Dorothy Chiu, PhD
- TRIM Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Osher Center for Integrative Health
- Interrelations between diet/nutrition and mental/physical health and well-being, particularly under conditions of stress
- Integrated interventions, especially targeting critical life stages and vulnerable/underserved populations
- Mental health/well-being, cognitive health and development
- Social determinants of health, health equity, and cultural competence/humility
Experience and Current Work
Dr. Chiu is a public health researcher primarily interested in the intersection of diet and stress. Prior to joining the Osher Center as a TRIM Fellow, Dr. Chiu was a Postdoctoral Scholar at UC Berkeley School of Public Health where she worked on the California follow-up of the NHLBI Growth and Health Study (NGHS), and was also an affiliate of the Dieting, Stress, and Health (DiSH) Lab of UCLA. During this time, her work touched on adverse childhood experiences, depression, racial/ethnic nuances in BMI, epigenetic aging, type 2 diabetes, and hyperpalatable and comfort foods.
Dr. Chiu completed her doctoral studies in public health nutrition and mental health at the Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health where she examined associations between diet quality, socioemotional development, and academic performance in early adolescence, paying special attention to moderation of these relations by household poverty and child weight status. Additionally, she completed her MSPH at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health in public health informatics where she focused on how cultural and business practices may impact infectious disease surveillance. Her professional experiences have ranged from obesity intervention and research consulting to community health clinic work and international, federal, and city public health efforts.
Education and Training
Postdoctoral Scholar, UC Berkeley
CPH, National Board of Public Health Examiners
PhD, International Health - Human Nutrition, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
MSPH, Public Health Informatics, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health
BS Biology, BA Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism, Case Western Reserve University