P.K. Newby is a nutrition scientist and associate professor at Boston University. She holds appointments in the department of pediatrics at the School of Medicine and the department of epidemiology at the School of Public Health. She also serves on the faculties of the Graduate Medical Nutrition Sciences at the School of Medicine and the gastronomy program at BU's Metropolitan College. Her professional interests are currently focused on nutrition communication and translation in the quest to help people bring sound nutrition science to their plates in delicious ways. She writes and vlogs for the general public and students on her blog The Nutrition Doctor is In the Kitchen (http://blog.pknewby.com).
Newby's expertise is in the field of diet and chronic diseases such as obesity, and she has conducted studies on the dietary etiology of obesity among children, adolescents, and adults in the US and abroad. She received the Robert M. Russell Award for Scientific Excellence in Nutrition and Obesity in 2007 received a Nutrition Leadership Award from the Dannon Institute in 2005. In 2007, she guest edited a volume of the Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics dedicated to childhood obesity. Her current research expands from the individual to the societal level to understand how local food and physical activity environments impact eating behavior, obesity, and health.
Newby earned her ScD at the Harvard School of Public Health and completed postdoctoral training in the dietary assessment and epidemiology research program at Tufts University. She also worked as a scientist from 2004 to 2006. She holds master's degrees in public health and human nutrition from Columbia University, where she created an interdisciplinary program in public health nutrition that focused on sociological, psychological, and environmental factors influencing eating behavior. She received her bachelor's degree in social welfare from the State University of New York.