Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

M. Pia Chaparro

Assistant Professor - Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences

Contact Info

Department Affiliation
Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences

  • B.S., Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, 2002
  • M.A., University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, 2007
  • Ph.D., University of California Los Angeles, 2013
Academic Experience
  • Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 2017-
  • Senior Research Officer, University of Essex, 2016
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Health Equity Studies, 2013-2015
  • Staff Research Associate, University of California Los Angeles, 2013

Research & Teaching Specializations: Nutrition, Population Health, Peru, Obesity, Food Assistance Programs, Food Insecurity, Latin America, Peru

  • International Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Stockholm University & Karolinska Instituet, 2013-2015
  • Predoctoral Fellowship, American Heart Association Western Affiliates, 2011-2012
  • Eleanor J. DeBenedictis Fellowship in Nutrition, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, 2008-2012
  • Juneal Smith Fellowship in International Nutrition, 2011
  • Spanish
  • Italian
Overseas Experience
  • Peru
Selected Publications
  • 2019. “Exposure to Neighborhood Crime Is Associated with Lower Levels of Physical Activity and Higher Obesity Risk among Adolescent Girls, but Not Boys,” with Bilfield, A. and Theall, K.P. Childhood obesity (Print). 15(2):87-92.
  • 2018. “Neighborhood deprivation and biomarkers of health in Britain: the mediating role of the physical environment.” with Benzeval, M., Richardson, E., and Mitchell, R. BMC public health. 18(1):801.
  • 2017. “Maternal pre-pregnancy BMI and offspring body composition in young adulthood: the modifying role of offspring sex and birth order,” with Koupil I, Byberg L. Public health nutrition. 2017; 20(17):3084-3089.
  • 2017. “Childhood family structure and women’s adult overweight risk: A longitudinal study,” with de Luna, X., Häggström, J., Ivarsson, A., Lindgren, U., Nilsson, K., and Koupil, I. Scandinavian journal of public health. 45(5):511-519.
  • 2017. “The unhealthy food environment does not modify the association between obesity and participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP) in Los
    Angeles County.” BMC Public Health, With Harrison GG, Wang M, Seto E, Pebley AR. 17:81 DOI 10.1186/s12889-016-4011-z
  • 2016. “Mapping of nutrition and sectoral policies addressing malnutrition in Latin America.” Pan Am J Public Health, with Tirado MC, Galicia L, Husby HM, Lopez J, Olamendi S, Gonzalez MA, Grajeda R;40:114-123.
  • 2013. “Immigrant enclaves and obesity in preschool-aged children in Los Angeles County.” Soc Sci Med With Nobari TZ, Wang MC, Crespi C, Koleilat M, Whaley SE 92:1-8
  • 2012. “Mapping the nutrition transition in Peru: evidence that decentralized nutrition policies are needed.” Rev Panam Salud Publica With Estrada L;32:241‘€“4.
  • 2011. “Predictors of accurate maternal perception of their preschoolchild’s weight status among Hispanic WIC participants.” Obesity With Langellier B, Whaley S, Kim L 19:2026-2030.

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 2

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