Anna Gardner, Ph.D.

Published: December 24th, 2014

Category: Uncategorized


Assistant Scientist


1395 Center Drive
Bldg 205 Suite DG 22
Gainesville, FL 32610




Departmental Affiliation

Department of Surgery, Division of Acute Care Surgery; UF Sepsis and Critical Illness Research Center


2008 B.S. Exercise Science, Saginaw Valley State University
2010 M.S. Exercise Physiology, Purdue University
2014 PhD Health Education & Behavior, University of Florida

Additional Information

A native of Vassar, Michigan, Dr. Gardner attended Saginaw Valley State University (Saginaw, MI) where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Exercise Science. She then completed her M.S. in Exercise Physiology from Purdue University where her primary research focused on the effects of conjugated linoleic acid on resting metabolic rate. From there, Dr. Gardner transitioned to the University of Florida to complete her PhD in Health Education and Behavior. Initially, she focused on the relationship between alcohol consumption, physical activity, and disordered eating among college students, with specific interest in the phenomenon drunkorexia. Towards the end of her doctoral education, Dr. Gardner collaborated with career firefighters to assess overall health behaviors, as well as body composition and physical fitness. She is now a Research Assistant Scientist at the University of Florida working primarily with the Division of Acute Care Surgery. Her main research interest focuses on long-term health outcomes among sepsis survivors. Dr. Gardner is also interested in developing targeted exercise interventions towards minimizing cachexia-related muscle atrophy and frailty among sepsis patients. Furthermore, she would like to investigate caregiver burden within the ICU.


2013 PhD Graduate Student of the Year
2010 Chris Labyk Award for Promising Student Health Initiatives


Piazza-Gardner, A.K., Barry, A.E., Merianos, A.L. (2016). Assessing drinking and academic performance among a nationally representative sample of college students. Journal of Drug Issues, 46(4):347-353..

Barry, A.E., Piazza-Gardner, A.K., Holton, M.K. (2015). Assessing the alcohol-BMI relationship among a national sample of college students. Health Education Journal, 74(4):496-504.

Barry, A.E., Howell, S., Riplinger, A., Piazza-Gardner, A.K. (2015). Alcohol use among college athletes: Do intercollegiate, club, or intramural student athletes drink differently? Substance Use and Misuse, 50(3):302-307.

 Piazza-Gardner, A.K., Barry, A.E., Chaney, E., Dodd, V., Weiler, R., Delisle, A. (2014). Covariates of alcohol consumption among career firefighters. Occupational Medicine, 64(8):580-2.

Barry, A.E., Howell, S., Bopp, T., Stellefson, M.L., Chaney, B.H., Piazza-Gardner, A.K., Payne-Purvis, C. (2014). A field-based community assessment of intoxication levels across college football weekends: Does it matter who’s playing? J Primary Prevent, 35(6):409-416.

Delisle, A., Piazza-Gardner, A.K., Sayedul Huq, M., Cowen, T., Stopka, C., Tillman, M. (2014). Validation of a cardiorespiratory fitness assessment for firefighters. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 28(10):2717-23.

Piazza-Gardner, A.K., Barry, A.E. (2014). A qualitative investigation of the relationship between consumption, physical activity, eating disorders, and weight consciousness. American Journal of Health Education, 45: 174-182.

Barry, A.E., Stellefson, M.L., Piazza-Gardner, A.K., Chaney, B.H., Dodd, V.J. (2013). The impact of pregaming on subsequent blood alcohol concentrations: An event-level analysis. Addictive Behaviors, 38(8):2374-2377.

Barry, A.E., Whiteman, S., Piazza-Gardner, A.K. (2013). Gender differences in the association between BMI, weight loss, exercise, and drinking among college students. Journal of American College Health, 61(7):407-413. 

Piazza-Gardner, A.K., Barry, A.E. (2013). Appropriate terminology for the alcohol, eating, & physical activity relationship. Journal of American College Health, 61(5):311-313.

Barry, A.E., Chaney, B.H., Piazza-Gardner, A.K., Chavarria, M. (published online April 3, 2013). Validity and reliability reporting practices in the field of health education and behavior: A review of seven journals. Health Education & Behavior. DOI: 10.1177/1090198113483139.

 Piazza-Gardner, A.K., Gaffud, T.J.B., Barry, A.E. (2013). The impact of alcohol on Alzheimer’s disease: A systematic review. Aging & Mental Health, 17(2):133-146.

 Piazza, A.K., Barry, A.E. (2012). Examining physical activity levels among alcohol consumers: Do drinkers exercise more? American Journal of Health Promotion, 26(3): e95-e104.

Piazza-Gardner, A.K., Barry, A.E. (2012). Cautioning against causal alcohol-cardiovascular assumptions. Drug & Alcohol Review. DOI: 10.1111/j.1465-3362.2011.00415.x.

Barry, A.E., Piazza, A.K. (2012). Using reality television to teach health behavior theory: Winning with The Biggest Loser. Journal of Health Education Teaching, 3(1), 20-26.

Barry, A.E., Piazza, A.K. (2012). Drunkorexia: Understanding the co-occurrence of alcohol consumption and eating/exercise weight management behaviors. Journal of American College Health, 60(3), 236-243.

Piazza-Gardner, A.K., Barry, A.E. (2011). A drink best not served: Conflicts of interest when the alcohol industry seeks to inform public health practice and policy. Journal of Clinical Research & Bioethics, S4:001. DOI: 10.4172/2155-9627.S4-001.

Piazza, A.K., Barry, A.E. (2011). Should exercise be promoted as an effective intervention strategy to off-set excessive college student drinking? Journal of American College Health, 59(3): 139-140.