Terry T-K Huang, PhD, MPH, CPH

professor and chair

Department of Health Promotion, Social, and Behavioral  Health
University of Nebraska Medical Center
College of Public Health

Professional Summary

  • 2010-present Professor and Chair, Department of Health Promotion, Social & Behavioral Health, UNMC
  • 2010-present Senior Advisor for Obesity Research, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH, Bethesda, MD 
  • 2005-2010 Director, Obesity Research Strategic Core, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH, Bethesda, MD
  • 2003-2005 Research Assistant Professor, Gerald J. & Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, Boston, MA 
  • 2002-2003 Assistant Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS
  • 2001-2002 Research Associate, Departments of Preventive Medicine & Ophthalmology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA


  • PhD   Preventive Medicine, USC, 2001
  • MPH   Biostatistics & Epidemiology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2001
  • BA    Psychology, Great Distinction, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 1998

Research Interests

  • Ecological and multilevel research and applications of health promotion and disease prevention
  • Systems science and public health
  • Strategic directions of health and science policies; translation of science to policy
  • Trans-disciplinary research and cross-sectoral partnerships
  • International and cross-cultural health
  • Pediatric obesity, metabolic syndrome, and chronic disease
  • Fetal and early childhood nutrition and risks for obesity and chronic diseases
  • Dietary patterns and obesity
  • Research methodology and outcomes evaluation

Selected Publications

  • Gorman N, Lackney J, Rollings K, Huang TT.  Designer schools: the role of school space and architecture in obesity prevention.  Obesity 2007; 15:2521-30.
  • Huang TT, Nansel TR, Belsheim AR, Morrison JA.  Sensitivity, specificity, and predictive values of pediatric metabolic syndrome components in relation to adult metabolic syndrome: the Princeton LRC Follow-Up Study. J Pediatr 2008; 152:185-90.
  • Huang TT, Glass TA.  Transforming research strategies for understanding and preventing obesity.  JAMA 2008; 300(15): 1811-13.
  • Huang TT, Kumanyika S, Drewnowski A, Glass TA.  A systems-oriented multilevel framework for tackling obesity in the 21st century.  Prev Chronic Dis 2009; 6(3): http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2009/jul/09_0013.htm.
  • Gortmaker SL, Swinburn B, Levy D, Carter R, Mabry PL, Finegood D, Huang TT, Marsh T, Moodie M. Changing the future of obesity: science, policy and action. Lancet 2011; 378:1-11.
  • Nader PR, Huang TT, Gahagan S, Kumanyika S, Hammond RA, Christoffel KK. Next steps in obesity prevention: altering early life systems to support healthy parents, infants, and toddlers. Childhood Obesity 2012; 8:206-15.
  • Frerichs L, Perin D, Huang TT. Current trends in childhood obesity research. Current Nutrition Reports 2012; 1:228-38.
  • Frerichs L, Brittin J, Stewart C, Robbins R, Riggs C, Mayberger S, Cervantes A, Huang TT. SaludableOmaha: development of a youth advocacy initiative to increase community readiness for obesity prevention, 2011-2012. Prev Chronic Dis 2012; 9:120095. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5888/pcd9.120095.
  • Huang TT, Sorensen D, Davis S, Frerichs L, Brittin J, Trowbridge M. Healthy eating design guidelines for school architecture. Prev Chronic Dis 2013; 10:120084. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5888/pcd10.120084.
  • Trowbridge M, Huang TT, Botchwey N, Fisher T, Pyke C, Gutter R, Rodgers AB, Ballard-Barbash R. Public health and the green building industry: partnership opportunities for childhood obesity prevention. Am J Prev Med 2013; 44:489-95

 Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, The Obesity Society
  • Member, APHA
  • Member, PHAN
  • Member, White House Healthy Kids Working Group (White House advisory committee on childhood obesity, 2009-10)
  • Senior Advisor, National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR)
  • Associate Editor, J Obesity
  • Ad hoc Reviewer, Eur J Clin Nutr; Am J Pub Health; Nutr Reviews; Dynamic Med; Food and Nutr Bulletin; J Am Coll Nutr; Obesity; Diabetes Care; J Adolesc; J Pediatr; Applied Physiol, Nutr, and Metab; Can J Pub Health; Int J Obes; Pediatr Obes; Nutrition; Childhood Obes


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Terry T-K Huang College of Public Health at UNMC

984365 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4365
Phone: 402-552-6837
Fax: 402-559-3773
Email: tthuang@unmc.edu