• Diana Grigsby-Toussaint, PhD
  • Associate Professor
Home Department:
  • Kinesiology and Community Health
Graduate Programs:
  • Kinesiology and Community Health
  • Nutritional Sciences
  • BS, North Caroline State University
  • MS, Boston University
  • PhD, Maternal Child Health Epidemiology, University of Illinois-Chicago, 2007
  • 2019 Huff Hall, 1206 S. Fourth St., Champaign IL 61820
  • 217-333-9207
I-TOPP Related Research Interest:
  • Childhood obesity
  • Nutritional epidemiology
  • Food environments and dietary behaviors
  • Neighborhood influences on health
  • Food marketing
  • Family mealtimes
Recent Publications:
  • Ilo CI, Darfour-Oduro SA, Okafor JO, Grigsby-Toussaint DS, Nwimo IO, Onwunaka C. (2018) Factors Associated with Parental Intent not to Circumcise Daughters in Enugu State of Nigeria: An Application of the Theory of Planned Behavior. Afr J Reprod Health. 22(1):29-37.
  • Darfour-Oduro SA, Buchner DM, Andrade JE, Grigsby-Toussaint DS. (2018) A comparative study of fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity among adolescents in 49 Low-and-Middle-Income Countries. Sci Rep. 8(1):1623
  • Christoph MJ, Grigsby-Toussaint DS, Baingana R, Ntambi JM. (2017) Physical Activity, Sleep, and BMI Percentile in Rural and Urban Ugandan Youth. Ann Glob Health. 83(2):311-319.
  • Grigsby-Toussaint DS, Shin JC, Reeves DM, Beattie A, Auguste E, Jean-Louis G. (2017) Sleep apps and behavioral constructs: A content analysis. Prev Med Rep. 6:126-129. /li>
  • Bayles BR, Brauman KA, Adkins JN, Allan BF, Ellis AM, Goldberg TL, Golden CD, Grigsby-Toussaint DS, Myers SS, Osofsky SA, Ricketts TH, Ristaino JB. (2016) Ecosystem Services Connect Environmental Change to Human Health Outcomes. Ecohealth. 13(3):443-449.
  • Grigsby-Toussaint DS, Jones A, Kubo J, Bradford N. (2015) Residential Segregation and Diabetes Risk among Latinos. Ethn Dis. 25(4):451-8. doi: 10.18865/ed.25.4.451.
  • Grigsby-Toussaint DS, Turi KN, Krupa M, Williams NJ, Pandi-Perumal SR, Jean-Louis G. (2015) Sleep insufficiency and the natural environment: Results from the US Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey. Prev Med. 78:78-84. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2015.07.011.
  • Liechty JM, Saltzman JA, Musaad SM; STRONG Kids Team. (2015) Health literacy and parent attitudes about weight control for children. Appetite. 91:200-8. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2015.04.010.
  • Musaad SM, Donovan SM, Fiese BH; STRONG Kids Research Team. (2015) Parental perception of child weight in the first two years-of-life: a potential link between infant feeding and preschoolers' diet. Appetite. 91:90-100. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2015.03.029.
  • Speirs KE, Liechty JM, Wu CF; Strong Kids Research Team. (2014) Sleep, but not other daily routines, mediates the association between maternal employment and BMI for preschool children. Sleep Med. 15(12):1590-3. doi: 10.1016/j.sleep.2014.08.006.
  • Bost KK, Wiley AR, Fiese B, Hammons A, McBride B; STRONG KIDS Team. (2014) Associations between adult attachment style, emotion regulation, and preschool children's food consumption. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 35(1):50-61. doi: 10.1097/01.DBP.0000439103.29889.18.
  • Grigsby-Toussaint DS, Rooney MR. (2013) Food marketing targeting youth and families: what do we know about stores where moms actually shop? J Environ Public Health. 2013:674181. doi: 10.1155/2013/674181.
  • Turi KN, Christoph MJ, Grigsby-Toussaint DS. (2013) Spatial distribution of underweight, overweight and obesity among women and children: results from the 2011 Uganda Demographic and Health Survey. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 10(10):4967-81. doi: 10.3390/ijerph10104967.
  • Wang Y, Wang A, Donovan SM, Teran-Garcia M; STRONG Kids Research Team. (2013) Individual genetic variations related to satiety and appetite control increase risk of obesity in preschool-age children in the STRONG kids program. Hum Hered.75(2-4):152-9. doi: 10.1159/000353880.
  • Dev DA, McBride BA; STRONG Kids Research Team. (2013) Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics benchmarks for nutrition in child care 2011: are child-care providers across contexts meeting recommendations? J Acad Nutr Diet. (10):1346-53. doi: 10.1016/j.jand.2013.05.023.
  • Grigsby-Toussaint, D., Moise, I. (2013). Neighborhood Deprivation and Availability of Culturally Specific African-American and Latino Fruits and Vegetables in Five Small Central Illinois Cities. Open Journal of Preventive Medicine, 3 (2): 205-211.
  • Fiese, B.H., Hammons, A., Grigsby-Toussaint, D. (2012). Family Mealtimes: A contextual approach to understanding childhood obesity, Economics and Human Biology,10(4): 365-74.  doi.org/10.1016/j.ehb.2012.04.004
  • Harrison, K., Bost, K. K., McBride, B. A., Donovan, S. M., Grigsby-Toussaint, D. S., Kim, J., Liechty, J. M., Wiley, A., Teran-Garcia, M., & Jacobsohn, G. C. (2011). Toward a developmental conceptualization of contributors to weight imbalance in childhood: The six-cs model. Child Development Perspectives, 5(1): 50-8.
  • Grigsby-Toussaint, D., Moise I., & Geiger, S. (2011). Observations of food marketing targeted to youth in the retail food store environment, Obesity, 19(9): 1898-900. doi: 10.1038.2011.120.
  • Grigsby-Toussaint, D., Chi, S., Fiese, B.H. (2011).  Where they live, how they play:  Neighborhood greenness and outdoor physical activity among preschoolers, International Journal of Health Geographics, 10:66.