Daniel R. Taber, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences, UT Health

Dr. Dan Taber is an assistant professor of health promotion and behavioral sciences in the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living on the Austin campus of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health. He studies the effects of school-based policies on diet, physical activity, and weight status among adolescents, with a particular focus on analyzing racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in policy effectiveness. He is expanding his research to examine how school-based policy effects are modified by economic and contextual factors outside of school. His long-term goal is to apply system dynamics methods to simulate the effects of policies of adolescent obesity.

Dr. Taber was a postdoctoral research associate in IHRP's Health Policy Center from 2010 to 2013, working as an investigator on the Bridging the Gap research team and on his own research with support from an NIH career development (K) grant. He continues to publish research with his BTG colleagues. Dr. Taber earned his doctorate in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010, his MPH in Health Services from the University of Washington, and his BA from Pomona College.

Recent and Noteworthy Publications

Taber DR, Chriqui JF, Vuillaume R, Chaloupka FJ. How state taxes and policies targeting soda consumption modify the association between school vending machines and student dietary behaviors: a cross-sectional analysis.  2014 Aug 1;9(8):e98249. [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.]

Hales D, Stevens J, Murray DM, Taber DR, Roberts A. Identifying state-level policy and provision domains for physical education and physical activity in high school. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2013 Jul 1;10:86. [See abstract.]

Chriqui JF, Turner L, Taber DR, Chaloupka FJ. Association between district and state policies and US public elementary school competitive food and beverage environments. JAMA Pediatr. 2013 Aug 1;167(8):714-22 [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.]

Taber DR, Chriqui JF, Chaloupka FJ. State laws governing school meals and disparities in fruit/vegetable intake. Am J Prev Med. 2013 Apr;44(4):365-72. [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.

Taber DR, Chriqui JF, Chaloupka FJ. Differences in nutrient intake associated with state laws regarding fat, sugar, and caloric content of competitive foods. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2012 May;166(5):452-458.

Taber DR, Chriqui JF, Chaloupka FJ. Association and diffusion of nutrition and physical activity policies on the state and district level. J Sch Health. 2012 May;82(5):201-209. 

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.

Chriqui JF, Taber DR, Slater SJ, Turner L, Lowrey KM, Chaloupka FJ. The impact of state safe routes to school-related laws on active travel to school policies and practices in U.S. elementary schools. Health Place. 2012 Jan;18(1):8-15.

Taber DR, Chriqui JF, Chaloupka FJ. Geographic disparities in state and district policies targeting youth obesity. Am J Prev Med. 2011 Oct;41(4):407-14.

Taber DR, Stevens J, Lytle LA, Foreman RD, Moody J, Parra-Medina D, Pratt CA. Association between school- and nonschool-based activity programs and physical activity in adolescent girls. J Phys Act Health. 2011 Sep;8(7):971-7.

Taber DR, Stevens J, Evenson KR, Ward DS, Poole C, Maciejewski ML, Murray DM, Brownson RC. State policies targeting junk food in schools: racial/ethnic differences in the effect of policy change on soda consumption. Am J Public Health. 2011 Sep;101(9):1769-75.

Taber DR, Stevens J, Poole C, Maciejewski ML, Evenson KR, Ward DS. State disparities in time trends of adolescent body mass index percentile and weight-related behaviors in the United States. J Community Health. 2011 Jul 20. [Epub ahead of print]

Taber DR, Meischke H, Maciejewski ML. Testing social cognitive mechanisms of exercise in college students. Am J Health Behav. 2010 Mar-Apr;34(2):156-65.

Taber DR, Stevens J, Murray DM, Elder JP, Webber LS, Jobe JB, Lytle LA. The effect of a physical activity intervention on bias in self-reported activity. Ann Epidemiol. 2009 May;19(5):316-22.