Nicholas J. Ollberding, PhD

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone: 513-803-4432


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Nutritional epidemiology; cancer epidemiology; dietary assessment and analysis methodology; molecular epidemiology


Dr. Ollberding earned his PhD in behavioral nutrition with a specialization in nutritional epidemiology from Columbia University and completed postdoctoral fellowships in cancer epidemiology and prevention at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center and the University of Chicago. To date, he has published more than 20 peer-reviewed research articles in prestigious journals including the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Blood, and Cancer Prevention Research. In addition, his research has been presented at national conferences and he has authored a book chapter in the area of nutritional epidemiology. Dr. Ollberding was the recipient of the Zerkowski Habas Foundation and Grace McLeod Scholarships while at Columbia University and received a National Cancer Institute funded postdoctoral fellowship. 

Dr. Ollberding’s research is motivated by the fact that while diet and obesity are major contributors to morbidity and mortality in the U.S., few Americans consume diets in accordance with recommendations for optimal health or disease prevention. Specifically, his work aims to better understand the role of diet in the etiology and progression of cancer and other chronic diseases, as well as the impact of environmental- and policy-level factors on dietary behaviors including obesity. At Cincinnati Children’s, Dr. Ollberding conducts and provides support for nutritional and cancer epidemiology studies.

Education and Training

PhD: Columbia University, New York, 2009.

MPhil: Columbia University, New York, 2009.

MS: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2008.

BS: Miami University, Oxford, OH, 2004.


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