Diet and Activity Research at the University of Cambridge in England. Her research interests include nutrition and physical activity as they relate to obesity prevention in young children. Her current research focuses on environmental-and policy-based approaches to obesity prevention in a number of settings where young children spend time. In addition to a number of domestic studies, she is engaged in observational and intervention research on childhood obesity in Mexico and England. She is also in the process of developing a fruit-and vegetable-garden-based intervention study in Kenya. She completed her doctoral degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School.
A. RUPA DATTA, Ph.D., is a Vice President and Senior Fellow at NORC at the University of Chicago. For nearly 20 years, Datta has held leadership roles on a wide variety of projects, such as the National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE), the Census Integrated Communications Program Evaluation, the Qatar National Education Data Systems project, and the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 (NLSY97) cohort. Datta is currently Project Director for the NSECE, a multimode survey that employs both address-based sampling and a sampling frame built from administrative data; earlier, she served as Project Director for its design phase. The NSECE samples 100,000 households and 30,000 providers of various types for five different questionnaire and sample types. Datta has also served as Deputy Project Director on the 2010 Census Integrated Communications Program Evaluation, the official federal evaluation of the communication and partnership efforts to improve cooperation with the 2010 Decennial Census. Datta’s longest-running contribution to human capital research is through the NLSY97 cohort, a 9,000-person annual survey of school-to-work transition sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Since 1999, she has served as Project Director, Acting Principal Investigator, and Co-Principal Investigator of NLSY97.
BETH DIXON, Ph.D., M.P.H., is an Associate Professor of Public Health Nutrition in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at New York University (NYU). As a nutritional epidemiologist, Dr. Dixon studies the dietary patterns and health of different populations, including children and immigrants. Her research studies involve the use of quantitative methods to assess diet in relation to chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, cancer, and osteoporosis. She also evaluates health and nutrition policy, especially to improve maternal and child nutrition. She completed two Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grants to evaluate the nutrition and physical activity policies of New York City (NYC) child care centers in an effort to reduce obesity and improve the lifestyles of young children and is currently working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention