• Christina Roberto

Christina A. Roberto, PhD


Christina A. Roberto, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Roberto is a clinical psychologist and epidemiologist. She is principal investigator of the Psychology of Eating And Consumer Health (PEACH) lab. Her research aims to identify and understand factors that promote unhealthy eating behaviors linked to obesity and eating disorders and design interventions to promote healthy eating. In her work, she draws upon the fields of psychology, marketing, behavioral economics, epidemiology, and public health to answer research questions that can provide policymakers and institutions with science-based guidance.

Selected Publications

Roberto, C.A., Swinburn, B., Hawkes, C., Huang, T. T.-K., Costa, S.A., Ashe, M., Zwicker, L., Cawley, J.H., & Brownell, K.D.:

2015. Patchy progress on obesity prevention: Emerging exemplars, entrenched barriers, and new thinking. The Lancet. 385: 2400-9.

Brownell, KD. & Roberto, C.A.:

2015. Strategic science with policy impact. The Lancet. 385: 2445-6.

Roberto, C.A. & Kawachi, I.:

2014. Using psychology and behavioral economics to promote healthy eating. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 47, 832-7.

Block, J.P., & Roberto, C.A.:

2014). Potential benefits of calorie labeling on menus. Journal of the American Medical Association, 312, 887-8.

Liu P.J., Wisdom, J., Roberto, C.A., Liu, L.J., & Ubel, P.A.:

2014. Using behavioral economics to design more effective food policies to address obesity. Applied Economic Perspectives and Management, 36, 6-24.

Bragg, M.A., Yanamadala, S., Roberto, C.A., Harris, J.L., & Brownell, K.D.:

2013. Athlete endorsements in food marketing. Pediatrics, 132, 805-10.

Gearhardt, A.N., Bragg, M.A., Pearl, R., Schvey, N.A., Roberto, C.A., & Brownell, K.D.:

2012. Obesity and Public Policy. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 8, 405-30.

Roberto, C.A., Baik, J., Harris, J.L., & Brownell, K.D.:

2010. The influence of licensed characters on children’s taste and snack preferences. Pediatrics, 126, 88-93.

Roberto, C.A., Larsen, P.D., Agnew, H., Baik, J., & Brownell, K.D.:

2010. Evaluating the impact of menu labeling on consumers’ food choices and intake.  American Journal of Public Health, 100, 312-318.

Roberto, C.A., Agnew, H., & Brownell, K.D.:

2009. An observational study of consumers accessing nutrition information in chain restaurants.  American Journal of Public Health, 99, 820-821.


Yale University, PhD, Clinical Psychology

Yale University, joint-PhD, Chronic Disease Epidemiology

Princeton University, AB, Psychology