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 currently a Professor and the Associate Executive Director for Population and Public Health Sciences at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. He also holds the Marie Edana Corcoran Endowed Chair in Pediatric Obesity and Diabetes. He obtained a PhD in Exercise Science from Michigan State University in 1997, and pursued post-doctoral education at Laval University in 1998. Dr. Katzmarzyk began his career at York University in Toronto where he was promoted to Associate Professor before moving to Queen's University in 2002 and the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in 2007. His main research interest is the epidemiology and public health impact of obesity and physical inactivity, and determining the relationships between physical activity, physical fitness, obesity and related disorders such as metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, particularly in children and youth. Dr. Katzmarzyk has published his research findings in more than 300 scholarly journals and books, and regularly participates in the scientific meetings of several national and international organizations. He is currently an editorial board member for the International Journal of Obesity, International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, Journal of Physical Activity and Health, and Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders. Dr. Katzmarzyk’s scientific advocacy efforts include the organization of an annual public health conference on childhood obesity at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, and chairing the research advisory committee for the development of Louisiana’s Report Card on Physical Activity and Health for Children and Youth. Dr. Katzmarzyk was recently appointed to serve on the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Science Board.

Tiago Barreira, Ph.D, CSCS

Post Doctoral Fellow -  6400 Perkins Road  - Baton Rouge, LA  70808

T:  225-763-2935              F:  225-763-3009

Tiago Barreira's CV

Tiago Barreira earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.  After finishing his undergraduate degrees, Tiago then attended Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee where he earned a Master of Science in Exercise Science in 2006 and a PhD in Human Performance with a specialization in Kinesmetrics in 2010. Tiago’s academic work focused on three main areas related to the measurement of physical activity: (1) establishing validity and reliability evidence of physical activity measurement tools (i.e., questionnaires, pedometers, accelerometers), (2) how to use physical activity measurement tools to obtain reliable and accurate information on physical activity patterns, and (3) the use of physical activity measurement tools as a motivation to promote increases in physical activity level.

In the summer of 2010, Tiago began working as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Physical Activity & Obesity Epidemiology at Pennington Biomedical Research Center under the direction of Dr. Peter T. Katzmarzyk.

Amanda E. Staiano, Ph.D

Assistant Professor - Research – 6400 Perkins Road – Baton Rouge, LA 70808

T:  225-763-2729          F:  225-763-3009

Amanda Staiano's CV

Dr. Amanda E. Staiano earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology and Master of Public Policy at Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Science in psychology at Louisiana State University. Dr. Staiano’s focus is pediatric obesity with an interest in health disparities in children’s body composition and health behaviors that contribute to obesity and its comorbidities. She also examines technology-mediated physical activity interventions to target children who are most at-risk for obesity and chronic disease. Drawing from her public policy training, Dr. Staiano participates in scientific advocacy at the national, state, and local level.

 

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 activity and 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.

 

Denise Lambert, RN                                                            

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

T:  225-763-2972              F:  225-763-3009

Denise Lambert's CV

Denise Lambert is the Project Manager for Population Science at Pennington Biomedical Research Center.  As Project Manager, Denise helps coordinate the development and implementation of protocols and oversees regulatory submissions.  She also assist with establishing priorities, timelines and processes for projects, monitoring budgets and project spending, ensuring integrity of clinical trial data through ongoing training, data review, process improvement and team facilitation on projects.  She serves as liaison with fiscal operations and sponsored projects. 

                                                

Denese Ashbaugh Vlosky, PhD

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

T: 225-763-2811                     F: 225-763-3009

Denese Vlosky's CV        

Denese Ashbaugh Vlosky, PhD: Denese Ashbaugh Vlosky is a Research Associate in the Evaluation Unit at Pennington Biomedical Research Center. Denese earned her MS and PhD in Human Ecology/Family Sciences with an emphasis in Aging, in Baton Rouge, LA, in 2003. Thereafter, she was the recipient of National Institute on Aging (NIA)/National Institutes of Health (NIH) Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Duke University, Center for Demographic Studies (CDS) in Aging, in Durham, NC under the mentorship of Dr. Kenneth L. Land. Denese’s role at Pennington is focused on providing external evaluation for recipients of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation’s Challenge Grant for a Healthier Louisiana grant program. Her evaluation work focuses on six collaborative multi-level projects throughout the state of Louisiana, which strive to create policy, environmental, community and programmatic changes to prevent obesity through an increase in healthy eating and physical activity. Before joining Pennington, Denese evaluated social work, education, aging, and healthcare programs for public and private employers, in both domestic and international settings. She is a quantitative and qualitative social science researcher, with personal and professional experience/interest in novel community development approaches for underserved populations. Her PhD was an evaluation of a Social Sector Participatory Development project in Honduras. She has a BA in Spanish.   

Dodie Arnold, PhD

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

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

Dodie Arnold's CV

Dodie Arnold, PhD is a Research Associate in the Population and Public Health Sciences Department at Pennington Biomedical Research Center (PBRC). She serves as the External Evaluator for the Louisiana Tobacco Control Program and the Chronic Disease Prevention Unit of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. Dr. Arnold’s work focuses on programs and projects which strive to: (1) create tobacco-free healthcare facilities, (2) prevent youth from initiating tobacco use, (3) eliminate secondhand smoke exposure, (4) promote quitting among youth and adults, (5) eliminate tobacco related disparities, and (6) eliminate smoking in pregnant women.

Prior to joining PBRC, Dr. Arnold was a Quality Improvement/Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor with the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) and the Global Health Department at the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine. Her work at I-TECH focused on improving HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis services in Ethiopia and Tanzania through: (1) mentoring, capacity building and technical assistance, (2) strategic planning (development of comprehensive annual work plans), (3) designing and supporting clinical and programmatic operational research projects, (4) providing evaluation support and leadership and (5) leveraging technology, facilitating roll out and scale up of new software to track key outcome indicators and trainings.

Dr. Arnold received her PhD from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. As a National Institutes of Health Reproductive, Perinatal, & Pediatric Epidemiology (RPPE) Pre-Doctoral Fellow, her dissertation work focused on maternal nutrition and endocrine and cardiovascular dysfunction (specifically, early maternal vitamin D concentrations and risk of gestational diabetes mellitus and preeclampsia) as well as maternal mood and anxiety disorders. Dr. Arnold’s work was supported by the Micki and Bob Flowers Endowed Fellowship from the Achievement Rewards for College Scientist Foundation.