Kayla de la Haye is Director of the Institute for Food System Equity, within the University of Southern California (USC) Center for Economic and Social Research, and Associate Professor (Research) of Psychology at USC. She is also Director of the Research Development Core at the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI).

She works to promote health and prevent disease by applying social network analysis and systems science to key public health issues.

Her research engages family and community social networks, and broader structural and social determinants of health, to promote healthy eating, nutrition security and prevent chronic disease. It also explores the role of social networks in group problem solving in families, teams, and coalitions. Funders of her research include the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the American Heart Association.

Dr. de la Haye is serving as a technical advisor to the County of Los Angeles Food Equity Roundtable. She also is currently serving as Vice President of the International Network of Social Network Analysis (INSNA). In 2018, she received the INSNA Freeman Award for significant contributions to the study of social structure. In 2021, she was selected as a fellow of the Society for Behavioral Medicine Mid-Career Leadership Institute.

Dr. de la Haye previously worked as an Associate Behavioral/Social Scientist at the RAND Corporation.


Ph.D., Psychology, University of Adelaide, Australia
Bachelor of Health Science (Hons), University of Adelaide, Australia
B.A., Psychology, Anthropology, University of Adelaide, Australia

Recent publications

Flórez, KR, Bell, BM, Gálvez, A, Hernández, M, Verdaguer, S, & de la Haye, K. (2023). Nosotros mismos nos estamos matando/We are the ones killing ourselves: Unraveling individual and network characteristics associated with negative dietary acculturation among Mexican Americans in New York CityAppetite, 106488.

Lee, BY, Ordovás, JM, Parks, EJ, Anderson, CA, Barabási, AL, Clinton, SK, … de la Haye, K,…& Martinez, MF. (2022). Research gaps and opportunities in precision nutrition: An NIH workshop report. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 116(6), 1877–1900.

de la Haye, K, Wilson, J, Bruine de Bruin, W, … & Frazzini, A. (2022). Enough to Eat: The Impact of COVID-19 on Food Insecurity and the Food Environment in L.A. County April 2020 –September 2021. Dornsife Public Exchange, University of Southern California.

Vidmar, AP, Cáceres, NA, Schneider-Worthington, CR, Shirazipour, C, Buman, MP, de la Haye, K, & Salvy, SJ. (2022). Integration of time-based recommendations with current pediatric health behavior guidelines: Implications for obesity prevention and treatment in youthCurrent Obesity Reports, 11(4), 236-253.

Bulle Bueno, BG, Horn, AL, Bell, BM, Bahrami, M, Bozkaya, B, Pentland, A, de la Haye, K, & Moro Egido, E. (2022). You are where you eat: Effect of mobile food environments on fast food visitsmedRxiv.

de la Haye, K, Whitted, C, Koehly, LM. (2021). Formative evaluation of the Families SHARE disease risk tool among low-income African AmericansPublic Health Genomics, 24(5-6), 280-290.

Miller S, Bruine de Bruin W, Livings M, Wilson J, Weber K, Frazzini A, Babboni M, de la Haye K. (2021). Self-reported dietary changes among L.A. County adults during the COVID-19 pandemicAppetite, 2:105586.