Martinelli, S.; Bui, T.; Acciai, F.; Yedidia, M.J.; Ohri-Vachaspati, P. Improvements in School Food Offerings over Time: Variation by School Characteristics. Nutrients 2023, 15, 1868. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu15081868


Melnick, EM, DeWeese, RS, Acciai, F, Yedidia, MJ, and Ohri-Vachaspati, P. The community food environment moderates the relationship between active commuting to school and child weight statusJ. Transp. Health. 2022 December;27:101516.

Melnick EM, Ganderats-Fuentes M, Ohri-Vachaspati P. Federal Food Assistance Program Participation during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Participant Perspectives and Reasons for DiscontinuingNutrients. 2022 Oct 27;14(21):4524.

Reyes N, Ganderats-Fuentes M, Acciai F, Eliason J, Ohri-Vachaspati P. School Garden Prevalence Before and After the Implementation of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. J Sch Health. 2022 Sep;92(9):907-915.

Acciai F, DeWeese RS, Yedidia MJ, Lloyd K, Tulloch D, DeLia D, Ohri-Vachaspati P. Differential Associations Between Changes in Food Environment and Changes in Body Mass Index Among Adults Living in Urban, Low-Income Communities. J Nutr. 2022 Aug 18:nxac186.

DeWeese RS, Acciai F, Tulloch D, Lloyd K, Yedidia MJ, Ohri-Vachaspati P. Active commuting to school: A longitudinal analysis examining persistence of behavior over time in four New Jersey cities. Prev Med Rep. 2022 Jan 29;26:101718. 

Harper K, Belarmino EH, Acciai F, Bertmann F, Ohri-Vachaspati P. Patterns of Food Assistance Program Participation, Food Insecurity, and Pantry Use among U.S. Households with Children during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Nutrients. 2022;14(5):988.

Lorts C, Adams M, Roberto AJ, Ohri-Vachaspati P. What Influences the Credibility of Printed Nutrition Education Materials?. Am J Health Behav. 2022;46(1):3-11. 


Ohri-Vachaspati P, Acciai F, DeWeese RS. SNAP participation among low-income US households stays stagnant while food insecurity escalates in the months following the COVID-19 pandemicPrev Med Rep. 2021;24:101555. 

Niles MT, Beavers AW, Clay LA, et al. A Multi-Site Analysis of the Prevalence of Food Insecurity in the United States, before and during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Curr Dev Nutr. 2021;5(12):nzab135.

Acciai F, Srinivasan M, Ohri-Vachaspati P. Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption in Children: The Interplay of Household SNAP and WIC Participation. Am J Prev Med. 2021;61(5):665−673

Martinelli S, Acciai F, Yedidia MJ, Ohri-Vachaspati P. Do parental perceptions of the nutritional quality of school meals reflect the food environment in public schools? Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021;18(20):10764.

Martinelli S, Acciai F, Tasevska N, Ohri-Vachaspati P. Using the Veggie Meter in Elementary Schools to Objectively Measure Fruit and Vegetable Intake: A Pilot Study. Methods Protoc. 2021;4(2):33.

Ohri-Vachaspati P, Acciai F, Loyd F, Tulloch D, DeWeese RS, DeLia D, Todd M,  and Yedidia M. Evidence That Changes in Community Food Environments Lead to Changes in Children’s Weight: Results from a Longitudinal Prospective Cohort Study. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2021;121(3):419-434.e9.


Acciai F, Yellow Horse AJ, Ohri-Vachaspati P. Individual-, family-, and contextual-level variables do not explain the protective effect of parental nativity status on changes in 3-15-year-old children’s BMISSM Popul Health. 2020;12:100652. Published 2020 Aug 22. doi:10.1016/j.ssmph.2020.100652

Dighe S, Lloyd K, Acciai F, Martinelli S, Yedidia MJ, Ohri-Vachaspati P. Healthier school food and physical activity environments are associated with lower student body mass index. Prev Med Rep. 2020;19:101115.

Gruner J, DeWeese RS, Evans B, Acosta-Ortiz M, Bruening M, Mollner K, Lacagnina G, Ohri-Vachaspati P. Qualitative Research in Phoenix, AZ, Exploring Support for Public–Private Partnerships to Expand the Reach of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2020;120(11):1834-1846.

Martinelli S, Acciai F, Au LE, Yedidia MJ, Ohri-Vachaspati P. Parental Perceptions of the Nutritional Quality of School Meals and Student Meal Participation: Before and After the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2020;52(11):1018-1025.

Steeves S, Acciai F, Tasevska N, DeWeese RS, Yedidia MJ, Ohri-Vachaspati P. The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children Spillover Effect: Do Siblings Reap the Benefits?. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2020;120(8):1288-1294.

Eliason J, Acciai F, DeWeese RS, Vega-López S, Ohri-Vachaspati P. Children’s Consumption Patterns and Their Parent’s Perception of a Healthy DietNutrients. 2020;12(8):2322.


Ohri-Vachaspati P, DeWeese RS, Acciai F, DeLia D, Tulloch D, Tong D, Lorts C, Yedidia M. Healthy Food Access in Low-Income High-Minority Communities: A Longitudinal Assessment—2009–2017Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019;16(13):2354.

Ohri-Vachaspati P, Acciai F, DeLia D, Lloyd K, and Yedidia MJ. Accuracy of Parent-Measured and Parent-Estimated Heights and Weights in Determining Child Weight StatusJAMA Pediatr. 2019;173(8):793-795.

Acciai F, Yedidia MJ, DeWeese RS, Martinelli S, and Ohri-Vachaspati P. School Food and Physical Activity Environment: A Longitudinal Analysis of Four School Districts in New JerseyJ Adolesc Health. 2019;65(2):216-223.

Lorts C, Tasevska N, Adams MA, Yedidia MJ, Tulloch D, Hooker SP, and Ohri-Vachaspati P. Participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Dietary Behaviors: Role of Community Food Environment. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2019;119(6):934-943.


Bruening M, Adams MA, Ohri-Vachaspati P, Hurley J. School-Level Practices and Perceptions Associated With Salad Bars in Schools. J Sch Health. 2018;88(6):416-422.

Freedman DA, Lee E, Ohri-Vachaspati P, Trapl E, Borawski E, Bess K, Flocke S. Predictors of Farmers’ Market Shopping among People Receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits. Am J Community Psychol. 2018;61(3-4):488-499.

Gruner J, DeWeese RS, Lorts C, Yedidia MJ, Ohri-Vachaspati P. Predicted Impact of the Food and Drug Administration’s Menu-Labeling Regulations on Restaurants in 4 New Jersey Cities. Am J Public Health. 2018;108(2):234-240.

Ohri-Vachaspati P, Dachenhaus E, Green J, Mollner K, Hekler E, Todd M.  Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) and Requests for Fruits and Vegetables Outside School Settings. J Acad Nutr and Diet. 2018;118(8):1408-1416.

Vaudrin N, Lloyd K, Yedidia MJ, Todd M, Ohri-Vachaspati P. Impact of the 2010 US Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act on School Breakfast and Lunch Participation Rates Between 2008 and 2015. Am J Public Health. 2018;108(1):84-86.

Karpyn A, DeWeese RS, Pelletier J, Laska M, Ohri-Vachaspati P, Deahl-Greenlaw A, Ughwanogho R, Jilcott Pitts S. Examining the feasibility of healthy minimum stocking standards for small food stores. J Acad Nutr and Diet. 2018;118(9):1655-1663.

DeWeese R, Ohri-Vachaspati P, Adams M, Kurka J, Han SY, Todd M, Yedidia MJ. Patterns of food and physical activity enviornments related to children’s food and activity behaviors: A latent class analysis. Health Place. 2018;49:19-29.

DeWeese RS, Todd M, Karpyn A, Yedidia MJ, Kennedy M, Bruening M, Wharton CM, Ohri-Vachaspati P. Short-Form Audit Instrument for Assessing Corner Store Healthfulness. Am J Health Promot. 2018;32(1):224-232.

Bruening M, Adams MA, Ohri-Vachaspati P, Hurley J. Prevalence and Implementation Practices of School Salad Bars Across Grade Levels. Am J Health Promot. 2018;32(6):1375-1382.


Tasevska N, DeLia D, Lorts C, Yedida MJ, Ohri-Vachaspati P. Determinants of Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption among Low-Income Children: Are There Differences by Race/Ethnicity, Age, and Sex?. J Acad Nutr and Diet. 2017;117(12):1900-1920.

Green J, Ohri-Vachaspati P. Food and Beverage Selection Patterns among Menu Label Users and Nonusers: Results from a Cross-Sectional Study. J Acad Nutr and Diet. 2017;117(6):929-936.

DeWeese R, Ohri-Vachaspati P. Cost of children’s healthy versus unhealthy snacks do not differ at convenience stores. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2017;49(3):241-243.


Bruening M, Ohri-Vachaspati P, Brewis A, Laska M, Todd M, Hruschka D, Schaefer DR, Whisner CM, Dunton G. Longitudinal social networks impacts on weight and weight-related behaviors assessed using mobile-based ecological momentary assessments: Study Protocols for the SPARC study. BMC Public Health. 2016;16:901.

DeWeese RS, Todd M, Karpyn A, Yedidia MJ, Kennedy M, Bruening M, Wharton CM, Ohri-Vachaspati P. Healthy store programs and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), but not the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), are associated with corner store healthfulness. Prev Med Reports. 2016;4:256-61.

Lorts C, Ohri-Vachaspati P. Disparities in Who Receives Weight-Loss Advice From a Health Care Provider: Does Income Make a Difference? Prev Chronic Dis. 2016;13:160183.

Ohri-Vachaspati P, Turner L, Adams MA, 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 United States. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2016;116(3):417-26.

Turner L, Ohri-Vachaspati P, Powell L, Chaloupka FJ. Improvements and Disparities in Types of Foods and Milk Beverages Offered in Elementary School Lunches, 2006–2007 to 2013–2014. Prev Chronic Dis. 2016;13:E39.

Lorts C, Ohri-Vachaspati P. Eating behaviors among low-income obese adults in the United States: Does health care provider’s advice carry any weight. Prev Med. 2016;87:89-94.


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

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):1280.

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; 115(8):1233-6.

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;115(12)1975-1985.

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;48(1):22-30.

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 Immigr Minor Health. 2015;17(2):519-526.

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;18(11):2055-66.


Larkey L, Vega-Lopez S, Keller C, McClain D, Ainsworth B, Ohri-Vachaspati P, Smith L, Jeong M. A Biobehavioral model of weight loss associated with meditative movement among breast cancer survivors. Health Psychol Open. 2014;1(1):2055102914565495.

Tang X, Ohri-Vachaspati P, Abbott J, Aggarwal R, Tulloch D, Lloyd K, Yedidia M.
Associations between food environment around schools and professionally measured weight status for middle and high school students. Child Obes. 2014;10(6):511-517.

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.

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.

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.

Ohri-Vachaspati P. Parental perception of the healthfulness of school meals and its association with student behavior. Appetite. 2014;74:44-7.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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;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. J Acad Nutr and Diet. 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. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 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).

McKinnon RA, Reedy J, Berrigan D, Krebs-Smith, S M Butler E, Chriqui J, Cyr J. Moore L, Galuska D, Handley B, Hanlon E, Huamani K, Lipps A, Menestrel SL, Ohri-Vachaspati P, Parekh S, Powell L, Rodgers AB, Siddiqi S, Slater S, Torio C, Welsh S. The national collaborative on childhood obesity research (NCCOR) catalogue of surveillance systems and measures registry: New tools to spur innovation and increase productivity in childhood obesity research. Am J Prev Med. 2012;42(4):433-435.


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.