Barbara Laraia


Affiliate Director of Nutrition Research, Liaison with UCB

Dr. Laraia is a public health nutrition investigator with a special interest in the relationships between food policy, the food environment and health. She has expertise in qualitative methods, program evaluation, community-based research and nutritional epidemiology. Her research focuses on household food security status and neighborhood effects on diet, weight, perinatal outcomes, and other maternal child health issues, especially among vulnerable populations. Her current projects include: measurement issues of the food and physical activity environments; influences of the food environment on diet and weight among postpartum women; understanding the role that tiendas (Latino grocery stores) play in diet quality among Latinos.

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