Dr. Josh Petimar

Dr. Joshua Petimar is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He works primarily with Dr. Jason Block to examine nutrition policies (such as the federal calorie labeling law) that aim to improve dietary choices and reduce obesity on a population level. His current projects use point of sale data from fast food restaurants and supermarkets to generate evidence on the effectiveness of these…

Sophia Hua

Doctoral Student
Department of Nutrition

Sophia Hua is a first-year doctoral student in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Her research interests lie in obesity prevention via evidence-based policy changes that impact the environment and individual behavior. Before coming to Harvard, she worked as a project coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine. During her time there, she primarily focused on a Philadelphia Beverage Tax evaluation…

Jake Beckerman

Jake is a third-year PhD student in the Nutrition Department at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He received his BS in biology from Georgetown University and MPH from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to pursuing graduate studies in public health, Jake was a high school science teacher in Los Angeles with Teach for America. Jake’s research focuses on the family-, school-, and neighborhood-level factors that…

Dr. Eric Rimm

EVERGREEN Senior Faculty
Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology

Dr. Rimm is a Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School. He is the Director of the Program in Cardiovascular Epidemiology, and is also affiliated with the Channing Laboratory at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Rimm is an internationally recognized nutrition expert and health communicator. His pioneering research…

Dr. Sara Bleich

EVERGREEN Senior Faculty
Professor of Public Health Policy

Dr. Sara Bleich is a Professor of Public Health Policy within the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Bleich obtained her Ph.D. in Health Policy from Harvard University, and her B.A. in Psychology from Columbia University. Dr. Bleich’s research focuses on policy-based methods to reduce obesity on a population level through reduction of caloric intake, addressment of environmental factors that…

Dr. Jason Block

Associate Professor
Harvard Medical School

Dr. Block is a general internal medicine physician with training in epidemiology and population health.  Working with interdisciplinary teams, his research follows two tracks (1) examining the geographic influences on the obesity epidemic and (2) intervening in multiple settings to promote weight loss and overall wellness, especially at the environmental level.  Dr. Block has completed studies on the geographic distribution of food establishments. He has explored whether proximity to food…

Dr. Juliana Cohen

Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Nutrition

Juliana Cohen is an associate professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Merrimack College and an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Her current work focuses on innovative school-based interventions to encourage the selection and consumption of healthier foods, as well as research examining the association between diet and cognitive functioning. Previously she was an ORISE Policy…

Dr. Michele Polacsek

EVERGREEN Senior Faculty
Professor of Public Health

Michele Polacsek earned an MHS in international health in 1989 and a PhD in social and behavioral health in 1994 from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She recently served as Principal Investigator on two studies funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to assess school food and beverage marketing environments. Dr. Polacsek served as Principal Investigator on a Robert Wood Johnson Healthy Eating Research Grant to evaluate…

Dr. Stacy Blondin

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Department of Nutrition

Dr. Blondin is a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She graduated from Tufts’ Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in 2017 with a PhD in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition. She holds an MSPH degree from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Nutrition and a BA from Harvard University in Psychology. Stacy envisions a food system that supports…

Dr. Anne Thorndike

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School

Anne Thorndike, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Physician at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston, MA. She is the Director of the Metabolic Syndrome Clinic at the MGH Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Center. Her clinical and research interests are the prevention and treatment of obesity and cardiometabolic disease through lifestyle modification.  Her research focuses on interventions utilizing behavioral economics strategies, such…