Gray Behavioral Nutrition Lab

Dr. Heewon L. Gray's research lab at the College of Public Health, University of South Florida


Welcome to the Gray Behavioral Nutrition Lab

Dr. Heewon L. Gray, the director and principal investigator of the lab, has been making contributions to the field of behavioral nutrition, particularly in the area of childhood obesity prevention. Her research focuses on identifying and implementing effective behavioral strategies to promote healthy eating habits among young people and their families, utilizing mixed methods research approaches.

One of Dr. Gray's recent studies examined the impact of a nutrition education intervention on the eating behaviors of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Dr. Gray's team developed and implemented a nutrition education program that addressed the specific challenges faced by children with ASD and their families. The preliminary research found that the intervention led to significant improvements in the mealtime behaviors of the children, indicating the potential for such programs to effectively address the unique needs of this population.

In addition to her research on nutrition interventions, Dr. Gray has also studied the impact of the food environment on health outcomes. She has conducted community food projects that aim to increase access to healthy foods in underserved communities, such as farmers' markets and community gardens. Her work in this area has contributed to a growing body of research that highlights the importance of promoting food sovereignty as a means of reducing health disparities.

Overall, the Gray Behavioral Nutrition Lab is committed to advancing the field of behavioral nutrition through innovative research and evidence-based interventions.