Associate Professor, Department of Health, Behavior & Society
Lawrence J. Cheskin, MD is Associate Director of the GOPC, where he also directs the Pilot Studies Core, which evaluates timely systems-focused proposals worldwide to study such areas as school policies and the built environment’s effect on factors relevant to preventing childhood obesity.
He is Associate Professor, Health, Behavior & Society, with appointments in Medicine (GI); International Health (Human Nutrition) and Public Health Studies. He also directs the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center, a multidisciplinary clinical research and treatment program that he founded in 1990.
In his research, Dr. Cheskin studies the effectiveness of various lifestyle and dietary changes in weight loss and weight maintenance. He has experience in design and implementation of controlled clinical trials and laboratory studies of different diet techniques, as well as individual and community-based interventions, including among underserved residents of Baltimore. He has written 144 peer-reviewed publications, and 6 books.