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ASPPH Early Career Research Excellence Award

The ASPPH Early Career Research Excellence Award recognizes an outstanding early-career investigator. The award is given annually to a full-time faculty member within 10 years of their last formal training from an ASPPH-member, CEPH-accredited school or program of public health.

2022 Winner

Amanda Fretts, PhD, MPH

University of Washington School of Public Health

Dr. Amanda Fretts is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health in Seattle, WA. She is a cardiovascular and nutritional epidemiologist with a focus on observational and interventional research aimed at improving cardio-metabolic health in underserved and rural communities. Her research interests include nutrition, physical activity, fatty acids, diabetes, and American Indian health. She is the Principal Investigator of the Dakotas field site for the Strong Heart Study, a large cohort study of cardiovascular disease and its risk factors in 12 rural American Indian communities in Arizona, Oklahoma, North Dakota and South Dakota, that has been on-going since 1988 and is funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. She is also the Principal Investigator of an R01 funded by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities that is designed to test the effectiveness of a community-based diet and cooking skills intervention (randomized trial) for American Indians with diabetes who reside on the Cheyenne River Sioux reservation. As an American Indian investigator (Mi’kmaq, Eel Ground First Nation), Dr. Fretts is committed to improve the cardio-metabolic health of American Indians, and to integrate observational and interventional research to mitigate obesity-related health disparities and improve health behaviors and health outcomes among American Indian people. In addition to her work with American Indian communities, Dr. Fretts is also actively involved in several on-going projects related to fatty acids, diet, TMAO, sphingolipids, diet*gene interactions, and cardiovascular outcomes in the Cardiovascular Health Study and the Cohorts for Heart and Aging Research in Genomic Epidemiology (CHARGE). She has contributed to more than 60 peer-reviewed publications to date. Prior to her current role, Dr. Fretts completed a KL2 career development grant through the University of Washington Institute of Translational Health Sciences and was a pre/post-doctoral fellow on the University of Washington Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology T32 Training Grant funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.