Gina Tripicchio

Assistant Professor
Social and Behavioral Sciences
3223 N. Broad Street


Dr. Gina Tripicchio is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the College of Public Health and a research scientist at the Center for Obesity Research and Education. She holds a degree in Psychology from New York University (BA, 2007), a graduate degree in Science Education from the City College of New York (MSEd, 2010), and graduate degrees in Nutrition from Hunter College (MS, 2012) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (PhD, 2017). Prior to joining the faculty at Temple, Dr. Tripicchio was a researcher at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.

Dr. Tripicchio’s research focuses on behavioral interventions to address childhood obesity. She is interested in treatment and prevention strategies, with a particular emphasis on innovative approaches to delivery and evaluation. Her work aims to address health disparities that affect underserved children by implementing programs in settings that can dismantle those inequities, including the education, health, and food systems.


  • PhD, Nutrition Intervention and Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MS, Public Health Nutrition, Hunter College
  • MSEd, Middle School Science Education, The City College of New York
  • BA, Psychology, New York University

Curriculum Vitae 

Courses Taught




SBS 8005

Health Promotion in Vulnerable Populations


Selected Publications

  • Tripicchio, G.L., Kay, M., Herring, S., Cos, T., Bresnahan, C., Gartner, D., Sosinsky, L.S., & Bass, S.B. (2021). Development and Preliminary Feasibility of iByte4Health: A Mobile Health (mHealth) Pediatric Obesity Prevention Intervention to Engage Parents with Low-Income of Children 2-9 Years. Nutrients, 13(12). Switzerland. doi: 10.3390/nu13124240

  • Neshteruk, C.D., Tripicchio, G.L., Lobaugh, S., Vaughn, A.E., Luecking, C.T., Mazzucca, S., & Ward, D.S. (2021). Screen Time Parenting Practices and Associations with Preschool Children's TV Viewing and Weight-Related Outcomes. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 18(14). Switzerland. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18147359

  • Schuler, B.R., Vazquez, C., Kobulsky, J.M., Schroeder, K., Tripicchio, G.L., & Wildfeuer, R. (2021). The early effects of cumulative and individual adverse childhood experiences on child diet: Examining the role of socioeconomic status. Prev Med, 145, p. 106447. United States. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2021.106447

  • McGuirt, J.T., Enahora, B., Dyson, O.L., Tripicchio, G.L., Mallard, L., & Rhea, C.K. (2021). Virtual Avatar Coaching With Community Context for Adult-Child Dyads with Low Income. J Nutr Educ Behav, 53(3), pp. 232-239. United States. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2020.12.004

  • Faith, M.S., Cochran, W.C., Diewald, L., Hoffer, K., Moore, R., Berkowitz, R.I., Hauer, C.A., Stettler-Davis, N., Tripicchio, G., & Rukstalis, M.R. (2021). Group lifestyle modification vs. lifestyle newsletters for early childhood obesity: Pilot study in rural primary care. Journal of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy. doi: 10.1016/j.jbct.2021.01.002

  • McGuirt, J.T., Cooke, N.K., Burgermaster, M., Enahora, B., Huebner, G., Meng, Y.u., Tripicchio, G., Dyson, O., Stage, V.C., & Wong, S.S. (2020). Extended Reality Technologies in Nutrition Education and Behavior: Comprehensive Scoping Review and Future Directions. Nutrients, 12(9). Switzerland. doi: 10.3390/nu12092899

  • Cowan, A.E., Higgins, K.A., Fisher, J.O., Tripicchio, G.L., Mattes, R.D., Zou, P., & Bailey, R.L. (2020). Examination of different definitions of snacking frequency and associations with weight status among U.S. adults. PLoS One, 15(6), p. e0234355. United States. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0234355

  • Sarwer, D.B. & Tripicchio, G.L. (2019). Lifestyle modification for the treatment of obesity. In Quality in Obesity Treatment (pp. 129-136). doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-25173-4_14

  • Tripicchio, G.L., Kachurak, A., Davey, A., Bailey, R.L., Dabritz, L.J., & Fisher, J.O. (2019). Associations between Snacking and Weight Status among Adolescents 12-19 Years in the United States. Nutrients, 11(7). Switzerland. doi: 10.3390/nu11071486


  • Leone, L.A., Tripicchio, G.L., Haynes-Maslow, L., McGuirt, J., Smith, J.S.G., Armstrong-Brown, J., Kowitt, S.D., Gizlice, Z., & Ammerman, A.S. (2019). A Cluster-Randomized Trial of a Mobile Produce Market Program in 12 Communities in North Carolina: Program Development, Methods, and Baseline Characteristics. J Acad Nutr Diet, 119(1), pp. 57-68. United States. doi: 10.1016/j.jand.2018.04.010

  • Tripicchio, G.L., Ammerman, A.S., Ward, D.S., Faith, M.S., Truesdale, K.P., Burger, K.S., Dean, K., Dumenci, L., & Davis, A. (2018). Clinical-Community Collaboration: A Strategy to Improve Retention and Outcomes in Low-Income Minority Youth in Family-Based Obesity Treatment. Child Obes, 14(3), pp. 141-148. United States. doi: 10.1089/chi.2017.0266

  • Johnson, C.M., Henderson, M.S., Tripicchio, G., Rozin, P., Heo, M., Pietrobelli, A., Berkowitz, R.I., Keller, K.L., & Faith, M.S. (2018). Observed parent-child feeding dynamics in relation to child body mass index and adiposity. Pediatr Obes, 13(4), pp. 222-231. England. doi: 10.1111/ijpo.12209

  • Leone, L.A., Tripicchio, G.L., Haynes-Maslow, L., McGuirt, J., Smith, J.S.G., Armstrong-Brown, J., Gizlice, Z., & Ammerman, A. (2018). Cluster randomized controlled trial of a mobile market intervention to increase fruit and vegetable intake among adults in lower-income communities in North Carolina. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act, 15(1), p. 2. England. doi: 10.1186/s12966-017-0637-1

  • Tripicchio, G.L., Ammerman, A.S., Neshteruk, C., Faith, M.S., Dean, K., Befort, C., Ward, D.S., Truesdale, K.P., Burger, K.S., & Davis, A. (2017). Technology Components as Adjuncts to Family-Based Pediatric Obesity Treatment in Low-Income Minority Youth. Child Obes, 13(6), pp. 433-442. United States. doi: 10.1089/chi.2017.0021

  • Tripicchio, G.L., Borner, K.B., Stough, C.O., Cordts, K.P., Gillette, M.D., & Davis, A.M. (2017). Confirmatory Factor Analysis of Sizing Me Up: Validation of an Obesity-Specific Health-Related Quality of Life Measure in Latino Youth. J Pediatr Psychol, 42(4), pp. 457-465. United States. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsw094

  • Tripicchio, G.L., Smith, J.G., Armstrong-Brown, J., McGuirt, J., Haynes-Maslow, L., Mardovich, S., Ammerman, A.S., & Leone, L. (2017). Recruiting Community Partners for Veggie Van: Strategies and Lessons Learned From a Mobile Market Intervention in North Carolina, 2012-2015. Prev Chronic Dis, 14, p. E36. United States. doi: 10.5888/pcd14.160475

  • Marzona, I., Avanzini, F., Lucisano, G., Tettamanti, M., Baviera, M., Nicolucci, A., Roncaglioni, M.C., & Group, R.&.P.C. (2017). Are all people with diabetes and cardiovascular risk factors or microvascular complications at very high risk? Findings from the Risk and Prevention Study. Acta Diabetol, 54(2), pp. 123-131. Germany. doi: 10.1007/s00592-016-0899-0

  • Hittner, J.B., Johnson, C., Tripicchio, G., & Faith, M.S. (2016). Infant emotional distress, maternal restriction at a home meal, and child BMI gain through age 6years in the Colorado Adoption Project. Eat Behav, 21, pp. 135-141. United States. doi: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2016.01.008

  • Tripicchio, G., Heo, M., Diewald, L., Noar, S.M., Dooley, R., Pietrobelli, A., Burger, K.S., & Faith, M.S. (2016). Restricting Advertisements for High-Fat, High-Sugar Foods during Children's Television Programs: Attitudes in a US Population-Based Sample. Child Obes, 12(2), pp. 113-118. United States. doi: 10.1089/chi.2015.0174

  • Tripicchio, G.L., Keller, K.L., Johnson, C., Pietrobelli, A., Heo, M., & Faith, M.S. (2014). Differential maternal feeding practices, eating self-regulation, and adiposity in young twins. Pediatrics, 134(5), pp. e1399-e1404. United States. doi: 10.1542/peds.2013-3828

  • Leung, M.M., Tripicchio, G., Agaronov, A., & Hou, N. (2014). Manga comic influences snack selection in Black and Hispanic New York City youth. J Nutr Educ Behav, 46(2), pp. 142-147. United States. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2013.11.004

  • Group, R.a.P.S.C., Roncaglioni, M.C., Tombesi, M., Avanzini, F., Barlera, S., Caimi, V., Longoni, P., Marzona, I., Milani, V., Silletta, M.G., Tognoni, G., & Marchioli, R. (2013). n-3 fatty acids in patients with multiple cardiovascular risk factors. N Engl J Med, 368(19), pp. 1800-1808. United States. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1205409

  • Dinour, L., Leung, M.M., Tripicchio, G., Khan, S., & Yeh, M. (2012). The Association between Marital Transitions, Body Mass Index, and Weight: A Review of the Literature. J Obes, 2012, p. 294974. United States. doi: 10.1155/2012/294974

  • Investigators, R.a.P. (2010). Efficacy of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and feasibility of optimizing preventive strategies in patients at high cardiovascular risk: rationale, design and baseline characteristics of the Rischio and Prevenzione study, a large randomised trial in general practice. Trials, 11, p. 68. England. doi: 10.1186/1745-6215-11-68

  • Zilberman, J., Villamil, A., Bustamante, E., Possiel, M., Kuznicki, S., Tripicchio, G., Sanchez, R., & Ramirez, A. (2005). Menopause and hypertension: Enalapril effects on the estrogenic axis and blood pressure. JOURNAL of HYPERTENSION, 23, pp. S186-S186. Retrieved from

  • Guidetti, V., Galli, F., Tripicchio, G., Russo, P.M., & Violani, C. (2003). Self-reported illness behaviour in headache and migraineous children's families. CEPHALALGIA, 23(7), pp. 607-607. Retrieved from