Texas Tech University

Oak-Hee Park, Ph.D.

Human Sciences – Research Office

Hospitality Nutrition Education; Built Environment & Obesity; Functional Foods & Consumer Behavior


Research Interest

Oak-Hee Park

Personal Information

Oak-Hee Park is a Senior Research Associate in the Research Office, College of Human Sciences at Texas Tech University. She has been conducting various research projects related to nutrition, food, health, and consumer behavior. Her current research areas are focusing on:

  • Health and wellbeing for underserved populations,
  • Theoretical development of healthy eating behavior in environmental context including food retail markets, school foodservice, and restaurants, and
  • Nutrition Marketing and nutrition education for hospitality professionals.

Oak-Hee Park obtained her BS, RD, and MS in Food Science and Nutrition, specializing in "Effects of functional foods and human diseases", from Hallym University, South Korea. After she joined Texas Tech University as a graduate student, she led a research team to investigate consumer's acceptability of frozen cantaloupes by using different freezing methods. Her research experience toward functional foods and consumer health allowed her to develop new dissertation ideas about "Functional foods and consumers' consumption behavior using social and behavioral theories". She received a second MS and Ph.D. from Hospitality Administration at Texas Tech University. In 2010, the Graduate School at Texas Tech University appointed her as a highlighted graduate student.

Since 2013, Oak-Hee Park is a Co-PI for the East Lubbock Promise Neighborhoods Grant Program funded by the U.S. Department of Education to deliver several projects including Let's Cook, Eat, & Talk, Food Environment Study using GIS Technology, and ELPN Food Safety Certification Program for high school students.

Obesity Research Cluster