Graduate Student, Kinesiology (Affiliate)
InCHIP Affiliated Research
My research interests include assessments of physical activity behavior and performance, the
effects of statins on exercise behavior and performance, the effects of exercise on Alzheimer’s
disease, and the effect of obesity stigma on cardiovascular health. InCHIP projects that I am
currently involved with include the FIT and FIRED UP project which examines the influence of
cardiorespiratory fitness on firefighter cardiovascular health under conditions of heavy physical
exertion and the GRIP project which examines the effects of isometric handgrip on blood
pressure, both under principle investigator Dr. Linda Pescatello. However, my primary inCHIP
affiliated project is my doctoral dissertation which aims to examine the effect of weight bias
media videos on cardiovascular health among women with obesity. Principal Investigators on
this project include Dr. Pescatello (UConn), Dr. Taylor (UConn, Hartford Hospital), and Dr.
Rebecca Puhl (UConn Rudd Center).
During my previous involvement with InCHIP as a Master’s student, I was the project
coordinator for an NIH funded clinical trial investigating the effects of physical activity on
college drinking habits. During this time, I also assisted in other various research studies and
mentored several undergraduate researchers at InCHIP.
1) Panza GA, Armstrong LA, Taylor BA, Puhl RM, Livingston J, Pescatello LS. Weight Bias among Exercise and Nutrition Professionals (2018): A Systematic Review. Obesity Reviews. doi: 10.1111/obr.12743.
2) Panza GA, Taylor BA, MacDonald HV, Johnson BT, Zaleski AL, Livingston J, Thompson PD, Pescatello LS (2018). Can Exercise Improve Cognitive Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease? A Meta-Analysis. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 66:487-495. (Altmetric score = 848)
3) Panza GA, Pariser R, Thompson PD (2018). Usefulness of a Rounding Cardiologist in a Skilled Nursing Facility to Reduce Hospital Readmissions and Costs. American Journal of Cardiology. 31(3):392.
4) Panza GA, Taylor BA, Thompson PD, White CM, Pescatello LS (2017). Physical Activity Intensity and Subjective Well-being in Healthy Adults. Journal of Health Psychology. doi: 10.1177/1359105317691589. (Altmetric score = 250)
5) Panza GA, Taylor BA, Thompson PD (2016). An update on the relationship between statins and physical activity. Current Opinion in Cardiology. 31(5):572-579.
6) Panza GA, Taylor BA, Thompson PD, Erhard L, Capizzi JA, Grimaldi AS, Clarkson PM, Cole SM, Chipkin S, Keadle J, White CM, Pescatello LS (2016). The Effect of Atorvastatin on Habitual Physical Activity among Healthy Adults. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 48(1): 1-6.
7) Panza GA, Taylor BA, Zaleski AL, Thompson PD (2015). An Update on the Boston Marathon as a Research Laboratory. The Physician and Sportsmedicine. 43(3): 312-6.
8) Panza GA, Taylor BA, Dada MR, Thompson PD (2015). Changes in Muscle Strength in Individuals with Statin-induced Myopathy: A Summary of Three Investigations. Journal of Clinical Lipidology. 9(3): 351-6.
9) Panza GA, Weinstock J, Ash GI, Pescatello LS (2012). Psychometric Evaluation of the Timeline Followback for Exercise among College Students. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 13(6): 779-788.
10) Thompson PD, Panza GA, Zaleski AL, Taylor, BA (2016). Statin-Associated Side Effects. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 67(20): 2395-2410.