Karina R. Lora, Ph.D., R.D. joined the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at The George Washington University in August of 2018. Dr. Lora is a community/public health nutritionist with a long standing record of working with undeserved multicultural populations. Dr. Lora research focuses broadly on childhood obesity prevention in minority populations. One of Dr. Lora’s research goals is to understand the individual, behavioral, and home environmental factors that influence dietary patterns of family members to develop and implement interventions that are culturally relevant for success. Dr. Lora has a strong interest in integrating teaching and research to provide students with pedagogical approaches that enhance their learning outcomes, cultural competence skills, and awareness of social issues while benefiting communities by evaluating community/public health programs to improve their delivery and impact.
Prior to joining The George Washington University, Dr. Lora was a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma, Researcher at the University of Connecticut Health Center, and a Faculty Specialist at the University of Maryland.