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Dr. Diane Gilbert-Diamond
Dr. Gilbert-Diamond's research is focused on identifying genetic and environmental factors related to chronic diseases such as obesity, type II diabetes, and cancer. In addition to studying independent predictors with established statistical methods, she also applies novel bioinformatical methods to look for gene-gene and gene-environment interactions related to disease outcomes.

Dr. Jennifer Emond
Dr. Jennifer Emond’s research is focused dietary behaviors and dietary intake during early childhood; the preschool years are a formative stage when children develop dietary behaviors and preferences that may ultimately shape their lifetime risk of obesity. Her research includes experimental studies examining the impact of food marketing exposure, including exposure to child-directed TV advertising and promotional tie-ins, on preschool-age children’s dietary intake, and observational studies (cross-sectional and prospective) to examine how food marketing impacts children’s dietary intake and eating behaviors. She also examines how the family dynamic impacts children’s health behaviors and ultimately their obesity risk. Jenn is the recipient of a K01 mentored research scientist award (NIDDK) to examine how household chaos impacts media use, sleep and hedonic eating behaviors in preschool-age children. A unifying analytical theme across her research is the design, management and analysis of intensively-collected, repeated-measures longitudinal data at the individual level. Additionally, she is dedicated to the training of students in research methodology at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Reina Kato Lansigan
Research Project Manager
Reina received her MSSW from Columbia University School of Social Work and BA in Psychology with a minor in Music from New York University. Over the years, she has investigated the influence of stereotypes on information search patterns, Head Start policy and child outcome, and efficacy of housing programs for homeless individuals with dual diagnosis. She is particularly interested in the intersection of environmental health, behavioral health, and social justice. Outside of academia, she formerly practiced as a psychotherapist and a clinical consultant to Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families, and is also a professional dancer.

John Brand
PhD in Experimental and Applied Psychology, Concordia University
My research studies the interface between the attention system of the human brain and childhood and adolescent health. I am particularly interested in the use of cognitive paradigms to isolate and understand the role that attention may play in public health issues, such as childhood obesity and youth tobacco use. During my PhD, I trained in theoretical cognitive psychology and the development of cognitive paradigms of attention including eye-tracking methodology. I am currently working under the supervision of Dr. Diane Gilbert-Diamond to create eye-tracking protocols to investigate the role of attention and media multi-tasking on food cue reactivity in children, an important predictor of childhood obesity. Additionally, Dr. Gilbert-Diamond and I are working with Dr. James Sargent to use eye-tracking methodology to investigate the association betweenexposure to electronic-cigarette ads and adolescent smoking initiation, an association that may have important policy implications for the FDA.

George Price
Graduate Student
George is a current Health Data Science Master’s Student in the Quantitative Biomedical Sciences program at Dartmouth College. George received his undergraduate degree in Biology at Boston College, while working as a research intern with the Brain Trauma lab in the Pediatric Neurosurgery department at Massachusetts General Hospital. Following his undergraduate degree, George worked full-time with the Brain Trauma Lab for two years before pursuing his Master’s degree. Currently, George is interested in the relationship between food diet quality and television advertisement exposure.

Dabin Yeum
Graduate Student, Quantitative Biomedical Sciences
Dabin received her BS in Microbiology and Immunology from University of Wisconsin-Madison. During her undergraduate career, she worked as a research assistant in breast cancer and melanoma research lab. At one of the melanoma conferences, she was fascinated by the relationship between bench science and population health and its impact on translational research, so she pursued a graduate degree in MSPH at University of Utah. During her graduate studies, she worked as a research analyst on the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) project. She joined the QBS PhD program at Dartmouth in 2019, and she is particularly interested in identifying environmental factors and child health. Outside of lab, she enjoys traveling, watching movies, cooking/eating, and (sometimes) hiking.

Catherine Pollack
Doctoral Candidate, Quantitative Biomedical Sciences
Catherine completed her B.S. degree with high distinction from the University of Virginia (UVA) in 2018, where she studied both biomedical engineering and applied statistics as a double major. While at UVA, Catherine participated in two summer internships with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM). At NASEM, she worked with the Board on Mathematical Sciences and Analytics and the Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics to develop white papers that bridged the gap between mathematics, statistics, and data science. This fueled her passion for science communication, and her dissertation project combines epidemiology and data science to develop software tools that can combat obesity-related misinformation on social media. Within the Media and Health Behaviors Lab, Catherine is interested in creating and implementing data science pipelines that can enhance our understanding of food marketing exposures on diverse social media platforms. Outside of lab, Catherine enjoys playing clarinet with the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble or running through Dartmouth campus while she trains for an upcoming marathon!

Natalie Thomas

Natalie Thomas
Research Assistant
Natalie graduated from Bates College with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Chemistry. She is originally from Baltimore, Maryland, but has been in the New England area since college. During college, she completed her senior capstone looking at how cognitive reappraisal of negative memories affects EEG signals. During her free time she likes to spend time outside, run, cook, and go hiking.

Allyssa McCutcheon

Allyssa McCutcheon
Research Assistant
Allyssa graduated from the University of Vermont in 2019 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. During her undergraduate career, she did clinical research with the Vermont Family Based Approach at the Vermont Center for Children, Youth and Families studying an innovative family-focused approach healthcare, emphasizing emotional and behavioral health and intervention. She also has experience in ecological research, studying the effects of habitat shape and connectivity on the functional traits of wild bees in South Carolina and presented her findings at the Ecological Society of America Conference in 2018. Allyssa hopes to pursue a career in pediatrics. She is originally from Springfield, VT and enjoys traveling, hiking, cooking and spending time with her dog in her free time.

Hannah Utter
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Hannah is a student-athlete competing for the Dartmouth Alpine Ski Team while pursuing degrees in Psychology and Neuroscience. She is passionate about the ethical implications of consumer neuroscience as it pertains to digital marketing and works as a research assistant on projects regarding exploitative marketing practices.

 

Anna Byrd
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Anna is an undergraduate at Dartmouth College from Tulsa, Oklahoma who is pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering. She hopes to attend medical school following graduation and is currently working as a research assistant on a project relating to misinformation about obesity on social media. In her free time, Anna enjoys playing piano and is an avid home cook.

 

Kate Miller
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Kate Miller is an undergraduate in the class of 22 studying Biology, Economics, and International Studies. She is interested in Epidemiology and joined the Media and Health Behaviors lab after taking Professor Gilbert-Diamond's QBS course, Foundations of Epidemiology. Outside of the lab, Kate is a member of the Dartmouth Club Triathlon Team.

 

Peter Green
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Peter is a senior at Dartmouth studying Biomedical Engineering at the Thayer School. Peter has experience in the health care realm, ranging from wet-lab work at Johns Hopkins Medicine to Patient Care at the Silver Hill Psychiatric Hospital in New Canaan, CT. He also studies French language & enjoyed a program abroad in France during early 2020. In his free time, Peter likes to run & ponder the larger questions in life. He is from the city of Stamford, CT. Contact: Peter.C.Green.21@dartmouth.edu

 

MHBLD Alumni

Alessandra Ledoux, Dartmouth College (2017)

Alec Escholz, Dartmouth College (2019)

Amanda Zieselman, Dartmouth College (2015)

Anna Petty, Dartmouth College (2020)

Archana Ramanujam, Dartmouth College (2014)

Ashlynn Enriquez, Dartmouth College (2019)

Brendin Beaulieu-Jones, Dartmouth College (2013)

Caterina Florissi, Dartmouth College (2018)

Claire Pfister, Dartmouth College (2016)

Courtney Hargreaves, Dartmouth College (2016)

Danica Wuelfing, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College QBS (2021)

Elizabeth M. Khusid, Dartmouth College (2020)

Jessica Kobsa, Dartmouth College(2020)

Emily Berk, Wheaton College (2017)

Emily Chen, Dartmouth College (2021)

Horacio Romero, Dartmouth College (2014)

Jason Kim, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College QBS (2020)

Katherine Dwyer, Dartmouth College (2014)

Kniya De, Dartmouth College (2020)

Kristina Ali, Geisel School of Medicine (2023)

Lucy K. Tantum, Dartmouth College (2019)

Maia Salholz-Hillel, Dartmouth College (2015)

Marietta Smith, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College (2017)

Mary Decker, Dartmouth College (2015)

Maya Srinivasa, Dartmouth College (2018)

Meghan Frisard, University of Maine (2019)

Namrata Ramakrishna, Dartmouth College (2020)

Nikita Bakhru, Dartmouth College (2017)

Nikita Rama, Dartmouth College (2016)

Odalis Hernandez Medrano, Dartmouth College (2021)

Olivia Brody-Bizar, Dartmouth College (2021)

Rachel Bornstein, Dartmouth College (2014)

Rachel Matsumoto, Dartmouth College (2019)

Ryan Collins, Dartmouth College (2014)

Suman Mathur, Dartmouth College (2015)

Travis Masterson, Penn State University

Tuong Vi Ngyuen Dartmouth College (2021)

Tyler Gooding, Keene State College (2018)