Professor Risica's research interests include obesity, nutritional epidemiology and eating behaviors; the influence of location of fat on the body with disease risk; weight gain during pregnancy and keeping weight after pregnancy; breastfeeding; and diabetes, heart disease and obesity among African American women, in addition to Alaska Natives and other native peoples around the polar parts of the globe.

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Dr. Risica is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Research) at Brown University School of Medicine. Dr. Risica has a B.S. from the Ohio State University, and MPH and DrPH from Johns Hopkins University and 6 years of previous experience in clinical nutrition. Upon joining Brown, Dr. Risica was Director of Data Management and the Survey Center (1997-2001). In addition, Dr. Risica was Evaluation Director for the Center of Excellence in Women's Health (2003-2005). Dr. Risica previously served as Co-Investigator for a number of projects and currently functions as the Co-PI and Evaluation Coordinator for several ongoing large intervention projects involving nutrition, physical activity and smoking cessation. Dr. Risica is currently PI of SisterTalk@Home as well as two recently completed studies, "Baby's Breath: Reducing ETS Exposure of Pregnant Women and Newborns", and "SCRIPT New England: Postpartum Maintenance of Abstinence from Tobacco."

Dr. Risica is currently serving as an Epidemiologist and Evaluator for the Initiative for Healthy Weight (IHW) for the Department of Health (DOH). In this role, Dr. Risica interfaces with many divisions and projects within the DOH as well as the many community partners that are working on IHW workgroups and projects.

Dr. Risica is also currently the Advocacy Chairperson for the Rhode Island Public Health Association, and is Past President (2003-04). She is also Communications Chairperson for the Food and Nutrition Section of the American Public Health Association and is serving on the Action Board and Joint Policy Committee. She is Past Chair of that Section (2006-07).

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Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Research)
Institute for Community Health Promotion
Phone: +1 401 863 6553
Phone 2: +1 401 863 6551
E-mail: Patricia_Risica@Brown.EDU

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Inquiring Minds: Patricia Risica on schools' anti-obesity campaign (GSJ of April 19, 2002)
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