Research Associate Spotlight: Dr. Caroline Dunn!

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Caroline is a community nutrition researcher, trained in human nutrition and health behavior and promotion, with a specific emphasis on obesity and chronic disease prevention in childhood through healthy eating and active living. Her training as a registered dietitian and work in community settings have led to her integrative line of research focusing on obesity and obesity-related behaviors including (1) evaluation of public policy on food access and household nutrition, (2) policy and environmental level interventions in community settings (e.g., schools, churches, neighborhoods) including the built environment, and (3) community-engaged approaches to increasing opportunities for healthy eating and active living in underserved populations, including dissemination and implementation research.

CURRENT RESEARCH: Caroline’s current research focuses on the food environment’s influence on children’s health, specifically how the availability of food away from home may impact children’s consumption patterns in early childhood. Caroline recently completed her dissertation research examining the role of faith-based organizations as potential partners in childhood health programming.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Most recently, Caroline was an Arnold Doctoral Fellow at the University of South Carolina where she completed her doctoral research. She has also received awards and honors from several research organizations including two Meritorious Student Abstract Awards for Excellence in Research and a Citation Abstract Award from the Society of Behavioral Medicine, a Student Research Award from the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior, and the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award from the University of South Carolina.