Diversity

The overall goal of the Section is to represent the interests of individuals of diverse backgrounds (including but not limited to: race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity) at all levels of The Obesity Society - from Council to representation at the annual meeting.

 

Goals

  • To increase the visibility of Diversity Section activities through the Society's communication tools; including but not limited to: the website, eblasts, and member newsletters.
  • To develop a comprehensive Section program for the annual meeting
  • To foster a mentoring program within the Society

News

October 2013 Newsletter

June 2013 Newsletter

March 2013 Newsletter

November 2012 Newsletter

August 2012 Newsletter

April 2012 Newsletter

September 2011 Newsletter

July 2011 Newsletter

April 2011 Newsletter

January 2011 Newsletter

September 2010 Newsletter

April 2010 Newsletter

 

Join the Diversity Section

All section members must be a member of The Obesity Society. 

If you are not a member of The Obesity Society, join today.  Be certain to select the Diversity Section when completing your profile.

If you are already a member and would like to join the Diversity Section please login to your member profile and select the Diversity Section. Once you have updated your profile, you will receive all communications pertaining to the section.

Please contact Kelly Evans, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Membership Manager if you have any questions.

 

Leaders

Wanda M. Thompson, PhD (Chair 2013-2014)

Rutgers University, Camden, Camden, NJ

Wanda M. Thompson received her PhD in Nursing from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2010. Her dissertation focused on health disparities and the development of a 12-week church-based physical activity intervention aimed at Black adolescent girls. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship in interventions to prevent / manage chronic illness at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interest focuses on increasing physical active of minority girls, especially Black adolescent girls; physical activity measurement and interventions, health disparities, obesity prevention in minority youth. Dr. Thompson is committed to developing and implementing programs aimed at improving health outcomes for young Black women.


 

Martina Raquel Gallagher, PhD, MSN, RN (Chair-Elect 2013-2014)

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TXMartina Gallager

Dr. Gallagher is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston where she teaches community health nursing, nursing research and application of multicultural concepts to the healthcare of Latinos in the U.S. Her research focus is on the prevention and treatment of obesity, and its cardiovascular sequelae in Latino families. She plans to incorporate healthy sleep education into weight loss/management interventions in community settings. Her work blends biobehavioral factors and cultural perspectives with the goal of understanding how these factors and perspectives influence the long-term adherence to healthy lifestyle behaviors in Latinos. Dr. Gallagher received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science Nursing Administration of Community and Healthcare Systems, and PhD in Clinical Nursing Research, with an emphasis on health promotion of Latino families from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, TX. She completed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington School of Nursing in Seattle, WA, where she learned basic sleep concepts, and data collection, analysis and interpretation of sleep measures in Latino community settings.



Mindy Dopler-Nelson, PhD (Secretary-Treasurer 2013-2014)

University Of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MAMindy Dopler-Nelson

Dr. Dopler Nelson is an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts College of Health Sciences in Lowell where she teaches community nutrition, medical nutrition therapy I & II, introduction to nutritional sciences, and senior research. Her research focus is on the prevention and treatment of obesity, and its related comorbidities. Her work blends biobehavioral, genetic, and environmental factors with the goal of understanding how these factors interact to influence the long-term adherence to healthy lifestyle behaviors in individuals with disordered eating patterns. She currently investigates food preferences based on SNPs and plans to study the epigenic effects of dietary intake. These findings will inform weight loss/management interventions in the community and clinic environments. Dr. Dopler Nelson received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley, Master of Science in Nutritional Science and PhD in Nutritional Biology with an emphasis on endocrinology and biostatistics from the University of California at Davis. She completed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Stanford Prevention Research Center at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, where she designed a weight loss intervention integrating cognitive behavioral therapy focusing on sleep quality, and data collection, analysis and interpretation of (1) the influence of SNPs on weight loss outcomes, and (2) oxidized LDL measures in individuals with moderate hypercholesterolemia consuming various forms of garlic.


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