Christina A. Roberto, Ph.D.


RWJF Health & Society Scholar:
2012-2014

Discipline(s):
Clinical Psychology, Epidemiology, Public Health

Area(s) of Expertise:
Obesity, Food Policy, Eating Disorders

E-Mail:
croberto@hsph.harvard.edu


Background:

Christina A. Roberto is a psychologist and epidemiologist whose research examines public health policies aimed at reducing obesity. Christina’s recent research has been focused on three important food policy issues: 1) menu labeling; 2) front-of-package food labeling; and 3) child-targeted food marketing. In her work she seeks to identify key, unanswered food policy questions and conduct research using diverse methods that can provide policymakers with science-based guidance. The goal of this research is to identify and test creative ways of changing the food environment to promote healthier food choices. Christina’s work has been published in top-tier journals, including the American Journal of Public Health, Pediatrics, the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and Obesity and her research on menu labeling has informed federal policy. Christina has also conducted research on weight stigma and eating disorders. As a Health & Society Scholar, Christina plans to build on her existing work in food policy and expand her research to study marketing and behavioral economic principles to encourage nutritious food choices. Christina completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at Princeton University and received a joint-Ph.D. in clinical psychology and chronic disease epidemiology from Yale University.

Journal Articles:
Click here for a list of Christina A. Roberto's available publications in PubMed.