Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of California
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Dr. Lauren Au

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Assistant Researcher
Nutrition Policy Institute
2115 Milvia Street, Suite 3
Berkeley, CA 94704
510-642-1584
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Education

PhD Food Policy & Applied Nutrition, Tufts University. 2013
RD Registered Dietitian, Columbia University. 2009
MS Nutrition and Public Health, Columbia University. 2009
BS Nutritional Sciences, Dietetics, University of California, Berkeley. 2007

Specialty

Childhood Obesity, Nutrition Epidemiology, Nutrition Policy, Dietary Assessment

Areas of Expertise (click to see all ANR academics with this expertise)

Bibliography

Peer Reviewed

  • Au LE, ; Paolicelli C, ; Gurzo K, ; Whaley SE, ; Wienfield NS,; Ritchie LD, (In Press). "Contribution of WIC foods to the overall diet of 13 and 24 month toddlers in the WIC Infant and Toddler Feeding Practices Study-2." Journal of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Ritchie, L. D.; Woodward-Lopez, G.; Au, L. E.; Loria, C. M.; Collie-Akers, V.; Wilson, D. K.; Frongillo, E. A.; Strauss, W. J.; Landgraf, A. J.; Nagaraja, J.; Sagatov, R. D. F.; Nicastro, H. L.; Nebeling, L. C.; Webb, K. L. (2018). "Associations of community programs and policies with children's dietary intakes: the Healthy Communities Study." Pediatr Obes 13 Suppl 1: 14-26.
  • Tan, M. L.; Laraia, B.; Madsen, K. A.; Au, L. E.; Frongillo, E. A.; Ritchie, L. D. (2018). "Child Food Insecurity Is Associated with Energy Intake among Fourth- and Fifth-Grade Girls." J Acad Nutr Diet
  • Woodward-Lopez, G.; Gosliner, W.; Au, L. E.; Kao, J.; Webb, K. L.; Sagatov, R. D.; Strauss, W. J.; Landgraf, A. J.; Nagaraja, J.; Wilson, D. K.; Nicastro, H. L.; Nebeling, L. C.; Schultz, J. A.; Ritchie, L. D. (2018). "Community characteristics modify the relationship between obesity prevention efforts and dietary intake in children: the Healthy Communities Study." Pediatr Obes 13 Suppl 1: 46-55.
  • Au, L. E.; Gurzo, K.; Paolicelli, C.; Whaley, S. E.; Weinfield, N. S.; Ritchie, L. D. (2018). "Diet Quality of US Infants and Toddlers 7-24 Months Old in the WIC Infant and Toddler Feeding Practices Study-2." J Nutr 148(11): 1786-1793.
  • Au, L. E.; Gurzo, K.; Gosliner, W.; Webb, K. L.; Crawford, P. B.; Ritchie, L. D. (2018). "Eating school meals daily is associated with healthier dietary intakes: The Healthy Communities Study." J Acad Nutr Diet 118(8): 1474-1481.e1.
  • Collie-Akers, V. L.; Schultz, J. A.; Fawcett, S. B.; Landry, S.; Obermeier, S.; Frongillo, E. A.; Forthofer, M.; Weinstein, N.; Weber, S. A.; Logan, A.; Arteaga, S. S.; Nebeling, L.; Au, L. E. (2018). "Measuring the intensity of community programs and policies for preventing childhood obesity in a diverse sample of US communities: the Healthy Communities Study." Pediatr Obes 13 Suppl 1: 56-63.
  • Webb, K. L.; Hewawitharana, S. C.; Au, L. E.; Collie-Akers, V.; Strauss, W. J.; Landgraf, A. J.; Nagaraja, J.; Wilson, D. K.; Sagatov, R.; Kao, J.; Loria, C. M.; Fawcett, S. B.; Ritchie, L. D. (2018). "Objectives of community policies and programs associated with more healthful dietary intakes among children: findings from the Healthy Communities Study." Pediatr Obes 13 Suppl 1: 103-112.
  • Au, L. E.; Crawford, P. B.; Woodward-Lopez, G.; Gurzo, K.; Kao, J.; Webb, K. L.; Ritchie, L. D. (2018). "School wellness committees are associated with lower body mass index z-scores and improved dietary intakes in US children: The Healthy Communities Study." J Sch Health 88(9): 627-635. PMC6108443.
  • Whaley, S. E.; Whaley, M.; Au, L. E.; Gurzo, K.; Ritchie, L. D. (2017). "Breastfeeding Is Associated With Higher Retention in WIC After Age 1." J Nutr Educ Behav 49(10): 810-816.e1.
  • Stotz, S; Markworth, AT; Lohse, B; Au, LE; Silldorff, J (2017). eLearning and Nutrition Education for Lower-Income Audiences. Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Conference in Washington, DC.
  • Au, L. E.; Whaley, S. E.; Gurzo, K.; Meza, M.; Rosen, N. J.; Ritchie, L. D. (2017). "Evaluation of Online and In-Person Nutrition Education Related to Salt Knowledge and Behaviors among Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children Participants." J Acad Nutr Diet 117(9): 1384-1395.
  • Strochlic, R.; Au, L. E.; Ritchie, L. (2017). "Is urban-rural location associated with weight status in school children? An examination of 42 small and rural Californian counties." Rural Remote Health 17(2): 3966.
  • Au, L.E.; Rosen, N.J.; Gurzo, K.; Ritchie, L.D. (2017). Salad bar characteristics in relation to diet quality of schoolchildren. Health Behavior Policy Review. 4(1), 3-12.
  • Au, LE; Crawford, PB; Woodward-Lopez, G; Gurzo, K; Kao, J; Ritchie, LD (2017). School nutrition programs and policies, dietary intake, and obesity: The Healthy Communities Study. Experimental Biology in Chicago, IL.
  • Au, LE; Crawford, PB; Woodward-Lopez, G; Gurzo, K; Kao, J; Ritchie, LD (2017). School nutrition programs and policies, dietary intake, and obesity: The Healthy Communities Study. International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Conference in Victoria, Canada.
  • Au, LE; Crawford, PB; Woodward-Lopez, G; Gurzo, K; Kao, J; Ritchie, LD (2017). School wellness policies are associated with lower body mass index z-scores and improved obesity related dietary outcomes in U.S. schoolchildren. American Public Health Association Conference in Atlanta, GA.
  • Au, LE; Rosen, NJ; Fenton, K; Hecht, K; Ritchie, LD (2016). "Eating School Lunch Is Associated with Higher Diet Quality among Elementary School Students." J Acad Nutr Diet 116(11): 1817-1824.
  • Au, LE; Whaley, S; Gurzo, K; Meza, M; Ritchie, LD (2016). "If You Build It They Will Come: Satisfaction of WIC Participants With Online and Traditional In-Person Nutrition Education." J Nutr Educ Behav 48(5): 336-342.
  • Au, LE; Whaley, S; Gurzo, K; Meza, M; Ritchie, LD (2016). Long-term reduction in sodium intake after online and in-person group nutrition education in WIC participants. Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior in San Diego, CA.
  • Au, LE; Whaley, S; Rosen, NJ; Meza, M; Ritchie, LD (2016). "Online and In-Person Nutrition Education Improves Breakfast Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors: A Randomized Trial of Participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children." J Acad Nutr Diet 116(3): 490-500.
  • Au, LE; Whaley, S; Rosen, NJ; Meza, M; Ritchie, LD (2016). Online and in-person nutrition education reduces sodium intake: A randomized trial to assess knowledge, self-efficacy and behaviors in WIC participants. Experimental Biology Conference in San Diego, CA.
  • Ritchie, L. D.; Rosen, N. J.; Fenton, K.; Au, L. E.; Goldstein, L. H.; Shimada, T. (2016). "School Breakfast Policy Is Associated with Dietary Intake of Fourth- and Fifth-Grade Students." J Acad Nutr Diet 116(3): 449-57.
  • Sawicki, C. M.; Van Rompay, M. I.; Au, L. E.; Gordon, C. M.; Sacheck, J. M. (2016). "Sun-Exposed Skin Color Is Associated with Changes in Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D in Racially/Ethnically Diverse Children." J Nutr 146(4): 751-7.
  • LE, Au; NJ, Rosen; LD, Richie (2015). Eating school meals is associated with higher diet quality among elementary school students. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Nashville, TN.
  • Edmonds, AT; Au, LE; Ritchie, LD (2015). Farmers' markets: nutritional quality and healthy food access. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL.
  • LE, Au; S, Whaley; NJ, Rosen; M, Meza; LD, Ritchie (2015). Online and in-person education improves breakfast knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors in WIC participants. Experimental Biology Conference in Boston, MA.
  • Au, LE; Whaley, S; Rosen, NJ; Meza, M; Ritchie, LD (2015). WIC in the 21st Century: Online and in-person education improves breakfast behaviors, beliefs and knowledge. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL.
  • Au, LE; Harris, SS; Jacques, PF; Dwyer, JT; Sacheck, JM (2014). "Adherence to a Vitamin D Supplement Intervention in Urban Schoolchildren." Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 114(1): 86-90.
  • Au, LE; Harris, SS; Dwyer, JT; Jacques, PF; Sacheck, JM (2014). "Association of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D with race/ethnicity and constitutive skin color in urban schoolchildren." J Pediatr Endocrinol Metab 27(11-12): 1095-100.
  • Morgan, E.H.; Houser, R.F.; Au, L.E.; Sacheck, J.M. (2013). Associations between three school-based measures of health: Is BMI enough? The Journal of School Nursing. 29(5), 378-85.
  • Au, LE; Rogers, GT; Harris, SS; Dwyer, JT; Jacques, PF; Sacheck, JM (2013). "Associations of Vitamin D Intake with 25-Hydroxyvitamin D in Overweight and Racially/Ethnically Diverse US Children." Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 113(11): 1511-1516.
  • Au, LE; Economos, CD; Goodman, E; Houser, RF; Must, A; Chomitz, VR; Morgan, EH; Sacheck, JM (2012). "Dietary Intake and Cardiometabolic Risk in Ethnically Diverse Urban Schoolchildren." Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 112(11): 1815-1821.
  • Au, LE; Economos, CD; Goodman, E; Must, A; Chomitz, VR; Sacheck, JM (2012). "Vitamin D intake and serum vitamin D in ethnically diverse urban schoolchildren." Public Health Nutrition 15(11): 2047-2053.

Non-Peer Reviewed

  • Au, L. E.; Ehrens, K.; Burda, N.; Zumbrun, E. (2018). "The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Priorities in the 2018 Farm Bill." J Acad Nutr Diet 118(4): 767-770.
  • C, Borger; N, Weinfield; T, Zimmerman; C, MacAllum; J, DeMatteis; S, Whaley; L, Ritchie; L, Sallack; L, Au; F, Jenkins; L, May (2018). WIC Infant and Toddler Feeding Practices Study-2: Second Year Report. USDA. https://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/wic-infant-and-toddler-feeding-practices-study-2-second-year-report
  • K, Cullen (2017). The Center for WIC Nutrition Education Innovations at the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center Final Technical Report. Baylor College of Medicine. https://media.bcm.edu/documents/2017/50/bcm-wic-project-final-report-071117.pdf
  • LE, Au; K, Hecht; EH, Vitale; T, Patterson; LD, Ritchie (2016). Developing Evidence-based and Actionable Nutrition Standards for Family Child Care Settings. http://npi.ucanr.edu/files/247883.pdf
  • D, Krepcio; LE, Au; K, Foell; S, Folta; J, Goldberg (2011). Nurse Practitioner Continuing Education Modules: Picky Eaters, Toddler with Excessive Juice Intake, Introduction of Solid Foods, Obesity and School-Aged Child, and the Vegetarian Teen. Gannett Education.

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