UAB School of Public Health - Department of Epidemiology

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Olivia Affuso, PhD, FACSM

Dr. Olivia Affuso is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and an Associate Scientist in the UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center and the Center for Exercise Medicine. Her research focuses on the prevention of obesity and chronic disease through physical activity, body composition methods development, and the design of obesity randomized controlled trials. She has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Connections Program, and several UAB center grants. Her current research projects as principal investigator include the examination of potential mechanisms of group engagement on sustainable physical activity among  African American women and the development of a novel photographic  method for measuring body composition. She has also conducted several community-based pediatric obesity intervention trials and currently serves as a co-investigator examining elevated blood pressure in preschool aged children.  Scientific publications can be found here.

Dr. Affuso obtained her PhD in Nutrition Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences at the University of Miami.