Rebecca Franckle

Research Fellow

Department of Nutrition

Research Interests

Dr. Franckle’s overarching goal is to identify strategies to prevent obesity and improve diet quality among families and vulnerable populations. She draws from experience implementing multilevel, multi-sectoral community-based obesity prevention interventions to inform her research. Her current work is focused on asking policy-relevant research questions to improve population health and reduce health disparities.


BA, Middlebury College (Cum Laude, Biology)

MPH, Yale School of Public Health (Social & Behavioral Sciences)

ScD, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Nutrition and Social & Behavioral Sciences, Program in Obesity Epidemiology and Prevention)

Professional Affiliations

International Society of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity

Society of Behavioral Medicine

The Obesity Society

American Public Health Association

Honors and Awards

2017 Best Early Career Researcher Oral Presentation Award, Annual Meeting of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity

2017 Certificate of Distinction in Teaching Award, Harvard College – awarded based on student evaluations for teaching (Nutrition and Global Health, Spring 2017)

2017 Postdoctoral Association Spring Travel Award, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health – competitively awarded to cover conference travel expenses

2014 The Obesity Society (TOS) Diversity Section Special Recognition – awarded for poster presentation at the 2014 TOS Annual Meeting

2013 Simon J. and Arpi A. Simonian Research Excellence in Nutrition Prize – to recognize outstanding academic achievement by a student within the Harvard School of Public Health Department of Nutrition

Selected Publications

Franckle RL, Levy ED, Macias-Navarro L, Rimm EB, Thorndike AN. Traffic-light labels and financial incentives to reduce sugar-sweetened beverage purchases by low-income Latino families: a randomized controlled trial. Public Health Nutr. 2018 Mar [Epub ahead of print]. doi:10.1017/S1368980018000319.

Polacsek M, Moran A, Thorndike AN, Boulos R, Franckle RL, Green JC, Blue DJ, Block J, Rimm EB. A supermarket double-dollar incentive program increases purchases of fresh fruits and vegetables among families with children: the Healthy Double Study. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2017 Nov [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 1016/j.jneb.2017.09.013.

Franckle RL, Moran A, Hou T, Blue D, Greene J, Thorndike A, Polacsek M, Rimm EB. Transactions at a Northeastern supermarket chain: Differences by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program use. Am J Prev Med. 2017 Oct;53(4):e131-e138.

Franckle, RL, Falbe, J, Gortmaker, S, Barrett, JL, Giles, C, Ganter, C, Blaine, RE, Buszkiewicz, J, Taveras, EM, Kwass, J-A, Land, T and Davison, KK. (2017). Student obesity prevalence and behavioral outcomes for the Massachusetts Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration Project. Obesity. 2017 Jul;25(7):1175-1182. *selected as an Editors’ Choice article for the July 2017 issue of Obesity

Franckle RL*, Blaine RE*, Ganter C, Falbe J, Giles C, Criss S, Kwass J, Land T, Gortmaker S, Chuang E, Davison KK, MA-CORD study group. Using School Staff Members to Implement a Childhood Obesity Prevention Intervention in Low-Income School Districts: the Massachusetts Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration (MA-CORD Project), 2012–2014. Prev Chronic Dis. 2017 Jan 12;14:E03. *shared first authorship

Franckle RL, Block JP, Roberto CA. Calorie Underestimation When Buying High-Calorie Beverages in Fast Food Contexts. Am J Public Health. 2016 Jul;106(7):1254-5.

Franckle RL, Falbe J, Gortmaker S, Ganter C, Taveras EM, Land T, Davison KK. Insufficient sleep among elementary and middle school students is linked with soda consumption and other unhealthy dietary behaviors. Prev Med. 2015 May; 74:36-41.

Davison KK, Falbe J, Taveras EM, Gortmaker SD, Kulldorff M, Perkins M, Blaine RE, Franckle RL, Ganter C, Woo Baidal J, Kwass J, Buszkiewicz J, Smith L, Land T, MA-CORD Study Group. Evaluation overview for the Massachusetts Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration (CORD) project. Childhood Obesity. 2015 Feb; 11(1):23-36.

Falbe J, Davison K, Franckle RL, Ganter C, Gortmaker SL, Smith L, Land T, Taveras EM. Sleep duration, restfulness, and screens in the sleep environment. Pediatrics. 2015 Feb; 135(2):e367-75.

Franckle R, Adler R, Davison K. Accelerated weight gain among children during summer versus school year and related racial/ethnic disparities: A systematic review. Prev Chronic Dis. 2014 Jun 12; 11: E101.

Lampard AM, Franckle RL, Davison KK. Maternal depression and childhood obesity: a systematic review. Prev Med. 2014 Feb; 59:60-7.