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Louise A Kelly

Louise A Kelly, Ph.D

Associate Professor of Exercise Science
GSFC 235

Dr Louise A. Kelly joined the California Lutheran University in 2008. In 2005, she earned her PhD in Pediatric Exercise Science from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. She subsequently completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California. She has conducted research on the etiology, prevention and treatment of pediatric obesity, prevention of type 2 diabetes and obesity related cancers in minority youth. She has expertise in methodologies such as nutritional assessment, accelerometer, indirect calorimeter, and doubly labeled water. Her research is currently focused on the role of exercise in the prevention and treatment of pediatric obesity and metabolic disorders. She also served a three year term as the Director for the Centre for Academic Service Learning (CASL). She was the site PI for a longitudinal study investigating concussions funded by the NCAA and the Department of Defence.  In 2019, she was awarded the Provost Distinguished Scholar award for her contribution to research.

Ph.D. - University of Glasgow, Medicine, Scotland, UK

BSc (hons) Physiology and Sports Science, University of Glasgow, Institute of Biological Life Sciences, Scotland, UK


I have expertise in the following areas:

  • Pediatric obesity and metabolic disorders,
  • Physical activity and sedentary behavior interventions in children,
  • Objectively measured physical activity and sedentary behavior,
  • Nutritional assessments


Peer Reviewed Published Papers

1.       Reilly J.J, Coyle J, Kelly L.A, Burke G., Grant S. J.Y. Paton. An objective method for measurement of sedentary behavior in young children. Obesity Research 2003; 11:1155-8.

2.       Jackson D.M, J.J. Reilly, L.A Kelly, C Montgomery, S. Grant, J.Y Paton. Objectively measured physical activity in a representative sample of 3- to 4- year old children Obesity Research. 2003; 11: 420-425

3.       Kelly L.A., J.J. Reilly, S. Grant, J.Y Paton. Comparison of two accelerometers for assessment of physical activity in pre-school children. Pediatric Exercise Science. 2004; 16: 324-333.

4.       Reilly J.J, D.M Jackson, C. Montgomery, L.A. Kelly, C. Slater, S. Grant, J.Y. Paton. Levels of total energy expenditure and physical activity in modern children. Lancet 2004; 363: 211-212.

5.       Montgomery C, Reilly J.J, Jackson D.M, Kelly L.A, Slater C, Paton J.Y, Grant S. Relation between physical activity and energy expenditure in a representative sample of young children. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2004; 80: 591-596.

6.       Reilly J.J, D.M Jackson, C. Montgomery, L.A. Kelly, C. Slater, S. Grant, J.Y. Paton. Levels of total energy expenditure and physical activity in modern children. Lancet 2004; 363: 211-212.

7.       Kelly L.A., J.J. Reilly, S. Grant, J.Y Paton. Low physical activity levels and high levels of sedentary behavior are characteristic of rural Irish primary school children. Irish Medical Journal, 2005; 98; 138-141.

8.       Fisher A. Reilly JJ. Kelly LA. Montgomery C. Williamson A. Paton JY. Grant S. Fundamental movement skills and habitual physical activity in young children. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 2005; 37(4): 684-688.

9.       Montgomery C. Reilly JJ. Jackson DM. Kelly LA. Slater C. Paton JY. Grant S. Validation of energy intake by 24-hour multiple pass recall: comparison with total energy expenditure in children aged 5-7 years. British Journal of Nutrition. 2005; 93(5): 671-676

10.    Fisher A, J.J. Reilly, C. Montgomery, L.A. Kelly, A. Williamson, D. Jackson, JY Paton and S. Grant. Seasonality in physical activity and sedentary behavior in young children. Pediatric Exercise Science, 2005; 17: 31-40

11.    Kelly L.A., J.J. Reilly, A. Fisher, C. Montgomery, A. Williamson, J.H. McColl, J.Y. Paton, S. Grant. Effect of socio-economic status on objectively measured physical activity. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 9: 35-8, 2006.

12.    Reilly JJ, LA Kelly, C Montgomery, A Williamson, A Fisher, J H McColl, R Lo Conte, JY Paton, S Grant. Movement and Activity Glasgow Intervention in Children (MAGIC): cluster randomised controlled trial for the prevention of obesity. British Medical Journal, 333 (7577): 1041-1043, 2006.

13.    Reilly JJ, Kelly L.A., Jackson, D.M., Montgomery, C. Slater, C, S. Grant, J.Y Paton. Validation of Actigraph accelerometer estimates of total energy expenditure in young children International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, 1 (3) 161-167, 2006.

14.    Penpraze V, Reilly JJ, MacLean CM, Montgomery C, Kelly L.A, , JY Paton, T Aitchison S Grant,. Monitoring Of Physical Activity In Young Children: How Much Is Enough? Pediatric Exercise Science, 18: 483-491, 2006.

15.    Montgomery C, Jackson DM, Kelly, LA JJ Reilly. Parental Feeding Style, Energy Intake, and Weight Status in Young Scottish Children. British Nutrition of Nutrition 96(6):1149-53, 2006.

16.    Kelly L.A., J.J. Reilly, Jackson, D.M., Montgomery, C. S. Grant, J.Y Paton. Tracking of Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior in Young Children. Pediatric Exercise Science, 19: 51-60, 2007.

17.    Kelly LA, Lane CJ, Weigensberg MJ, Koebnick C, Roberts CK, Davis JN, Toledo-Corral CM, Shaibi GQ, Goran MI. Family History and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes in Overweight Latino Adolescents: A Longitudinal Analysis. Diabetes Care 30: 2700-2750, 2007.

18.    Koebnick C, Shaibi GQ, Roberts CK, Kelly LA, Lane CJ, Toledo-Corral CM, Davis JN, Weigensberg MJ, Goran MI. Adiponectin and leptin are independent predictors of insulin sensitivity but not of beta-cell function in overweight Hispanic adolescents. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Meabolism 30 (7):RC13-6, 2007.

19.    Shaibi GQ, Cruz ML, Weigensberg MJ, Toledo CM, Lane CJ, Kelly LA, Davis JN, Koebnick C, Ventura EE, Roberts CK,. Goran MI. Adiponectin but not Visceral Fat Predicts Metabolic Syndrome in Overweight Latino Youth. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism 92 (5): 1809-1813, 2007.

20.    Davis JN, Weigensberg MJ, Shaibi GQ, Crespo NC, Kelly L.A, Lane CJ. Goran MI. Influence of breastfeeding on obesity and type 2 diabetes risk factors in Latino in Latino youth with a family history of type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care 30 (4) 784-789, 2007.

21.    Byrd CE, Kelly L.A, Davis JN, Spruijt-Metz D, Goran MI. Influence of Gender, Body Weight, Hispanic Ethnicity on Physical Activity. International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, 2:3, 159 - 166, 2007.

22.    Davis, JN, Alexander KE, Ventura EE, Kelly LA, Lane CJ, Byrd-Williams CE, Toledo-Corral CM, Roberts CK, Spruijt-Metz D, Weigensberg MJ, Goran MI. Comparison of dietary sugar and glycemic index: Associations with adiposity and insulin dynamics in overweight Latino youth. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 86: 1131-1138, 2007.

23.    Ventura E, Davis JN, Alexander KE, Shaibi GQ, Weigensberg MJ, Lee W, Byrd-Williams, CE, Toledo-Corral CM, Lane CJ, Kelly LA, Goran MI. Dietary intake and the metabolic syndrome in overweight Latino adolescents. Journal of the American Dietetic Association 2008;108:1355-1359.

24.    Byrd-Williams CE, Shaibi GQ, Sun P, Lane CJ, Ventura EE, Davis JN, Kelly LA & Goran MI Cardiorespiratory fitness predicts changes in adiposity in overweight Hispanic boys but not girls Obesity 16: 1072 - 1077, 2008.

25.    Nielsen SB, Montgomery C, Kelly LA, Jackson DM, Reilly JJ. Energy intake variability for free-living young children. Arch Dis Child 2008, 93: 971-973.

26.    Kelly LA, Lane CJ, Davis JN, Weigensberg MJ, Goran MI. The influence of birth weight on body composition and fat distribution in overweight Hispanic adolescents: A longitudinal Analysis. Obesity 16: 2524-2528, 2008.

27.    Goran MI, Davis JN, Kelly LA, Shaibi G, Spruijt-Metz D, Suni M, Weigensberg MJ. Low prevalence of pediatric Type 2 diabetes: where's the epidemic? Diabetes Care Journal of Pediatrics 152: 753 - 755, 2008.

28.    Koebnick C, Kelly LA, Lane CJ, Roberts CK, Shaibi GQ, Toledo-Corral CM, Davis JN, Weigensberg MJ, Goran MI. Combined association of maternal and parental family history of diabetes on plasma leptin adiponectin in overweight Hispanic children. Diabet Med. 2008 Sep;25(9):1043-8

29.    Koebnick C, Roberts CK, Shaibi GQ, Kelly LA, Lane CJ, Toledo-Corral CM, Davis JN, Ventura EE, Alexander K, Weigensberg MJ & Goran MI Adiponectin and leptin independently predict insulin sensitivity but not insulin secretion or beta-cell function in overweight Hispanic adolescents Hormone & Metabolic Research 40: 708 - 712, 2008.

30.    Byrd-Williams CE, Kelly LA, Strother ML, Huang TTK. Dietary fiber and associations with adiposity and fasting insulin among college students with plausible dietary reports. Nutrition, 2009, 25 (9) 896-904..

31.    Byrd-Williams CE, Kelly LA, Belcher B, Spruijt-Metz D, Davis JN, Ventura EE, Goran MI. Increases in objectively measured total physical activity are associated with improvements in body composition in overweight Latino teenagers MSSE 2010 42(3): 478-484.

32.    Davis JN, Kelly LA, Lane CJ, Ventura EE, Byrd-Williams CN, Alexander KA, Azen S, Chou CP, Spruijt-Metz D, Weigensberg MJ, Berhane K, Goran MI. Randomized control trial to reduce obesity related disease in overweight Latino adolescents. Obesity 17: 1542 - 1548, 2009. 

33.    Byrd-Williams CE, Belcher BR, Spruijtz-Metz D, Davis JN, Ventura EE, Kelly LA, Azen SP & Goran MI Increased physical activity and Reduced Adiposity in overweight Hispanic Adolescents MSSE42: 478-484, 201

34.    Hasson RE, Adam TC, Davis JN, Kelly LA, Ventura EE, Toledo-Corral C, Byrd-Williams C, Roberts CK, Lane CJ, Azen SP, Chou C, Spruijt-Metz, D, Weigensberg MJ & Goran MI Randomized control trial to improve adiposity and insulin resistance in obese African American and Latino Adolescents Obesity 2011 10:343.

35.    Kelly LA, McMillan DGE, Anderson A, Fippinger M, Fillerup G and Rider J, Validity of Actigraphs Uniaxial and Triaxial accelerometers for Assessment of Physical Activity in Adults. BMC Medical Physics 2013 13:5.

36.    Kelly LA McNeill A, Kennedy B, McKinnon M, Atkins A, Mostoles M, Hnath E, Carney B, Welsh D, Wendt S, Wallace K,and Rider J. Group Randomized Trial of a novel physical activity program to increase physical fitness and motor skills in children.  J. Athl. Enhanc. 2014 3:2.

37.    Kelly LA, Loza A, Lin X, Schroeder ET, Hughes A, Kirk A, Knowles AM. The effect of a Home based strength training program on Type 2 Diabetes risk in Obese Latine Boys. JPEM 2015 28 (3-4) 315-322..

38.    Kelly LA, Villalpando J, Carney B, Wendt S, Hass R, Ranieri B, Berg TK. Development of Actigraph GT1M Accelerometer Cut-points for Young Children Aged 12-26 months. J. Athl. Enhanc. 2016, 5:4

Completed Grant Support

Grant:      NCAA & DoD 

Role:        Principal Investigator

Amount:  $297,647

Title:        NCAA-DoD Grand Alliance: Concussion Assessment, Research and Education (CARE) consortium - Longitutindal Clinical Study Core.


Grant:      NCAA & DoD 

Role:        Principal Investigator

Amount:  $284,992

Title:        NCAA-DoD Grand Alliance: Concussion Assessment, Research and Education (CARE) consortium - Longitutindal Clinical Study Core.


Grant:      National Cancer Institute 

Role:        Principal Investigator

Amount:  $35,000

Title:         Translation of a novel resistance training intervention to a home environment for overweight Hispanic youth.


Grant:        National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities

Role:          Co-Investigator

Amount:    $996,529

Title:          Obesity in Minority Youth in Los Angeles: A Generation “At Risk”




Center For Equality and Justice Fellowship (2013)  - $10,000 

FRCW fellowship - $5,000