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Lisa Tussing-Humphreys, PhD, MS, RD

Assistant Professor of Medicine


Building & Room:

416 Westside Research Office Bldg.


1747 West Roosevelt Road Chicago, IL 60608

Office Phone:

(312) 355-5521


Dr. Tussing-Humphreys is assistant professor in the Division of Academic Internal Medicine and Geriatrics of the Department of Medicine in the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. She directs the UI Cancer Center's Diet and Behavior Shared Resource, which supports the integration of behavioral and psychosocial factors into UICC research protocols. She also is an associate in the UIC Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health and an IHRP Fellow.

Her current work focuses on obesity-associated iron metabolism dysfunction and its relationship to health status and disease risk.

A registered dietitian, Dr. Tussing-Humphreys earned her doctoral degree in human nutrition from the UIC College of Applied Health Sciences in 2009, writing her dissertation on hepcidin-mediated iron deficiency of obesity. She holds an MS in nutritional sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BS in clinical dietetics from SUNY College at Buffalo.

Before returning to UIC in 2012, Dr. Tussing-Humphreys was research scientist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, and principal investigator of a church-based diet and physical activity intervention for African American adults in the Lower Mississippi Delta region.


Research Interests

Obesity, inflammation and nutrient metabolism dysfunction, inflammation and cancer, iron in health and disease, intestinal cancers, dietary interventions, dietary assessment, women’s health, health disparities.

Selected Publications

Springfield S, Odoms-Young A, Tussing-Humphreys L, Freels S, Stolley M. Adherence to American Cancer Society and American Institute of Cancer Research dietary guidelines in overweight African American breast cancer survivors. J Cancer Surviv. 2019 Apr;13(2):257-268. doi: 10.1007/s11764-019-00748-y. [See abstract]

Karstens AJ, Tussing-Humphreys L, Zhan L, Rajendran N, Cohen J, Dion C, et al. Associations of the Mediterranean diet with cognitive and neuroimaging phenotypes of dementia in healthy older adults. Am J Clin Nutr. 2019 Feb 1;109(2):361-368. doi: 10.1093/ajcn/nqy275.

Hughes SL, Tussing-Humphreys L, Schiffer L, Smith-Ray R, Marquez DX, DeMott AD, Berbaum ML, Fitzgibbon ML. Fit & Strong! Plus Trial Outcomes for Obese Older Adults with Osteoarthritis. Gerontologist. doi: 10.1093/geront/gny146. [See abstract]

Tussing-Humphreys LM, Thomson JL, Hemphill NO, Goodman MH, Landry AS. Maternal weight in the postpartum: results from the Delta healthy sprouts trial. Matern Health Neonatol Perinatol. 2017;3:20. doi:10.1186/s40748-017-0058-9. [See abstract

Tussing-Humphreys L, Lamar M, Blumenthal JA, et al. Building research in diet and cognition: The BRIDGE randomized controlled trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2017;59:87–97. doi:10.1016/j.cct.2017.06.003. [See abstract

Thomson JL, Tussing-Humphreys LM, Goodman MH, Landry AS, Olender SE. Low rate of initiation and short duration of breastfeeding in a maternal and infant home visiting project targeting rural, Southern, African American women. Int Breastfeed J. 2017;12:15. doi:10.1186/s13006-017-0108-y. [See abstract]

Thomson JL, Tussing-Humphreys LM, Goodman MH, Zoellner JM. Engagement indicators predict health changes in a lifestyle intervention. Am J Health Behav. 2015 May;39(3):409-20.[See abstract.]

Tussing-Humphreys LM, Thomson JL, Onufrak SJ. A church-based pilot study designed to improve dietary quality for rural, Lower Mississippi Delta, African American adults. J Relig Health. 2015 Apr;54(2):455-69.[See abstract.]

Thomson JL, Goodman MH, Tussing-Humphreys L. Diet quality and physical activity outcome improvements resulting from a church-based diet and supervised physical activity intervention for rural, southern, African American adults: Delta Body and Soul III. Health Promot Pract. 2015 Sep;16(5):677-88.[See abstract]

Koenig MD, Tussing-Humphreys L, Day J, Cadwell B, Nemeth E. Hepcidin and Iron Homeostasis during Pregnancy. Nutrients. 2014 Aug 4;6(8):3062-83.[See abstract.]

Thomson JL, Tussing-Humphreys LM, Goodman MH. Delta Healthy Sprouts: A randomized comparative effectiveness trial to promote maternal weight control and reduce childhood obesity in the Mississippi Delta. Contemp Clin Trials. 2014 May;38(1):82-91. [See abstract.]

See more peer-reviewed articles by Dr. Tussing-Humphreys in this PubMed selection.


Notable Honors

IHRP Fellow