Research Expertise and Interest
nutrition, obesity, Food Insecurity, Perinatal Health, diabetes
My research program focuses on the influence of contextual level effects on dietary intake, cardiometabolic risk factors and pregnancy outcomes, especially among vulnerable populations. Contextual level effects refer to the household food environment, namely household food insecurity, as well as the neighborhood or built environment measured as one's food, physical activity and social environment. The populations that I have focused on most in my research are pregnant women, children, and adults with diabetes. My research program include survey research, direct observation of neighborhood attributes, data collection using anthropometric, questionnaire and a number of dietary intake approaches.