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Nutrition, Exercise and Health Behavior Promotion

Healthy eating and being physically active are critical behaviors to prevent and treat numerous diseases including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. The prevalence of obesity in the United States and globally has significantly increased over the past three decades. Obesity is a major risk factor for many chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease and cancer, where it is quickly overtaking tobacco as the leading preventable cause of cancer. The Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences brings together faculty, researchers, and students to conduct innovative research that involves intervening in our community (Ickovics, Pérez-Escamilla, White, Duffany) and diabetes (Pérez-Escamilla) in domestic and global (Pérez-Escamilla) contexts. Using the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI) and Yale Cancer Center (YCC) services and resources, the goals of our studies are to conduct transdisciplinary research and initiatives that translate evidence-based findings from the lab to the clinic and community.

Faculty of Interest

  • Assistant Professor of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences); Director of Research and Evaluation, Community Alliance for Research and Engagement (CARE); Co-director, Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center

  • Samuel and Liselotte Herman Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Yale School of Public Health; Dean of Faculty, Yale-NUS College; Director, Program on Climate Change and Urban Health; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health

    Research Interests
    • Chronic Disease
    • Community Health Services
    • Epidemiology
    • Obesity
    • Pregnancy
    • Prenatal Care
    • Urban Health
  • Professor of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences); Director, Office of Public Health Practice; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health; Director, YSPH Global Health Concentration; Director, Maternal and Child Health Promotion (MCHP) Program

    Research Interests
    • Breast Feeding
    • Child Care
    • Child Development
    • Community Health Workers
    • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2
    • Food Deprivation
    • Hypertension
    • Maternal Health Services
    • Maternal-Child Health Centers
    • Mental Health
    • Nutrition Surveys
    • Obesity
    • Global Health
    • Healthcare Disparities
  • Professor of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences); Director of Online Education, Social and Behavioral Sciences; Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health; Professor, Psychiatry

    Research Interests
    • Feeding and Eating Disorders
    • Obesity
    • Psychometrics
    • Tobacco Use Disorder