Marian Levy, Dr.P.H., R.D.
Assistant Dean of Students and Public Health Practice
Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Robison Hall 230
- Dr.P.H., UCLA School of Public Health
- M.S., Florida International University, Dietetics and Nutrition
- B.S., Tulane University, Psychology
- Health Equity/Cultural Competence
- Emergency Preparedness
- Marketing and environmental supports to promote health
- Levy M, Koch R, Royne M. (in press). Self-Reported Training Needs of Emergency Responders
in Disasters Requiring Military Interface. Journal of Emergency Management.
- Koch R, Levy M, Royne M. (in review). Civilian-Military Interface in Catastrophes Requiring Aeromedical
Evacuation: Developing an Integrated Training Model. International Journal of Emergency
- Mathur S, Levy M, Royne M. (in press). The Role of Cancer Information Seeking Behavior in Developing
and Disseminating Effective Smoking Cessation Strategies: A Comparison of Current
Smokers, Former Smokers and Never Smokers. Journal of Communication in Health Care.
- Mathur S, Levy M. (in press). Lung Cancer Risk Perception and Distress: Difference by Smoking Status,
and Role of Physical Activity and Race among US Population. Epidemiology, Biostatistics
and Public Health.
- Williams R, George EO, Morgan C, Smith TL, Levy M, Bittle JB. (in press). Boys with Autism have Insufficient Intake of Calcium and
Vitamin D. Infant, Child, and Adolescent Nutrition.
- Williams R, Stockton M, Beck KB, Roach R, Levy M, Pride-Boone J. (2012). A culturally tailored, faith-based approach to reducing pediatric
obesity in minority families: Strong Me! Journal of Obesity and Weight Loss Therapy. 2(3):1-5.
- Royne M, Levy M, Martinez J. Demographic Differences across Facets of Environmental Concern: Implications
for Public Policy and Public Health. 2010 AMA Marketing & Public Policy Conference
- Levy M and Royne M. (2009) Up for Sale: Consumer Medical Information. Journal of Consumer Marketing. 26 (7): 465-467.
- Levy M and Royne M. (2009) The Impact of Consumers’ Health Literacy on Public Health. The Journal of Consumer Affairs. 43(2): 357-362.
- Royne M and Levy M. (2008) Does Marketing Undermine Public Health? Journal of Consumer Marketing. 25 (7): 473-5.
PUBH 7180 Foundations of Public Health (syllabus)
PUBH 7/8335 Structural and Environmental Issues in Urban Communities (syllabus)
PUBH 7/8348 Doctoral Seminar: Health Equity, Cultural Competence, and Social Justice
PUBH 7880 Leadership Skills for GA’s (syllabus)
Marian Levy, DrPH, RD, is Associate Professor and Assistant Dean of Students and Public Health Practice
at the University of Memphis’ School of Public Health. She received her Doctor of
Public Health (DrPH) degree from UCLA with a concentration in Behavioral Sciences
and Health Education. Her doctoral studies were supported through a UCLA traineeship
award funded by the National Cancer Institute and a pre‐doctoral award from the American
Cancer Society. Her research initiatives focus on reducing pediatric obesity, promoting
health equity, and supporting sustainable communities. Since 2005, she has served
on NIH special emphasis review panels for the National Center for Minority Health
and Health Disparities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has
served as Principal or Co‐Principal Investigator for research funded by the Department
of Defense, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Cancer Society,
March of Dimes, Tennessee Department of Health, and the National Collegiate Athletic
Association. Currently, she is co-investigator of a $2.6 million award from the Department
of Defense to study military and civilian interface during emergency response and
co-investigator of Salsa, Sabor, y Salud, a $140,000 grant awarded by the Tennessee Department of Health to reduce diabetes
risk in Latino families.
As a consultant to the Memphis and Shelby County Health Department, she developed
the Pandemic Influenza Response Plan for Memphis and Shelby County. Results of her
work have been disseminated in numerous peer‐reviewed journals, books, policy guides,
and presentations at national meetings. She served as co‐editor of a special issue
of the Journal of Consumer Affairs.
Dr. Levy has held several leadership positions, Chair of the Tennessee Healthy Weight
Network; Board Member of the Tennessee Public Health Association; and Advisory Committee
member to the Division of Minority Health of the Tennessee Department of Health. She
served on Tennessee’s Infant Mortality Core Leadership Group, the Mayor’s Hispanic
Affairs Task Force, and the Mayor’s Sustainability Committee. She was also named to
the Regents Academic Leadership Institute.
In 2008, she received the Ruby R. Wharton Outstanding Woman Award for Race Relations.
She was recognized with the 2009/2010 Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award
at the University of Memphis, and in 2011 was named an Outstanding Dietetics Educator
by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly American Dietetic Association)
and Outstanding Dietetics Educator for Tennessee. She serves as the 2011/2012 President
of the Tennessee Public Health Association.