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Lori Francis

Associate Professor, Biobehavioral Health

219 BBH Building
814-863-0213
laf169@psu.edu

Introduction & Projects

Lori Francis studies the sociocultural factors influencing the development of obesity in low-income and minority children, including family environment, neighborhood characteristics and socioeconomic status; family-based interventions to reduce and prevent obesity and related morbidities in children; understanding biobehavioral, family environmental and cultural factors that influence self-regulation of energy intake and body weight in young children.

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Prevention-related Projects

Recent Publications

Improving toddler's healthy eating habits and self-regulation: A randomized controlled trial

Nix, R.L., Francis, L.A., Feinberg, M.E., Gill, S., Jones, D.E., Hostetler, M.L., & Stifter, C.A. (2021). Improving toddler's healthy eating habits and self-regulation: A randomized controlled trial. Pediatrics. 147(1). Article e20193326. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2019-3326

Predictors of developmental patterns of obesity in young children

O’Connor, T., Williams, J., Blair, C., Kopp, L., Francis, L., & Willoughby, M. (2020). Predictors of developmental patterns of obesity in young children. Frontiers Pediatrics, 8(109). https://doi.org/10.3389/fped.2020.00109

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