Jennifer C. Lovejoy, PhD, MA
Affiliate Professor, Epidemiology
Executive Director of Weight and Nutrition Services
Dr. Jennifer Lovejoy's major research interests are the effects of reproductive hormones on obesity and the role of diet in the prevention of obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Dr. Lovejoy's early research focused on differences in insulin resistance and other metabolic factors in Caucasian vs. African-American populations, particularly women. She also conducted a series of controlled feeding studies examining the effect of various dietary fatty acids on insulin resistance and risk for obesity. As Chief of the Women's Nutrition Research Program at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana, Dr. Lovejoy was funded by NIH to conduct a 7-year longitudinal study of the impact of hormonal changes during the menopause transition on body fat, fat distribution, and health risk factors in women. More recently, she has studied technological approaches to delivering behavioral weight loss programs, including use of the Internet and interactive broadband cable television to facilitate weight loss interventions in medically-underserved populations.
My research program is focused on behavioral and lifestyle approaches to treat and manage obesity, especially the use of large-scale internet and phone-based interventions and worksite weight management programs. Sex differences and the impact of obesity in under-served populations are also a focus of my work.
PhD, Physiological Psychology, Emory University 1988
MA, Physiological Psychology, Emory University 1986