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Global Obesity Prevention Center

External Collaborators

The Global Obesity Prevention Center (GOPC) at Johns Hopkins works with organizations across the globe to lead the way in obesity prevention and control. 

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Ling Bian, PhD

Co-Investigator, China Project
Professor, State University of New York at Buffalo

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Sara Bleich, PhD

Collaborator, Global Obesity Prevention Center
Professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health 

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Sy Brandau, AAS

Research Assistant, Pennsylvania Project
Geisinger Center for Health Research

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Lisa Bailey-Davis, DEd, MA, RD

Investigator I, Pennsylvania Project
Geisinger Center for Health Research

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Joseph DeWalle, BS

GIS Analyst/Specialist, Pennsylvania Project
Geisinger Center for Health Research

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Layla E. Esposito, PhD, MA

Project Scientist
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/ National Institutes of Health

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Saeideh Fallah-Fini, PhD

Collaborator, Systems Science Core
California State and Polytechnic University, Pomona

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Philippe J. Giabbanelli, PhD

Project Lead, Pilot Studies Core Round 8 Awardee
Northern Illinois University

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Leila Haidari, MPH

Collaborator, Systems Science Core
Public Health Applications Manager, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC)

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Annemarie Hirsch, PhD, MPH

Site Project Lead, Pennsylvania Project
Research Investigator, Geisinger Health System

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Deborah Young-Hyman, PhD, FTOS, CDE

Co-Char of the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity (NCCOR) Steering Committee
Health Scientist Administrator, National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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Shiriki K. Kumanyika, PhD, MPH

Consultant, Pilot Studies Core
Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

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Katie S. Martin, PhD

Project Lead, Pilot Studies Core Round 7 Awardee
University of Saint Joseph

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Dione Mercer, BS, BA

Project Manager, Pennsylvania Project
Project Manager, Geisinger Center for Health Research 

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Jungwon Min, PhD, MS

Co-Investigator, China Project
Research Scientist, School of Public Health and Health Professions University at Buffalo 

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Jacob Mowery, BA

Project Coordinator, Pennsylvania Project
Project Coordinator, Geisinger Center for Health Research 

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Jessica Jones-Smith, PhD, MPH, RD

Collaborator, Global Obesity Prevention Center
Associate Professor, University of Washington School of Public Health

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Betsy Anderson Steeves, PhD

Collaborator, Global Obesity Prevention Center
Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee

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Huijun Wang, MD

Co-Lead, China Project
Research Fellow, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention

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Liang Wang, MD, DrPH, MPH

Subcontract Principal Investigator, China Project
Assistant Professor, College of Public Health, East Tennessee State University

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Youfa Wang, MD, PhD, MS

Project Lead, China Project
Professor, Ball State University

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Joel S. Welling, PhD

Collaborator, Global Obesity Prevention Center
Senior Scientific Specialist, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center
Carnegie Mellon University

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Hong Xue, PhD, MS

Co-Investigator and Project Manager, China Project
Assistant Professor, Ball State University

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Qi (Harry) Zhang, PhD

Consultant, China Project
Associate Professor, Old Dominion University