Lori A. Francis

 Lori Francis

Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health and Center for Family Research in Diverse Contexts.

Contact Information

201 Biobehavioral Health Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-863-7525





Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 2003

Teaching Interests

Cultural health psychology; ecological and family systems theory in behaviour modification; developmental approaches to disease prevention in children and adolescents.

Research Interests

Sociocultural factors influencing the development of obesity in low-income and minority children, including family environment, neighborhood characteristics and socioeconomic status; family-based interventions to reduce and prevent obesity and related morbidities in children; understanding biobehavioral, family environmental and cultural factors that influence self-regulation of energy intake and body weight in young children.

Family and Child Health Project Web Pages

Courses Taught

BBH 302 Diversity and Health
view BBH 302 syllabus

Curriculum Vitae

Lori Francis vitae

Strategic Themes

  • Domains of Health and Behavior
  • Populations of Special Interest