Punam Ohri-Vachaspati, PhD RD
  • Professor
  • Arizona State University
  • Phoenix, AZ USA


Punam Ohri-Vachaspati is a professor of nutrition at the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University, where she leads the ASU Food Environment and Policy research group. She studies the impact of federal, state, and local policies in shaping environments in school settings and in communities. Her work assesses relationship of access to healthy food and opportunities for physical activity with health outcomes and associated behaviors. She teaches graduate-level courses and mentors students interested in exploring public health approaches for improving healthy food access, eating behaviors, and health outcomes. In 2016-17, Dr. Ohri-Vachaspati completed the RWJF Health Policy Fellowship working on healthcare and nutrition issues in Senator Gillibrand’s (D-NY) office.