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Brian D. Elbel

Brian D. Elbel, MPH, PhD

Professor, Department of Population Health

Professor, Department of Medicine

Summary

I use behavioral economics to investigate how individuals make decisions about their health, in particular how public policy and the environment affects obesity and related chronic disease. Using statistical and econometric methods and diverse data sources, including surveys, sales data, and administrative data, we seek to inform policy on obesity prevention.

I have investigated the role of the food environment and the built environment, including neighborhoods, on childhood obesity. I also study the impact of several public policies on health:

  • policies mandating calorie labeling in restaurants
  • food policies in schools
  • New York City’s one-time proposal of limiting the size of sugar-sweetened beverages served in restaurants
  • policies supporting the development of supermarkets in high-need areas

As the founding director of NYU Langone’s Comprehensive Program on Obesity, I am spearheading an initiative designed to determine causes of obesity and develop new treatment and prevention strategies. This institution-wide initiative features the DataBridge, an infrastructure for integrating data from population health, clinical, and basic science research using big-data analytics.

I also serve as chief of the Section on Health Choice, Policy and Evaluation in the Department of Population Health.

Phone

212-263-4283

Academic office

180 Madison Avenue

Third Floor

New York, NY 10016

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Associate Dean, Research Mission Strategy and Administration

Director, Comprehensive Program on Obesity

Director, Section on Health Choice, Policy and Evaluation, Department of Population Health

PhD from Yale University

MPH from Yale University

Fuster, Melissa; Kodali, Hanish; Ray, Krishnendu; Elbel, Brian; Handley, Margaret A; Huang, Terry T-K; Johnson, Glen

Journal of racial & ethnic health disparities. 2022 Aug; 9(4):1454-1463

Duerr, Ralf; Dimartino, Dacia; Marier, Christian; Zappile, Paul; Levine, Samuel; Francois, Fritz; Iturrate, Eduardo; Wang, Guiqing; Dittmann, Meike; Lighter, Jennifer; Elbel, Brian; Troxel, Andrea B; Goldfeld, Keith S; Heguy, Adriana

EBioMedicine. 2022 Jul 07; 104141

Rummo, Pasquale; Sze, Jeremy; Elbel, Brian

JAMA pediatrics. 2022 Jul 01; 176(7):646-653

Duh-Leong, Carol; Shonna Yin, H; Gross, Rachel S; Elbel, Brian; Thorpe, Lorna E; Trasande, Leonardo; White, Michelle J; Perrin, Eliana M; Fierman, Arthur H; Lee, David C

Journal of urban health. 2022 Jun; 99(3):482-491

Titus, Andrea R; Mijanovich, Tod N; Terlizzi, Kelly; Ellen, Ingrid G; Anastasiou, Elle; Shelley, Donna; Wyka, Katarzyna; Elbel, Brian; Thorpe, Lorna E

American journal of epidemiology. 2022 May 11;

Fuster, Melissa; Abreu-Runkle, Rosa; Handley, Margaret A; Rose, Donald; Rodriguez, Michelle A; Dimond, Emily G; Elbel, Brian; Huang, Terry T K

BMC public health. 2022 04 27; 22(1):843

Thorpe, Lorna E; Adhikari, Samrachana; Lopez, Priscilla; Kanchi, Rania; McClure, Leslie A; Hirsch, Annemarie G; Howell, Carrie R; Zhu, Aowen; Alemi, Farrokh; Rummo, Pasquale; Ogburn, Elizabeth L; Algur, Yasemin; Nordberg, Cara M; Poulsen, Melissa N; Long, Leann; Carson, April P; DeSilva, Shanika A; Meeker, Melissa; Schwartz, Brian S; Lee, David C; Siegel, Karen R; Imperatore, Giuseppina; Elbel, Brian

Diabetes care. 2022 Apr 01; 45(4):798-810

India-Aldana, Sandra; Kanchi, Rania; Adhikari, Samrachana; Lopez, Priscilla; Schwartz, Mark D; Elbel, Brian D; Rummo, Pasquale E; Meeker, Melissa A; Lovasi, Gina S; Siegel, Karen R; Chen, Yu; Thorpe, Lorna E

Environmental research. 2022 Mar 23; 212(Pt A):113146