Dr. Andrew Rundle is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology in the Mailman School of Public Health. His research focuses on the determinants of sedentary lifestyles and obesity and the health related consequences of these conditions.
He heads the Childhood Obesity Research Project within the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health. His work within the Children’s Center focuses on the role of prenatal and early life exposures to pollutants (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, Bisphenol A and phthalates) as risk factors for childhood obesity. Within the Center he is currently studying the links between prenatal PAH exposures, the development of emotional self-regulation from childhood into adolescence and obesity risk, hedonic eating and lower engagement in physical activity.
Dr. Rundle also Co-directs the Built Environment and Health Research Group, a trans-disciplinary team of researchers studying how neighborhood built and social environments influence diet, physical activity and, in turn, obesity risk. His work on neighborhood level effects has been used as part of the scientific rationale for the New York City ‘Active Design Guidelines’ and for the Mayor’s Food Policy Task Force’s ‘Food Retail Expansion to Support Health’ (FRESH) initiative.
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