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Deborah Lown

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Associate Professor

325-B Henry Hall



Office Hours

See available times here, or by appointment.

Courses Taught

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

Research Interests

My research is mainly focused food access and justice in Michigan. 

Current Research
The Food Access in Michigan study (FAiM) is a five-year, multicenter 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 accelerometers, measuring anthropometrics, conducting phone interviews with key informants and retailers, and conducting focus groups.

I am the co-PI on a project which examines the effects of Paleolithic Diet and HIIT exercise interventions on health markers. Students working on this project are trained on taking 24-hour recalls, and initiating/downloading accelerometers.

I am the PI on a project examining the impact of a new gleaning program on fruit and vegetable intake of low-income seniors.  Students working on this project are out in the community surveying subjects at food commodity sites.


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