Postdoctoral Research Associate
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Temitope Erinosho, PhD, is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). She received her Doctorate in Nutrition at New York University. Dr. Erinosho’s research interests are in the role nutrition and physical activity in obesity prevention, particularly in young children and families who are ethnic minorities and socioeconomically disadvantaged. During her doctoral training, Dr. Erinosho served as the project coordinator for two separate projects that examined nutrition and physical activity policies and practices of New York City childcare centers, and the dietary behaviors of children attending the centers. She recently completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship as a Cancer Research Training Award Fellow at the US National Cancer Institute. At UNC, Dr. Erinosho is further developing her skills in policy analysis and assessment of dietary behaviors of young children in childcare settings, under the mentorship of Dr. Dianne Ward. Dr. Erinosho was recently selected as an RWJF Healthy Eating Research New Connections grantee, and will be evaluating the quality of nutrition, physical activity, and screen time policies related to childhood obesity prevention in childcare centers in North Carolina.
This study will evaluate the quality of nutrition, physical activity and screen time policies in relation to observed practices, staff awareness of policies, and strategies for implementing and enforcing policies at childcare centers. Cross-sectional data will be collected from 50 childcare centers in North Carolina to: evaluate the presence/absence of nutrition, physical activity, and screen time policies related to childhood obesity prevention in childcare centers, and the extent to which formal policy statements address these practices; evaluate nutrition, physical activity and screen time practices in relation to center-level policies; and assess staff’s awareness of policies and center-level strategies for implementing and enforcing policies.
My New Connections Experience
My career goal is to seek a faculty position at a University conducting research, and teaching and mentoring students. I had the opportunity to attend the New Connections annual symposium and coaching clinic in 2010 (a year before I applied for the NC grant), and benefited immensely from the organized sessions, and interaction with grantees and other junior researchers. I applied for the New Connections grant because it provides a new researcher like me the opportunity to conduct research under the mentorship of more senior and accomplished colleagues, which is vital to the advancement of my career.
The role of nutrition and physical activity in obesity prevention particularly in young children and families who are ethnic minorities and socioeconomically disadvantaged.
- New Connections Status: Junior Investigator
- Award Year: 2011, Healthy Eating Research
- Project Name: Evaluating the quality of childcare nutrition, physical activity and screen time practices to inform policies to prevent childhood obesity