Zach Chaplow

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Post Doctoral Researcher, Department of Human Sciences
Lecturer, Department of Human Sciences

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I am a Postdoctoral Researcher, Lecturer, Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM) and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA) in the Exercise and Behavioral Medicine Laboratory at The Ohio State University. My background is in designing and implementing group-mediated and theory-based exercise, dietary and behavioral counseling interventions in chronic disease populations examining the effects of intervention on quality of life, body composition and other psychophysiological determinants of health in chronic disease populations. Currently, my primary objective is to address health inequities in rural cancer prevention and control by promoting adoption and maintenance of self-regulated lifestyle behavior change through providing access to efficacious, theory-based interventions, while examining change in clinical and quality of life outcomes. Secondarily, I am focused on addressing the pressing issue of behavior change maintenance and weight regain following primary intervention


  • Ph.D., Kinesiology, The Ohio State University, 2022 
  • Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization, Quantitative Research Methods, The Ohio State University, 2022
  • M.S., Kinesiology, The Ohio State University, 2018 
  • B.S.Ed., Exercise Science Education, The Ohio State University, 2015 

Research Interests

Research Summary

Findings from my research contribute to the feasibility of community-based and remotely-delivered interventions, efficacy of interventions for producing improvements in clinical and quality of life outcomes, knowledge of how to effectively promote lifestyle behavior change and maintenance, and utility of integrating behavioral weight management in the routine prevention and control of chronic disease.

  1. The Collaborative Lifestyle Intervention Program in overweight/obese knee osteoarthritis patients trial (CLIP-OA)
  2. Weight loss maintenance in overweight/obese knee osteoarthritis patients following primary intervention pilot trial
  3. Feasibility and preliminary efficacy of a community-based weight management intervention in overweight/obese breast cancer survivors (HNABC)
  4. A Group-Mediated Cognitive Behavioral Resistance Exercise Intervention in Head and Neck Cancer Patients Undergoing Chemoradiation Treatment (HNCaRE)
  5. Addressing obesity to reduce cancer risk and health disparities in underserved populations: The Home-based Exercise in Rural Ohio (HERO)
  6. Virtually-delivered resistance exercise and group-based behavioral therapy for rural endometrial cancer survivors during treatment (RECOMP)
  7. Feasibility of an Multi-component Exercise Intervention on Microbiome and Immune Function in a High-Risk Cohort for Lung Cancer (BE-FIT)
  8. Remotely monitored, Mobile health supported Multidomain Rehabilitation Program with High Intensity Interval Training for COVID-19 (REMM-HIIT-COVID19)
  9. Undergraduate college students’ health behaviors: a mixed-methods needs analysis examining exercise, diet and psychological well-being

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Zhang, X., Chaplow, Z.L., Bowman, J., Shoben, A., Felix, A.S., DeScenza, V.R., Kilar, M., Focht, B.C., & Paskett, E.D. (2023). The feasibility of a telephone-based weight loss intervention in rural Ohio: A pilot study. PloS one, 18(3), e0282719. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0282719

Chaplow, Z.L., Lucas, A.R., Grainger, E., Simpson, C., Fairman, C.M., DeScenza, V.R., Bowman, J., Dispennette, K., Haynam, M., Zhang, X., Clinton, S.K., & Focht, B.C. (2022).Social Cognitive Outcomes are Associated with Improvements in Mobility Performance Following a Lifestyle Intervention in Prostate Cancer Patients Undergoing Androgen Deprivation Therapy. PLoS one, 17(1), e0263136. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0263136

Focht, B.C., Rejeski, W.J., Hackshaw, K., Ambrosius, W.T., Groessl, E., Chaplow, Z.L., DeScenza, V.R., Bowman, J., Fairman, C.M., Nesbit, B., Dispennette, K., Zhang, X., Fowler, M., Haynam, M., & Hohn, S. (2022). The Collaborative Lifestyle Intervention Program in Knee Osteoarthritis Patients (CLIP-OA) trial: Design and Methods. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 106730. Epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2022.106730

DeScenza, V.R., Chaplow, Z.L., Bowman, J., Sutherland, S., & Focht, B.C. (2022). Health Fitness Professionals’ Perceptions to Offering a Cancer Exercise Program: A Qualitative Study. Translational Journal of the ACSM, 7(3), e000200. doi:10.1249/TJX.0000000000000200.

Chaplow, Z.L., Focht, B.C., Lucas, A.R., Grainger, E., Simpson, C., Buell, J., Fairman, C.M., Thomas-Ahner, J.M., Bowman, J., DeScenza, V.R., Monk, J.P., Mortazavi, A., & Clinton, S.K. (2020). Effects of a Lifestyle Exercise and Dietary Intervention on Body Composition in Prostate Cancer Patients Undergoing Androgen Deprivation Therapy. JCSM Clinical Reports. doi:10.1002/crt2.13

Focht, B.C., Lucas, A., Grainger, E., Simpson, C., Fairman, C.M., Thomas-Ahner, J., Chaplow, Z.L., DeScenza, V.R., Bowman, J., & Clinton, S.K. (2019). Effects of an Exercise and Dietary Intervention on Select Social Cognitive Outcomes in Prostate Cancer Patients Undergoing Androgen Deprivation Therapy. Integrative Cancer Therapies. doi:10.1177/1534735419893764