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Lisa R. Pawloski

Chair, Nutrition and Food Studies

Lisa PawloskiDr. Pawloski is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies. She is an expert in childhood obesity and biocultural aspects of health and nutrition among children, adolescents, and young adults. As a Fulbright Scholar in 1997, she examined the nutritional status of adolescent girls from the Segou Region in Mali, West Africa to explore factors impacting malnutrition in that region. Her current interests involve exploring the biocultural, geographic, and social determinants of obesity in transitional countries. Dr. Pawloski has most recently worked and conducted research in Nicaragua, Thailand, Chile, Iraq, and Costa Rica.


  • Ph.D., Anthropology, Indiana University, 1999
  • M.A., Anthropology, Indiana University, 1996
  • B.A., Biology (Minors: Chemistry and Anthropology), Texas A&M University, 1991



Curtin KM, Pawloski LR (2014) “Methodological Prospects with the use of Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Statistics for the Evaluation of Alcohol Policy” World Medical and Health Policy. In Press.

Ruchiwit M, Cowawintaweewat S, Pootong  A, Pawloski LR (2014) “An analysis of the relationship between client and health professional perceptions of health status on the quality of the Health Service System and Health Status in Vietnam.  International Journal of Healthcare Management.  In Press.

Thomas K, Rosenberger J, Pawloski LR (2014) Food security in Bombardopolis Haiti” Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition. 9:230-243.

Leslie T, Pawloski L, Kallman Price J, Escheik C, Hossain N, Fang T, Gerber LH, Younossi ZM (2014) “Survey of Health Status, Nutrition and Geography of Food Selection of Chronic Liver Disease Patients” Annals of Hepatology. 13:533-540.

Gerber LH, Weinstein A, Pawloski L (2014) “Role of exercise in optimizing the functional status in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease” Clinics in Liver Disease 18:113-127.

Ruchiwit M, Ruchiwit K, Pawloski LR, Curtin KM (2013)  “The influence of the perceptions of environmental factors on self-reported health status among Thais” World Medical and Health Policy. 4:35-46.

Gewa, C, Leslie TF, Pawloski LR (2012) “Geographic distribution and socioeconomic determinants of women's nutritional status in Mali households” Public Health Nutrition., 16:1575-1585

Ahmad H., Rasheed TK, Pawloski LR, Curtin KM (2012) “Challenges in conflict data collection: The spatial characteristics of nutritional status in Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq” Global Studies Review. 8(2).

Lisa R Pawloski, Kevin M Curtin, Constance Gewa and David Attaway  (2012)  “Maternal–child overweight/obesity and undernutrition in Kenya: a geographic analysis. Public Health Nutrition, 15:2140-2147. CJO doi:10.1017/S1368980012000110

Pawloski LR, Thurman S, Curtin KM, Ruchiwit M. (2012)  “The spread of obesity in transitional countries: A focus on the Mekong Region, Southeast Asia” World Medical and Health Policy. Volume 4, Issue 1. Pp. 1-5.

Birerdinc, A., Stepanova, M., Pawloski, L. and Younossi, Z. M. (2012), Caffeine is protective in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics. Volume 35(1):76-82.

Moore, JB, Gaffney KF, Pawloski LR, Jaimovich SP, Campos MC (2012) “Maternal-child nutrition practices and pediatric overweight/obesity in US and Chile: A comparative study” Journal of Pediatric Nursing. Volume 27(5):e44-e49.

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Department of Nutrition and Food Studies
10340 Democracy Ln
Fairfax, VA 22030
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Fairfax, VA 22030-4444