PhD, Public Health, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
MS, Nutritional Sciences, University of Hawaii at Manoa
BS, Food Science, Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (Lima, Peru)
Pia Chaparro is a public health nutritionist with training and experience in domestic and international settings, with an overarching focus on addressing social inequalities in nutritional outcomes. Her specific research interests include food insecurity, food and nutrition policy, the social and environmental determinants of obesity, the nutritional impact of participating in social programs, and the double burden of malnutrition in Latin America. Prior to joining Tulane, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Health Equity Studies (Stockholm University & Karolinska Institutet) in Stockholm, Sweden, and at the Institute for Social and Economic Research (University of Essex) in the UK.
Summary of current research projects
1. The impact of the 2009 WIC food package change on child obesity: an innovative quasi-experimental approach
This study, funded by the American Heart Association, is evaluating the effect of the 2009 WIC food package change on growth trajectories and obesity at age 4 among WIC-participating children in Los Angeles County, 2003-2016. This study is carried out in collaboration with the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and PHFE WIC (Los Angeles, CA).
2. The social neighborhood environment and obesity among Brazilian adults
In collaboration with the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and using data from the Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Adult Health (ELSA-Brasil), this study is evaluating if aspects of the neighborhood social environment are linked to obesity in the Brazilian context.
3. The double burden of malnutrition in Peru: a focus on social inequities
Using a series of nationally representative surveys, this project is assessing how trends of undernutrition, overweight/obesity, and household food expenditures have been changing over time, with a particular focus of vulnerable subgroups based on education, income/wealth, and participation in social programs.
Please view Dr. Chaparro's publications on her NCBI profile here.