Patricia B. Crawford PhD, RD

Adjunct Professor
Senior Director of Research, Nutrition Policy Institute
Cooperative Extension Specialist, Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology
Research Interests: 
  • Epidemiology of pediatric overweight, with a focus on disparities
  • Dietary determinants of overweight
  • Pediatric overweight interventions
  • Community based obesity prevention
  • School nutrition intervention and policy
  • Nutrition assessment
Selected Publications: 

Crawford P, Schneider CL, Martin AC, Spezzano T, Algert S, Ganthavorn C, Nicholson Y, Neelon M, Wooten Swanson PC, Donahue S. Communitywide strategies key to preventing childhood obesity. California Agriculture. 2013 67(1):13-20.

Crawford PB, Woodward-Lopez G, Gosliner W, Webb KL. Lessons of Fresh Start can guide schools seeking to boost student fruit consumption. California Agriculture. 2013 67(1):21-29.

Soldavini J, Crawford P, Ritchie LD. Nutrition claims influence health perceptions and taste preferences in fourth- and fifth-grade children. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2012 Nov-Dec;44(6):624-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2012.04.009. Epub 2012 Sep 24. PMID: 23010013. read article

Bacardi-Gascón M, Reveles-Rojas C, Woodward-Lopez G, Crawford P Jiménez-Cruz A. Assessing the  validity of a physical activity questionnaire developed for parents of preschool children in Mexico J Health Popul Nutr. 2012 Dec;30(4):439-46.

Crawford PB, Gosliner W. State-level policies can help reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages in schools. J Pediatr. 2012 Sep;161(3):566-7.

Peart, T., Crawford P. Trends in nutrition and exercise counseling among adolescents in the healthcare environment. Journal of Environmental and Public Health. Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 949303, 6 pages. doi:10.1155/2012/949303.

Peart, T., Kao, J., Crawford P, Craypo L, Samuels S, Woodward-Lopez, G. Does competitive food and beverage legislation hurt meal participation and revenues in high schools? Child Obes. 2012 Aug;8(4):339-46. doi: 10.1089/chi.2012.0009. PMID: 22867073

Ritchie LD, Boyle M, Chandran K, Spector P, Whaley SE, James P, Samuels S, Hecht K, Crawford P. Participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program is associated with better nutrition offerings in childcare. Child Obes. 2012;8:236-41.

Crawford P, Hinson J, Madsen KA, Neumark-Sztainer D, Nihiser AJ.  An Update on the Use and Value of School BMI Screenings, Surveillance, and Reporting: A roundtable discussion. Childhood Obesity.  2011: 7(6) 441-449.

Crawford P, Gosliner W, Kayman H. The ethical basis for promoting nutritional health in public schools in the United States. Prev Chronic Dis. 2011 Sep;8(5):A98. Epub 2011 Aug 15. PubMed PMID: 21843428; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3181198. read article

Crawford PB, Webb KL. Unraveling the paradox of concurrent food insecurity and obesity. Am J Prev Med. 2011 Feb;40(2):274-5.

Gosliner W, Madsen KA, Woodward-Lopez G, Crawford PB. Would students prefer to eat healthier foods at school? J Sch Health. 2011 Mar;81(3):146-151.

Webb KL, Solomon LS, Sanders J, Akiyama C, Crawford PB. 2011. Menu Labeling Responsive to Consumer Concerns and Shows Promise for Changing Patron Purchases. Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition, Volume 6 Issue 2, 166.

Campbell E, Hudson H, Webb K, Crawford PB. 2011. Food Preferences of Users of the Emergency Food System.  Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition, Volume 6 Issue 2, 179

Sanchez-Vaznaugh EV, Sanchez BN, Baek J, Crawford PB. Competitive food and beverage policies: Are they influencing the trends in childhood overweight? Health Affairs 2010. 29(3), 436-446.

Ritchie LD, Whaley SE, Spector P, Gomez J, Crawford P. Favorable impact of nutrition education on California Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) families. J Nutr Ed Behav 2010;42:S2-S10.

Gerstein DE, Martin AC, Crocker N, Reed H, Elfant M, Crawford P. Using learner-centered education to improve fruit and vegetable intake in California WIC participants. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2010 Jul-Aug;42(4):216-24.

Madsen KA, Weedn A, Crawford PB. Disparities in peaks, plateaus, and declines in prevalence of high BMI among adolescents. Pediatrics. 2010 Sep;126(3):434-42.

Samuels SE, Craypo L, Boyle M, Crawford PB, Yancey A, Flores G. The California Endowment's Healthy Eating, Active Communities program: a midpoint review. Am J Public Health. 2010 Nov;100(11):2114-23.

Woodward-Lopez G, Gosliner W, Samuels SE, Craypo L, Kao J, Crawford PB.  Lessons learned from evaluations of California's statewide school nutrition standards. Am J Public Health. 2010 Nov;100(11):2137-45.

Madsen, KA, McCullogh, C, Crawford PB (2009). Parent Modeling: Perceptions of Parents' Physical Activity Predict Girls' Activity throughout Adolescence. Journal of Pediatrics , 154:278-83.

Crawford PB, Woodward-Lopez G, Ritchie L, Webb K. (2008). How discretionary can we be with sweetened beverages for children? Journal of the American Dietetic Association , 108 (9), 1440-4.

Woodward-Lopez G, Ritchie LD, Gerstein D, Crawford PB. Obesity: Dietary and Developmental Influences. Boca Raton, LA: CRC Press, 2006.

Profile Updated: September 26, 2013