Diane Gibson, Associate Professor with the School of Public Affairs and Director of the New York Census Research Data Center at Baruch College, is available to comment on a variety of topics pertaining to obesity and public health. Her research focuses on:
— The relationship between welfare programs and obesity-related outcomes
— Links between the neighborhood food environment and weight-related outcomes
— Public health implications of the increasing number of people with eye diseases
Professor Gibson’s research on the link between obesity and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly the food stamp program) was included in a fall 2011 “Room for Debate” piece in The New York Times. She has also been published in the American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Nutrition, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, and Journal of Urban Economics.
Professor Gibson has served as member of an Expert Panel on Obesity, Poverty and Food Assistance Programs for the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She’s also a member of the Policy and Research Committee of the Food Bank for New York City, the Association for Public Policy and Management, and the American Economic Association.
Professor Gibson earned a BS in Economics and International Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MA and a PhD, both in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.