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Lisa Bailey-Davis, DEd, RD

Research Investigator I


Center for Health Research
100 North Academy Avenue
Danville, PA 17822
Phone: 570-214-9625
Fax: 570-214-5170

Geisinger Obesity Institute
100 North Academy Avenue
Danville, PA 17822
Phone: 570-214-9625
Fax: 570-214-5170


DEd Adult Education, Penn State University,
RD Registered Dietitian, ,
MA Nutrition Education, Immaculata College, 2001


Obesity, Education, Environmental Health, Pediatrics, Health Information Technology


Prevention science in childhood obesity, Food systems - diet patterns - nutrition and health, Multi-level policy -- environmental factors and health outcomes, Adult learning - health practices and health outcomes, Community-based research


Ms. Bailey-Davis’ research interests are childhood obesity, food systems, and prevention research. Her research aims to improve the understanding of the correlates and determinants of obesity to prevent and reduce obesity. Solutions to the obesity epidemic must transform how science is used to protect and improve health. Influences across multiple levels- societal, community, school, etc. factor into a child’s risk of obesity, but the family is the primary socialization context for children. Her research focuses on the identification of environmental factors, policies, and practices that impact the child through the family. A better understanding of these factors can translate into clinical decisions, parent engagement, and community support. Her research examines child growth and development, adiposity, and related health outcomes.

Her second research interest focuses on food systems, from farm to fork, and integrates macro to behavioral economics, social, and environmental perspectives on food choice, nutritional status, and health  outcomes. As the food system has become more centralized, food deserts have emerged in communities, populations have become under-nourished and over-fed, and related chronic disease has increased. As a dynamic system, inputs are constantly changing. A compelling input is locally produced food. Local food is increasingly available, consumed by families, and is likely influencing health. Her research examines networks in the local food system, eating patterns, nutritional quality, and health effects of this culturally-anchored local practice. Early studies suggest that local food consumption may be protective against childhood obesity and function to reduce adult obesity.

Her third area of research interest is prevention research with a focus on translation into practice and practice-based research. She is investigating interventions in clinical, worksite, school, and home settings that aim to make healthy choices easier with socio-cultural and institutional support.


Schwartz BS, Bailey-Davis L, Bandeen-Roche K, Pollak J, Hirsch AG, Nau C, Liu AY, Glass TA. (2014, Mar). Attention deficit disorder, stimulant use, and childhood body mass index trajectory. Pediatrics , 133(4): 668-676.   

Bailey-Davis L, Virus A, Foster GD. (2013, Feb). Middle school student and parent perceptions of free school breakfast and consumption: A qualitative inquiry in an urban setting. J Acad Nutr Diet , 113(2):251-7.   

Bailey-Davis L, Horst MA, Hillemeier MM, Lauter A. (2012, Dec). Obesity Disparities Among Elementary-age Children: Data From School-based BMI Surveillance. Pediatrics , 130(6), 1102-9.   

Probart C, McDonnell E, Bailey-Davis L, Weirich JE. (2006, December). Existence and predictors of soft drink advertisements in Pennsylvania high schools. J Am Diet Assoc , 106(12), 2052-56.   

Probart C, McDonnell E, Weirich J, Hartman T, Bailey-Davis L . (2006, February). School competitive food policies: perceptions of Pennsylvania public high school foodservice directors and principals. J Am Diet Assoc , 106(2), 271-6.   

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