Barbara Lohse, PhD, RD, LDN

photo of Barbara Lohse

Research Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences Principal Investigator for Evaluation, Program Development and Policy for Pennsylvania SNAP-Ed and the NEEDS Center.

Contact Information

205 Chandlee Lab
University Park PA 16801


(fax) 814-863-6103


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1994

Research Interests

Eating Competence, including measurement validation and intervention assessment

Nutrition Education methodologies

Problem-based Learning and Learning Technologies, such as web and digital photo receiver

Complementary and Alternative Nutrition issues

Nutrition education for low-income audiences Survey development and nutrition education impact study design

Selected Publications

Lohse B, Satter E, Arnold, K. Development of a tool to assess adherence to a model of the division of responsibility in feeding young children: Using response mapping to capacitate validation measures. Child Obes. 2014;10(2):153-168.

Cunningham-Sabo L, Lohse B. Impact of a school-based cooking curriculum for 4th grade students on attitudes and behavior is influenced by gender and prior cooking experience. J Nutr Educ. Behav. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2014;46(2):110-120.

Quick V, Byrd-Bredbenner C, White AA, Brown O, Colby S, Shoff S, Lohse B, Horacek T, Kidd T, and Greene G.) Eat, sleep, work, play: Associations of weight status and health-related behaviors among young adult college students. Am J Health Promot. 2013;Dec 20 [Epub].

Cunningham-Sabo L, Lohse B. Cooking with Kids positively impacts 4th-graders’ vegetable preferences, attitudes and self-efficacy for food and cooking. Child Obes. 2013;9(6):549-556.

Lohse B, Wamboldt P. Purposive Facebook recruitment endows cost effective nutrition education program evaluation. JMIR Res Protoc. 2013;2(2):e27.

Lohse B, Arnold K, Wamboldt P. Evaluation of About Being Active, an online lesson about physical activity shows that perception of being physically active is higher in eating competent low-income women. BMC Women's Health. 2013, 13:12. Doi:10.1186/1472-6874-13-12.

Dour CA, Horacek TM, Schembre SM, Lohse B, Hoerr S, Kattelmann K, White AA, Shoff S, Phillips B, Greene G. Process of Project WebHealth: A non-dieting web-based intervention for obesity prevention in college students. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2013;45:288-295. PMID: 23410994 doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2012.10.001.

Lohse B. Face book is an effective strategy to recruit low-income women to online nutrition education. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2013;45:69-76.

Lohse B, Bailey R, Krall J, Wall D, Mitchell DC. Diet quality is related to eating competence in low-income females in Pennsylvania. Appetite. 2012;58(2):645-650.

Lohse B, Rifkin R, Arnold K, Least C. A digital program informs low-income caregivers of preschool-age children about famly meals. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2012;44:256-261

Courses Taught

NUTR 100 Contemporary Nutrition Concerns

NUTR 360 Disseminating Nutrition Information

NUTR 456 Community Nutrition

NUTR 490W Nutrition Seminar

NUTR 551 Nutrition Seminar-Methods in Nutrition Education Research

Strategic Themes

  • Domains of Health and Behavior