Dr. Sara Folta

Dissertation title:

Dietary Behaviors and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors in Indonesia in the Context of Nutrition Transition and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Research/teaching interests:

Behavior Change Communication, Dietary Patterns, CVD Risk Factors, LMICs, Mixed Methods

Oyedolapo (Dolapo) Anyanwu is a PhD candidate at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, in the Nutrition Interventions Communication & Behavior Change program, having obtained her MS from the same school and program track. Prior to her current studies at Tufts, Dolapo earned her BA in Psychology (Summa Cum Laude) from Gordon College in 2015. Her current research focus is directed at understanding the systemic drivers of health behaviors and their links to risk factors for chronic disease conditions among under-represented populations in research. To this end, she employs a mixed methods approach to investigate the relationship between diets and disease risk factors among adults, following a socio-ecological model. Her research draws tools from epidemiology, public health, food and nutrition policy, and behavior change theories. Her research methods incorporate multi-level modeling, deductive and inductive content analysis, and community-based research approaches.