Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD, FTOS

gordon larsen penny 10Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD is a Fellow of TOS and has been a member of The Obesity Society since 1998. She has been actively engaged in leadership in the society for much of this time. She has served on The Obesity Society Council, Annual Scientific Program Planning, Audit, Finance, Scientific Review, Diversity and Nominating Committees. She has served as Chair of the Pediatric Obesity Section. She has been an invited speaker, session chair, abstract reviewer, and has presented many papers at the annual scientific meetings.


Dr. Gordon-Larsen is Professor of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and held the Dannon Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Nutrition Science before joining the faculty at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Gordon-Larsen’s NIH-funded research portfolio focuses on individual-, household-, and community-level susceptibility to obesity, and her work ranges from genetic to societal-level factors that shape obesity and its consequences. Much of her research focuses on issues related to ethnicity, disparities, and development of obesity over the lifecycle with attention to pathways linking environment and behavior to cardiometabolic risk. Her published research has appeared in JAMA, Archives of Internal Medicine, Obesity, Obesity Reviews, Pediatric Obesity and Pediatrics, among others. She has served as associate editor or as editorial board member of Obesity, Pediatric Obesity, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Nutrition and Diabetes, and Health & Place and Annals of Human Biology. She received the Eli Lilly Scientific Achievement Award from The Obesity Society in 2010.



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