Epidemiology & Population Health 

The purpose of the Epidemiology & Population Health Section is to provide a forum to advance the methods, applications and education in understanding how obesity affects the health and wellbeing of communities across the country and around the world, and discuss various strategies to promote healthy behaviors and environments for all people.


  • 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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Epidemiology & Population Health Section Newsletter January 2017

Epidemiology & Population Health Section Newsletter January 2016

Epidemiology & Population Health Section Newsletter October 2015

Epidemiology & Population Health Section Newsletter June 2015

Epidemiology & Population Health Section Newsletter December 2014


Join the Epidemiology & Population Health 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 Epidemiology & Population Health Section when completing your profile.

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

Please contact Shameeka Green at sgreen@obesity.org, Volunteer Manager, if you have any questions. 



Shakira Suglia, MPH (Chair, 2016-2017)

Mailman School of Public Health Columbia University, New York, NY

Dr. Suglia is an epidemiologist who takes a multi-disciplinary approach toward understanding health disparities, examining the impact of environmental factors and social stressors on disease and health. She focuses in particular on the health of children and adolescents, and currently examines how social stressors, in particular violence, influence cardiovascular health across the life course. In her work with the Boricua Youth Study, she examines the role of social stressors in relation to cardiovascular and metabolic risk profiles among Puerto Rican youth living in two different social contexts, the South Bronx, NY and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Ike Solomon Okosun, MS, MPH, PhD, FTOS, FACE (Chair-Elect, 2016-2017) 

Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

Dr. Ike S Okosun MPH from the University of Oklahoma College of Public Health and Ph.D. degree in epidemiology from The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. He has over 25 years of experience in public health research and teaching. Dr. Okosun specializes in chronic disease epidemiology and is an internationally recognized expert in the epidemiology of hypertension, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and metabolic syndrome. Dr. Okosun is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health, The Obesity Society, and the American College of Epidemiology. He is also a Member of many scientific organizations including American Public Health Association, Society for Epidemiologic Research, and International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Blacks. Dr. Okosun is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in Georgia State University School of Public Health.

Jesse Jones-Smith, PhD, MPH, RD (Secretary/Treasurer, 2016-2017)

University of Washington School of Public Health, Seattle, WA

Jessica Jones-Smith is a nutrition epidemiologist who studies social and contextual determinants of obesity and obesity disparities. She is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health. She completed her Masters of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley and her doctoral degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was previously an Assistant Professor (2012-2016) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research focuses on investigating distal drivers of nutrition-related health disparities and follows two main lines: 1) documenting disparities in obesity and other nutrition-related diseases based on socioeconomic status and race/ethnicity, across the lifespan and in numerous populations; 2) investigating economic resources as causal factors in obesity and overall health status. Her current approach combines public health nutrition with econometric techniques to study the impact of increasing family resources or contextual resources on dietary quality and obesity.

Pasquale Rummo, PhD, MPH (Early Career Representative, 2016-2018)   

New York University, New York, NY

“My research focuses on obesity and nutrition-related diseases at the population level, particularly with an emphasis on socioeconomic disparities and heterogeneity of relationships by income. Much of my work aims to better understand the complex interplay between individual characteristics, neighborhood features, and residential mobility. To this end, I have developed expertise in emerging and innovative analytic methods to examine the causal effect of the neighborhood environment features on diet behaviors and obesity-related outcomes.”

Kendrin Sonneville, ScD, RD, LDN (Past Chair, 2016-2017)

University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI

Kendrin Sonneville is a registered dietitian and Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Dr. Sonneville studies the intersection of eating disorders and obesity and the integrated prevention of weight-related disorders. Her research program is focused on identifying modifiable risk factors and intervention targets for the onset and maintenance of binge eating behaviors among youth and understanding how to minimize unintended consequences (e.g. disordered eating and body dissatisfaction) of strategies to address obesity.

Kirsten K. Davison, PhD, FTOS (Council Liaison, 2015-2018)

Harvard University, Boston, MA

Kirsten Davison is an Associate Professor of Nutrition and Director of the Public Health Nutrition concentration at the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her PhD at the Pennsylvania State University in Child and Family Development. Her research focuses on family and community contributions to child obesity. Most recently, her research has focused on family-centered interventions to prevent child obesity in low-income populations. These interventions, which have been implemented in WIC and Head Start settings, are based on the principals of community-based participatory research and were developed, implemented and evaluated in collaboration with parents. Current projects focus on parenting around children’s snack food intake, strategies to engage fathers in obesity prevention programs and research, and a large scale community intervention integrating evidence-based programs in multiple sectors (WIC, childcare, schools, afterschool programs and community health centers).