Leslie Lytle, PhD
|Professor and Department Chair
|303 Rosenau Hall
Campus Box 7440
Gillings School of Global Public Health
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
1988 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor PhD, Health Behavior and Health Education
1979 Purdue University MS, Education
1976 Pennsylvania State University, University Park BS, Biological Health, Medical Dietetics
Dr. Lytle’s research focus is health promotion of youth and young adults, particularly preventing obesity and promoting healthful diet and physical activity through school, family, and environmental approaches. She has been a principal investigator on several large National Institutes of Health (NIH) studies, including CATCH (NHLBI), TEENS (NCI), TAAG (NHLBI), IDEA (NCI), ECHO (NHLBI) and CHOICES (NHLBI) and has served on many expert panels for NIH and CDC. She has taught courses in theories of health behavior change, community nutrition interventions, and behavioral and social aspects of health.
Lytle, L. A., Svetkey, L. P., Patrick, K., Belle, S., Fernandez, I. D., Jakicic, J. M., Johnson, K. C., Olson, C., Tate, D. F., Wing, R., Loria, C. M. (2014).
The EARLY Trials: A Consortium of Studies Targeting Weight Control in Young Adults.
Translational Behavioral Medicine, 4(3):304-313.
Lytle, L. A., Moe, S. G., Nanney, M. S., Laska, M. N., Linde, J. A., Petrich, C. A., Sevcik, S. M. (2014).
Designing a Weight Gain Prevention Trial for Young Adults: The CHOICES Study.
American Journal Health Education, 45(2): 67-75.
Lytle, L. A., Murray, D. M., Laska, M. N., Pasch, K., Anderson, S. E., Farbakhsh, K. (2013)
Examining the longitudinal relationship between change in sleep and obesity risk in adolescents.
Health Education and Behavior, 40(3): 362-370.
Lytle, L. A. (2012).
Dealing with the childhood obesity epidemic: A public health approach.
Abdominal Imaging, 37(5):719-724.
Hearst, M. O., Sherwood, N., Klein, E. G., Pasch, K. E., Lytle, L. A. (2011).
Parental perceptions of their adolescent’s weight status: The ECHO Study.
American Journal of Health Behavior, 35(2):248-255.