Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD


Department of Nutrition

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123 W Franklin St (Univ Sq) 
Campus Box 8120 
Chapel Hill 27516 
T: 919-843-9966 
F: 919-966-9159


University of Pennsylvania
PhD, Anthropology/Human Biology

University of Pennsylvania
MS, Human Biology

Tulane University
BA, Anthropology/Psychology

Research activities

Dr. Gordon-Larsen’s professional interests primarily relate to population-based trends, determinants and consequences of weight gain, with particular emphasis on issues related to ethnicity, disparities, and development of obesity over the lifecycle. Her NIH-funded research explores individual susceptibility to environmental context, focusing on genetic and environmental determinants of weight gain, as well as Geographic Information Systems research. Recently she was awarded NIH funding to examine heterogeneity in cardiometabolic risk using data from China. Her published research has appeared in JAMA, AJCN, Obesity, Obesity Reviews, and Archives of Internal Medicine, among others. Dr. Gordon-Larsen is active in The Obesity Society governance and has served on Council, Scientific Meeting Planning, Audit, Scientific Review, and Nominating Committees, and is a past chair of the Pediatric Obesity Section. She is an associate editor of Health and Place and International Journal of Pediatric Obesity and is on the editorial boards of Obesity, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Annals of Human Biology and Nutrition and Diabetes. She received the Lilly Scientific Achievement Award from The Obesity Society in 2010.