T., Dalcin, A.T., Coughlin, J., Charleston, J., Champagne, C.M., Bauck, A., Ard, J.D., Aicher, K. for the Weight Loss Maintenance Collaborative Research Group. (2008). Comparison of strategies for sustaining weight loss: main results of the Weight Loss Maintenance randomized trial. Journal of the American Medical Association, 299(10), 1139-48.

Stevens, V.J., Funk. K.L., Brantley. P.J., Erlinger, T.P., Myers, V.H., Champagne, C.M., Bauck, A., Samuel-Hodge, C.D., Hollis, J.F. (2008) Design and implementation of an interactive website to support long-term maintenance of weight loss. Journal of Medical Internet Research,10(1), e1.

Myers, V.H., Boyer, B.A., Herbert, J.D., Barakat, L.P., Scheiner, G. (2007). Fear of hypoglycemia and self reported posttraumatic stress in adults with diabetes type I treated by intensive regimens. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 14(1), 11-21.

Myers, V.H. & Champagne, C.M. (2007). Nutritional effects on blood pressure. Current Opinion in Lipidology, 18, 20-24.

Boyer, B.A, Myers, V.H., Lehman, D. (2008). Psychological Aspects of Type 1 Diabetes in Adults. In S. Jabbour, E.A. Stephens, I. Hirsch, B.J. Goldstein, S. Garg, & M. Riddle (Eds.). Type 1 Diabetes in Adults: Principles and Practice. Informa Healthcare, Inc.

Myers, V.H. & Ryan, D.H. (2006). Follow-up Strategies for the Treatment and Management of Obesity for Primary Care Providers and Allied Health Professionals. In C.M. Apovian (Ed.), Obesity and Overweight: A Clinical Handbook. CRC Press.

Myers, V.H. & Martin, P.D. (2006). Family-based Behavioral Counseling in Group Settings. In M.S. Sothern, S. Gordon, & T. K. von Almen (Eds.), Handbook of Pediatric Obesity: Clinical Management. Taylor and Francis.

Brantley, P.J., Myers, V.H., & Roy, H.J. (2005). Environmental and lifestyle influences on obesity. Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society, 156, 19-27.

Martin, P.D., Myers, V.H., & Brantley, P.J. (2004). Effectiveness of interventions for overweight and obesity in adults. Special Legislative Report prepared in response to Senate Resolution 153 for the Department of Health and Hospitals. Available at

Sothern, M.S., Myers, V.H., & Martin, P.D. (2004). Effectiveness of interventions for overweight and obesity in children and adults. Special Legislative Report in response to Senate Resolution 153 prepared for the Department of Health and Hospitals. Available at:

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