Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health


Kristie J. Lancaster

Associate Professor of Nutrition and Food Studies

Kristie J. Lancaster

Phone: 998 5580

Kristie Lancaster is an Associate Professor of Nutrition and registered dietitian. Her work focuses on cultural, psychosocial, and environmental influences on dietary influences on dietary behaviors that affect hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity in vulnerable communities, especially African Americans. In the community, Dr. Lancaster works with faith-based and other community organizations to promote health in Harlem.

Degrees Held

  • A.B. Princeton University 1985
  • M.S. The Pennsylvania State University 1995
  • R.D. Mercy Medical Center 1997
    Dietetic Internship
  • Ph.D. The Pennsylvania State University 2000

Selected Publications

  • Kumanyika S, Taylor WC, Grier SA, Lassiter V, Lancaster KJ, Morssink CB, Renzaho AM. Community energy balance: A framework for contextualizing cultural influences on high risk of obesity in ethnic minority populations. Preventive Medicine. 2012;55:371-381.
  • Lancaster, KJ, Bermudez, OI. Beginning a discussion of nutrition and health disparities. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2011;93(5):1161S-1162S.
  • Horowitz CR, Goldfinger JZ, Muller SE, Pulichino RS, Vance TL, Arniella G, Lancaster KJ. The success of recruiting minorities, women, and elderly into a randomized controlled effectiveness trial. Mt Sinai J Med. 2008;75:37-43.
  • Lancaster KJ. Influence of diet on cardiovascular disease in African Americans, Africans, and African Caribbeans. Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports. 2009;3:181-186.
  • Lancaster KJ, Walker WH, Vance T, Kaskel PJ, Arniella G, Horowitz CR. Food for Life/Comida para la Vida: Creating a food festival to raise diabetes awareness. Progress in Community Health Partnerships 2009;3(4):359-363.
  • Casagrande SS, Whitt-Glover MC, Lancaster KJ, Odoms-Young AM, Gary TL. The built environment and the association with physical activity, dietary behaviors, and obesity among african americans: A systematic review. Am J Prev Med 2009;36(2):174-181.
  • Karanja N, Lancaster KJ, Vollmer WM, Lin P-H, Most MM, Ard JD, Swain JF, Sacks FM, Obarzanek E. Acceptability of sodium-reduced research diets including the DASH diet among adults with pre-hypertension and stage 1 hypertension. Journal of the American Dietetic Association 2007;107(9):1530-1538.
  • Lancaster KJ, Watts SO, Dixon LB. Dietary patterns and risk of coronary heart disease differ among ethnic subgroups of Black Americans. Journal of Nutrition 2006;136:446-451.
  • Kumanyika SK, Gary TL, Lancaster KJ, Samuel-Hodge CD, Banks-Wallace J, Beech BM, Hughes-Halbert C, Karanja N, Odoms-Young AM, Prewitt TE, Whitt-Glover MC. Achieving healthy weight in African American communities: Research recommendations of the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network (AACORN). Obesity Research 2005;13:2036-2047.
  • Horowitz CR, Colson KA, Hebert PL, Lancaster KJ. Barriers to buying healthy foods for people with diabetes: Evidence of environmental disparities. American Journal of Public Health 2004;94(9):1549-1554.
  • Lancaster KJ. Characteristics influencing daily consumption of fruits and vegetables and low-fat dairy products in older adults with hypertension. Journal of Nutrition for the Elderly 2004;23(4):21-33.
  • Lancaster KJ, Smiciklas-Wright H, Weitzel LB, Mitchell DC, Gilchrist JM, Jensen GL. Hypertension-related dietary patterns of rural older adults. Preventive Medicine. 2004;38(6):812-818.
  • Lancaster KJ, Smiciklas-Wright H, Ahern F, Jensen GL, Heller DA. Dehydration in black and white older adults using diuretics. Annals of Epidemiology. 2003;13(7):525-529.
  • Lancaster KJ, Smiciklas-Wright H, Mitchell DC, Kumanyika S, Mauger D, Palmer J. Food record response rates for African American women: Characteristics and nutrient intakes. Journal of the American Dietetic Association 2000;100(12):1532-1535.
  • Lancaster KJ, Smiciklas-Wright H, Ahern F, Achterberg C, Taylor-Davis S. Evaluation of a Nutrition Newsletter By Older Adults. Journal of Nutrition Education 1997; 29(3):145-151.


NIH/NHLBI: R01 HL092860-01A1 (Lancaster & Ogedegbe)

"Faith-Based Approaches in the Treatment of Hypertension (FAITH)"

7/1/09 - 6/30/14


  • NUTR-UE 85 - Introduction to Foods and Food Science
  • NUTR-UE 120 - Theories & Techniques of Nutrition Education & Counseling
  • NUTR-GE 2061 - Research Applications
  • NUTR-UE 1064 - Nutritional Biochemistry
  • NUTR-GE 2117 - Current Research in Nutrition

Research Interests

  • Nutrition, obesity, and related diseases in African Americans
  • Nutrition in hypertension and chronic disease
  • Community-based nutrition intervention
  • Neighborhood food availablity