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Shiriki K. Kumanyika, Ph.D, M.P.H.

Shiriki K. Kumanyika, Ph.D, M.P.H.

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Emeritus Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Department: Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Graduate Group Affiliations

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University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
8th Floor Blockley Hall, 423 Guardian Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6021
Office: (215) 898-2629
Fax: (215) 746-4141
B.A. (Psychology)
Syracuse University, 1965.
Columbia University School of Social Work, 1969.
Ph.D (Human Nutrition)
Cornell University, 1978.
Johns Hopkins University, 1984.
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Description of Research Expertise

Dr. Shiriki Kumanyika has an interdisciplinary background and holds advanced degrees in social work, nutrition, and public health. She was the Founding Director of Penn's interdisciplinary, multi-school Master of Public Health program and is currently the Senior Advisor to the Center for Public Health Initiatives. Dr. Kumanyika's research focuses on identifying effective strategies to reduce nutrition-related chronic disease risks. She has served as principal investigator or co-investigator on several multi-center and single-center randomized clinical trials or observational studies related to salt intake, other aspects of diet, or obesity. Many of her studies have evaluated interventions to promote healthy eating and physical activity in African American children or adults in clinical or community-based settings. In 2002, Dr. Kumanyika founded the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network (AACORN) (www.aacorn.org), a national network that seeks to improve the quantity, quality, and effective translation of research on weight issues in African American communities. She has published extensively in the scientific literature, lectured widely within the United States, and abroad and is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

Selected Publications

Kumanyika Shiriki K, Fassbender Jennifer E, Sarwer David B, Phipps Etienne, Allison Kelly C, Localio Russell, Morales Knashawn H, Wesby Lisa, Harralson Tina, Kessler Ronni, Tan-Torres Susan, Han Xiaoyan, Tsai Adam G, Wadden Thomas A: One-Year Results of the Think Health! Study of Weight Management in Primary Care Practices. Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.) Nov 2011.

Klesges Robert C, Obarzanek Eva, Kumanyika Shiriki, Murray David M, Klesges Lisa M, Relyea George E, Stockton Michelle B, Lanctot Jennifer Q, Beech Bettina M, McClanahan Barbara S, Sherrill-Mittleman Deborah, Slawson Deborah L: The Memphis Girls' health Enrichment Multi-site Studies (GEMS): an evaluation of the efficacy of a 2-year obesity prevention program in African American girls. Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine 164(11): 1007-14, Nov 2010.

Kumanyika Shiriki K, Wadden Thomas A, Shults Justine, Fassbender Jennifer E, Brown Stacey D, Bowman Marjorie A, Brake Vivian, West William, Frazier Johnetta, Whitt-Glover Melicia C, Kallan Michael J, Desnouee Emily, Wu Xiaoying: Trial of family and friend support for weight loss in African American adults. Archives of internal medicine 169(19): 1795-804, Oct 2009.

Grier Sonya A, Kumanyika Shiriki K: The context for choice: health implications of targeted food and beverage marketing to African Americans. American journal of public health 98(9): 1616-29, Sep 2008.

Whitt-Glover, MC, Kumanyika, SK: Systematic Review of Interventions to Increase Physical Activity and Physical Fitness in African-Americans. American Journal Of Health Promotion 23(6): S33-S56, JUL-AUG 2009.

Kumanyika, SK: Environmental influences on childhood obesity: Ethnic and cultural influences in context. Physiology & Behavior 94(1): 61-70, APR 22 2008.

Kumanyika, SK, Obarzanek, E, Stettler, N, Bell, R, Field, AE, Fortmann, SP, Franklin, BA, Gillman, MW, Lewis, CE, Poston, WC, Stevens, J, Hong, YL: Population-based prevention of obesity - The need for comprehensive promotion of healthful eating, physical activity, and energy balance - A scientific statement from American heart association council on epidemiology and prevention, interdisciplinary committee for prevention (formerly the expert panel on population and prevention science). Circulation 118(4): 428-464, JUL 22 2008.

Kumanyika, S. K., Whitt-Glover, M. C., Gary, T. L., Prewitt, T. E., Odoms-Young, A. M., Banks-Wallace, J., Beech, B. M., Halbert, C. H., Karanja, N., Lancaster, K. J., Samuel-Hodge, C. D.: Expanding the obesity research paradigm to reach African American communities. Prev Chronic Dis 4(4): A112, 2007.

Kumanyika, S., Brownson, R.C., editors: Handbook of Obesity Prevention. A Resource for Health Professionals. Springer Page: 537, 2007.

Swinburn, B, Gill, T, Kumanyika, S: Obesity prevention: a proposed framework for translating evidence into action. Obesity Reviews 6(1): 23-33, FEB 2005.

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Last updated: 08/09/2014
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