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Lisa Powell

Lisa Powell


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Title: Professor/Director of Health Policy Center of the Institute for Health Policy and Research

Specialization: Health Economics & Policy, Health Behaviors, and Obesity Research



Lisa Powell, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Division Health Policy and Administration in the School of Public Health and the Associate Director of the Health Policy Center in the Institute for Health Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Powell has extensive experience as an applied micro-economist in the empirical analysis of the effects of public policy on a series of behavioral outcomes. Much of her current research is on assessing the importance of economic and environmental factors (such as food prices, sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) and soda taxes; access to food stores, fast-food restaurants, other eating places, and facilities for physical activity; and television food advertising exposure) on food consumption and physical activity behaviors and as determinants of body mass index and the prevalence of obesity, including related disparities. Her work has contributed to the policy debates on SSB taxes and child-directed marketing in the U.S. Dr. Powell’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the USDA, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She is an associate editor of BMC Public Health, section editor for Current Obesity Reports, and serves on a number of national and international advisory committees. Dr. Powell is the recipient of the 2013 University of Illinois at Chicago Researcher of the Year Award in the Social Sciences.

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