Dana Rofey, PhD, FTOS

Dana Rofey, PhD, FTOS

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.