Gwenndolyn C. Porter

Gwenndolyn Porter

Gwenndolyn C. Porter

PhD in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Research

American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship (2018-2020)


The American Heart Association (AHA) Predoctoral Fellowship program provides students with individualized, mentored research training to initiate careers in areas broadly related to cardiovascular function, disease and stroke, or to related basic science, bioengineering, biotechnology, and public health problems. Gwenndolyn Porter, a PhD student in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Research, received a 2-year AHA Predoctoral Fellowship for her project entitled “Identifying, adapting, and testing weight loss programs in rural primary care.”  Her research aims to increase the capacity of primary care physicians in rural Nebraska to translate evidence-based weight management approaches into practice, improve the speed of uptake and the likelihood of sustainability, and reach a large and representative group of individuals. The project includes a feasibility study, as well as testing multiple strategies for recruitment to determine best practices for program reach. Gwenn earned an MS in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign prior to enrolling at UNMC, where she completed her dissertation research under the tutelage of Dr. Paul A. Estabrooks, receiving the PhD degree in August 2020.