Health. She received the 2005 Catherine Cowell Award from the American Public Health Association. Dr. Samuels holds a doctorate in public health from the University of California, Berkeley, and master’s degrees in nutrition and education from Columbia University, Teacher’s College.
Roland Sturm, Ph.D., is a senior economist at RAND and professor of policy analysis at the RAND Pardee Graduate School, where he teaches econometrics in the Ph.D. program. Dr. Sturm is the author of 150 scientific publications and has regularly testified on health and health care policy in Congress and state legislatures. His current research analyzes the costs and benefits of economic and regulatory approaches to preventing obesity, increasing physical activity, and improving the diet of Americans. In the past 12 months, several hundred news reports have covered his research publications on soda taxes, the Los Angeles fast-food ban, and the social costs of excess sodium in the U.S. diet. From 1996 to 2003, Dr. Sturm directed the economic and policy research program of the joint RAND/ University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Research Center on Managed Care, and he was awarded the National Institute of Health Care Management’s award for excellence in health services research in 2001. Dr. Sturm received an M.S. in economics from the University of Florida and an M.A. in statistics and a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University.