Andrea López-Cepero

Andrea is a postdoctoral fellow in the Nutrition Department at Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health. She graduated with a BS in Cellular Molecular Biology from the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras and a master’s in Health Sciences and nutrition from the University of Puerto Rico-Medical Sciences Campus, where she evaluated diet quality between Puerto Ricans residing in the Island and in Massachusetts. She earned her PhD in Clinical and Population Health research from UMass Medical School. Her doctoral work focused in understanding how psychosocial stress is associated with specific stress-eating behaviors in U.S. Latinos, as well as to how stress relates to physiological dysregulation in Puerto Ricans.

Andrea is interested in understanding behavioral factors that may contribute to the observed Latino health disparities. As a postdoctoral fellow, she aims to expand her research program to further understand how different stressors impact dietary intake and stress-eating behaviors in Latinos, and how these associations may increase risk of cardiometabolic conditions in Latinos.