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
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
Dr. Elizabeth Gollub is Project Manager and Lead Evaluator in the Department of Population and Public Health at Pennington Biomedical Research Center. She provides evaluation services and consultation to the Louisiana Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, and to the Louisiana Bureau of Minority Health Access. 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 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.
Emily Mire, M.S.
Database Manager - 6400 Perkins Road - Baton Rouge, LA 70808
T: 225-763-2934 F: 225-763-3009
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.
Robert Kenneth Singletary, Jr. , M.H.S., CCRC, CCRA
Research Specialist II - 6400 Perkins Road - Baton Rouge, LA 70808
T: 225-763-2822 F: 225-763-3009
Ken Singletary is currently a Research Specialist in Physical Activity and Obesity Epidemiology at Pennington Biomedical Research Center. As a member of the Promoting Successful Weight Loss in Primary Care in Louisiana (PROPEL) Coordinating Center he assists in the management and coordination of state-wide study activities. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and a Master of Health Science from Louisiana State University Health Science Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. He has a diverse clinical research background, including experience as a Research Coordinator, Data and Regulatory Monitor, Data Manager and Clinical Research Quality Control Manager. He has 16 years of clinical research experience in numerous therapeutic areas including Oncology, Hematology, Dermatology, Cardiovascular/Vascular Diseases, Musculoskeletal, Nutrition/Weight Loss and Solid Organ Transplant. He served as a voting Institutional Review Board member at the University of Iowa for 7 years and holds certifications from the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) as a Certified Clinical Research Associate (CCRA) and Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC).
Cheryl N. Lewis, MPH
Research Specialist II - 6400 Perkins Road - Baton Rouge, LA 70808
T: 225-763-2737 F: 225-763-3009
Cheryl Lewis joined the Physical Activity and Obesity Epidemiology department at Pennington Biomedical Research Center under the direction of Dr. Peter T. Katzmarzyk in February 2016 as a Research Specialist / Recruitment Coordinator for the Promoting Successful Weight Loss in Primary Care in Louisiana (PROPEL) study. Cheryl is responsible for assisting with program management and coordinating the recruitment, enrollment, and retention of study participants throughout 18 primary care clinics across Louisiana. After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Addiction Studies from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La and witnessing high recidivism rates while working in the mental health field, a desire to help prevent illness and disease ultimately motivated Cheryl to continue her academic career. In 2015, she received her Masters of Public Health in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) in New Orleans, La. During her graduate training, she was an intern for the Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and based on research conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) implemented at the YMCA of the Capital Area in Baton Rouge, La where she was responsible for recruitment and enrollment of study participants, data collection, and outreach efforts with community partners. She also served as a Sexual Health Education Teacher for the New Orleans Adolescent Reproductive Health Project (NOARHP) and Nutritional Health Education Teacher for LSUHCS’s Smart Café’ Program. Cheryl’s primary professional interest includes chronic disease prevention in at-risk populations.
Nancy N. Breton , MPH
Research Specialist - 6400 Perkins Road - Baton Rouge, LA 70808
T: 225-763- F: 225-763-3009
Nancy Breton is currently a Research Specialist in the Physical Activity Epidemiology Department at Pennington Biomedical Research Center. After earning her Bachelor’s degree in International Studies and minoring in Women’s Studies, she decided to get involved in women’s health. Her time in this field motivated her to continue her academic studies. She earned a Master of Public Health from Tulane University, where she focused on population health research and evaluation. Ms. Breton specializes in the utilization of data and research to support implementation of evidence-based policies and programs. In both her personal and professional life, Nancy is dedicated to promoting a healthy lifestyle and wellbeing. She is experienced in the areas of health disparities, stakeholder engagement, health communication strategies, and measurements of behavioral change.