Dr. Kirsten Davison is an Adjunct Professor of Nutrition and the Program Director of the Public Health Nutrition doctoral program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Davison’s research focuses on family- and community-level factors that influence children’s lifestyle behaviors and risk of obesity. More recently, her work has focused on the development and evaluation of family-centered interventions for obesity prevention in low-income children, including children enrolled in WIC and Head Start. A primary emphasis of her research is the need to consider the family unit as a whole and address factors beyond the family that impact intrafamilial interactions around healthy lifestyles, while a second focus is the development and application of conceptual models that foster a stronger understanding of the contextual, developmental and behavioral origins of obesity in children and adolescents.
Dr. Davison holds a PhD and MS from Pennsylvania State University.