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Past Postdoctoral Member: Lua Wilkinson, PhD, RD

Postdoctoral Fellow
Nutrition Obesity Research Center
Webb 601
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama 35294
Office: 205-975-9963
Full CV

Dr. Lua Wilkinson majored in cultural anthropology and dietetics at the University of Northern Colorado, and completed her dietetic internship at UCSF medical center in 2006. Lua received a Master’s of Arts in medical anthropology from the University of Colorado, Denver in 2010. Lua received her PhD in Nutrition Science in 2016 from Cornell University. Lua has worked at Children’s Hospital Colorado and New York Presbyterian Hospital as a Registered Dietitian, where she developed individual and group programming for children with obesity-related co-morbidities, eating disorders, neonatal complications and congenital heart disease. In 2010, she was awarded a Fulbright and moved to China, where she researched infant feeding behavior among migrant women for two years. She continued work internationally with maternal and child nutrition, and has carried out research in India, China, Papua New Guinea, and the United States. She speaks Chinese fluently, and Oriya with working proficiency.

The overarching theme of Dr. Wilkinson’s research program focuses on the identification of factors associated with the translation of nutrition interventions. She has worked on a range of social, behavioral, clinical, and quantitative projects related to the implementation of nutrition interventions, but her primary publications and research activities are centered around meaningful clinical applications to nutrition, metabolism, and insulin resistance


  1. L Wilkinson, C Pacanowski, D Levitsky. (2017) Three-Year Follow-Up of Participants From A Self-Weighing Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Obesity. In Press.
  2. D Levitsky, JER Limb, L Wilkinson, A Sewall, Y Zhong, A Olabi, J Hunter. (2017) Lack of negative autocorrelations of daily intake on successive days challenges the concept of the regulation of body weight. Appetite, 116, 277-283.
  3. L Wilkinson. (2017) Review: Nutritionism: The Science and Politics of Dietary Advice, by Gyorgy Scrinis. Gastronomica: The Journal of Critical Food Studies, 17(1), 80-81.
  4. L Wilkinson. (2016) Questions Regarding Weighing Every Day. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 116(3), 405.
  5. J Shlisky, A Beaudreault, L Wilkinson, M Mclean, M Arabi (2015) Neutrality in Nutrition Science: Perspectives for Effective Public-Private Partnerships. The Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. [Published abstract] 24(1), 384.6.
  6. L Wilkinson, X Sheng, & S Young (2012) Understanding Infant and Young Child Feeding Challenges in China. China Health Review, 3(2), 9-20.

Acknowledgement and Disclaimer
The trainee's projects are supported by Grant Number T32DK062710 from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases or the National Institutes of Health.

Years: 2016 - 2019
Mentor(s): W. Timothy Garvey, MD - primary mentor; Meredith Kilgore, PhD, RN and Tapan Mehta, PhD- co-mentors