Dr. Cavallo is an educator and behavioral scientist who studies the use of emerging communications technologies to reduce obesity-related mortality and morbidity. He has expertise in the areas of technology development and the design, implementation and analysis of behavioral interventions. His current research focuses on examining the relationship between social media use and physical activity and dietary behaviors. Dr. Cavallo is passionate about public health nutrition and teaches several core courses in this area. Prior to Dr. Cavallo’s academic career, he worked for 10 years in the advertising sales industry, most recently holding the title of manager of new business development of National Public Broadcasting (now National Public Media)—the nation’s leading public broadcasting underwriting representative firm. When Dr. Cavallo is not teaching or writing grants and manuscripts, he loves to ride his bicycle, and is routinely outpaced by his eight-year-old daughter.
Antognoli E, Perez R, Koopman Gonzalez S, Cavallo DN, Step M, Trapl E, Flocke SA. Understanding nicotine dependence among young adults who smoke little cigars and cigarillos. American Society of Preventive Oncology. Columbus Ohio, 2016.
Cavallo DN, Kuang-Yi W, Miller SM, Fleisher L, Diefenbach MA, Ropka ME, Perocchia R, Morra M, Stanton AL. Predictors of improvement in the Pathways to Recovery after Breast Cancer trial. 36th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. San Antonio, TX, 2015.
Cavallo DN, Tate DF, Ward DS, DeVellis RF, Thayer LM, Ammerman AS. Social support for physical activity – role of Facebook with and without structured intervention. International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity annual meeting. Ghent, Belgium, 2013.
Cavallo DN, Valle, CG. Design considerations in the use of online social networks for physical activity promotion. International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity annual meeting. Ghent, Belgium, 2013.
Cavallo DN, Cunningham M, Esinhart T, AbdelBaky O, Ammerman AS. School lunch decisional factors and technology use in a sample of high school students. 33rd Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. New Orleans, LA, 2012.
Cavallo DN, Tate DF, Ammerman AS. Using Facebook to increase social support for physical activity: The Internet Support for Healthy Associations Promoting Exercise (INSHAPE) study. International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity annual meeting. Austin, TX, 2012.