Lisa M. Nicholson, PhD

Research Scientist

Lisa M. Nicholson, PhD, is a senior research specialist in the Health Policy Center of the UIC Institute for Health Research and Policy, and on staff at the Center for Cardiovascular Research of the Nationwide Children's Hospital & Research Institute in Columbus, Ohio.

Prior to coming to UIC, Dr. Nicholson spent two years in clinical trial research examining the relationship between maternal eating behaviors and obesity in the first two years of life and the interactive relationship between youth secondhand smoke exposure and obesity on early cardiovascular health outcomes.

Dr. Nicholson holds a PhD in sociology from Ohio State University with a specialization in urban health. She has received an R36 dissertation grant from AHRQ and a NIH loan repayment grant for her work on multilevel predictors of obesity during the transition to adulthood.

Research Interests

Dr. Nicholson’s research interest involves the intersection of social and biological mechanisms and their relationship to racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes among youth. More specifically, her work focuses on the factors that contribute to obesity among young adults and explaining disparities in obesity across minority and disadvantaged groups.

Recent and Noteworthy Publications

See more of Dr. Lisa M. Nicholson's articles on this edited PubMed list.

Chriqui JF, Leider J, Thrun E, Nicholson LM, Slater SJ. Pedestrian-oriented zoning is associated with reduced income and poverty disparities in adult active travel to work, United States. Prev Med. 2016 Oct 3. [Epub ahead of print.]

Chriqui JF, Nicholson LM, Thrun E, Leider J, Slater SJ. More active living–oriented county and municipal zoning is associated with increased adult leisure time physical activity—United States, 2011. Environ Behav. 2016;48(1):111-130. [See abstract.]

Nicholson LM, Schwirian PM, Groner JA. Recruitment and retention strategies in clinical studies with low-income and minority populations: progress from 2004-2014. Contemp Clin Trials. 2015 Nov;45(Pt A):34-40. Review. [See abstract.]

Nicholson LM, Turner L, Slater SJ, Abuzayd H, Chriqui JF, Chaloupka F. Developing a measure of traffic calming associated with elementary school students' active transport.Transp Res D Transp Environ. 2014 Dec 1;33:17-25. [See abstract.]

Nicholson L, Turner L, Schneider L, Chriqui J, Chaloupka F. State farm-to-school laws influence the availability of fruits and vegetables in school lunches at US public elementary schools. J Sch Health. 2014 May;84(5):310-6. [See abstract.]

Nicholson LM, Miller AM, Schwertz D, Sorokin O. Gender differences in acculturation, stress, and salivary cortisol response among former Soviet immigrants. J Immigr Minor Health. 2013 Jun;15(3):540-52. [See abstract.]

Slater SJ, Nicholson L, Chriqui J, Barker DC, Chaloupka FJ, Johnston LD. Walkable communities and adolescent weight. Am J Prev Med. 2013 Feb;44(2):164-8. [See abstract.]

Sandoval A, Turner L, Nicholson L, Chriqui J, Tortorelli M, Chaloupka FJ. The relationship among state laws, district policies, and elementary school-based measurement of children's body mass index. J Sch Health. 2012 May;82(5):239-245. [See abstract.]

Schneider L, Chriqui J, Nicholson L, Turner L, Gourdet C, Chaloupka F. Are farm-to-school programs more common in states with farm-to-school-related laws? J Sch Health. 2012 May;82(5):210-216. [See abstract.]

Slater SJ, Nicholson L, Chriqui J, Turner L, Chaloupka F. The impact of state laws and district policies on physical education and recess practices in a nationally representative sample of US public elementary schools. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2012 Apr;166(4):311-6. [See abstract.]

Nicholson LM, Browning CR. Racial and ethnic disparities in obesity during the transition to adulthood: the contingent and nonlinear impact of neighborhood disadvantage. J Youth Adolesc. 2012 Jan;41(1):53-66.

Hussaini AE, Nicholson LM, Shera D, Stettler N, Kinsman S. Adolescent obesity as a risk factor for high-level nicotine addiction in young women. J Adolesc Health. 2011 Nov;49(5):511-517.

Nicholson LM, Schwirian PM, Klein EG, Skybo T, Murray-Johnson L, Eneli I, et al. Recruitment and retention strategies in longitudinal clinical studies with low-income populations. Contemp Clin Trials. 2011 May;32(3):353-62.

Learn C, Yates AR, Nicholson L, Milton K, Lloyd E, Cua C.  Tissue doppler measurements correlate with central venous pressure in pediatric patients after cardiac surgery. ASAIO J 2010;56:377-382.

Nicholson L, Schwirian KP, Schwirian P. Childhood lead poisoning laws in New York City: environment, politics, and social action. Child Youth and Environ. 2010;20(1):179-199.