Deborah Lown

Assistant Professor
220 Padnos Hall
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Grand Valley State University
Allendale, MI 49401
phone: 331-8919

See available times here,
or by appointment

BMS 222 - Public Health
BMS 223 - Public Health Concepts
BMS 310 - Intro to Research
BMS 305 - Clinical Nutrition

BMS 404 - Community Nutrition
BMS 523 - Epidemiology

Post-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2006-2008
Ph.D., Epidemiology, University of Michigan, 2005
M.S., Clinical Nutrition, University of Michigan, 1990
B.S., Nutrition, University of Michigan, 1984


Dr. Lown’s research is focused on mainly two areas: food access in Michigan, and diet and physical activity in minority populations.

The Food Access in Michigan study (FAiM) is a five-year, multi-center study funded by the USDA. The project is a collaborative research effort across six universities including the University of Michigan, UM-Flint, MSU, GVSU, LSSU and UW-Madison. Additionally, each university has partnered with a community organization to work on a local urban agriculture intervention. The overall goal is to obtain a better understanding of food access and food insecurity across the state of Michigan. Students for this project are trained on taking 24-hour recalls, initiating/downloading actigraphs, measuring anthropometrics, conducting phone interviews with key informants and retailers, and conducting focus groups.

The LOSE BIG challenge is a culturally-based inner-city weight loss program for women of color in partnership with Inner City Community Advocates. The main goal of this study is to determine if participants change their eating habits and successfully maintain weight loss for a year.  Students are trained to measure anthropometrics, administer surveys and conduct a nutrition education class.


Sisson LG, and Lown, DA.  Do soup kitchen meals contribute tosuboptimal nutrient intake and obesity in the homeless population? Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, 6:3, 312-232, 2011.
Lown,DA. Fitzgibbon ML., Dyer A., Schiffer L., Gomez S., and Braunschweig CL. "Effect of Variable Energy Served on 24-Hour Energy Intake in 16 Preschools, Chicago, Illinois, 2007." Preventing chronic disease 8, no. 3:A58, 2011.

Braunschweig CL, Lown DA. Evidence-based medicine for nutrition support: An overview of the process. Nutr Clin Pract. 22(6):599-601, 2008.

Lown DA, Braunschweig CL. Determinants of physical activity in low-income, overweight African American Girls. Am J Health Behav. 32(3):253-259,2008.


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