Andrea S. Richardson

Andrea S. Richardson
Policy Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School


Ph.D. in nutrition epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; M.P.H. in epidemiology, Emory University; B.S. in math, University of Chicago

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Andrea Richardson is a senior policy researcher at RAND and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research focus is nutrition epidemiology and encompasses the social and biological risk factors that underlie obesity throughout the life course. Through her work in the health research field, she developed a broad knowledge base in population-based and clinical research. Her research interests include the underlying mechanisms between environment (built and social), behaviors, biology (genetics), and health disparities. She is particularly motivated to address school policies, neighborhood disinvestment, social injustice, and racial inequity that impact health for people who have been systematically excluded from decisionmaking about their community.

Richardson has strong statistical skills and publication history in peer-reviewed journals. Her expertise includes complex longitudinal and structural equation modeling to link environmental determinants to obesity disparities in populations who have been burdened with socioeconomic disadvantage. She is the principal investigator of a NIH-funded project examining how historical and current discriminatory mortgage lending may underlie obesity disparities in the longitudinal cohort Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults Study. Richardson received her Ph.D. in nutrition epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, her M.P.H. in epidemiology from Emory University, and her B.S. in math from the University of Chicago.

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Selected Publications

Richardson AS, Weden MM, Cabreros I, Datar A., "Association of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 With Body Mass Trajectories of Children in Low-Income Families," JAMA New Open, 5(5), 2022

Richardson AS, Collins, RL, Nugroho A, et al., "Improvements in Neighborhood Socioeconomic Conditions May Improve Resident Diet," Am J Epidemiol, 190(5), 2021

Richardson AS, Meyer KA, Howard AG, Boone-Heinonen J, Popkin BM, Evenson KR, Kiefe CI, Lewis CE, Gordon-Larsen P, "Neighborhood socioeconomic status and food environment: A 20-year longitudinal latent class analysis among CARDIA participants.," Health & Place, 30, 2014

Richardson AS, Troxel WM, Collins RL, Ghosh-Dastidar M, Hunter GP, Beckman R, Colabianchi N, Dubowitz T., "Pathways through which higher neighborhood crime is longitudinally associated with greater body mass index.," Int J Behav Nut Phys Act, (1), 2017

Richardson AS, Ghosh-Dastidar M, Collins RL, Beckman R, Flórez K, Dubowitz T., "Can the introduction of a full service supermarket in a food desert improve residents’ economic status and health? ," Ann Epidemiol, (12), 2017

Richardson AS, Dietz WH, Gordon-Larsen P, "The association between childhood sexual and physical abuse with incident adult severe obesity: The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health," Pediatr Obes, 9(5), 2014

Richardson AS, Boone-Heinonen J, Popkin BM, Gordon-Larsen P, "Neighborhood fast food restaurants and fast food consumption: A national study," BMC Public Health, 8(11), 2011

Richardson AS, Meyer KA, Howard AG, Boone-Heinonen J, Popkin BM, Evenson KR, Shikany JM, Lewis CE, Gordon-Larsen, "Multiple pathways from the neighborhood food environment to increased body mass index through dietary behaviors: A structural equation-based analysis in the CARDIA study," Health & Place, 7(36), 2015



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