Maria Van Rompay

  • Research Associate, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Maria Van Rompay is a research associate and instructor in nutritional epidemiology at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Her general research interests are investigation of dietary, sociodemographic, and cardiometabolic risk factors associated with type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD), particularly in populations experiencing health disparities. Her past research focused on the influences of carbohydrate nutrition and acculturation on diabetes and CVD risk factors in Puerto Rican adults, and the effect of a gene-diet interaction between dietary fat and hepatic lipase on blood lipids in Caribbean Hispanics. More recently, she has investigated health disparities related to vitamin D status, sugar-sweetened beverage intake, overweight/obesity and other CVD risk factors in Boston area schoolchildren, and has engaged in research on healthful food access in US communities. Currently, she is conducting a systematic review/meta-analysis on associations between the local food environment and dietary intake and obesity, as well as managing data cleaning/analytics efforts for the Global Nutrition and Policy Consortium’s Global Dietary Database project.


  • Ph.D., 2010, Nutritional Epidemiology, Friedman School, Tufts University
  • M.S., 2006, Nutritional Epidemiology, Friedman School, Tufts University
  • B.A., 1997, Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, Cornell University

Research Activities

Current Projects:

  • Global Dietary Database (PI: Dariush Mozaffarian, MD DrPH)
  • Comparative-effectiveness of Population Strategies to Improve Diet and Reduce CVD (PI: Dariush Mozaffarian, MD DrPH)
  • Daily D Health Study (PI: Jennifer Sacheck, PhD)
  • Newman's Own Foundation Nutrition Evaluation grant (PI: Jennifer Sacheck, PhD)

Past Projects:

  • Gene/Diet Effects on Plasma Lipoprotein Levels (PI: Jose Ordovas, PhD)
  • Boston Puerto Rican Health Study, Boston Puerto Rican Center on Population Health and Health Disparities (PI: Katherine Tucker, PhD)

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