Laurie Wideman Gold

Safrit-Ennis Distinguished Professor


Email Address:

Phone: 336.334.3234

Bio & Education

The overarching focus of Dr. Wideman’s research is the impact of exercise, disease and injury on the endocrine system. Under this umbrella, she has focused on; 1) exercise-induced alterations in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis—specifically growth hormone (GH) and IGF-1, 2) cardiometabolic (hormones & cytokines) risk factor development in different populations, including the utility of using heart rate variability (HRV) as a non-invasive indicator of endocrine influences and 3) sex-specific hormonal influences in injury and disease. Dr. Wideman is currently the IRB Chair and helped develop and regularly teaches the responsible conduct of research training at UNCG.

Courses taught

  • KIN 576 (cross-listed as NTR 576) Nutrition & Physical Fitness,
  • KIN 720 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology,
  • KIN 700 Endocrine Aspects of Exercise

Selected Publications

  • Wideman L, Oberlin DJ, Sönmez S, Labban J, Lemke, MK and Apostolopoulos Y. 2016. Obesity indices are predictive of elevated C-reactive protein in long-haul truck drivers. American Journal of Industrial Medicine 59: 665-576. PubMed PMCID: 27400443
  • Wideman, L., Calkins SD, Janssen JA, Lovelady CA, Dollar JM, Keane SP, Perrin EM and Shanahan L. 2016. Rationale, design and methods for the RIGHT Track Health Study; pathways from childhood self-regulation to cardiovascular risk in adolescence. BMC Public Health 16 (1): 459. PubMed PMCID: 27246836
  • Oberlin DJ, Smith J, Ritsche K and Wideman L. 2015. High intensity interval training in healthy males does not improve markers of insulin sensitivity. Journal of Sports Science. 3(2): 49-56.
  • Etnier JL, Labban JD, Karper WB, Wideman L, Piepmeier AT, Shih CH, Castellano M, Williams LM, Park SY, Henrich VC, Dudley WN, and Rulison KL. 2015. Innovative Research Design Exploring the Effects of Physical Activity and Genetics on Cognitive Performance in Community-Based Older Adults. Journal of Aging Physical Activity 23(4): 559-568. PubMed PMCID: 25594264.
  • Ritsche, K., Smith, J., Mellick, P. and Wideman, L. 2014. Acute exercise-induced growth hormone is attenuated in response to short-term, high intensity exercise training. Journal of Exercise Physiology (online) 17(6): 1-12.
  • Ritsche, K., Patrie, J., Weltman, A. and Wideman, L. 2014. The relationship between exercise-induced and non-stimulated 24-hour growth hormone release. Journal of Exercise Physiology (online) 17(5): 43-54.
  • Ritsche, K., Nindl, B.C., and Wideman, L. 2014. Exercise-induced growth hormone during acute sleep deprivation. Physiological Reports 2(9): e12166. PMCID: 25281616
  • Eifert, E., Wideman, L., Oberlin, D.J., and Labban, J. 2014. The relationship between physical activity and perceived health in older women: Findings from the Woman’s College Alumni Study. Journal of Women & Aging 26(4): 305-318. PMCID: 25133943
  • Wideman, L., Montgomery, M., Levine, B., Beynnon, B. and Shultz, S. 2013. Accuracy of calendar based methods for assigning menstrual cycle phase in women. Journal of Sports Health 2(5): 143-149. PMCID: 24427382
  • Colleran, H., Wideman, L., and Lovelady, C. 2012. Effects of energy restriction and exercise on bone mineral density during lactation. Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise 44(8): 1570-1579. PMCID: 22460469.

Recent Publications

  • Leerkes EM, Buehler C, Calkins SD, Shriver LH, Wideman L. Protocol for iGROW (Infant Growth and Development Study): biopsychosocial predictors of childhood obesity risk at 2 years. BMC Public Health 20(1):1912. PMID: 33317498
  • Anderson T, Wideman L, Cadegiani FA & Kater CE. The cortisol awakening response is associated with overtraining status—EROS-CAR. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. Accepted.
  • Reifsteck E, Anderson T, Newton J, Shriver L, Wideman L. Physical activity and health-related changes during transition out of collegiate football: A case series. Journal of Athletic Training. ePub Ahead of Print. PMID: 33290528
  • Anderson T, Berry N and Wideman L. Exercise and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis: a special focus on acute cortisol and growth hormone responses. Current Opinion in Endocrine and Metabolic Research. ePub Ahead of Print.
  • Rand BG, Johnson TM, Ehrlich SF, Wideman L, Pivarnik JM, Richardson MR, Stone ML, Churilla JR. 2020. Diabestes risk status and physical activity in pregnancy: US BRFSS 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 20(1):743. PMID: 33256646
  • Reifsteck E, Janssen JA & Wideman L. 2020. Self-reported physical activity patterns of former collegiate student-athletes. Athletic Training & Sports Health Care 12(3):119-126.
  • Berry NT, Wideman L & Rhea CK. 2020. Variability and complexity of nonstationary function—Methods for post-exercise HRV. Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology and Life Sciences 24(4):367-387. PMID: 32960753
  • Park KS, Ganesh AB, Berry NT, Mobley YP, Karper WB, Labban JD, Wahlheim CN, Williams TM, Wideman L & Etnier JL. 2020. The effect of physical activity on cognition relative to APOE genotype (PAAD-2); study protocol for a phase II randomized control trial. BMC Neurology 20(1):231. PMID: 32503473
  • Dollar JM, Berry NT, Calkins SD, Perry N, Keane SP, Shanahan L & Wideman L. 2020. Developmental patterns of respiratory sinus arrhythmia from toddlerhood to adolescence. Developmental Psychology 56(4):783-794.
  • Gangel MJ, Dollar JM, Brown A, Keane SP, Calkins SD, Shanahan L & Wideman L. 2020. Childhood social preference and adolescent insulin resistance: Accounting for the indirect effects of obesity. Psychoneuroendocrinology 113:104557. PMID: 31884323.
  • Lawless M, Shriver LH, Wideman L, Dollar JM, Calkins SD, Keane SP & Shanahan L. 2020. Associations between eating behaviors, diet quality and body mass index among adolescents. Eating Behaviors 36:1-1339. PMID: 31759280.
  • Anderson T, Shultz S, Williams NI, Casey E, Kincaid Z & Wideman L. 2019. Capturing detectable relaxin concentrations in eumenorrheic non-pregnant women. Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal 27:30-36.
  • Piepmeier AT, Etnier JL, Wideman L, Berry NT, Kincaid Z, Weaver MA. 2019. A preliminary investigation of acute exercise intensity on memory and BDNF isoform concentrations. European Journal of Sport Science 8:1-12. PMID: 31495276
  • Calkins SD, Dollar J & Wideman L. 2019. Temperamental vulnerability to emotion dysregulation and risk for mental and physical health challenges. Developmental Psychopathology 31(3): 957-970. PMID: 31097043
  • Johnson A, Dudley WN, Wideman L & Schulz M. 2019. Physiological risk profiles and allostatic load: Using latent profile analysis to examine socioeconomic differences in physiological patterns of risk. European Journal of Environment and Public Health 3(2): 1-8.
  • Colleran H, Sorvillo A, Wideman L & Lovelady C. 2019. The effect of an exercise intervention during early lactation on bone mineral density during the first year postpartum. Journal of Physical Activity & Health 16(3): 197-204. PMCID: 30696336
  • Shriver LH, Dollar JM, Lawless M, Calkins SD, Keane SP, Shanahan L & Wideman L. 2019. Longitudinal associations between emotion regulation and adiposity in late adolescence: Indirect effects through eating behaviors. Nutrients 11(3): pii E517. PMID: 30823405
  • Ehlert AM, Cone JR, Wideman L & Goldfarb AH. 2019. Evaluation of a goalkeeper-specific adaptation to the Yo-Yo intermittent recovery test level 1: Reliability and variability. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 33(3): 819-824. PMID: 30363034