Despedida, Dr. Dunstan
The Global Obesity Prevention Center (GOPC) wants to thank Jocelyn Dunstan, PhD, MSc, a former postdoctoral fellow in the Education and Training Program, for all of her hard work over the past year. The GOPC
also wants to congratulate Dr. Dunstan on her upcoming endeavor in Chile.
Dr. Dunstan came to the GOPC from the University of Cambridge where she studied Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. While studying at the University of Cambridge, Dr. Dunstan attended seminars hosted by the Center for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR). This began to probe her interest in public health, particularly obesity prevention.
Shortly after earning her PhD in the fall of 2015, Dr. Dunstan joined the GOPC to receive training in methods and tools pertinent to systems science and obesity. Dr. Dunstan was able to apply her non-traditional approaches in mathematics and physics with GOPC’s methodology and framework to develop new approaches to obesity prevention and control. Dr. Dunstan said one of her most memorable moments while at the GOPC was when she realized that she “wasn’t a typical physicist anymore.” Although her interest in public health was somewhat off the beaten path compared to her colleagues, Dr. Dunstan knew she was where she wanted to be.
Dr. Dunstan will continue her passion in public health practice and policy as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chile’s School of Public Health. She will be part of the Pharmaeconomy and Health Economy Unit and will use systems science tools and approaches learned at the GOPC to measure the long term effects of reduced calories due to sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) taxation. Dr. Dunstan stated, “We will calculate the obesity prevalence in Chile over the next few years under different scenarios of consumption of SSB.”
The GOPC is grateful for all of Dr. Dunstan’s hard work during her time with the Education and Training Program and wish nothing but the best for her
future venture in Chile.