Dr. Kristine Madsen, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health and the Faculty Director for the Berkeley Food Institute. She is a pediatrician and research scientist with expertise in the design and evaluation of interventions related to pediatric obesity, cardiovascular risk, and health disparities. She has partnered with schools, health departments, and cities to expand the reach of school and community programs that promote health. Her research team recently conducted the first study to examine longer-term impacts of Berkeley’s soda tax on sugar-sweetened beverage consumption in low-income neighborhoods.
Research Expertise and Interest
health disparities, children, schools, policy, nutrition, physical activity, obesity, accelerometers, physical education
February 21, 2019
Consumption of sugary drinks in Berkeley’s diverse and low-income neighborhoods dropped precipitously in 2015, just months after the city levied the nation’s first soda tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.