Cardiovascular Health Research Unit

Amanda Fretts, PhD

Assistant Professor


BA, Anthropology, Amherst College, Amherst, MA, 2003
MPH, Epidemiology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2007
PhD, Epidemiology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 2011


American Indian health
Type 2 diabetes
Physical Activity
Social Epidemiology
Fatty Acids


2009 University of Washington Magnuson Scholars Award
2010 Department of Epidemiology Outstanding Student Award


Fretts AM, Mozaffarian D, Siscovick DS, Djousse L, Heckbert SR, King IB, McKnight B, Sitlani C, Sacks FM, Song X, Sotoodehnia N, Spiegelman D, Wallace ER, Lemaitre RN. Plasma phospholipid saturated fatty acids and incident atrial fibrillation: the Cardiovascular Health Study.  J Am Heart Assoc. 2014 Jun 26;3(3).  PMID:24970268

Fretts AM, Howard BV, McKnight B, Duncan GE, Beresford SA, Mete M, Zhang Y, Siscovick DS. Life's Simple 7 and Incidence of Diabetes Among American Indians: The Strong Heart Family Study. Diabetes Care. 2014: May 7. PMID:24804696

S Eilat-Adar, M Mete, A Fretts, RR Fabsitz, V Handeland, ET Lee, C Loria, J Xu, J Yeh, BV Howard. Dietary patterns and their association with cardiovascular risk factors in a population undergoing lifestyle changes: The Strong Heart Study. 2013-06-01. PMID:22534653

Wu, J.H.Y., Lemaitre,R.N., Manichaikul, A., Guan, W., Tanaka, T., Foy, M., Kabagambe, E.K., Djousse, L., Siscovick, D., Fretts, A.M.,  Johnson, C., King, I.B., Psaty, B.M., McKnight, B., Rich, S.S., Chen, Y.I., Nettleton, J.A., Tang, W.,  Bandinelli, S., Jacobs, D.R., Browning, B.L., Laurie, C.C., Gu, X., Tsai, M.Y., Steffen, L.M., Ferrucci, L., Fornage, M., Mozaffarian, D. Genome-Wide Association Study Identifies Novel Loci Associated With Concentrations of Four Plasma Phospholipid Fatty Acids in the De Novo Lipogenesis Pathway: Results from the CHARGE Consortium. Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics. 2013 Apr; 6(2): 171-83.  PMID:23362303

D Mozaffarian, MC de Oliveira Otto, RN Lemaitre, AM Fretts, G Hotamisligil, MY Tsai, DS Siscovick, JA Nettleton. trans-Palmitoleic acid, other dairy fat biomarkers, and incident diabetes: the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). 2013-04-01. PMID:23407305

Fretts AM, Mozaffarian D, Siscovick DS, Heckbert SR, McKnight B, King IB, Rimm EB, Psaty BM, Sacks FM, Song X, Spiegelman D, Lemaitre RN.  J Am Heart Assoc. 2013 Jan 31;2(1) PMID:23525429

AM Fretts, BV Howard, B McKnight, GE Duncan, SA Beresford, D Calhoun, AM Kriska, KL Storti, DS Siscovick. Modest levels of physical activity are associated with a lower incidence of diabetes in a population with a high rate of obesity: the strong heart family study. 2012-08-01 PMID:22723343

Fretts, A.M.,  Howard B.V.,  Siscovick D.S. Reply to D Allotey et al and SC Luncan. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  2012; 96: 446-448.   PMID:22821371

AM Fretts, BV Howard, B McKnight, GE Duncan, SA Beresford, M Mete, S Eilat-Adar, Y Zhang, DS Siscovick. Associations of processed meat and unprocessed red meat intake with incident diabetes: the Strong Heart Family Study. 2012-03-01. PMID:22277554

AM Fretts, BV Howard, AM Kriska, NL Smith, T Lumley, ET Lee, M Russell, D Siscovick. Physical activity and incident diabetes in American Indians: the Strong Heart Study. 2009-09-01. PMID:19622672