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About Maya Vadiveloo

Maya Vadiveloo, PhD RD is an Assistant Professor of Data-enabled Nutritional Epidemiology in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at the University of Rhode Island.  She is a registered dietitian, epidemiologist, and behavioral scientist whose research focuses on using behavioral theory to favorably influence food choices, dietary quality, weight control, and eventually cardiovascular health.  She is interested in using insights from big data to develop strategies that make it easier for consumers to choose healthy foods that are tasty and filling with the ultimate goal of helping individuals and populations develop lifelong dietary patterns that they enjoy and that promote healthy body weights.  Maya’s research in the Big Data and Eating Decisions lab employs a variety of research methods, including epidemiological analyses, laboratory and online studies, and qualitative methods.


Present Assistant Professor of Data Enabled Nutritional Epidemiology, University of Rhode Island

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Honors and Awards

  • (2015) American Heart Association's 2015 Epidemiology and Prevention Early Career Travel Grant
  • (2015) Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Postdoctoral Association Travel Award
  • (2015) Finalist to participate in the American Society of Nutrition's Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Poster Competition at Experimental Biology
  • (2014) Selected as participant for the American Heart Association's 40th Ten-Day Seminar on the Epidemiology and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease
  • (2014) Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center (BNORC) Travel Award
  • (2014) Recipient of Diversity Selection Poster Award at The Obesity Society Annual Meeting
  • (2014) 2nd place in the Boston Nutrition Obesity Research's Annual Meeting 2014 Poster Competition
  • (2014) Winner of NYU Steinhardt's 2014 Outstanding Dissertation Award (one of the 21 nominated among the 70 earned doctorates)
  • (2014) Nominated and selected as Alternate Student Speaker to represent Ph.D and Ed.D graduates at Doctoral Convocation
  • (2013) 2nd place (of >75 entries) in the Nutritional Epidemiology Research Interest Section Poster Competition at Experimental Biology 2013
  • (2012) American Heart Association Cardiovascular Nursing Travel Award
  • (2011) American Dietetic Association Diversity Scholarship
  • (2010) Dean's Professional Development Fund Award, Steinhardt School, NYU
  • (2010) New York State Dietetic Association Scholarship
  • (2008-2010) New York University Graduate Research Assistantship
  • (2005-2008) Boston University merit-based tuition scholarship and GPA scholarship
  • (2004-2005) Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year
  • (2004-2005) Co-Captain of Brown University Varsity Gymnastics Team
  • (2004-2005) Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach's Choice Award
  • (2002-2005) Academic All-American
  • (2002-2005) Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Scholar Athlete Honor Roll
  • (2002-2005) Sigma Xi Science Honors
  • (2002-2005) National Dean's List
  • (2001-2002) Dean's List and National Society of Collegiate Scholars


  • Special Topics in Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Food, Nutrition, and People
  • Nutrition in the Life Cycle II


2013 - 2015 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Harvard University ‐ School of Public Health
2008 - 2013 PhD, New York Univeristy ‐ Nutrition
2005 - 2008 MS, Boston University ‐ Nutrition and Dietetics
2002 - 2005 BA, Brown University ‐ Human Biology
2001 - 2002 Boston College ‐ Biology

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