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Catherine Loria, Ph.D., M.S., F.A.H.A., is a nutritional epidemiologist and program director in the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Dr. Loria co-chairs the NHLBI Obesity Working Group and serves on the five-member Senior Leadership Group of the NIH Obesity Research Task Force. She initiated and leads the Early Adult Reduction of Weight through LifestYle Intervention (EARLY) Trials and the GEI Improved Measures of Diet and Physical Activity Program. Dr. Loria has served as project officer or deputy project officer for the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Study for over 10 years. She is a deputy project officer for the Healthy Communities Study.
Her primary research interests are in nutrition and its relation to cardiovascular diseases and risk factors; predictors of weight gain, obesity, and obesity-related lifestyle behaviors; early adult risk factors for the development of cardiovascular diseases, and behavioral interventions aimed at weight loss, maintenance of weight loss, and prevention of weight gain. She also has expertise in dietary assessment methods, particularly in multi-cultural populations.
Prior to joining the NHLBI in 1999, Dr. Loria worked on the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 1988 until 1999 at the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Before that, Dr. Loria worked at the Pan American Health Organization from 1985 until 1988.
Dr. Loria received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore; a Master of Science degree in statistics; and a Master of Arts degree in anthropology from Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. Dr. Loria is also a Fellow of the American Heart Association (F.A.H.A.).
Areas of expertise: nutrition and its relation to cardiovascular diseases and risk factors; obesity research; and behavioral interventions aimed at weight loss, maintenance of weight loss, and prevention of weight gain.
April 21, 2014
: Nature Outlook
Treatment: Marginal gains
Behavioural interventions work, but not for everyone, and weight regain is common. Are there better ways to treat obesity? “We have developed some good interventions for weight control, and those can be very effective in helping people achieve clinically significant weight loss,” says Susan Czajkowski, a research psychologist at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, and the lead project officer of the Obesity Related Behavioral Intervention (ORBIT) trials. “But we need to work on ways to help people initiate these changes in their lives and to stick with them.”
February 18, 2014
: Johns Hopkins Medicine
Obese patients who feel judged by doctors are less likely to shed pounds, study shows
Overweight and obese people who feel their physicians are judgmental of their size are more likely to try to shed pounds but are less likely to succeed, according to results of an NHLBI-funded study at Johns Hopkins.