Laboratory Members

 Peter T. Katzmarzyk, Ph.D,  FACSM,  FAHA

Associate Executive Director for Population and Public Health Sciences

Marie Edana Corcoran Endowed Chair in Pediatric Obesity and Diabetes

6400 Perkins Road  

Baton Rouge,  LA   70808                                                                                     

T:  225-763-2536   F:  225-763-2927

Peter Katzmarzyk's CV

Dr. Katzmarzyk is Professor and Associate Executive Director for Population and Public Health Sciences at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center where he holds the Marie Edana Corcoran Endowed Chair in Pediatric Obesity and Diabetes. Dr. Katzmarzyk is an internationally recognized leader in the field of physical activity and obesity, with a special emphasis on pediatrics and ethnic health disparities. He has over two decades of experience in conducting large clinical and population-based studies in children and adults. Dr. Katzmarzyk has a special interest in global health, and has a record of building research capacity in physical activity and obesity research in developing countries. He has published his research in more than 400 scholarly journals and books, and has delivered over 170 invited lectures in 15 countries. He is an Associate Editor for Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise and an editorial board member for the International Journal of Obesity, Pediatric Obesity, and Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders. In addition to his research, Dr. Katzmarzyk plays a leading role in national health advocacy initiatives chairing the Research Advisory Committee for the U.S. Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth for the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance.

 

Elizabeth Gollub, Ph.D, M.P.H., R.D.                

Instructor   -  6400 Perkins Road  - Baton Rouge, LA  70808

T:  225-763-0945              F:  225-763-3009

Elizabeth Gollub's CV

Dr. Elizabeth Gollub is an Instructor and Program Evaluator in Physical Activity & Obesity Epidemiology at Pennington Biomedical Research Center under the direction of Dr. Peter T. Katzmarzyk. As part of her position, she serves as Lead Evaluator for the Louisiana DHH Chronic Disease Prevention & Control Unit’s CDC funded programs. Dr. Gollub works closely with individuals, communities, and organizations throughout the state to assist and assess innovative approaches to creating healthier environments, changing social norms, and diminishing health disparities.  In this capacity, she focuses on efforts to improve access to healthy foods, opportunities for physical activity, health promotion education and services, and obesity prevention.

 

Dr. Gollub earned her PhD in Nutrition and Dietetics from Florida International University’s National Resource Center on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Aging. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and she is a Registered Dietitian with a Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management. Dr. Gollub has been involved in the areas of clinical nutrition, outcomes research, program development and evaluation, education, and public/community health since 1986. Her primary professional interests stem from the interrelationships among: eating habits, fitness, disease prevention/management, and quality of life.   

Kara Dentro, M.P.H.

Research Associate  -  6400 Perkins Road - Baton Rouge, LA  70808

T: 225-763-2614              F:  225-763-3009

Kara Dentro's CV

Kara Dentro is currently a Research Associate in Physical Activity & Obesity Epidemiology at Pennington Biomedical Research Center under the direction of Dr. Peter T. Katzmarzyk. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After finishing her undergraduate degree, Kara attended Boston University School of Public Health where she earned a Master of Public Health in both the International Health and Epidemiology Programs with a special emphasis in disease control. Her main research interests include the epidemiology of physical activityand obesity and investigating the relationships between physical activity, fitness, overweight and obesity and their related morbidities among the pediatric population. Kara serves as the research advisory committee coordinator for the development of both the Louisiana’s Report Card on Physical Activity & Health for Children and Youth and the United States Report Card on Physical Activity & Health for Children and Youth. These report cards assess the level of physical activity and sedentary behaviors among children and youth at the Louisiana state and U.S. national levels. Kara is also a member of the International Study of Childhood Obesity, Lifestyle and the Environment (ISCOLE) Coordinating Center. ISCOLE is designed to assess the relationships between overweight and obesity, lifestyle behaviors and characteristics of the home and school environments among 10-year old children living in

12 countries around the globe.

Allison Tohme, M.P.H.,  C.P.H.

Research Associate -  6400 Perkins Road - Baton Rouge, LA 70808

T: 225-763-3051           F:  225-763-3009

Allison Tohme's CV                                     

 

Allison Tohme earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Louisiana Tech University in 2009 and a Master of Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2011. While in graduate school, Allison concentrated in health behavior and completed an internship with the Department of Health and Hospital’s Louisiana Birth Outcomes Project. During this internship, she promoted quality improvement initiatives in Louisiana’s top birthing hospitals and created a database of behavioral health resources for pregnant women. Allison is also certified in Public Health.

In August 2011, Allison joined the Evaluation Unit as a Research Associate under the direction of Dr. Peter Katzmarzyk to monitor and evaluate obesity prevention research projects.  Her work is focused on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation’s Challenge for a Healthier Louisiana Grant Program, which funds community-based partnerships to implement healthy eating and active living programs along with environmental change initiatives.  She is a project officer on three Challenge Grant funded projects which involves developing evaluation strategies and general grant administration.  In addition to her work on the Challenge Grant, Allison is part of the management team for the International Study of Childhood Obesity, Lifestyle and the Environment (ISCOLE) where her focus is to ensure protocol adherence and quality assurance.  She also oversees regulatory documentation, writes reports, and develops training materials for these and other projects. 

Emily Mire, M.S.

Database Manager  -  6400 Perkins Road - Baton Rouge, LA  70808

T:  225-763-2934         F:  225-763-3009

Emily Mire's CV

Emily Mire earned her Bachelor of Science from Loyola University New Orleans in 2004, with a major in mathematics and a minor in biology. In 2007, she received her Master of Science in Biostatistics from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. In the fall of 2007, Emily began working as a data manager in Physical Activity & Obesity Epidemiology at Pennington Biomedical Research Center under the direction of Dr. Peter T. Katzmarzyk.  Her main role as data manager has been to develop and maintain the dataset for the Pennington Center Longitudinal Study (PCLS), an easily accessible cross-sectional dataset that that combines all of the various lifestyle, body composition and metabolic studies that have been conducted at Pennington Biomedical Research Center.  Emily also monitors data for the International Study of Childhood Obesity, Lifestyle and the Environment (ISCOLE) by verifying data collection, entry, storage and output, creating datasets and assisting in the development of specialized programs for the management of 24-hour accelerometer data. In addition to her work with the PCLS and ISCOLE, Emily assists in other research projects involving large datasets such as the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

                                           

Katie Schexnaildre, MPH

Research Associate - 6400 Perkins Road - Baton Rouge,  LA  70808

T: 225-763-2829                   F: 225-763-3009

Katie Schexnaildre's CV

Katie Schexnaildre, MPH completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Louisville in May 2010. She went on to complete her graduate degree in Public Health at Tulane University in May 2012. During her graduate training, Katie focused on monitoring and evaluation of public health programs by completing evaluation internships with Hôpital Albert Schweitzer in Deschapelles, Haiti and the Louisiana Public Health Institute in New Orleans. From 2012-2014, Katie was the Senior Program Coordinator for the Tulane University Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health Program (BIRCWH), a NIH K12 junior faculty development grant. She was responsible for all program activities related to the grant, and all qualitative and quantitative data collection activities. In her role at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Katie is the external evaluator for the Louisiana Tobacco Control Program (LTCP). She works with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals staff and statewide tobacco control partners to evaluate the LTCP’s efforts to reduce youth smoking, reduce exposure to secondhand smoke, decrease tobacco use among adults and youth, and eliminate tobacco-related disparities.