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David Cavallo PhD, MPH, RDN

David Cavallo PhD, MPH, RDN

Assistant Professor

david.cavallo@case.edu 216-368-6627 (o) 216-368-6644 (f)

Dr. Cavallo is interested in findings ways to encourage better dietary and physical activity through the use of technologies like social media. In addition to his research, he enjoys teaching students about the broader role that nutrition plays in public health and the myriad influences on health behavior, from biology to policy, that shape population health. When he's not writing and teaching, he enjoys cycling and trying to keep up with his two young daughters. 

Cavallo CV (PDF)

Dr. Cavallo is a behavioral scientist who studies the use of emerging communications technologies such as social media to reduce obesity-related mortality and morbidity with an emphasis on cancer. He has expertise in the areas of technology development and the design, implementation, and analysis of behavioral intervention technologies.

Cavallo DN, Horino M, McCarthy WJ. Adult Intake of Minimally Processed Fruits and Vegetables: Associations with Cardiometabolic Disease Risk Factors. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2016 May 10. pii: S2212-2672(16)30108-3.

Cavallo DN, Sisneros JA, Ronay AA, Robbins CL, Jilcott Pitts SB, Keyserling TC, Ni A, Morrow J, Vu MB, Johnston LF, Samuel-Hodge CD. Assessing the Feasibility of a Web-Based Weight Loss Intervention for Low-Income Women of Reproductive Age: A Pilot Study. JMIR Res Protoc. 2016 Feb 26;5(1):e30

Cavallo DN, Chou SS, McQueen A, Ramirez AG, Riley WT. Cancer prevention and control interventions using social media: user-generated approaches. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention. 2014 Sep;23(9):1953-6.

Cavallo DN, Tate DF, Brown JD, DeVellis RF, Ward, DS, Thayer, LM, Ammerman AS. Social support for physical activity – role of Facebook with and without structured intervention. Translational Behavioral Medicine. 2014 Dec;4(4):346-54.

Cavallo DN, Brown JD, Tate DF, DeVellis RF, Zimmer C, Ammerman AS. The role of companionship, esteem, and informational support in explaining physical activity among young women in an online social network intervention. Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 2014 Oct;37(5):955-66.

Cavallo DN, Tate DF, Ries AV, Brown JD, DeVellis RF, Ammerman AS. A Social Media –Based Physical Activity Intervention: A Randomized Controlled Trial. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2012 Nov; 43(5):527-32.

PhD, Nutrition, 2012
Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

MPH, Nutrition, 2008
Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

BA, Economics, 1995
Boston University

NTRN 528/550:  Introduction to Public Health Nutrition
Philosophy, objectives, organization, and focus of government and voluntary agencies with emphasis on nutrition components. Recommended preparation: Public health nutrition majors only. Prereq: Public health nutrition students and graduate nutrition students only

NUTR 530: Public Health Nutrition
Analysis of public health programs in government and voluntary health agencies and the effect of legislation. Emphasis on integration with other disciplines working in public health settings and the role of a public health nutritionist.

NTRN 328: Childhood Nutrition, Development, and Health
The relationship between nutrition and physical/cognitive growth and development of the child from the prenatal period through adolescence, including individuality, maturation and biological needs. Nutritional influences (nutrient requirements, food choices, and nutritional/feeding problems) and effects on health are emphasized. Prereq: NTRN 201.

NTRN 439: Food Behavior: Physiological, Psychological and Environmental Determinants
Good dietary habits are associated with improved population health. Despite this, a large proportion of individuals do not meet current dietary recommendations and there are significant disparities between groups based on sociodemographic characteristics. Why is this? Traditional views on this question focused solely on individual decision making without taking into account the complex influence of biology, social forces, and environment on dietary behavior. This course will introduce students to the major influences on dietary behavior and their interactions and modifying factors in the context of the socioecological model.

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.