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Gregory Pavela, Ph.D.

Greg Pavela, Ph.D.
Nutrition Obesity Research Center
LHL 407
1700 University Blvd
Birmingham, AL 35294
Phone: (205) 975-9223
Full CV

I am a postdoctoral trainee in the Obesity Training Program (DK062710) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I received my PhD in Sociology from the University of Florida in 2013. My graduate research examined how the effects of past events are mediated by present social status and physical environment, and on the relative importance of individual characteristics and contextual circumstances to health. My dissertation made use of a life course perspective to investigate the link between early life disadvantage on adult body mass index (BMI). Findings suggested a contribution of neighborhood sociodemographics to adult BMI, thus I have continued to examine contextual influences on adult weight at both the neighborhood and household level. In particular, I am interested in the interpersonal influences on health behaviors among older adult couples.


  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2011
  1. Pavela, G. and Latham, K. “Childhood Conditions and Comorbid Accumulation among Older Americans.” Conditional Acceptance, The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences.
  2. Pavela, G. “Functional Status and Social Contact Among Older Adults.” Research on Aging

In Progress

  1. Pavela, G, Wolfe, JD, and J Locher. “The Waning Association Between Education and Weight at Higher Levels of Weight.”
  2. Dhurandhar, E, G. Pavela, K. Kaiser, G. Dutton, K. Fontaine, D. Kim, J. Shikaney, D.B.Aliison, C. Lewis. “Obesity and Subjective Social Status in a Longitudinal Cohort Study (CARDIA)”.
  3. Allison, D., P. Li, G. Pavela, A.W. Brown, B. George, K.R. Fontaine. “Randomization to Randomization Probabilities: A New Design for Randomized Controlled Trials to Better Estimate Expectancy Effects and Treatment Effects Under Actual Conditions of Use.”
  4. Pavela, G. “Longitudinal Spousal Correlations in BMI.”
  5. Pavela, G. and D.B. Allison. “Randomized Controlled Trial of a Pending Observation of Weight and Self-Reported Weight.”
  1. Pavela, G., Wiener, H., Fontaine, K. R., Fields, D. A., Voss, J. D., & Allison, D. B. “Packet Randomized Experiments for Eliminating Classes of Confounders.” European Journal of Clinical Investigation.
  2. Latham, K., Clarke, P. J., & Pavela, G. “Social Relationships, Gender, and Recovery From Mobility Limitation Among Older Americans.” The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences.
  1. Perdue, R. and G. Pavela.(forthcoming) “Addictive Economies and Coal Dependency: Methods of Extraction and Socioeconomic Outcomes in West Virginia, 1997-2009.” (2012) Organization & Environment, 25(4), 368-384 [doi: 10.1177/1086026612464767]
  1. Pavela, G., & Pavela, G. The Ethical and Educational Imperative of Due Process. Journal of College and University Law, 38


Years: 2013 - present
Mentor: Julie Locher, Ph.D.