School of Public Health

Littman, Alyson

Alyson Littman

Research Associate Professor, Epidemiology


PhD University of Washington, 2003
MPH University of Washington, 2000

Contact Info

Department of Veterans Affairs - Seattle ERIC
1660 S. Columbian Way
Box 358280 (152-E)
Seattle, WA 98108
Tel: 206-277-4182

Research Interests

Dr. Littman's primary research interests are in physical activity and obesity epidemiology. She is based at the VA, within the Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center, and is also an affiliate assistant member at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She has a 5-year Career Development Award funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Research and Development Service to evaluate associations between lower limb amputation, weight management and physical activity. As part of this grant, she is evaluating weight change trajectories following amputation and has conducted a survey of veterans who have had a toe, foot, or leg amputation. She will also develop and pilot test a physical activity and weight loss intervention for veterans with lower limb amputations. She is a collaborator on several studies to examine associations between military service and health outcomes in the Millennium Cohort (, a longitudinal study of more than 150,000 active duty and Reserve/National Guard personnel. Other research interests include yoga, mindful eating, and predictors of weight change.


Littman AJ, Boyko EJ, McDonell M, Fihn SD. Evaluation of a Weight Management Program for Veterans. Prev Chronic Diseases (in press).

In The News

Exercise May Slow Decline in Kidney Function
Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, 12/12/2013

Long-Term Use of Nutrient Supplements May Increase Cancer Risk
UNC Newswise, 02/27/2009