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Punam Ohri-Vachaspati

Punam.Ohri-Vachaspati@asu.edu

Assoc Professor
SNHP Nutrition
Faculty
Mail Code: 3020

(602)827-2270

Bio

Punam Ohri-Vachaspati, PhD, RD
Associate Professor

Education

  • RD - Case Western Reserve University, OH, 1997
  • PhD - Tufts University, MA, 1994
    Applied Nutrition and Food Policy
  • MS - Tufts University, MA, 1991
    Applied Nutrition and Food Policy
  • MS - Delhi University, 1982
    Food and Nutrition

 

Recent Publications

·         DeWeese R, Yedidia M, Tulloch D, Ohri-Vachaspati P. Associations of neighborhood perceptions with active school commuting in low-income cities. Am J Prev Med. 2013. Forthcoming.

           Ohri-Vachaspati P , Lloyd K, DeLia D, Yedidia M. A closer examination of the relationship between childhood obesity and the food and physical activity environment. Prev Med. 2013. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2013.05.009.

          Mikkelsen BE, Ohri-Vachaspati P. Hunger, overconsumption and youth: Future directions for research in school-based health nutrition strategies. Public Health Nutr. 2013; 16(6):953-955. 

·         Ohri-Vachaspati P , Turner L, Chaloupka F. Elementary school participation in the United States Department of Agriculture’s Team Nutrition program is associated with more healthful school lunches. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2013. Doi:10.1016/j.jneb.2012.12.006.

·         Rimkus L, Powell LM, Zenk S, , Han E, Ohri-Vachaspati P, Pugach O, Barker D, Resnick E, Quinn C., Myllylluoma J, Chaloupka FJ.  Development and reliability testing of a food store observation form. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2013. Forthcoming.  

 
Kirkpatrick SI, Reedy J, Kahle LL, Harris JL, Ohri-Vachaspati P, Krebs-Smith SM. Fast food menu offerings vary in dietary quality, but are consistently poor. Public Health Nutr. 2013. 2013; 15:1-8.

·         Ohri-Vachaspati P , Turner L, Chaloupka F. Fresh fruit and vegetable program participation in elementary schools in the United States and availability of fruits and vegetables in school lunch meals. Journal of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2012;112(6):921-926.  

·         Ohri-Vachaspati P , Turner L, Chaloupka F. Alliance for a healthier generation's competitive beverage and food guidelines: Do elementary school administrators know about them and do they report implementing them?   J Sch Health. 2012;82:469-477 .

      Bertmann F , Ohri-Vachaspati P, Buman M, Wharton CM. Implementation of wireless terminals at farmers' markets: Impact on SNAP redemption and overall sales. Am J Public Health. 2012;102(7):e53-e55.

           Han E, Powell LM, Zenk SN, Rimkus L, Ohri-Vachaspati P, Chaloupka F. Classification bias in commercial business lists for retail food stores in the US. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2012;9(1):46.  

·         Ohri-Vachaspati P , Leviton L, Bors P, Brennan L, Brownson RC, Strunk S. Strategies proposed by healthy kids, healthy communities partnerships to prevent childhood obesity. Prev Chronic Dis. 2012;9(100292). doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.5888/pcd9.100292. 

·         Ohri-Vachaspati P , Martinez D, Yedidia M, Petlick NH. Improving data accuracy of commercial food outlet databases. Am J Health Promot. 2011;26(2):116-122.  

·         Harris JL, Schwartz MB, Ustjanauskas A, Ohri-Vachaspati P, Brownell KD. Effects of serving high-sugar cereals on children's breakfast-eating behavior. Pediatrics. 2011;127(1):71-76.

·         Ohri-Vachaspati P , Leviton L. Measuring food environments – A guide to available instruments. Am J Health Promot. 2010;24(6):410-426.

Current/Recent Grants and Projects

  • 2012-2017 National Institutes of Health (NICHD-R01). Impact of Environmental Changes on Children's BMI and Behaviors: A Panel Study. Role: PI.
  • 2012-2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Tracking Changes in Food and Physical Activiity Environments. Role: PI.
  • 2012-2013 The Food Trust.  Using Price Promotion to Change Purchasing Patterns among Low-Income Minority Shoppers in Arizona. Role: PI
  • 2012 Arizona Department of Health Services - Women Infant and Children (WIC) program's Cash Value Voucher (CVV) use and participant attitudes and perceptions. Role: Co-PI
  • 2011 Arizona Department of Health Services - Policy Considerations for Improving the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Making a Case for Decreasing the Burden of Obesity. Role: PI

Research Interests

Understanding social-ecological determinants of obesity; specifically the role of environments and policies in influencing consumption behaviors and health outcomes; and study of nutrition interventions in community settings.

Courses

Spring 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
NTR 501 Research Methods/Nutrition II

Fall 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
NTR 527 Policies, Environment &Obesity

Spring 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
NTR 501 Research Methods/Nutrition II

Fall 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
NTR 527 Energy Balance and Weight Mgmt

Spring 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
EXW 691 Seminar

Fall 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
HSC 420 Eval Health Sci Res

Spring 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
HSC 494 Special Topics
NTR 598 Special Topics

Research Activity Research Awards

  1. Bruening,Meredith Margaret * , Brewis Slade,Alexandra A , Hruschka,Daniel Jacob , Ohri-Vachaspati,Punam , Schaefer,David , Todd,Michael Wayne , . The Role of Friendship Networkson BMI and Behaviors among College Freshman. HHS-NIH-OD (9/20/2013 - 8/31/2018).
  2. Ohri-Vachaspati,Punam * . Tracking the impact on children of changes in the food and physical activity environments in five New Jersey cities over five years. ASU FDN (7/15/2012 - 7/14/2017).
  3. Ohri-Vachaspati,Punam * , Ohri-Vachaspati,Punam * , Ainsworth,Barbara Ellen , Ainsworth,Barbara Ellen , Szalacha,Laura A. , . Impact of Environmental Changes on Children's BMI and Behaviors: A Panel Study. RUTGERS UNIV (6/1/2012 - 7/31/2014).
  4. Ohri-Vachaspati,Punam * Buman,Matthew P Mcclain,Darya Denise Wharton,Christopher Mack . Using In-store Marketing to Promote Healthier Food Choices. (6/1/2012 - 12/31/2013).
  5. Wharton,Christopher Mack * Ohri-Vachaspati,Punam . WIC CVV Attitudes and Perceptions. AZ DEPT OF HEALTH SERVICES (3/1/2012 - 12/31/2012).
  6. Ohri-Vachaspati,Punam * Wharton,Christopher Mack . Policy Considerations for Improving the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program : Making a case for Arizona. AZ DEPT OF HEALTH SERVICES (5/2/2011 - 11/4/2011).
  7. Ohri-Vachaspati,Punam * . Parental and built environmental determinants of physical activity in Latino Children (New Connections, Active Living Research). UMDNJ - RWJMS (1/15/2011 - 7/15/2012).
  8. Ohri-Vachaspati,Punam * . New Jersey Partnership for Kids Coalition. RUTGERS UNIV (9/1/2010 - 3/31/2011).
  9. Ohri-Vachaspati,Punam * . New Jersey Childhood Obesity Study. RUTGERS UNIV (8/16/2010 - 11/14/2011).

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