Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPH
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
- Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Dr. Shiriki Kumanyika has an interdisciplinary background and holds advanced degrees in social work, nutrition, and public health. Dr. Kumanyika has served as principal investigator or co-investigator on several randomized multi-center and single-center clinical trials related to diet, obesity, weight control, and cardiovascular disease risk, with a particular focus on African Americans. Her research has included a focus on development and evaluation of culturally appropriate interventions and, more recently, on the influences of food and beverage marketing practices on African Americans' food purchases. Dr. Kumanyika founded the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network. She has served on numerous advisory or expert panels related to nutrition and chronic disease research and policy, both nationally and internationally, and currently chairs the Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.