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Marian Levy
Marian Levy, Dr.P.H., R.D., F.A.N.D.
Assistant Dean of Students and Public Health Practice
Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Governing Councilor, American Public Health Association
Fellow, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Contact information:
Phone: 901-678-4514
Robison Hall 230
Curriculum Vitae


  • Dr.P.H., UCLA School of Public Health
  • M.S., Florida International University, Dietetics and Nutrition
  • B.S., Tulane University, Psychology

Research Interests

  • Health Equity/Cultural Competence
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Sustainability
  • Marketing and environmental supports to promote health

Recent Publications

  • Levy M, Koch R, Royne M. (2013). Self-Reported Training Needs of Emergency Responders in Disasters Requiring Military Interface. Journal of Emergency Management. 11 (2): 143-150.
  • 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 Services.
  • Mathur S, Levy M, Royne M. (2013). 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. 6 (1): 61-70.
  • Mathur S, Levy M. (2013). 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. 10(2) e8839:1-11
  • Williams-Hooker R, George EO, Levy M, Morgan C, Smith TL, Bittle JB. (2013). Calcium and Vitamin D Intake of Boys Who Have Autism. ICAN: Infant, Child, and Adolescent Nutrition. 5(2); 113-117. doi:10.1177/1941406413478167 [Epub ahead of print]
  • 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 Proceedings.
  • 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. (2011). Marketing for Public Health: We Need an App for That. Editorial Prelude. Special Issue on Public Health Issues Influenced by Consumer Choice: The Journal of Consumer Affairs, 45 (1), p 1-6, Spring 2011.
  • Royne, MB, Levy M, Martinez J. (2011).  Public Health Implications of Consumers’ Environmental Concern and Their Willingness to Pay for an Eco-Friendly Product, The Journal of Consumer Affairs,  45 (2): 329-343, Summer 2011.
  • Royne M and Levy M. (2008) Does Marketing Undermine Public Health? Journal of Consumer Marketing.  25 (7): 473-5.

Courses Taught

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 (syllabus)
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 is a former President of the Tennessee Public Health Association and currently sits on the Governing Council of the American Public Health Association. Dr. Levy currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is a Fellow of the Academy.

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