RWJF Health & Society Scholar:
Pediatrics, Public Health
Area(s) of Expertise:
Pediatric Obesity, Built Environment, Food Environment
June Tester, M.D. M.P.H., did her undergraduate training in biology at Harvard University and completed medical school at University of California, San Francisco. During medical school, she completed an MPH at UC Berkeley and began to pursue an interest in how the built environment affects the health of urban populations. Interested in traffic calming interventions, she conducted a matched case control study on the potential effects of neighborhood speed humps on child pedestrian injury. She completed residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital, Oakland in June of 2005, and plans to continue clinical practice. Dr. Tester’s research as a Health and Society Scholar will continue to focus on how the built environment relates to injury, but she is also interested in exploring how our environment relates to the obesity epidemic. She plans to study the effects of a neighborhood’s built environment on the physical activity its residents, interventions to promote active living, and other issues that affect obesity in children and adolescents such as availability of food. Her general interests are in urban health, city planning, obesity, injury, and the generative potential of interdisciplinary collaboration for research as well as for advocacy.