Positions

Overview

  • Dr. Hill is Professor and Chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences in the UAB School of Health Professions. He is one of the world's foremost experts in obesity. For over 40 years he has been conducting research to understand how obesity develops, health consequences of obesity, and strategies to prevent and treat obesity. He has published over 650 peer reviewed papers and multiple reviews and chapters in the area. Dr. Hill has been continuously funded by NIH since 1981 and currently serves as director and PI for the UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC). He previously served as director of the Colorado NORC and was the founding Executive Director of the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center.

    Dr. Hill was a co-founder of the National Weight Control Registry (NWCR), a registry of individuals who have been successful in long-term weight loss. The NWCR is arguable the foremost source of information about weight loss maintenance. He recently co-founded the International Weight Control Registry (IWCR) as a project to continue to identify barriers to obesity treatment and factors that impact success in different populations.

    Dr. Hill was an investigator in the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) and a site PI for the Action for Heath in Diabetes (Look AHEAD) study. He is leading UAB efforts in precision nutrition. His work in precision nutrition aims to identify why individuals differ in how diets impact health.

    Dr. Hill is author of two weight management books for the public - The Step Diet Book and The State of Slim. He has developed several behavioral weight loss programs to treat obesity. He was a pioneer in promoting a small changes approach to weight gain prevention helped found a non-profit program - America On the Move - to promote a small changes approach to weight management.

    Dr. Hill is a past recipient of a NIH MERIT Award. He was elected to the National Institute of Medicine in 2018. He is a past president of The Obesity Society and The American Society for Nutrition.

    His current research continues to focus on lifestyle factors that impact obesity.
  • Research Overview

  • Obesity, weight loss, weight loss maintenance, exercise, precision nutrition
  • Principal Investigator On

  • Comparing High and Normal Protein Diets for the Dietary Remission of Type 2 Diabetes  awarded by National Cattlemen's Beef Association
  • Comparison of Weight Loss Induced by Intermittent Fasting Versus Daily Caloric Restriction in Individuals with Obesity: A 1-Year Randomized Trial  awarded by UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO DENVER - NEW
  • NICHD Nutrition for Precision Health, powered by the All of Us Research Program: Research Coordinating Center Capitation Payments  awarded by RESEARCH TRIANGLE INSTITUTE
  • UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC)  awarded by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases/NIH/DHHS
  • UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC)  awarded by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases/NIH/DHHS
  • UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) - UAB NORC - Exploring Key Research Issues in Obesity and Nutrition  awarded by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases/NIH/DHHS
  • UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center - ASN/NORC Symposium  awarded by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases/NIH/DHHS
  • UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center - Administrative Core  awarded by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases/NIH/DHHS
  • UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center - Chronic Disease and Health Disparities Revision Enrichment  awarded by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases/NIH/DHHS
  • UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center - Diversity Supplement - Sarah Deemer  awarded by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases/NIH/DHHS
  • UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center - Enrichment Program  awarded by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases/NIH/DHHS
  • UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center - Why Is The Prevalence Of Obesity So High In U.S. Southern States? Regional Predictors Of BMI And Obesity Treatment Response.  awarded by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases/NIH/DHHS
  • UAB Precision Nutrition Clinical Center  awarded by National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/NIH/DHHS
  • Education And Training

  • Emory University Medicine, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Emory University Medicine, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Doctor of Psychology in Physiological Psychology / Psychobiology, University of New Hampshire 1981
  • Master of Psychology in Physiological Psychology / Psychobiology, University of New Hampshire 1978
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, The University of Tennessee-Knoxville 1976
  • Full Name

  • James Hill