Associate Professor, Epidemiology
University of Washington
CSDE Research Areas:
- Environments and Populations
- Health of People and Populations
In the News:
- Better Understanding Diet & Cardio-Metabolic Health in American Indians (4/12/2021)
- CSDE’s Spring Quarter Seminar Series Finalized! (3/23/2021)
- New Research on the Effects of the Seattle Sweetened Beverage Tax from Fretts, Knox, Jones-Smith, and Colleagues (3/4/2022)
Amanda Fretts is most interested in observational and interventional research aimed at improving the cardio-metabolic health of American Indians. 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 has been actively involved with the Strong Heart Study (SHS) and Strong Heart Family Study (SHFS), a longitudinal study of cardiovascular disease and its risk factors in 12 American Indian communities, for the past twelve years. She is currently the site Principal Investigator of the SHS/SHFS Dakota Center, and the Principal Investigator of a community-based diet and cooking skills intervention (randomized trial) for American Indians with diabetes who reside in a rural reservation community.
She is also actively involved in several on-going projects related to fatty acids, sphingolipids, and cardio-metabolic outcomes in the Cardiovascular Health Study (CHS), the Fatty Acids and Outcomes Research Consortium (FORCE), and CHARGE (Cohorts for Heart and Aging Research in Genomic Epidemiology).