Patricia B. Crawford, Dr. PH, RD
Director, Dr. Robert C. and Veronica Atkins Center for Weight and Health
Cooperative Extension Nutrition Specialist
B.S., University of Washington
M.P.H. and Dr. P.H., University of California, Berkeley
For more than 20 years I have conducted research in the prevention of childhood obesity and have served as the Principal Investigator of the longitudinal NHLBI Growth and Health Study as well as the 5-state Fit WIC Child Obesity Intervention Study. I co-authored Obesity: Dietary & Developmental Influences (CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2006). I am currently leading studies evaluating the impact of legislation to improve the foods in California schools, examining implementation of school wellness policies, and evaluating the impact of large scale community interventions to create healthy food and activity environments for children. I serve on a number of advisory boards including the California Legislative Task Force on Diabetes & Obesity and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies’ Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention. My research explores how environmental, family, clinical and policy approaches can address the childhood obesity epidemic in California communities around the country.
Current Research Projects
10/07 – 1/11 Northern California Healthy Eating, Active Living
Community Health Initiative (Kaiser Permanente)
08/09 – 12/10 A Full-Service Grocery Store Enters A Low-Income Neighborhood of Color: Tracking a Natural Experiment
(Policy Link/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)
07/09-04/11 Evaluation of USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
07/06-6/09 Capturing the impact of new food and beverage standards in California high schools
(Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)
02/09-06/11 Evaluation of TCE-Enhanced Alliance for a Healthier Generation
(The California Endowment)
07/06-03/11 National Healthy Eating Active Living
(Kaiser Permanente/Group Health)
10/07 – 01/11 Northern California Healthy Eating, Active Living: Community Health Initiative
08/06-12/10 Healthy Eating and Active Communities Quantitative Evaluation
01/05-12/10 Healthy Eating, Active Communities
(The California Endowment/Samuels & Associates)
03/08-02/13 Evaluation of Healthy Schools Partnership Program
(American Dietetic Association Foundation)
Most Recent Publications
Madsen KA, Weedn A, Crawford PB. Disparities in peaks, plateaus, and declines in prevalence of high BMI among adolescents. Pediatrics. 2010. In press.
Gerstein DE, Martin A, Crocker N, Reed H, Elfant M, Crawford PB. Using learner-centered education to improve fruit and vegetable intake in California WIC participants. JNB. In Press.
Fung EB, Ritchie LD, Walker BH, Gildengorin G, Crawford PB. Randomized controlled trial to examine the impact of providing yogurt to women enrolled in WIC. J Nutr Ed Behav 2010;42: In press.
Ritchie LD, Spector P, Stevens MJ, Schmidt MM, Schreiber GB, Striegel-Moore RH, Wang MC, Crawford PB. Dietary patterns in adolescent are related to adiposity in young adulthood in black and white females. Journal of Nutrition, 137: 1-8, 2007.
Crawford PB. Key partners working together to stem obesity epidemic. California Agriculture, 61(3): 98, 2007.
Espinosa-Hall GB, Metz D, Johns M, Smith D, Crawford PB, Siemering K, Ikeda J. UCCE helps community coalitions reduce childhood overweight. California Agriculture, 61(3): 124-130, 2007.
Crawford P. Exploring unhealthy eating habits: A longitudinal study of eating behavior in girls. San Francisco Medicine, 80 (3): 26-27, 2007.
Affenito SG, Thompson DR, Franko DL, Striegel-Moore RH, Daniels SR, Barton BA, Schreiber GB, Schmidt M, Crawford PB. Longitudinal assessment of micronutrient intake among African-American and White girls: The National Lung, Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Growth and Health Study. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 107: 1113-1123, 2007.
MacLeod K, Gee G, Crawford P, Wang MC. Neighborhood environment as a predictor of television watching in Black and White girls. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 62: 288-92, 2008.
Crawford PB, Woodward-Lopez GW, Ritchie L, Webb, K. How discretionary can we be with sweetened beverages for children? Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 6: 439-443, 2008.