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  • Benjamin Chrisinger

    Benjamin Chrisinger

    Postdoctoral Research fellow, SCRDP/ Heart Disease Prevention

    Bio I am committed to research that helps us understand relationships between the built environment and health, especially health disparities. With colleagues and mentors at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, I am pursuing research on neighborhood perceptions of healthy food access, individual and neighborhood-level measures of wellness and their relationships to the built environment, and community-engaged food environment audits.

    I have previously examined efforts to open new supermarkets in underserved areas ("food deserts") by considering development processes, store-level outcomes, and community and customer experiences. With colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania, I am currently helping analyze interactions between the food environment and healthy purchasing within the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and have also written about the role of SNAP in community development in outlets ranging from the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, to The Baltimore Sun and Planetizen. In previous collaborations, I have researched food purchasing behavior and store type interactions, the role of curbside produce vendors in low-income neighborhoods, and the prevalence of automatic external defibrillators AEDs across different land uses. I completed my doctoral training in City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Eric J. Daza

    Eric J. Daza

    Postdoctoral Research fellow, SCRDP/ Heart Disease Prevention

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Practical causal inference. Personalized health interventions, self-experimentation, n-of-1 trials / single-case experiments, and precision medicine. Asian-American health (focusing on Filipinos), and gut-microbiome research. Longitudinal missing-data methods. Reproducible or replicable study designs.

  • Jennifer Hartle

    Jennifer Hartle

    Postdoctoral Research fellow, SCRDP/ Heart Disease Prevention

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Dr. Hartle's research investigates environmental exposures and their effects on human health, with a special focus on environmental exposures from the food system. Her research interests are in exposure science, risk assessment, and environmental epidemiology and how they can be used to inform environmental health and food system policy. Jennifer's doctoral research at Johns Hopkins focused on identifying inequities in dietary environmental exposures. For her dissertation, she examined bisphenol-A (BPA) exposures in the food system to determine vulnerable populations and to develop exposure prevention strategies. Dr. Hartle's current research projects explore environmental endocrine disrupting chemicals and obesity.

  • Michelle Hauser

    Michelle Hauser

    Postdoctoral Research fellow, SCRDP/ Heart Disease Prevention

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Dr. Hauser is board certified in internal medicine and completed medical school, internal medicine residency, and a master’s of public administration at Harvard. She is also a certified chef via Le Cordon Bleu and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. She practices primary care for the County of San Mateo at Fair Oaks Health Center, a safety-net clinic in Redwood City, where she is also a teaching attending for Stanford internal medicine residents. Her research blend her training in medicine, public policy, nutrition, and culinary arts. Current research topics include: community-based participatory research (CBPR) utilizing lifestyle change interventions for those in underserved communities with, or at risk of, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity; weight loss; access to healthy foods and safe places to exercise; teaching nutrition and cooking skills to increase intake of plant-based foods; diet quality; and medical education around lifestyle-based prevention topics.

  • Deepika Laddu

    Deepika Laddu

    Postdoctoral Research fellow, SCRDP/ Heart Disease Prevention

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests To examine the Interrelationships of Physical Activity, Diet, Whole body and Regional Body Composition (Visceral versus Subcutaneous Fat; Muscle Quality) and Bone Quality in Aging Women and Men.

  • Lisa Offringa, PhD

    Lisa Offringa, PhD

    Postdoctoral Research fellow, SCRDP/ Heart Disease Prevention

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Ethnobotany, evolution of the uses of medicinal and food plants, food plants as medicine, plant based diets, shifting protein in the diet, co-evolution of people and plants, traditional food ways and culture, plant-based foods and the intestinal microbiota, ethnoecology, biocultural diversity and innovative education practices

  • Marily Oppezzo

    Marily Oppezzo

    Postdoctoral Research fellow, SCRDP/ Heart Disease Prevention

    Bio Marily Oppezzo completed her doctorate in Educational Psychology at Stanford in 2013. She also is a registered dietitian and has her master's of nutritional science. She completed her dietetic internship at the Palo Alto Veterans Hospital, and currently consults as a sports dietitian for Stanford's Runsafe program. Her research interests leverage her interdisciplinary training, with a focus on how to get people to change to improve their health and well-being. Specifically, these areas include: using social media to motivate physical activity changes in those with or at risk for heart disease; culturally tailoring nutrition and physical activity recommendations and education materials for an Alaskan native population; how walking can be used to improve people's cognitive and creative thinking; and applying learning theories to medical education topics.