Here are some questions and answers from our interview with TOS Fellow Dana Rofey, PhD, FTOS, Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Q: What is your title and organizational affiliation?
A: I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Q: Please tell us about your current work and your professional developmental trajectory.
A: I am a clinical researcher interested in novel intervention for youth/adolescents with obesity. The majority of my work focuses on the interface between psychosocial functioning and weight management. I spend approximately half of my time on research and the remainder providing clinical services, teaching, and mentoring.
Q: What is one of your professional or personal qualities that has contributed to your success?
A: Perseverance; I believe being a competitive athlete has served as a microcosm into the life a clinical researcher.
Q: What advice do you have for today's junior obesity researchers?
A: Find a mentor who is not only smart/helpful academically, but is invested in your well-being and future career trajectory.
Q: What aspects of obesity research are the most exciting to you right now?
A: I am interested in novel ways to disseminate efficacious interventions.
Q: What are your favorite things to do when you're not at work?
A: I love spending time with my daughters - they are the apples of my eye. I also enjoy practicing what I preach by completing marathons.