Jamie F. Chriqui, PhD, MHS

Professor of Health Policy and Administration

Dr. Jamie F. Chriqui is a professor in the Division of Health Policy and Administration in the UIC School of Public Health and a Fellow at the Institute for Health Research and Policy, where co-directs the Health Policy Center and conducts her research.

Dr. Chriqui has over 25 years' experience conducting public health policy research, evaluation, and analysis, with an emphasis on obesity, substance abuse, tobacco control, and other chronic disease-related policy issues.

Dr. Chriqui's research interests focus on examining the impact of law and policy on practices, community environments, and individual behaviors/attitudes. In the Bridging the Gap Research program, which ended in June 2016, she directed all state, local, and school district obesity policy research as well as leading the state tobacco control policy research activities.

She holds an appointment on the Community Preventive Services Task Force for 2016-2021. She served on the National Academy of Medicine consensus committee charged with Evaluating Progress of Obesity Prevention Efforts, the IOM committee that wrote Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention: Solving the Weight of the Nation, and the IOM committee that developed a plan for measuring progress in that prevention effort.

Dr. Chriqui holds a BA in political science from Barnard College at Columbia University, an MHS in health policy from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, and a PhD in policy sciences (with a health policy concentration) from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

The UIC Vice Chancellor for Research named Dr. Chriqui the 2016 Distinguished Researcher of the Year for the Social Sciences.

Recent and Noteworthy Publications

Read the latest findings from Dr. Chriqui's study of the influences of zoning ordinances nationwide on physical activity:

  • 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.] [See abstract.]
  • Leider J, Chriqui JF, Thrun E. Associations between active living-oriented zoning and no adult leisure-time physical activity in the U.S. Prev Med. 27 June 2016. [Epub ahead of print] [See abstract.]
  • Thrun E, Leider J, Chriqui JF. Exploring the cross-sectional association between transit-oriented development zoning and active travel and transit usage in the United States, 2010-2014. Front Pub Health. 2016 Jun 3;4:113. [See abstract.]
  • Slater SJ, Nicholson L, Abu Zayd H, Chriqui JF. Does pedestrian danger mediate the relationship between local walkability and active travel to work? Front Public Health. 2016;4:89. [See abstract.]
  • Chriqui JF, Leider J, Thrun E, Nicholson LM, Slater S. Communities on the move: pedestrian-oriented zoning as a facilitator of adult active travel to work in the United States. Front Public Health. 2016 Apr 18;4:71. [See abstract.]
  • 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.]

Other policy-related research by Dr. Chriqui:

Schwartz MB, Just DR, Chriqui JF, Ammerman AS. Appetite self-regulation: Environmental and policy influences on eating behaviors. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2017 Mar;25 Suppl 1:S26-S38. [See abstract.]

Huang J, Chriqui JF, DeLong H, Mirza M, Diaz MC, Chaloupka FJ. Do state minimum markup/price laws work? Evidence from retail scanner data and TUS-CPS. Tob Control. 2016 Oct;25(Suppl 1):i52-i59. [See abstract.]

Chriqui J, DeLong H, Chaloupka F, Edwards SM, Xu X, Promoff G. MMR Morb Mortal Wkly. Use of tobacco tax stamps to prevent and reduce illicit tobacco trade - United States, 2014. 2015;64(20):541-6. [See abstract.]

Terry-McElrath YM, Chriqui JF, O'Malley PM, Chaloupka FJ, Johnston LD. Regular soda policies, school availability, and high school student consumption. Am J Prev Med. 2015;48(4):436-44. [See abstract.]

Barbero C, Gilchrist S, Schooley MW, Chriqui JF, Luke DA, Eyler AA. Appraising the evidence for public health policy components using the quality and impact of component evidence assessment. Glob Heart. 2015;10(1):3-11. [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;33:17-25. [See abstract.]

Greathouse KL, Chriqui J, Moser RP, Agurs-Collins T, Perna FM. The association of soda sales tax and school nutrition laws: a concordance of policies. Public Health Nutr. 2014;17(10):2201-2206. [See abstract.]

Slater S, Chriqui J, Chaloupka FJ, Johnston L. Joint use policies: are they related to adolescent behavior? Prev Med. 2014;69 Suppl 1:S37-43. [See abstract.]

Hennessy E, Oh A, Agurs-Collins T, Chriqui JF, Mâsse LC, Moser RP, Perna F. State-level school competitive food and beverage laws are associated with children's weight status. J Sch Health. 2014;84(9):609-16. [See abstract.]

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. PLoS One. 2014 Aug 1. [See abstract.]

Gourdet CK, Chriqui JF, Chaloupka FJ. A baseline understanding of state laws governing e-cigarettes. Tob Control. 2014;23:iii37–iii40. [See abstract.]

Gourdet CK, Chriqui JF, Piekarz E, Dang Q, Chaloupka FJ. Carrots and sticks: compliance provisions in state competitive food laws-examples for state and local implementation of the updated USDA standards. 2014;84(7):466-71. [See abstract.]

Chriqui JF, Piekarz E, Chaloupka FJ. USDA snack food and beverage standards: how big of a stretch for the states? Child Obes. 2014 Jun;10(3):234-40. [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;84(5):310-6. [See abstract.]

Chriqui JF, Pickel M, Story M. Influence of school competitive food and beverage policies on obesity, consumption, and availability: a systematic review. JAMA Pediatr. 2014;168(3):279-86. [See abstract.]

Chriqui JF, Economos CD, Henderson K, Kohl HW 3rd, Kumanyika SK, Ward DS. Environmental change strategies to promote healthy eating and physical activity and reduce disparities. Child Obes. 2014;10(1):11-7.

Eyler A, Chriqui J, Maddock J, Cradock A LI, Evenson KR, Gustat J, et al. Opportunity meets planning: an assessment of the physical activity emphasis in state obesity-related plans. J Phys Act Health. 2014 Jan;11(1):45-50.

Mayo ML, Pitts SB, Chriqui JF. Associations between county and municipality zoning ordinances and access to fruit and vegetable outlets in rural north Carolina, 2012. Prev Chronic Dis. 2013;10:E203. [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;167(8):714-22. [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;57(5):629-33. [See abstract.]

Turner L, Chriqui JF, Chaloupka FJ. Withholding recess from elementary school students: policies matter. J Sch Health. 2013;83(8):533-41. [See abstract.]

Turner L, Chriqui JF, Chaloupka FJ. Classroom parties in United States elementary schools: the potential for policies to reduce student exposure to sugary foods and beverages. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2013;45(6):611-9. [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;34(3):403-23. [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;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;167(6):513-9. [See abstract.]

Turner L, Chriqui J, Chaloupka F. Walking school bus programs in U.S. public elementary schools. J Phys Act Health. 2013;10(5):641-645. [See abstract.]

Chriqui JF, Eyler A, Carnoske C, Slater S. State and district policy influences on district-wide elementary and middle school physical education practices. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2013;19(3 Suppl 1):S41-S48. [See abstract.]

Cradock AL, Barrett JL, Carnoske C, Chriqui JF, Evenson KR, Gustat J, et al. Roles and strategies of state organizations related to school-based physical education and physical activity policies. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2013;19(3 Suppl 1):S34-40. [See abstract.]

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

Lyn R, Aytur S, Davis TA, Eyler AA, Evenson KR, Chriqui JF, Cradock AL, Goins KV, Litt J, Brownson RC. Policy, systems, and environmental approaches for obesity prevention: a framework to inform local and state action. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2013;19(3 Suppl 1):S23-33. [See abstract.]

Hirschman J, Chriqui JF. School food and nutrition policy, monitoring and evaluation in the USA. Public Health Nutr. 2013 Jun;16(6):982-8. [See abstract.]

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

Bassler EJ, Chriqui JF, Stagg K, Schneider LM, Infusino K, Asada Y. Controlling Junk Food and the Bottom Line: Case Studies of Schools Successfully Implementing Strong Nutrition Standards for Competitive Foods and Beverages. Chicago: Illinois Public Health Institute; March 21, 2013.

Carlson JA, Sallis JF, Chriqui JF, Schneider L, McDermid LC, Agron P. State policies about physical activity minutes in physical education or during school. J Sch Health. 2013;83(3):150-6. [See abstract.]

Slater SJ, Nicholson L, Chriqui J, Barker DC, Chaloupka FJ, Johnston LD. Walkable communities and adolescent weight. Am J Prev Med. 2013;44(2):164-8. [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;14(2):110-28. [See abstract.]

Mâsse LC, Perna F, Agurs-Collins T, Chriqui JF. Change in school nutrition-related laws from 2003 to 2008: evidence from the School Nutrition-Environment State Policy Classification System. Am J Public Health. 2013;103(9):1597-603. [See abstract.]

Turner L, Chriqui JF, Chaloupka FJ. Healthier fundraising in U. S. elementary schools: associations between policies at the state, district, and school levels. PLoS One. 2012;7(11):e49890. [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;130(3):437-444. [See abstract.]

Turner L, Chriqui JF, Chaloupka FJ. Food as a reward in the classroom: school district policies are associated with practices in US public elementary schools. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2012;112(9):1436-1442. [See abstract.]

Perna FM, Oh A, Chriqui JF, Mâsse LC, Atienza AA, Nebeling L, Agurs-Collins T, Moser RP, Dodd KW. The association of state law to physical education time allocation in US public schools. Am J Public Health. 2012;102(8):1594-1599. [See abstract.]

Schneider LM, Schermbeck RM, Chriqui JF, Chaloupka FJ. The extent to which school district competitive food and beverage policies align with the 2010 dietary guidelines for Americans: implications for federal regulations. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2012;112(6):892-6. [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;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;82(5):210-216. [See abstract.]

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;82(5):201-209.  [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;166(4):311-6. [See abstract.]

McBride DC, Chriqui JF, Terry-McElrath YM, Mulatu MS. Drug treatment program ownership, Medicaid acceptance, and service provision. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2012;42(2):116-24. [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;166(3):256-62. [See abstract.]

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;18(1):8-15. [See abstract.]

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

Brener ND, Chriqui JF, O'Toole TP, Schwartz MB, McManus T. Establishing a baseline measure of school wellness-related policies implemented in a nationally representative sample of school districts. J Am Diet Assoc. 2011;111(6):894-901. [See abstract.]

Terry-McElrath YM, Chriqui JF, McBride DC. Factors related to Medicaid payment acceptance at outpatient substance abuse treatment programs. Health Serv Res. 2011;46(2):632-53. [See abstract.]

Chriqui JF, O'Connor JC, Chaloupka FJ. What gets measured, gets changed: evaluating law and policy for maximum impact. J Law Med Ethics. 2011;39 Suppl 1:21-6.

Chriqui JF, Chaloupka FJ. Transparency and oversight in local wellness policies. J Sch Health. 2011;81(2):114-21. [See abstract.]

Brownson RC, Chriqui JF, Burgeson CR, Fisher MC, Ness RB. Translating epidemiology into policy to prevent childhood obesity: the case for promoting physical activity in school settings. Ann Epidemiol. 2010;20(6):436-44. [See abstract.]

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

Turner L, Chaloupka FJ, Chriqui JF and Sandoval A. School Policies and Practices to Improve Health and Prevent Obesity: National Elementary School Survey Results: School Years 2006–07 and 2007–08. Chicago: Bridging the Gap Program, Health Policy Center, Institute for Health Research and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2010. [See executive summary.]

Brownson RC, Chriqui JF, Stamatakis KA. Understanding evidence-based public health policy. Am J Public Health. 2009;99(9):1576-83. [See abstract.]

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

Chriqui JF, Tynan M, Agurs-Collins T, Masse LC. Will Web-based research suffice when collecting U.S. school district policies? The case of physical education and school-based nutrition policies. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2008;5(1):64. [See abstract.]

O'Connor JC, MacNeil A, Chriqui JF, Tynan M, Bates H, Eidson SK. Preemption of local smoke-free air ordinances: the implications of judicial opinions for meeting national health objectives. J Law Med Ethics. 2008;36(2):403-412, 214. [See abstract.]

Chriqui JF, Ribisl KM, Wallace RM, Williams RS, O'Connor JC, el Arculli R. A comprehensive review of state laws governing Internet and other delivery sales of cigarettes in the United States. Nicotine Tob Res. 2008;10(2):253-65.

McBride DC, Terry-McElrath YM, VanderWaal CJ, Chriqui JF, Myllyluoma J. US Public Health Agency involvement in youth-focused illicit drug policy, planning, and prevention at the local level, 1999-2003. Am J Public Health. 2008;98(2):270-7.

Chriqui JF, Terry-McElrath Y, McBride DC, Eidson SS. State policies matter: The case of outpatient drug treatment program practices. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2008;35:13–21.

Chriqui JF, Eidson SS, Bates H, Kowalczyk S, Chaloupka FJ. State sales tax rates for soft drinks and snacks sold through grocery stores and vending machines, 2007. J Public Health Policy. 2008;29:226-249. [See abstract.]

Mâsse LC, Chriqui JF, Igoe JF, Atienza AA, Kruger J, Kohl HW 3rd, Frosh MM, Yaroch AL. Development of a Physical Education-Related State Policy Classification System (PERSPCS). Am J Prev Med. 2007;33(4 Suppl):S264-76.

Mâsse LC, Frosh MM, Chriqui JF, Yaroch AL, Agurs-Collins T, Blanck HM, Atienza AA, McKenna ML, Igoe JF. Development of a School Nutrition-Environment State Policy Classification System (SNESPCS). Am J Prev Med. 2007;33(4 Suppl):S277-91.

Chriqui JF, Terry-McElrath Y, McBride DC, Eidson SS, VanderWaal CJ. Does state certification or licensure influence outpatient substance abuse treatment program practices? J Behav Health Serv Res. 2007;34(3):309-28.