April 8, 2024

Lisa Bailey-Davis, DEd, RD

Dr. Bailey-Davis is an Associate Professor of Population Health Sciences and the Associate Director of the Center for Obesity & Metabolic Research at Geisinger, a large integrated health system in rural Pennsylvania. Dr. Bailey-Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Science at the Pennsylvania State University, a master’s degree in Nutrition Education at Immaculata College, and a doctorate in Adult Education at Penn State. She is also faculty in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Penn State. She is a registered dietitian.

Dr. Bailey-Davis’ research addresses both structural and social determinants of health with the goal of improving nutrition, food security, and health equity for rural, low income maternal and child populations, with a commitment to halting intergenerational transmission through solutions that apply systems science. Her research primarily focuses on primary and secondary prevention of obesity, cardiovascular kidney metabolic disease, and child abuse and maltreatment. Stakeholder, patient, and community engagement is woven into the planning, conduct, and dissemination of her prevention research and implementation science program. She has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers and serves on the editorial boards of Obesity Science & Practice, Nutrients, Frontiers in Public Health – Public Health and Nutrition.

Currently, her research program is supported with funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the National Institutes of Health/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the American Heart Association, the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, the Degenstein Foundation, and the Geisinger Health Plan Foundation. Her past funding support includes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States Department of Agriculture, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Novo Nordisk, Merck, and Weight Watchers International. Dr. Bailey-Davis serves as a merit reviewer for both PCORI and the American Heart Association.