Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

Amanda Fretts

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
University of Washington
Tel: 206-221-7775

CSDE Research Areas:

  • Environments and Populations
  • Health of People and Populations

Amanda Fretts is most interested in observational and interventional research aimed at improving the cardio-metabolic health of American Indians. She has been actively involved with the Strong Heart Study, a longitudinal study of cardiovascular disease and its risk factors in 13 American Indian communities, for the past eight years. To date, her research efforts have primarily focused on the association of physical activity, diet, a healthy lifestyle, or gene*diet interactions with diabetes-related phenotypes. She is currently working on a project to better understand the social-determinants of physical activity, diet, and cardio-metabolic health among American Indians, and to develop a culturally-appropriate and targeted pilot intervention to improve the cardio-metabolic health of American Indians.

She is also actively involved in several on-going projects related to fatty acids, diet, diet*gene interactions, and cardiovascular outcomes in the Cardiovascular Health Study and the CHARGE (Cohorts for Heart and Aging Research in Genomic Epidemiology).