Gwendolyn Thomas, PhD

Assistant Professor, Syracuse University (Affiliate)

Research Overview

My research interests are in the application of exercise interventions for at-risk health groups. My research in particular has thus far focused on exercise interventions in two health areas: bone density and obesity. I am currently investigating the effects of an exercise intervention in attenuating the negative side effects of menopause and cancer treatment in women with solid tumors and lymphoma who have completed primary and/or adjuvant therapy. Additionally, I am interested in investigating the physiological and health promoting effects of resistance exercise to patients currently diagnosed with, or are at risk for, a diseased state. Specifically, using exercise interventions to improve physical functioning, psychological and social well-being, and modify weight gain and changes in body composition, bone loss in women treated for cancer. I am currently extending my research interests in exercise physiology to focus on the use of interdisciplinary collaborations in order to maximize the delivery and efficiency of exercise interventions on beneficial health outcomes. In particular, I intend to focus on health promotion and behavior change using exercise to decrease significant health risks for chronic illness for individuals at risk for obesity and being overweight.


Ph.D., Kinesiology, University of Connecticut, 2010
M.A., Exercise Physiology, University of Connecticut, 2006
B.A., The Pennsylvania State University, 1994

Recent Publications

Contact Information
Mailing AddressDepartment of Exercise Science
201 Women's Building
820 Comstock Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244