Dr. Sean B. Cash

Dissertation title:

Using Gamified Nudges in Digital Settings to Influence Dietary Choice: Evidence from Vietnam and the United States of America

Research/teaching interests:

Food and nutrition policy, behavior economics, epidemiology, dietary quality, impact evaluation, randomized controlled trials

Bianca Braga is an economist with extensive experience in quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis. She has worked for the Brazilian government, for international organizations, non-profits, and research institutions in developing and developed countries. As a research assistant, she organized the primary data and presentations for the Brazilian Agricultural Census, calculated the costs of obesity in Brazil, examined the association between ultra-processed food consumption, obesity and its comorbidities, between others. Bianca is now a PhD candidate at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, a Friedman Nutrition and Citizenship Fellow and a consultant for the International Food Policy Research Institute. Her dissertation concerns food choices, dietary quality, gamification and technology in the US and Vietnam. She hopes that it will illuminate the regulation of online grocery shopping in the US, improve the quality of dietary data collection and enhance the dietary quality of adolescents in low- and middle-income countries. The preliminary results are promising.