Anju Aggarwal

Affiliate Assistant Professor, Epidemiology



PhD International Health, Johns Hopkins University, 2011
MSc Nutrition, Delhi University (India), 2003
BSc Nutrition, Delhi University (India), 2003



Center for Public Health Nutrition
Box 353410
327 Raitt Hall
Seattle, WA 98195
Senior Behavioral Scientist


Dr. Aggarwal is a Nutritional Epidemiologist. A graduate in International Health from Johns Hopkins University, she is particularly interested in examining underlying drivers of food choices and dietary intakes across high and low/middle income countries. She is interested in identifying strategies to address barriers to healthy eating. She is a leading member of the food environment research team at the Center for Public Health Nutrition at UW, and an active member of the Food Environment Working group led by The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the UK – an Initiative to conceptualize and expand the food environment research to low and middle-income countries.

Dr. Aggarwal brings expertise and extensive experience in implementing multimillion dollar epidemiological research studies, fostering interdisciplinary and multi-institution collaborations, development of study instruments and protocols, statistical data analyses, and developing peer-reviewed publications for well renowned journals.

Research Areas

Research Interests

Dr. Aggarwal’s current research brings economic and geographic dimensions to the field of nutrition epidemiology. She is focusing on: a) interactions among socioeconomic, psychosocial, and environmental drivers of food choices and their collective impact on diet quality; b) developing novel methods to characterize food environment across high and low/middle income countries in relation to malnutrition; c) leveraging latest technologies to assess diets and health behaviors, and d) cultivating the concept of nutrition resilience in the United States.

Recent Publications (PubMed)

A cross-sectional analysis of physical activity and weight misreporting in diverse populations: The Seattle Obesity Study III.
(2020 Dec)
Obes Sci Pract 6(6): 615-627
Buszkiewicz J, Rose C, Gupta S, Ko LK, Mou J, Moudon AV, Hurvitz PM, Cook A, Aggarwal A, Drewnowski A

Characterising percentage energy from ultra-processed foods by participant demographics, diet quality and diet cost: findings from the Seattle Obesity Study (SOS) III.
(2020 Nov 23)
Br J Nutr
Gupta S, Rose CM, Buszkiewicz J, Ko LK, Mou J, Cook A, Aggarwal A, Drewnowski A

Small increments in diet cost can improve compliance with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
(2020 Dec)
Soc Sci Med 266(): 113359
Rose CM, Gupta S, Buszkiewicz J, Ko LK, Mou J, Cook A, Moudon AV, Aggarwal A, Drewnowski A

Impact of Built Environments on Body Weight (the Moving to Health Study): Protocol for a Retrospective Longitudinal Observational Study.
(2020 May 19)
JMIR Res Protoc 9(5): e16787
Mooney SJ, Bobb JF, Hurvitz PM, Anau J, Theis MK, Drewnowski A, Aggarwal A, Gupta S, Rosenberg DE, Cook AJ, Shi X, Lozano P, Moudon AV, Arterburn D

Recurrent arthritis: an unusual diagnosis.
(2020 Jul)
Trop Doct 50(3): 248-249
Sesama M, Bhaskar V, Meena M, Narang M, Aggarwal A, Kotru M

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