Advocacy Committee

Responsible for tracking legislative and regulatory activities that relate to the obesity field, setting priorities based on the strategic plan and determining the best approach for addressing the issues, with guidance and approval from Council.


Emily Dhurandhar, PhD (Chair)

University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL

Bruce Wolfe, MD (Co-Chair)

Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon

W. Scott Butsch, MD, FTOS

Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Catherine M. Champagne, PhD, RDN, LDN, FADA, FAND, FTOS

Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, LA

Christina D. Economos, PhD

Tufts University, Boston, MA

Alethea Hill

University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL

Debbie Horn, DO, MPH

University of Texas Science Center, Houston, TX

Gladys Strain, PhD

Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY

Diana Thomas, PhD

Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ

Peter Vash, MD, FTOS

The Vash Center, Los Angeles, CA

Leah Whigham, PhD, FTOS

Paso del Norte Institute for Healthy Living, El Paso, TX

Denise E. Wilfley, PhD, FTOS

Washington University of St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

Amanda Berhaupt, PhD Candidate (Early-Career Representative)

Rutgers University, Astoria, NY

Richard Atkinson, MD, FTOS (Honorary Member)

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Judith Stern, ScD, FTOS (Honorary Member)

University of California, Davis, CA

Phillip J. Brantley, PhD, FTOS (Council Liaison)

Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, LA



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