Lisa M. Powell, PhD

Professor of Health Policy and Administration

Lisa Powell is professor of health policy and administration in the School of Public Health, director of the Illinois Prevention Research Center,  and associate director of the Health Policy Center of the Institute for Health Research and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She also holds an appointment as a Fellow at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Prior to joining UIC, Dr. Powell was an associate professor of economics in the School of Policy Studies at Queen's University.

Professor Powell has published and presented numerous papers in the area of labor economics. More recently, her research has focused on the economics of health. She has examined the impact of alcohol use among youth and educational and violence-related outcomes and the importance of peer effects on youth smoking behavior. Much of Professor Powell's current work focuses on the impact of economic and environmental factors on physical activity and obesity.

In January 2014, Dr. Powell was named UIC Distinguished Researcher of the Year in the Social Sciences and Humanities for 2013.

Research Interests

Dr. Powell's current research is on assessing the importance of economic and environmental factors (such as food prices and access to food stores, restaurants, and parks, gyms and other facilities for physical activity, school policies, and media) on food consumption and physical activity behaviors and as determinants of BMI and the prevalence of obesity.

Recent and Noteworthy Publications

Nguyen BT, Powell LM. Supplemental nutrition assistance program participation and sugar-sweetened beverage consumption, overall and by source. [See abstract.]

Zenk SN, Powell LM, Isgor Z, Rimkus L, Barker DC, Chaloupka FJ. Prepared food availability in U.S. food stores: a national study. Am J Prev Med. 2015 Apr 23. [Epub ahead of print] [See abstract.]

Schermbeck RM, Powell LM. Nutrition recommendations and the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative’s 2014 approved food and beverage product list. Prev Chronic Dis. 2015;12:140472. [See abstract.]

Powell LM, Nguyen BT, Dietz WH. Energy and nutrient intake from pizza in the United States. Pediatrics. 2015 Jan 19. [Epub ahead of print] [See abstract.]

Zenk SN, Powell LM, Rimkus L, Isgor Z, Barker DC, Ohri-Vachaspati P, Chaloupka F. Relative and absolute availability of healthier food and beverage alternatives across communities in the United States. Am J Public Health. 2014 Nov;104(11):2170-2178. [See abstract.]

Ohri-Vachaspati P, Isgor Z, Rimkus L, Powell LM, Barker DC, Chaloupka FJ. Child-directed marketing inside and on the exterior of fast food restaurants. Prev Med. Epub 29 Oct 2014. 2015 Jan;48(1):22-30. [See abstract.]

Mandal B, Powell LM. Child care choices, food intake, and children's obesity status in the United States. Econ Hum Biol. 2014 Jul;14:50-61. [See abstract.]

Kornfield R, Szczypka G, Powell LM, Emery SL. Televised obesity-prevention advertising across US media markets: exposure and content, 2010-2011. Public Health Nutr. 2014 Jul 30:1-11. [See abstract.]

Nguyen BT, Powell LM. The impact of restaurant consumption among US adults: effects on energy and nutrient intakes Public Health Nutr. 2014 Jul 30:1-8. [See abstract.]

Powell LM, Wada R, Kumanyika SK. Racial/ethnic and income disparities in child and adolescent exposure to food and beverage television ads across the U.S. media markets. Health Place. 2014 Jul 30;29:124-131. [See abstract.]

Powell LM, Wada R, Persky JJ, Chaloupka FJ. Employment impact of sugar-sweetened beverage taxes. Am J Public Health. 2014 Apr;104(4):672-7. [See abstract.]

Isgor Z, Powell LM, Wang Y. Multivariable analysis of the association between fathers' and youths' physical activity in the United States. BMC Public Health. 2013 Nov 14;13(1):1075. [See abstract.]

Powell LM, Schermbeck RM, Chaloupka FJ. Nutritional content of food and beverage products in television advertisements seen on children's programming. Child Obes. 2013 Nov 8;2013 Dec;9(6):524-31. [See abstract.]

Zenk SN, Powell LM, Odoms-Young AM, Krauss R, Fitzgibbon ML, Block D, Campbell RT. Impact of the revised Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) food package policy on fruit and vegetable prices. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2014 Feb;114(2):288-96. [See abstract.]

Taber DR, Chriqui JF, Perna FM, Powell LM, Slater SJ, Chaloupka FJ. Association between state physical education (PE) requirements and PE participation, physical activity, and body mass index change. Prev Med. 2013 Nov;57(5):629-33. [See abstract.]

Powell LM, Harris JL, Fox T. Food marketing expenditures aimed at youth: putting the numbers in context. Am J Prev Med. 2013 Oct;45(4):453-61. [See abstract.]

Rimkus L, Powell LM, Zenk SN, Han E, Ohri-Vachaspati P, Pugach O, Barker DC, Resnick EA, Quinn CM, Myllyluoma J, Chaloupka FJ. Development and reliability testing of a food store observation form. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2013 Nov-Dec;45(6):540-8. [See abstract.]

Chriqui JF, Chaloupka FJ, Powell LM, Eidson SS. A typology of beverage taxation: multiple approaches for obesity prevention and obesity prevention-related revenue generation. J Public Health Policy. 2013 May 23. Aug;34(3):403-23. [See abstract.]

Taber DR, Chriqui JF, Powell L, Chaloupka FJ. Association between state laws governing school meal nutrition content and student weight status: implications for new USDA school meal standards. JAMA Pediatr. 2013 Jun 1;167(6):513-9. [See abstract.]

Han E, Kim TH, Powell LM. Beverage consumption and individual-level associations in South Korea. BMC Public Health. 2013 Mar 6;13(1):195. [See abstract.]

Han E, Powell LM, Kim TH. Trends in exposure to television food advertisements in South Korea. Appetite. 2013 Mar;62:225-31. [See abstract.]

Powell LM, Chriqui JF, Khan T, Wada R, Chaloupka FJ. Assessing the potential effectiveness of food and beverage taxes and subsidies for improving public health: a systematic review of prices, demand and body weight outcomes. Obes Rev. 2013 Feb;14(2):110-28. [See abstract.]

Powell LM, Nguyen BT. Fast-food and full-service restaurant consumption among children and adolescents: effect on energy, beverage, and nutrient intake. JAMA Pediatr. 2013 Jan;167(1):14-20. [See abstract.]

Powell LM, Nguyen BT, Han E. Energy intake from restaurants: demographics and socioeconomics, 2003-2008. Am J Prev Med. 2012 Nov;43(5):498-504. [See abstract.]

Zenk SN, Odoms-Young A, Powell LM, Campbell RT, Block D, Chavez N, et al. Fruit and vegetable availability and selection: federal food package revisions, 2009. Am J Prev Med. 2012 Oct;43(4):423-8. [See abstract.]

Taber DR, Chriqui JF, Perna FM, Powell LM, Chaloupka FJ. Weight status among adolescents in states that govern competitive food nutrition content. Pediatrics. 2012 Sep;130(3):437-444. [See abstract.]

Powell LM, Wada R, Krauss RC, Wang Y. Ethnic disparities in adolescent body mass index in the United States: The role of parental socioeconomic status and economic contextual factors. Soc Sci Med. 2012 Aug;75(3):469-76. [See abstract.]

Han E, Powell LM, Isgor Z. Supplemental nutrition assistance program and body weight outcomes: The role of economic contextual factors. Soc Sci Med. 2012 Jun;74(12):1874-81. [See abstract.]

Han E, Powell LM, Zenk SN, Rimkus L, Ohri-Vachaspati P, Chaloupka FJ. Classification bias in commercial business lists for retail food stores in the U.S. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2012 Apr 18;9(1):46. [See abstract.]

Taber DR, Chriqui JF, Powell LM, Chaloupka FJ. Banning all sugar-sweetened beverages in middle schools: reduction of in-school access and purchasing but not overall consumption. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2012 Mar;166(3):256-62. [See abstract.]

Khan T, Powell LM, Wada R. Fast food consumption and food prices: evidence from panel data on 5th and 8th grade children. J Obes. 2012;2012:857697. [See abstract.]

Krauss RC, Powell LM, Wada R. Weight misperceptions and racial and ethnic disparities in adolescent female body mass index. J Obes. 2012;2012:205393. Epub 2012 May 31. [See abstract.]

Han E, Powell L, Slater S, Quinn C. Validation of secondary commercial data sources for physical activity facilities in urban and non-urban settings. J Phys Act Health. 2012 Nov;9(8):1080-8. Epub 2011 Dec 27.] [See abstract.]

Faulkner GE, Grootendorst P, Nguyen VH, Andreyeva T, Arbour-Nicitopoulos K, Auld MC, Cash SB, Cawley J, Donnelly P, Drewnowski A, Dube L, Ferrence R, Janssen I, Lafrance J, Lakdawalla D, Mendelsen R, Powell LM, et al. Economic instruments for obesity prevention: results of a scoping review and modified delphi survey. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2011 Oct 6;8(1):109. [See abstract.]

Powell LM, Han E, Zenk SN, Khan T, Quinn CM, Gibbs KP, Pugach O, Barker DC, Resnick EA, Myllyluoma J, Chaloupka FJ. Field validation of secondary commercial data sources on the retail food outlet environment in the U.S. Health Place. 2011 Sep;17(5):1122-31. [See abstract.]

Han E, Powell LM, Pugach O. The heterogenous relationship of food stamp participation with body, mass: Quantile regression model. Food Policy. 2011 Aug;36(4):499-506. [See abstract.]

Powell LM, Schermbeck RM, Szczypka G, Chaloupka FJ, Braunschweig CL. Trends in the nutritional content of television food advertisements seen by children in the United States. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011 Dec;165(12):1078-86. [See abstract.]

Han E, Norton EC, Powell LM. Direct and indirect effects of body weight on adult wages. Econ Hum Biol. 2011 Dec;9(4):381-92. [See abstract.]

Isgor Z, Powell LM. Availability of commercial physical activity facilities and physical activity outside of school among high school students. J Phys Act Health. 2011 Jul;8(5):707-15. [See abstract.]

Svastisalee CM, Nordahl H, Glümer C, Holstein BE, Powell LM, Due P. Supermarket and fast-food outlet exposure in Copenhagen: associations with socio-economic and demographic characteristics. Public Health Nutr. 2011 Sep;14(9):1618-26 [See abstract.]

Beydoun MA, Powell LM, Chen X, Wang Y. Food prices are associated with dietary quality, fast food consumption, and body mass index among U.S. children and adolescents. J Nutr. 2011 Feb;141(2):304-11. [See abstract.]

Powell LM, Han E. The costs of food at home and away from home and consumption patterns among U.S. adolescents. J Adolesc Health. 2011 Jan;48(1):20-6. [See abstract.]

Powell LM, Han E, Chaloupka FJ. Economic contextual factors, food consumption, and obesity among U.S. adolescents. J Nutr. 2010 Jun;140(6):1175-80. [See abstract.]

Sturm R, Powel LM, Chriqui JF, Chaloupka FJ. Soda taxes, soft drink consumption, and children’s body mass index. Health Aff. 2010 May;29(5):1052-8. [See abstract.]

Powell LM, Zhao Z, Wang Y. Food prices and fruit and vegetable consumption among young American adults. Health Place. 2009 Dec;15(4):1064-70. [See abstract.]

Mirtcheva DM, Powell LM. Participation in the national school lunch program: importance of school-level and neighborhood contextual factors. J Sch Health. 2009 Oct;79(10):485-94. [See abstract.]

Powell LM. Fast food costs and adolescent body mass index: evidence from panel data. J Health Econ. 2009 Sep;28(5):963-70.

Powell LM, Chriqui J, Chaloupka FJ. Associations between state-level soda taxes and adolescent body mass index. J Adolesc Health. 2009 Sep;45(3 Suppl):S57-63. [See abstract.]

Chaloupka FJ, Powell LM. Price, availability, and youth obesity: evidence from Bridging the Gap. Prev Chronic Dis. 2009 Jul;6(3). [See abstract.]

Beydoun MA, Powell LM, Wang Y. Reduced away-from-home food expenditure and better nutrition knowledge and belief can improve quality of dietary intake among US adults. Public Health Nutr. 2009 Mar;12(3):369-381.

Powell LM, Chaloupka FJ. Food prices and obesity: evidence and policy implications for taxes and subsidies. Milbank Q. 2009 Mar; 87(1): 229-57. [See abstract.]

Auld MC, Powell LM. Economics of food energy density and adolescent body weight. Economica. 2009;76(304):719-740.

Beydoun MA, Powell LM, Wang YF. The association of fast food, fruit and vegetable prices with dietary intakes among US adults: Is there modification by family income? Soc Sci Med. 2008 June;66(11):2218-2229.

Zenk SN, Powell LM. US secondary schools and food outlets. Health Place. 2008 Jun;14(2):336-46.

Emery SL, Szczypka G, Powell LM, Chaloupka FJ. Public health obesity-related TV advertising: lessons learned from tobacco. Am J Prev Med. 2007 Oct;33(4 Suppl):S257-63.

Powell LM, Auld MC, Chaloupka FJ, O'Malley PM, Johnston LD. Associations between access to food stores and adolescent body mass index. Am J Prev Med. 2007 Oct;33(4 Suppl):S301-7.

Powell LM, Chaloupka FJ, Slater SJ, Johnston LD, O'Malley PM. The availability of local-area commercial physical activity-related facilities and physical activity among adolescents. Am J Prev Med. 2007 Oct;33(4 Suppl):S292-300.

Powell LM, Szczypka G, Chaloupka FJ. Adolescent exposure to food advertising on television. Am J Prev Med. 2007 Oct;33(4 Suppl):S251-6.

Slater SJ, Powell LM, Chaloupka FJ. Missed opportunities: local health departments as providers of obesity prevention programs for adolescents. Am J Prev Med. 2007 Oct;33(4 Suppl):S246-50.

Powell LM, Szczypka G, Chaloupka FJ, Braunschweig CL. Nutritional content of television food advertisements seen by children and adolescents in the United States. Pediatrics. 2007 Sep;120(3):576-583.

Powell LM, Auld MC, Chaloupka FJ, Johnston LD, O’Malley P. Access to fast food and food prices: the relationship with fruit and vegetable consumption and overweight status among adolescents. Adv Health Econ Health Serv Res. 2007;17:23-48.

Powell LM, Chaloupka FJ, Bao Y. The availability of fast-food and full-service restaurants in the United States: associations with neighborhood characteristics. Am J Prev Med. 2007;33(4 Suppl):S240-S245.

Powell LM, Slater S, Mirtcheva D, Bao Y, Chaloupka FJ. Food store availability and neighborhood characteristics in the United States. Prev Med. 2007;44(3):189-195.

Powell LM, Szczypka G, Chaloupka FJ. Exposure to food advertising on television among children. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2007;161:553-560.

Powell LM, Slater S, Chaloupka FJ, Harper D. Availability of physical activity-related facilities and neighborhood demographic and socioeconomic characteristics: a national study. Am J Public Health. 2006 Sep;96(9):1676-80.

Lee SH, Rowan MT, Powell LM, Newman S, Klassen AC, Frick KD, Anderson J, Gittelsohn J. Characteristics of prepared food sources in low-income neighborhoods of Baltimore City. Ecology of Food and Nutrition. 49 (6): 409-430 2010. [See abstract.]

Honors and Awards

UIC Distinguished Researcher of the Year in Social Sciences and the Humanities, 2013
IHRP Fellow