Experts by Expertise: Nutrition and Dieting

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  • Head shot of Stephanie Anzman-Frasca.

    Stephanie Anzman-Frasca

    Associate Professor of Pediatrics

    Expertise: childhood obesity, children’s eating habits, infant and child behavior and development  

    Contact: Stephanie Anzman-Frasca can be reached through Ellen Goldbaum in University Communications at 716-645-4605 or

  • Portrait of Katherine N. Balantekin.

    Katherine N. Balantekin

    Assistant Professor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

    Expertise: obesity, disordered eating, parental influences on child eating behavior, childhood obesity, diet culture, anti-obesity drugs

    Phone: 716-829-5578


  • Head shot of Derek Daniels, University at Buffalo thirst and ingestive behavior expert.

    Derek Daniels

    Professor and Chair of Biological Sciences

    Expertise: science of thirst; science of food, water and salt intake; ingestive/eating behaviors

    Phone: 716-645-0264


  • Head shot of Myles Faith, University at Buffalo expert on childhood obesity and children's eating behavior.

    Myles S. Faith

    Professor of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology

    Expertise: childhood obesity, children’s eating habits, family health

    Phone: 716-645-1124


  • Headshot of Jo L. Freudenheim.

    Jo L. Freudenheim

    SUNY Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology and Environmental Health

    Expertise: cancer risk factors, diet and cancer, carcinogens

    Phone: 716-829-5375


  • Head shot of Katarzyna Kordas, University at Buffalo expert on chemical and lead exposure.

    Katarzyna “Kasia” Kordas

    Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Environmental Health

    Expertise: toxic metals and child development, lead exposure, health effects of metal mixtures, nutrient-metal interactions, air pollution

    Phone: 716-829-5340


  • Head shot of Lucia A. Leone, University at Buffalo food access expert.

    Lucia A. Leone

    Associate Professor of Community Health and Health Behavior

    Expertise: food access, mobile produce markets, WIC, obesity prevention, physical activity

    Phone: 716-829-6953


  • Head shot of Charles Lindsey.

    Charles Lindsey

    Associate Professor of Marketing

    Expertise: consumer behavior, advertising, marketing strategy and research, brand loyalty, serving and package sizes

    Contact: Charles Lindsey can be reached most quickly through Jackie Ghosen in the School of Management Communications Office at 716-645-2833 or

  • Head shot of Danielle Meyer, University at Buffalo nutrition and diet expert, including on fad and celebrity diets and nutrition myths.

    Danielle Meyer

    Clinical Director of the Dietetic Internship Program in the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

    Expertise: fad diets (keto, carb-free), debunking nutrition myths, oncology nutrition, geriatric nutrition, supplements

    Phone: 716-829-5652


  • Portrait of Riana R. Pryor, University at Buffalo heat, exercise and athlete safety expert.

    Riana R. Pryor

    Assistant Professor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

    Expertise: heat and exercise; heat illness, including heat stroke; hydration; high school sports and athlete safety; occupational safety; exercise physiology

    Phone: 716-829-5456


  • Head shot of Teresa Quattrin, University at Buffalo clinical trials and childhood diabetes and obesity expert.

    Teresa Quattrin

    Senior Associate Dean for Research Integration

    Expertise: childhood diabetes; family-based obesity treatment; clinical translational research and trials, with a focus on diversity and inclusion

    Phone: 716-323-0170


  • Head shot of Samina Raja.

    Samina Raja

    Professor of Urban and Regional Planning 

    Expertise: food access, food systems planning, food and urban planning, local government food policy

    Phone: 716-829-5881


  • Head shot of Sarah Robert, University at Buffalo faculty expert on teachers, teachers' unions and school food.

    Sarah A. Robert

    Associate Professor of Learning and Instruction

    Expertise: teaching as an occupation; teachers’ unions; labor issues in education; global education reform; gender and equity in education; school food

    Phone: 716-645-4046


  • Head shot of Machiko Tomita, University at Buffalo aging and caregiving expert.

    Machiko R. Tomita

    Clinical Professor of Rehabilitation Science

    Expertise: aging, falls and frailty prevention in older adults, caregiving for older adults, smart home technology, virtual group exercise

    Phone: 716-829-6740


  • Portrait of Ann-Marie Torregrossa, University at Buffalo taste science and food choice expert.

    Ann-Marie Torregrossa

    Associate Professor of Psychology

    Expertise: taste science, feeding, food choice, bitterness

    Phone: 716-645-0354


  • Head shot of Xiaozhong Wen.

    Xiaozhong Wen

    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

    Expertise: diet and health in infants and young children, origins of obesity, smoking cessation during pregnancy

    Phone: 716-829-6811


  • Head shot of Marion Werner, University at Buffalo international trade expert.

    Marion Werner

    Professor of Geography

    Expertise: global trade; agriculture, food, labor rights and trade; agri-business; development in Latin America and the Caribbean

    Phone: 716-645-0475