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Andrea  Lopez-Cepero

Asst Professor

Assistant Professor

Faculty, Epidemiology

Dr. López-Cepero is a population health researcher focusing on prevention of cardiometabolic conditions among Latinxs, particularly obesity and type 2 diabetes. She uses a biopsychosocial approach to understand how stress influences health through behavioral and physiological adaptations, with the ultimate goal of identifying novel interventions targets to improve Latinx health. Her current research documents stress-related eating behaviors (i.e., emotional and uncontrolled eating) in US Latinx adults and in Puerto Rico, and evaluates their association with stressors and cardiometabolic markers. Additionally, her research explores novel resilience factors and how these may buffer the effect of stress on eating behaviors and health. With the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. López-Cepero is leading studies in Puerto Rico that aim to document how the pandemic has influenced glucose metabolism, emotional eating, and access to foods and healthcare among individuals with type 2 diabetes, as well as to understand beliefs, barriers, and facilitators towards COVID-19 vaccination and testing among adults in the Island. Dr. López-Cepero is a strong advocate for minority health and health equity, and for this she has been recognized as one of the El Mundo Boston Latino 30 under 30 and a Health Disparities Research Institute Scholar.

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Areas of Interest

  • Behavior and Health
  • Cardiometabolic Diseases
  • Health Disparities
  • Nutrition
  • Social Determinants of Health


  • PhD 2019, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • MHSN 2015, University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus
  • BS 2011, University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras Campus


  • , , Associations Between Perceived Stress and Dietary Intake in Adults in Puerto Rico, Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 121, 762-769
  • , , Dysfunctional Eating Behaviors and Dietary Intake in Puerto Rico, Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 23, 867-870
  • , , Influence of Health Beliefs on COVID-19 Vaccination among Patients with Cancer and Other Comorbidities in Puerto Rico, Vaccines, 9, 994
  • , , Uncertainty and unwillingness to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in adults residing in Puerto Rico: Assessment of perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors, Hum Vaccin Immunother , 17, 3441-3449
  • , , Association between food insecurity and emotional eating in Latinos and the mediating role of perceived stress, Journal of Public Health Nutrition, 23, 642-648
  • , , Changes in Glycemic Load Are Positively Associated with Small Changes in Primary Stress Markers of Allostatic Load in Puerto Rican Women, Journal of Nutrition, 150, 554-559
  • , , Emotional Eating Mediates the Relationship Between Food Insecurity and Obesity in Latina Women, Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 52, 995-1000
  • , , Adapting a Behavioral Weight Loss Intervention for Delivery via Facebook: A Pilot Series Among Low-Income Postpartum Women, JMIR Form Res, 2, e18
  • , , Association Between Obstetric Provider's Advice and Gestational Weight Gain, Maternal and Child Health Journal, 22, 1127-1134
  • , , Association of Dysfunctional Eating Patterns and Metabolic Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease among Latinos, Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 118, 849-856
  • , , Racial/ethnic representation in lifestyle weight loss intervention studies in the United States: A systematic review, Preventive Medicine Reports, 9, 131-137
  • , , Comparison of Dietary Quality Among Puerto Ricans Living in Massachusetts and Puerto Rico, Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 19, 494-498
  • , , Micronutrient Intake among Children in Puerto Rico: Dietary and Multivitamin-Multimineral Supplement Sources, International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research, 85, 329-339