Punam-headshot Punam Ohri-Vachaspati, PhD, RDN
Professor
E-mail: pohrivac@asu.edu
deweese2 Robin DeWeese, PhD, RDN
Research Assistant Professor
Research interest: Improving healthy food access
E-mail: rsdewees@asu.edu
Francesco-Acciai Francesco Acciai, PhD
Research Scholar
Research interest: Demography, Social Inequalities in Health
E-mail: facciai@asu.edu
sarah-martinelli Sarah Martinelli, MS, RD, SNS
Clinical Assistant Professor, Arizona State University
Research interests: nutrition policy, school food environments
E-mail: sarah.martinelli@asu.edu
Jessica-Eliason Jessica Eliason, MS
Research Technician
E-mail: jjeliaso@asu.edu
Clinton-Stevens Clinton Stevens
Masters Student: MS Nutritional Science
E-mail: clinton.stevens@asu.edu
Terrell-Brown Terrell Brown
Undergraduate Student, BS Health Sciences
E-mail: tabrow23@asu.edu

Past Team Members

Doctoral Students

Robin DeWeese, PhD, RD (2015)
Current Position: Assistant Research Professor, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ
PhD Dissertation: Designing a short-form survey instrument to evaluate the healthfulness of corner stores

Jessie Gruner, PhD, RD (2017)
Current Position: Director of Community Innovations, Pinnacle Prevention, Phoenix, AZ
PhD Dissertation: Finding Winnable Strategies to Expand the Reach of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Beyond School Settings

Cori Lorts, PhD, RD (2017)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
PhD Dissertation: The community food environment’s influence on dietary behaviors

Masters Students

Andrea Berry, MS, RD (2012)
MS Thesis: Determinants of the home food environment

Jessie Green, MS, RD (2013)
Current Position: Director of Community Innovations, Pinnacle Prevention, Phoenix, AZ
MS Thesis: Association between demographic characteristics and fast food menu labeling use and awareness in a Southwest population of adults

Alan Brown, MS, RD (2013)
Current Position: Arizona WIC, AZ Department of Health
MS Thesis: Association between self-perception of health and diet, and awareness and use of calorie menu labeling.

Xuang Tang, PhD (2013)
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Tennessee-Health Science Center College of Medicine, Memphis, TN
MS Thesis: Food Environment around Schools and Students’ Weight Status: A Study of Four New Jersey Low-Income Communities

Sarah Martinelli, MS, RD (2013)
Current Position: Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Health Solutions, ASU, Phoenix, AZ
MS Thesis: The association between the moral foundations theory, ethical concern and fast food consumption.

Wendy Bader, MS, RD (2013)
MS Thesis: Factors Associated with the Accuracy of Parental Perception of their Child’s Body Weight Status: The New Jersey Childhood Obesity Study

Elizabeth Dachenhaus, MS (2015)
Current Position: PAC, University Hospitals, Cleveland, Ohio
MS Thesis: Associations between Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program and students’ home food environment and family food shopping practices: A student’s perspective.

Kristi Mollner, MS, RD (2015)
Current Position: Maricopa County Department of Health
MS Thesis: Associations between Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program and students’ home food environment and family food shopping practices: A parent’s perspective.

Nicole Vaudrin, MS, RD (2017)
Current Position: WIC Supervisor, Native Health, Phoenix, AZ
Project: Impact of the 2010 US Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act: A longitudinal analysis of school breakfast and lunch participation rates between 2008-2015.

Stephanie Steeves, MS, RD (2018)
MS Thesis: The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Spillover Effect: Do Siblings Reap the Benefits?

Marina Acosta, MS (2018)
Current Position: University of Arizona Extension, Phoenix AZ
MS Thesis: The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program’s influence on the home food environment and shopping practices.

Jessica Eliason, MS (2019)
Current Position: Research Assistant, College of Health Solutions, ASU
MS Thesis: How Well Do Parents Assess Their Children’s Diet? Results from the New Jersey Child Health Study.