Claudia Nau, PhD, MA
Former Research Fellow, Systems Science Core
Former Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of International Health
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Claudia Nau received her BA/MA in Economic and Social History from the University of Geneva, Switzerland and earned an MA and PhD in Sociology and Demography from The Pennsylvania State University.
Her research focuses on identifying approaches to build healthier communities and on developing sustainable obesity prevention strategies. For example, she has assessed the effect of community deprivation on BMI across childhood and adolescence and used machine learning methods to identify the combination of risk factors that, jointly, best allow to differentiate obesogenic and obsoprotective communities. She has also built a model that mimics beverage sales of two Baltimore corner stores to design pricing interventions that increase the consumption of water and decrease the consumption of sugar sweetened beverages while maintaining profit for store owners. Dr. Nau is particularly interested in health equity approaches and seeks to involve key stake holders in developing solutions for obesity prevention. She has recently received funding for a pilot grant that was developed in collaboration with store owners to bring corner store owners and business experts together to develop strategies to render the stocking and sales of healthy foods profitable.
- Claudia Nau, T. Glass, A. Liu, J. Pollak, B. Schwartz. (2015) “Community socioeconomic deprivation and obesity trajectories in children using electronic health records.” Obesity 23(1):207- 212.
- Glenn Firebaugh, F. Acciai, A. Noah, C. Prather, C. Nau. (2014) “Why is there greater variance in the lifespans of blacks than of whites in the United States?” Demography 51:2025-45
- Glenn Firebaugh, F. Acciai, A. Noah, C. Prather, C. Nau. (2014) “Why has the gap in black-white disparity in adult life expectancy narrowed since 2000 in the United States? Cause-specific sources, by sex.” Demographic Research 31(32):975-1006.
- Brian S. Schwartz, L. Bailey-Davis, K. Bandeen-Roche, A. G. Hirsch, J. Pollak, C. Nau, A.Y. Liu, T. A. Glass. (2014) “Associations of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder diagnosis and treatment with childhood body mass index trajectories using longitudinal electronic health record data.” Pediatrics 133(4):688-676.
- Claudia Nau and J. Heckert (2013). “Integrating perspectives on child health,” eds. Nancy Landale, S. McHale, A. Booth, in Families and Child health, Springer, New York, pp. 213-226.
- Claudia Nau and G. Firebaugh (2012). “A new method for decomposing group differences in the variability of lifespans,” Demography 49:1207-1230.
- Molly Martin, M. Frisco, C. Nau, K. Burnett (2011). “Social stratification and adolescent overweight in the United States: How income and educational resources matter across families and schools,” Social Science & Medicine. 47(4):597-606.
- Robert Schoen and C. Nau (2009). “Intrinsically dynamic multistate models,” Mathematical Population Studies 16(4): 231–247.
- Robert Schoen and C. Nau (2008). “A behaviorally-based approach to measuring inequality,” Demographic Research 19:1727-1748.