The purpose of the Epidemiology Section is to provide a forum to increase collaboration and networking among obesity epidemiology researchers, to support and promote research to understand etiology, prevention and management of obesity and to facilitate the dissemination of knowledge to the scientific community, public policy stake holders, and the public.


  • Promote participation in TOS amoung young investigators conducting obesity epidemiology research
  • Promote networking and collaboration among TOS obesity epidemiology researchers
  • Provide mentoring for young investigators


One-on-One Mentor Matching Program

The Epidemiology Section One-on-One Mentor Matching program is intended to assist students, postdocs, and junior faculty members plan their careers with the advice of more experienced colleagues.

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Klara J. Rosenquist, MD (Chair, 2013-2014)

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Klara J. Rosenquist received her BS in Biology, Health and Society from Cornell University and her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia. She completed residency in Internal Medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital and Endocrinology Fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital where she is currently an Instructor in Medicine. She conducts research in the epidemiology of adipose tissue distribution and the cardiometabolic sequelae of obesity at the Framingham Heart Study.

Claire Wang - 2013-2014 Chair-Elect

Y. Claire Wang, MD, ScD (Chair-Elect, 2013-2014)

Columbia University, New York, NY

Y. Claire Wang, MD, ScD is Assistant Professor at the Department of Health Policy & Management in Columba Mailman School of Public Health. Her research use modeling to synthesize evidence base to inform policy and practice guidelines. Her present research focuses on developing and evaluating policies to promote healthy choices and to address obesity epidemic in adults and in children, especially in terms of cost-effectiveness and downstream health and cost impact. She co-directs the Obesity Prevention Initiative of the Mailman School of Public Health and is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. She obtained her MD from National Taiwan University and her ScD from Harvard School of Public Health.

roberts resizedAlison A. Gustafson, PhD (Secretary/Treasurer, 2012-2014)

University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Alison Gustafson received her BS in Dietetics and Spanish from Bradley University, her MPH from Boston University, and her PhD in Nutrition from University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky. Her research interests include examining the intersection between the individual and the food environment while improving the efficiency and reliability of methods for measuring the food environment in low-income and rural populations. Her current publications and grants are focused on food activity patterns and the association with dietary intake among adolescents and adults in rural communities.

Kendrin Sonneville, ScD, RD, LDN (Early-Career Representative, 2012-2014)

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Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA

Kendrin Sonneville is a registered dietitian and faculty member in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital, where she serves as co-director of the PREP multidisciplinary obesity clinic. Dr. Sonneville is Instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and is Co-Director of the Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard School of Public health. Her research interests include the intersection of eating disorders and obesity and the integrated prevention of weight-related disorders. Dr. Sonneville received her ScD from Harvard School of Public Health.

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