David Cavallo, PhD, MPH, RDN

Assistant Professor
Department of Nutrition
School of Medicine
Member
Cancer Prevention
Control & Population Research Program
Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

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

Dr. Cavallo is a 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. 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 seven-year-old daughter.

    Teaching Information

    Courses Taught

    NTRN 528/550. Introduction to Public Health Nutrition
    NUTR 530. Public Health Nutrition
    NTRN 328. Childhood Nutrition, Development, and Health
    NTRN 439. Food Behavior: Physiological, Psychological and Environmental Determinants

    Publications

    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 Sep;116(9):1387-1394.

    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.

    Other Activities

    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.

    Education

    Doctor of Philosophy
    Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    2012
    Master of Public Health
    Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    2008
    Bachelor of Arts
    Economics
    Boston University
    1995