Joseph Donnelly

Joseph Donnelly
  • Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
  • Division Director, Physical Activity and Weight Management
  • Director, Energy Balance Laboratory and Kansas Weight Management Programs

Contact Info

Robinson Center, Room 100
1301 Sunnyside Ave
Lawrence, KS 66045-7601


Joseph E. Donnelly is a nationally recognized investigator in weight loss and maintenance. Since 2000 he has received over $45 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health for his research to help diminish overweight and obesity in children and adults, including those with disabilities. His current projects involve remote delivery strategies, multiple diets and physical activity programs, in rural and urban individuals with various comorbidities and developmental conditions, across the lifespan.


Ed.D. in Exercise Physiology, West Virginia University
M.S. in Exercise Physiology, Eastern Illinois University
B.S., Davis and Elkins College