Here are some questions and answers from our interview with TOS Fellow Janne Boone-Heinonen, PhD, MPH, FTOS, Assistant Professor, Oregon Health & Science University:
Q: What is your title and organizational affiliation?
A: I am currently an Assistant Professor at the Oregon Health & Science University. I've outlined the rest of my background below:
- Postdoctoral Fellow, June 2009-Feb 2011: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- PhD in Nutrition (Nutrition Epidemiology), 2009: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill M.P.H. in Biostatistics and Epidemiology, 2003: Oregon Health & Science University
- B.S. in Biology, 1997: Santa Clara University
Q: Please tell us about your current work and your professional developmental trajectory.
A: My ongoing research investigates environmental and behavioral determinants of obesity. Recently, I have broadened my research to include the perinatal period and developmental origins of obesity. My current research focus is to integrate multigenerational perspectives into research on obesity prevention strategies.
Q: What is one of your professional or personal qualities that has contributed to your success?
A: Self-criticism, in its positive form, has fostered openness to other ideas and perspectives, and focus in getting the work done. Its negative form needs to be counterbalanced with ongoing support, as I describe in my advice for other junior researchers!
Q: What advice do you have for today's junior obesity researchers?
A: Based on my ongoing experience as a junior researcher, my advice is to surround yourself with junior and senior researchers who will support and critique you. The relationships you build in your doctoral/postdoctoral training will create the foundation for professional and peer networks throughout your career. Transform unsupportive criticism into ways you can improve your manuscripts, grants, and self.
Q: What aspects of obesity research are the most exciting to you right now?
A: I am excited by the growing interdisciplinary perspective of obesity research, specifically the opportunities to learn about new areas and the methodological challenges that need to be solved.
Q: What are your favorite things to do when you're not at work?
A: I love spending time with my family, and occasionally by myself. I also love the challenge of pushing a Double Bob stroller up large hills.