Kevin Fontaine

Dr. Fontaine is Chair of the Department of Health Behavior and the Antoine Lavoisier Endowed Professor of Energetics and Healthy Lifestyles in the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). A psychologist specializing in the treatment of obesity, he is also Adjunct Faculty in Rheumatology and Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Fontaine received his PhD in Psychology from Victoria University in Manchester, England and trained in clinical obesity treatment at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where he was an Associate Professor in the Division of Rheumatology and the Department of Health, Behavior, and Society at the Bloomberg School of Public Health before moving to UAB in 2012.

The author of over 120 scientific publications, Dr. Fontaine’s research has focused on in the association of obesity to mortality, clinical obesity treatment, relation of obesity to cancer screening and prevention, and the quality of life among obese persons. He has also conducted hundreds of intervention groups with overweight and obese adults to promote lifestyle changes. His other research has focused on the role of lifestyle and physical activity in improving health status, symptoms, and body composition in adults with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Dr. Fontaine’s recent research interests include the role of low carbohydrate diets and nutritional ketosis on inflammation, type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s and cancer, modifying body composition in patients with rheumatic disease through strength exercise, the effects of non-deceptive placebos to improve patient-reported outcomes such as pain and fatigue, and the use of classical conditioning to promote dose extension in drugs with toxic side effects.

Dr. Fontaine also holds appointments in UAB’s Comprehensive Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Autoimmunity Center, Center on Exercise Medicine, Nutrition and Obesity Research Center, Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Center for Palliative and Supportive Care.