Christina A. Roberto
Christina A. Roberto, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. A clinical psychologist and epidemiologist, she is principal investigator of the Psychology of Eating And Consumer Health (PEACH) lab.
Her research aims to identify and understand factors that promote unhealthy eating behaviors linked to obesity and eating disorders and design interventions to promote healthy eating. In her work, she draws upon the fields of psychology, marketing, behavioral economics, epidemiology, and public health to answer research questions that can provide policymakers and institutions with science-based guidance.
- Ph. D. (chronic disease epidemiology) - Yale University, ’12
- Ph. D. (clinical psychology) - Yale University, ’12
- B.A. (psychology) - Princeton University, ’04
Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Principal Investigator, Psychology of Eating And Consumer Health (PEACH) Lab
Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics
Senior Fellow, Center for Public Health Initiatives
Perelman School of Medicine
Medical Ethics & Health Policy
VanEpps E.M., Roberto, C.A. (in press). The influence of sugar-‐sweetened beverage health warning labels on adolescents’ choices and knowledge, American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Kulkarni, A., *Huerto, R., Roberto, C.A.,& Austin, S.B. (2016). Leveraging corporate social responsibility to improve consumer safety of dietary supplements soldfor weight loss and muscle building, Translational Behavioral Medicine.
Moran, A., *Musicus, A., *Soo, J., Gearhardt, A.N., Gollust, S.E., Roberto, C.A. (in press). Perceiving processed foods as addictive is associated with support for obesity-related public policies, Preventive Medicine.
Graham, D. & Roberto, C.A. (in press). Evaluating the impact of Food and Drug-Administration- proposed nutrition facts label changes on young adults’ visual attention and purchase intentions, Health Education and Behavior.
Roberto, C.A., & Kawachi, I. (Eds). (2015). Behavioral Economics and Public Health, Oxford University Press.
Roberto, C.A., & Pomeranz, J.L. (2015). Public health and legal arguments in favor of a policy to cap the portion sizes of sugar-sweetened beverages, American Journal of Public Health, 105, 2183-90.
*Gorski, M.T., & Roberto, C.A. (2015). Public health policies to encourage healthy eating habits: recent perspectives, Journal of Healthcare Leadership, 7, 81-90.
Roberto, C.A., Swinburn, B., Hawkes, C., Huang, T.T-K., Costa, S.A., Ashe, M., Zwicker, L., Cawley, J.H., Brownell, K.D. (2015). Patchy progress on obesity prevention: Emerging exemplars, entrenched barriers, and new thinking, The Lancet.
Brownell, K.D. & Roberto, C.A. (2015). Strategic science with policy impact, The Lancet.
Roberto, C.A. & Kawachi, I. (2014). Using psychology and behavioral economics to promote healthy eating, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 47, 832-7.
Block, J.P., & Roberto, C.A. (2014). Potential benefits of calorie labeling on menus, Journal of the American Medical Association, 312, 887-8.
Liu, P.J., Wisdom, J., Roberto, C.A., Liu, L.J., & Ubel, P.A. (2014). Using behavioral economics to design more effective food policies to address obesity, Applied Economic Perspectives and Management, 36, 6-24.
Bragg, M.A., Yanamadala, S., Roberto, C.A., Harris, J.L., & Brownell, K.D. (2013). Athlete endorsements in food marketing, Pediatrics, 132, 805-10.
Gearhardt, A.N., Bragg, M.A., Pearl, R., Schvey, N.A., Roberto, C.A., & Brownell, K.D. (2012). Obesity and Public Policy, Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 8, 405-30.
Roberto, C.A., Baik, J., Harris, J.L., & Brownell, K.D. (2010). The influence of licensed characters on children’s taste and snack preferences, Pediatrics, 126, 88-93.
Roberto, C.A., Larsen, P.D., Agnew, H., Baik, J., & Brownell, K.D. (2010). Evaluating the impact of menu labeling on consumers’ food choices and intake, American Journal of Public Health, 100, 312-318.