• My research examines the determinants and consequences of body weight and weight-related outcomes. There are two broad lines to my research: (1) examining the effect of early life experiences on the health and obesity of midlife and older adults; and (2) examining the effect of social status on weight-related outcomes, including obesity and dietary behaviors. The objective of my research is to improve causal inferences about the determinants of consequences of body weight and identify factors—such as perceived social status—which complement the design of weight management behavioral interventions.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2019 Objective and Subjective Measures of Socioeconomic Status Are Associated with Metabolic Syndrome Severity Among African American Adults in the Jackson Heart Study (P18-006-19).Current Developments in Nutrition.  3. 2019
    2019 The Effects of Experimentally Manipulated Social Status and Food Insecurity on Acute Eating Behavior and Risk for Obesity Among Adolescents: A Randomized Controlled Study (P21-058-19).Current Developments in Nutrition.  3. 2019
    2019 Response to “The Relationship Between Youth Subjective Social Status and Weight Loss”Obesity Research.  27:688. 2019
    2019 Obesity as a threat to national security: the need for precision engagementInternational Journal of Obesity.  43:437-439. 2019
    2019 A sweeping highlight of the literature examining social status, eating behavior, and obesityAppetite.  132:205-207. 2019
    2019 Satisfaction with Health Care Among Individuals with Overweight and Obesity: A Nationally Representative Cross-sectional StudyJournal of General Internal Medicine2019
    2019 Subjective social status is associated with compensation for large meals – A prospective pilot studyAppetite.  132:249-256. 2019
    2018 Youth Subjective Social Status (SSS) is Associated with Parent SSS, Income, and Food Insecurity but not Weight Loss Among Low-Income Hispanic YouthObesity Research.  26:1923-1930. 2018
    2018 Additive effects of obesity and loneliness on C-reactive proteinPLoS ONE.  13. 2018
    2018 Cell-specific "competition for calories" drives asymmetric nutrient-energy partitioning, obesity, and metabolic diseases in human and non-human animalsFrontiers in Physiology.  9. 2018
    2018 Diabetes risk scores for Hispanics living in the United States: A systematic reviewDiabetes Research and Clinical Practice.  142:120-129. 2018
    2018 Randomization to randomization probability: Estimating treatment effects under actual conditions of usePsychological Methods.  23:337-350. 2018
    2018 Generalized lambda distribution for flexibly testing differences beyond the mean in the distribution of a dependent variable such as body mass indexInternational Journal of Obesity.  42:930-933. 2018
    2018 A Comment on Scherr et al “A Multicomponent, School-Based Intervention, the Shaping Healthy Choices Program, Improves Nutrition-Related Outcomes”Journal of Nutrition Education.  50:324-325. 2018
    2018 Body Mass Index and Subjective Social Status: The Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults StudyObesity Research.  26:426-431. 2018
    2018 The relationships of classic psychedelic use with criminal behavior in the United States adult populationJournal of Psychopharmacology.  32:37-48. 2018
    2017 Social status and energy intake: a randomized controlled experimentClinical Obesity.  7:316-322. 2017
    2017 Future Research Directions for the Insurance Hypothesis regarding Food Insecurity and Obesity Behavioral and Brain SciencesBehavioral and Brain Sciences2017
    2017 Future research directions for the insurance hypothesis regarding food insecurity and obesityBehavioral and Brain Sciences.  40:18-19. 2017
    2017 Is childhood socioeconomic status independently associated with adult BMI after accounting for adult and neighborhood socioeconomic status?PLoS ONE.  12. 2017
    2016 The effects of experimentally manipulated social status on acute eating behavior: A randomized, crossover pilot studyPhysiology and Behavior.  162:93-101. 2016
    2016 The Validity of US Nutritional Surveillance: USDA's Loss-Adjusted Food Availability Data Series 1971-2010Current Problems in Cardiology.  41:268-292. 2016
    2016 Childhood conditions and multimorbidity among older adultsJournals of Gerontology, Series B.  71:889-901. 2016
    2016 A narrative review of the associations between six bioactive components in breast milk and infant adiposityObesity Research.  24:1213-1221. 2016
    2016 Socioeconomic Status, Risk of Obesity, and the Importance of Albert J. StunkardCurrent Obesity Reports.  5:132-139. 2016
    2015 The Inadmissibility of What We Eat in America and NHANES Dietary Data in Nutrition and Obesity Research and the Scientific Formulation of National Dietary GuidelinesMayo Clinic Proceedings.  90:911-926. 2015
    2015 Tourism and the treadmill of production: a cross-national analysisEnvironmental Sociology.  1:127-138. 2015
    2015 A Discussion of the Refutation of Memory-Based Dietary Assessment Methods (M-BMs): The Rhetorical Defense of Pseudoscientific and Inadmissible EvidenceMayo Clinic Proceedings.  90:1736-1739. 2015
    2015 Functional Status and Social Contact Among Older AdultsResearch on Aging.  37:815-836. 2015
    2015 Packet randomized experiments for eliminating classes of confoundersEuropean Journal of Clinical Investigation.  45:45-55. 2015
    2015 Social relationships, gender, and recovery from mobility limitation among older americansJournals of Gerontology, Series B.  70:769-781. 2015
    2012 Addictive Economies and Coal Dependency: Methods of Extraction and Socioeconomic Outcomes in West Virginia, 1997-2009Organization and Environment.  25:368-384. 2012
    The Ethical and Educational Imperative of Due Process

    Research Overview

  • Obesity, Social Determinants of Health, Social Status
  • Principal Investigator On

    Teaching Overview

  • PUH 204: (Health Meets Life: Sex Drugs, and Weight)
    HB636Q: Survey Design and Analysis (online)
    HB742: Mediation and Moderation in the Social Sciences,
    HB741 Fundamentals of Clinical Trials, and HB706, Energetics.
  • Full Name

  • Gregory Pavela