Faculty Experts - Lisa K. Diewald, MS, RD, LDN

Lisa K. Diewald, MS, RD, LDN

Lisa K. Diewald, MS, RD, LDN
Program Manager
MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education

Area of expertise:

  • Obesity
  • Clinical research and nutrition science
  • Weight loss interventions
  • Child and adult nutrition education programs


A published author in national and international journals, Diewald is an excellent source on news and trends in healthy eating and nutrition education programs for children and adults. She can address new approaches to treating and preventing obesity, as well as the need for therapeutic diets for medical conditions such as Type 2 diabetes and kidney disease.


  • Cert. University of Pennsylvania Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • M.S. Saint Joseph’s University
  • B.S. Drexel University

Selected Publications

  • TA, Volger S, Tsai AG, Sarwer DB, Berkowitz RI, Diewald LK, Carvajal R, Moran CH, and Vetter M., “Managing obesity in primary care practice: an overview with perspective from the POWER-UP study.” International Journal of Obesity, 2013; 37, S3-S11.
  • Vetter ML, Wadden TA, Chittams J, Diewald LK, Panigrahi E, Volger S, Sarwer, DB, Moore RH. “Effect of Lifestyle Intervention on Cardiometabolic Risk Factors: Results of the POWER-UP Trial.” International Journal of Obesity, 2013; 37, S19-S24.
  • Sarwer DB, Moore RH, Diewald LK, Chittams J, Berkowitz RI, Vetter ML, Volger S and Wadden TA. “The impact of a primary care-based weight loss intervention on quality of life.” International Journal of Obesity, 2013; 37, S25-S30.
  • Faith, M., Kerns, J. & Diewald, L. (2009). “Behavioral Treatment of Childhood and Adolescent Obesity.” In L. Smolak & J.K. Thompson (Eds.), Body Image, Eating Disorders and Obesity in Youth Assessment, Prevention, and Treatment (281-302). Washington: American Psychological Association.
  • Diewald, L.K., & Faith, M.S. (2008). “Parent Feeding Practices and Child Overweight.” In W. O’Donohue, B.Moore, & B. Scott (Eds.), Handbook of Pediatric and Adolescent Obesity Treatment (117-29).  New York: Routledge.

Selected Professional Experience

  • Nutrition Counselor and Program Planner, Nutrition for Living Counseling and Consulting Services, Exton, Penn. 
  • Sr. Clinical Research Coordinator and Research Dietitian, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
  • Adjunct faculty, Penn State University
  • Lead Educator, Drexel University

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