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Alyssa Moran, ScD

  • Assistant Professor

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624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 363
Baltimore, Maryland 21205

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ScD, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 2018
MPH, New York University, 2011
BA, Washington University in St. Louis, 2008


My research centers on the identification and adoption of effective public health policies to promote healthy, equitable, and sustainable food systems. Whenever possible, I partner with government agencies, healthcare providers, and food retailers to answer meaningful questions that fill research gaps and improve prevention programs and policies. I use qualitative and epidemiologic methods, natural experiments, and randomized controlled trials to investigate the effects of food policies on the food environment and public health. I have done work on food and beverage marketing, food labeling, institutional food procurement policies, nutrition incentives, and reformulation of packaged and restaurant foods. I am also interested in the combined effects of social policies, such as housing assistance and income support, on diet quality and preventative health behaviors. From 2012-2014 I was a Senior Nutrition Technical Advisor in the Nutrition Strategy Program at the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene. I also served one year as a technical advisor for the New York Academy of Medicine’s Advancing Prevention Project, and routinely advise on projects for New York City’s Healthy Eating Active Living Unit.

Honors and Awards

Best Research Article, Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 2019

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Nutrition Training Grant, 2016-2018

Harvard College Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, 2017

The Obesity Society Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award Finalist, 2017

Barry R. & Irene Tilenius Bloom Fellowship, 2017

Berkowitz Fellowship in Public Health Nutrition, 2015-2016

Donald & Sue Pritzker Fellowship in Public Health Nutrition, 2014-2017

Simon J. & Arpi A. Simonian Research Excellence in Nutrition Prize, 2014

Isabella Friedman Greening Fellowship, 2011

Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Student Scholar, 2010

Ellen Gstalder Award for Community Service in Public Health Nutrition, 2010

Americorps Scholar, 2008

Madagascar Community Development Fellowship, 2008

Bridging Foundation Fellowship in Japanese Studies, 2007

Freeman Foundation Visiting East Asian Professionals Award, 2006