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Punam Ohri-Vachaspati

Punam.Ohri-Vachaspati@asu.edu

Assoc Professor
SNHP Nutrition
Faculty
Mail Code: 9020

(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

 

 

Current Active Grants and Projects

 

 

·         Robert Wood Johnson Foundation;  Role: PI; Health Policy Fellowship. (2016-2018; $165,000)

·         National Institutes of Health (NICHD-R01); Role:Dual PI; Impact of Environmental Changes on Children's BMI and Behaviors: A Panel Study. (2012-2017; $3,027,486)

·         Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Role: PI; Studying the impact of food and physical activity environments in and around schools on students’ weight status. (2016-2017; $130,000)

·         National Institutes of Health (NICHD-R03); Role Dual PI; Improving Accuracy of Classifying Child Weight Status in Population-Based Studies; (2014-2016; $154,500)

         Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Role: PI; Tracking the Impact on Children of Changes In the Food and Physical Activity Environments. (2012-2017; $559,798)


National Institutes of Health, Common Fund, NIH Director’s Early Independence Award; Role Co-I and Mentor; The Role of Friendship Networks in Weight-Related Behaviors and Outcomes among College Freshmen (2013-2018; $1,890,000)

Recent Publications

 

1.      Lorts C, Ohri-Vachaspati P.  Eating patterns among low-income obese adults: does the doctor’s advice carry any weight?  Prev Med. 2016, 87: 89–94.

 

2.      Freedman DA, Schneider C, Vaudrin N, Trapl E, Ohri-Vachaspati P, Taggart M, Cascio MA, Walsh C, Flocke, S. Narrative review of factors influencing farmer’s market use overall and among low-income populations.   J Acad Nutr and Diet. Forthcoming

 

3.      Turner L, Ohri-Vachaspati P, Powell L, Chaloupka F. Disparities and improvements in elementary school lunches from 2006-07 to 2012-13.  Prev Chronic Dis, 2016. Forthcoming.

 

4.      Ohri-Vachaspati P, Turner L, Adams M, Bruening M, Chaloupka FJ. School resources  and engagement in technical assistance programs is associated with higher prevalence of salad bars in elementary school lunches in the US. CA. J Acad Nutr and Diet. 2016 Mar;116(3):417-26.

 

5.      DeWeese R, Ohri-Vachaspati P. The role of distance in examining the association between active commuting to school and students' weight status. J Phys Act Health, 2015, 12(9). Adams MA, Bruening M, Ohri-Vachaspati P, Hurley JC.  Location of school lunch salad bars and fruit and vegetable consumption in middle schools: a corss-sectional plate waste study. Revised and submitted to J Acad Nutr and Diet. 2016 Mar;116(3):407-16

 

6.      Adams M, Bruening M, Ohri-Vachaspati P.   Use of salad bars in schools to increase fruit and vegetable consumption:  Where’s the evidence? J Acad Nutr and Diet. 2015 Aug; 115(8):1233-6

 

7.      Rimkus L. Isgor Z, Ohri-Vachaspati P, Zenk SN, Powell LM, Barker DC, Chaloupka FJ. Disparities in the availability and price of low-fat and higher-fat milk in U.S. food stores by community characteristics. J Acad Nutr and Diet. 2015 Dec; 115(12)1975-1985.

 

8.      Ohri-Vachaspati P, Isgor Z, Rimkus L, Powell LM, Barker D, Chaoupka F. Child-Directed Marketing Inside and on the Exterior of Fast-Food Restaurants. Am J Prev Med, 2015 Jan;48(1):22-30.

 

9.      Green J, Brown A, Ohri-Vachaspati P.  Socio-demographic disparities among fast-food restaurant customers who notice and use calorie menu labels. J Acad Nutr and Diet, 2015 Jul;115(7):1093-101.

 

10.  Echeverria S, Ohri-Vachaspati P, Yedidia M. The influence of parental nativity, neighborhood disadvantage, and the build environment on physical activity behaviors among Latino youth.  J. Immigrant Minority Health, 2015, 17, (2), 519-526.

 

11.  Ohri-Vachaspati P, DeLia D, DeWeese R, Crespo N, Todd M, Yedidia M. The Relative Contribution of Layers of the Social Ecological Model to Childhood Obesity.  Public Health Nutr. 2015 Aug;18(11):2055-66. 

 

12.  Tang X, Ohri-Vachaspati P, Abbott J, Aggarwal R, Tulloch D, Lloyd K, Yedidia M. 

 

13.  Associations between food environment around schools and professionally measured weight status for middle and high school students.  Child Obes.  2014, 10 (6), 511-517.

 

14.  Zenk SN, Powell LM, Rimkus L, Isgor Z, Barker D, Ohri-Vachaspati P, Chaloupka F. Relative and absolute availability of healthier food and beverage alternatives differ across communities in the United States. Am J Public Health, 2014, 104 (11), 2170-2178.

 

15.  Rimkus L, Ohri-Vachaspati P, Powell LM, Zenk SN, Quinn CM, Barker DC, Pugach O, Resnick EA, Chaloupka FJ. Development and reliability testing of a fast food restaurant observation form.  Am J Health Promot, 2014, 45 (6), 540-548.

 

16.  Bertmann FM, Barroso C, Ohri-Vachaspati P, Hampl J, Sell K, Wharton CM. Women, Infants, and Children Cash Value Voucher (CVV) use in Arizona: A qualitative exploration of barriers and strategies related to fruit and vegetable purchases. J Nutr Educ and Behav, 2014;46(3):S53–S58.

 

17.  Ohri-Vachaspati P.  Parental perception of the healthfulness of school meals and its association with student behavior. Appetite. 2013, 74, 44-47.

 

18.  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. 45 (4), 393-400.

 

19.  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, 57 (3), 162-167.

 

20.  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. J Nutr Educ and Behav. 2013, 45 (6), 733-738.  

 

21.  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. J Nutr Educ and Behav. 2013, 45 (6), 540-548.

 

22.  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.

 

23.  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. J Acad Nutr and Diet. 2012;112(6):921-926.

 

24.  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.

 

25.  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.         

 

26.  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. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2012;9(1):46.

 

27.  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).

 

28.  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.

 

29.  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.

 

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

 

Research Interests

Research focus: Public Health Nutrition

  • Social-ecological determinants of obesity
  • Role of environments and policies in influencing consumption behaviors and health outcomes
  • Determinants of food access among disadvantaged populations
  • Aassessment of federal nutrition assistance programs and policies
  • Assessment of food and physical activity environments
  • Study of nutrition interventions in schools and community settings.

Courses

Spring 2016

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
EXW 100 Intro to Health and Wellness

Fall 2015

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
NTR 501 Research Methods/Nutrition II
OBS 598 Special Topics

Fall 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
NTR 501 Research Methods/Nutrition II
OBS 598 Special Topics

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

Research Activity Research Awards

  1. Ohri-Vachaspati,Punam * . Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows -- Punam OhriVachaspati. ASU FDN (9/1/2016 - 8/31/2018).
  2. Ohri-Vachaspati,Punam * . The Impact of the Food and Physical Activity Environments in and Around Schools on Students' Weight Status (ASUF 30007019). ASU FDN (3/15/2016 - 3/14/2017).
  3. Ohri-Vachaspati,Punam * . Understanding Implementation Feasibility of recommendations for Minimum Stocking Standards and Marketing Strategies for Small Retail Food Stores. UNIV OF DELAWARE (3/1/2016 - 9/30/2016).
  4. Ohri-Vachaspati,Punam * . (DeWeese) Designing a short-form survey instrument to evaluate the healthfulness of corner stores. USDA-NIFA (9/1/2014 - 8/31/2015).
  5. Ohri-Vachaspati,Punam * Bruening,Meredith Margaret . Improving Accuracy of Classifying Child Weight Status in Population-Based Studies. HHS-NIH-NICHD (7/3/2014 - 6/30/2017).
  6. Ohri-Vachaspati,Punam * . Evaluating the Health and Economic Impact of New Jersey Food Access Initiative (NJ Food Access Initiative). (1/1/2014 - 12/31/2015).
  7. Bruening,Meredith Margaret * Hruschka,Daniel Jacob Ohri-Vachaspati,Punam Schaefer,David Slade,Alexandra Avril Brewis Todd,Michael Wayne . The Role of Friendship Networkson BMI and Behaviors among College Freshman. HHS-NIH-OD (9/20/2013 - 8/31/2018).
  8. 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 (ASUF 30005347). ASU FDN (7/15/2012 - 7/14/2017).
  9. 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 - 7/31/2016).
  10. 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).
  11. Wharton,Christopher Mack * Ohri-Vachaspati,Punam . WIC CVV Attitudes and Perceptions. AZ DEPT OF HEALTH SERVICES (3/1/2012 - 12/31/2012).
  12. 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).
  13. 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).
  14. Ohri-Vachaspati,Punam * . New Jersey Partnership for Kids Coalition. RUTGERS UNIV (9/1/2010 - 3/31/2011).
  15. Ohri-Vachaspati,Punam * . New Jersey Childhood Obesity Study. RUTGERS UNIV (8/16/2010 - 11/14/2011).

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