Ellen M. Evans, Ph.D.

"Optimal Body Composition for Successful Aging in Women:  Interventions to Reduce Competing Disease Risks"


Beginning her appointment in 2001, Ellen Evans is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health with additional appointments in the Division of Nutritional Sciences and the Department of Internal Medicine a the University of Illinois on the Campaign-Urbana campus.  Professor Evans received her B.S. degree from Western Illinois University in 1987, her M.S. degree from the University of Illinois, and her PhD. from the University of Georgia. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.  She directs the Bone and Body compositional Laboratory.  As an applied exercise physiologist, the overarching goal of her interdisciplinary research program is to create and disseminate knowledge regarding the importance of habitual exercise and appropriate nutrition for optimal body composition as it relates to health status, with a special interest in women's health and aging.  Her research teams included nutrition, behavior, and imaging experts.  

Although mid-career, Professor Evans is an accomplished scholar having co-authored over 50 articles in refereed journals, and given numerous national presentation.  Her research program at Illinois is well-funded and she has been principal investigator or co-investigator on more than 20 grants, totaling ~$4.5 million in external support.  As importantly, she is a committed and enthusiastic educator in the classroom.  Graduate student mentorship and professional development is also considered a critical aspect of her academic mission with the 25 graduate students experiencing her research guidance being an indication of her success on the Illinois campus. 

She plays an active role in a number of scientific societies, including hte american college of Sport Medicine, where she hold Fellow status and serves on the Obesity Prevention and Treatment Committee.  Professor Evans is also the Director of the Lifetime Fitness Program, the departmental service program for older adults, an important part of the public land-grant institution's public engagement efforts.

Dr. Ellen Evans

October 20, 2008. Dr. Ellen Evans, Ph.D., FACSM, a WIU alumna and a native of Roseville (IL) presented "Optimal Body Composition for Successful Aging in Women: Interventions to Reduce Competing Disease Risks".