Adjunct Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences


Dr. Gans has over 29 years of experience in intervention development and evaluation research in community-based settings to improve eating habits and prevent obesity. The majority of her research has been with ethnic minority, low income and/or low literate populations. Currently she is developing and evaluating interventions to improve home, work childcare, school and neighborhood nutrition and physical activity environments and studying how these interventions interface with behavior change/educational interventions to enhance obesity prevention. Another emphasis of her research has been on innovative health communication technologies including theory-based tailored print and video interventions using computerized expert systems. Dr. Gans also conducts translational research to study the dissemination of effective nutrition and obesity prevention interventions to various community and clinical settings.

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