Lucia A. Leone


Lucia A. leone.

Lucia A. Leone


Lucia A. Leone


Research Topics

Environmental, community, organizational and behavioral interventions to improve nutrition, increase physical activity and encourage appropriate cancer screening; health disparities; food access and local food systems; obesity and cancer prevention.

Contact Information

333 Kimball

Buffalo NY, 14214

Phone: (716) 829-6953

Fax: (716) 829-6040

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Professional Summary

Lucia A. Leone, PhD is community-based researcher with a focus on addressing disparities in cancer and obesity prevention behaviors.  Her research involves designing, implementing and evaluating multi-level and community-based interventions to increase access to healthy food and opportunities for physical activity among underserved populations. Current research projects include: (1) development and evaluation of a mobile produce market (The Veggie Van) to bring fresh, local, affordable food to lower income and under-served communities; (2) working with the YMCA to develop an exercise program to increase exercise enjoyment among women with obesity; collaborating with the Mobile Safety Net Team in the University district to develop and evaluate a Buffalo Healthy Corner Store Initiative; and (4) understanding the grocery shopping experience of participants in the WIC program with a goal of addressing policy and retail-level changes to the program. 


  • PhD, Nutrition Intervention and Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2010)
  • BA, Health and Societies, University of Pennsylvania (2003)


  • Postdoctoral Fellow in Cancer Health Disparities, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010-2013
  • Predoctoral Fellow, Cancer Education and Control Program, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2007-2010

Professional Affiliations

  • Buffalo and Erie County Food Policy Council
  • International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
  • Obesity Society
  • Society for Behavioral Medicine