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Allison Lacko


Allison Lacko is interested in the intersection between food and health systems and how a social justice lens can be applied to policies to promote equity. Her research integrates nutrition science, epidemiology, econometrics and spatial analysis to understand diet-related disparities in the U.S. and the role state-level policy and local beverage taxes play in influencing the healthfulness of packaged food and beverage purchases.

Dissertation title

Disparities in the nutritional quality of household purchases: evaluating the role of state policies and local sugar-sweetened beverage taxes

Research Interests

Geographical variation in dietary quality and health inequities; nutrition policy; social epidemiology.

Faculty Preceptor(s)

Paul Delamater, Shu Wen Ng