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Lori Miller
Preventing child obesity

Lori Miller is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at the UC Davis Health System, Sacramento campus. She earned a doctor of philosophy in nursing science at the University of Washington, where she concurrently earned an Advanced Practice Environment Health Nursing Certificate.She  also completed advanced interdisciplinary training in demography and ecology and earned a master of science in public health genetics. In addition, she holds a master of public health in epidemiology from Florida International University and a bachelor of science in biology from Tuskegee University.

This interview took place in 2012. Lori is an alumna of the Business Development Fellows program 2012/13.

What’s important about your research—and where do you hope to take it?

My research is focused in the area of healthy systems, with an emphasis on childhood obesity prevention and reducing related racial/ethnic health disparities. Specifically, my research examines the direct and indirect effects of school and afterschool physical activity policies on K–12th grade students’ adherence to standards and subsequent weight outcomes. This research is particularly important, for little is know about policy effectiveness related to childhood obesity prevention, student physical activity behaviors and weight-related outcomes. Efforts to advance this area of research provide an evidence base for implementing effective obesity-related policies as well as developing novel policy-based interventions. 

What are you most passionate about in your work?

I am most passionate about developing novel evidence-based interventions that will not only help preteen and teens (especially black girls) effectively prevent unhealthy weight gain and improve fitness levels but promote healthy youth development. I am especially proud that the postdoctoral fellows program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing affords me opportunities to innovatively expand my dissertation research and develop its commercial potential.      

How will the Business Development Fellows program help you change the world?

I am most passionate about developing novel evidence-based interventions that will not only help preteen and teens (especially black girls) effectively prevent unhealthy weight gain and improve fitness levels but promote healthy youth development. I am especially proud that the postdoctoral fellows program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing affords me opportunities to innovatively expand my dissertation research and develop its commercial potential.