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Ohri-Vachaspati is at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded longitudinal study investigating the influence of changes in food and physical activity related environments on childhood obesity and related behaviors.

Punam Ohri-Vachaspati

Professor Punam holds a Ph.D. in Applied Nutrition and Food Policy from Tufts University School of Nutrition and is also a Registered Dietitian. Her current work focuses on understanding the social-ecological determinants of obesity. Her expertise lies in the field of obesity, food policy, public health and poverty.

Ohri-Vachaspati is at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded longitudinal study investigating the influence of changes in food and physical activity related environments on childhood obesity and related behaviors. She assesses the impact of food environments and policies in schools, childcare centers, and in community settings. She also studies the role of food marketing in driving behaviours. Prior to moving to ASU, Ohri-Vachaspati was an assistant professor at Rutgers University and a Childhood Obesity Fellow at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Educationally, Punam graduated in BS, Food and Nutrition, from University of Delhi in 1980. 2 years later, she did her MS, Food and Nutrition, again from the University itself. In 1991, from Tufts University, she achieved her MS, in Applied Nutrition and Food Policy. Following that, again in 1994, Prof. Ohri-Vachanpati achieved her PhD, in Applied Nutrition and Food Policy, and finally acquired her RD, in Public Health Nutrition, from the Case Western Reserve University in 1997.

Her current Projects/ Teams she is working with and on are
Impact of Environmental Changes on Children's BMI and Behaviours : A Panel Study
Tracking the Impact on Children of Changes in the Food and Physical Activity Environments in Five New Jersey Cities over Five Years.
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