Assistant Professor of the Practice
The goal of my research is to identify and evaluate policy, systems and environmental strategies to prevent obesity and improve diet quality among vulnerable children and families. Recent projects have focused on: the implementation and evaluation of community-based obesity prevention programs; supermarket-based interventions to reduce sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and incentivize fruit and vegetable purchases; and mixed methods research related to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In addition to my academic research, I have worked extensively in the field of public health at both the local and national levels.
Franckle RL, Thorndike AN, Moran AJ, Hou T, Blue D, Greene J, Bleich SN, Block JP, Polacsek M, Rimm EB. Supermarket purchases over the SNAP benefit month: A comparison between SNAP participants and non-participants. Am J Prev Med. 2019 Dec;57(6):800-807. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2019.07.025.
Moran AJ, Thorndike AN, Franckle RL, Boulos R, Doran H, Fulay A, Greene JC, Blue DJ, Block J, Rimm EB, Polacsek M. Supermarket Financial Incentives Increase Purchases of Fruits and Vegetables Among Lower-Income Families with Children. Health Affairs. 2019 Sep;38(9):1557- 1566. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2018.05420.
Franckle RL, Polacsek M, Bleich SN, Thorndike AN, Findling MTG, Moran AJ, Rimm EB. Support for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) policy alternatives among U.S. Adults, 2018. Am J Public Health. 2019 Jun [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2019.305112.
Moran A, Khandpur N, Polacsek M, Thorndike A, Franckle RL, Boulos R, Sampson S, Greene JC, Blue DJ, Rimm EB. Make it Fresh, for Less! A supermarket meal bundling and electronic reminder intervention to promote healthy purchases among low income families with children. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2019 Feb [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2019.01.012.
Franckle RL, Levy ED, Macias-Navarro L, Rimm EB, Thorndike AN. Traffic-light labels and financial incentives to reduce sugar-sweetened beverage purchases by low-income Latino families: a randomized controlled trial. Public Health Nutr. 2018 Jun;21(8):1426-1434.
Polacsek M, Moran A, Thorndike AN, Boulos R, Franckle RL, Green JC, Blue DJ, Block J, Rimm EB. A supermarket double-dollar incentive program increases purchases of fresh fruits and vegetables among families with children: the Healthy Double Study. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2018 Mar;50(3):217-228.*selected as JNEB Best Paper of the Year
Franckle RL, Moran A, Hou T, Blue D, Greene J, Thorndike A, Polacsek M, Rimm EB. Transactions at a Northeastern supermarket chain: Differences by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program use. Am J Prev Med. 2017 Oct;53(4):e131-e138.
Franckle, RL, Falbe, J, Gortmaker, S, Barrett, JL, Giles, C, Ganter, C, Blaine, RE, Buszkiewicz, J, Taveras, EM, Kwass, J-A, Land, T and Davison, KK. Student obesity prevalence and behavioral outcomes for the Massachusetts Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration Project. Obesity. 2017 Jul;25(7):1175-1182.*selected as an Editors’ Choice article for the July 2017 issue of Obesity
Franckle RL*, Blaine RE*, Ganter C, Falbe J, Giles C, Criss S, Kwass J, Land T, Gortmaker S, Chuang E, Davison KK, MA-CORD study group. Using School Staff Members to Implement a Childhood Obesity Prevention Intervention in Low-Income School Districts: the Massachusetts Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration (MA-CORD Project), 2012–2014. Prev Chronic Dis. 2017 Jan 12;14:E03. *shared first authorship; manuscript also selected for inclusion in a special collection of papers focusing on eliminating health disparities (Prev Chronic Dis. 2018 Nov;15:E147.)
Franckle RL, Block JP, Roberto CA. Calorie Underestimation When Buying High-Calorie Beverages in Fast Food Contexts. Am J Public Health. 2016 Jul;106(7):1254-5.
Franckle RL, Falbe J, Gortmaker S, Ganter C, Taveras EM, Land T, Davison KK. Insufficient sleep among elementary and middle school students is linked with soda consumption and other unhealthy dietary behaviors. Prev Med. 2015 May; 74:36-41.
Davison KK, Falbe J, Taveras EM, Gortmaker SD, Kulldorff M, Perkins M, Blaine RE, Franckle RL, Ganter C, Woo Baidal J, Kwass J, Buszkiewicz J, Smith L, Land T, MA-CORD Study Group. Evaluation overview for the Massachusetts Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration (CORD) project. Childhood Obesity. 2015 Feb; 11(1):23-36.
Falbe J, Davison K, Franckle RL, Ganter C, Gortmaker SL, Smith L, Land T, Taveras EM. Sleep duration, restfulness, and screens in the sleep environment. Pediatrics. 2015 Feb; 135(2):e367-75.
Franckle R, Adler R, Davison K. Accelerated weight gain among children during summer versus school year and related racial/ethnic disparities: A systematic review. Prev Chronic Dis. 2014 Jun 12; 11: E101.
Lampard AM, Franckle RL, Davison KK. Maternal depression and childhood obesity: a systematic review. Prev Med. 2014 Feb; 59:60-7.