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Alison E. Field; Sc.D, B.A.

Dr. Field is currently an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, a Staff Scientist at Children's Hospital Boston, and a Associate Epidemiologist with the Department of Medicine at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA. Her research focuses on the causes, correlates, consequences, and course of overweight and disordered eating among children, adolescents, and adult women. The majority of Dr. Field's research is based on the approximately 116,000 adult women in the Nurses' Health Study II and 16,000 of their children who comprise the Growing Up Today Study. As part of her career development award from NIH, she assessed the consequences and correlates of weight cycling among women in the Nurses' Health Study II. Dr. Field is a co-founder of the Growing Up Today Study, which was established in 1996 to assess the predictors of dietary intake, activity, and weight gain during a four year period. She is a principal investigator on the NIH grant to continue following the Growing Up Today Study cohort from 2001 to 2006 to investigate determinants of binge eating, purging (i.e., use of vomiting or laxatives) and eating disorders of at least subsyndromal severity. She is particularly interested in assessing the role of peer, parent, and media influence on the development of weight control practices, bulimic-behaviors, and eating disorders. In addition, she is the principal investigator of a NIH grant to study the prospective relationship between weight control behaviors and weight change among the multiethnic adolescents and young adults in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. Dr. Field holds a Sc.D. degree from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a B.A. degree from the University of California at Berkeley. She has co-authored and co-published many studies, articles, and papers regarding weight and eating disorder issues including: Field AE, Cheung L, Wolf AM, Herzog DB, Gortmaker SL, Colditz GA. Exposure to the mass media and weight concerns among girls. Pediatrics 1999;103(3):E36; Field AE, Austin SB, Taylor CB, Malspeis S, Rosner B, Rockett HR, Gillman MW, Colditz GA. The relation between dieting and weight change among preadolescents and adolescents. Pediatrics 2003;112:900-906; and Field AE, Camargo CA, Taylor CB, Berkey CS, Colditz GA. Relation of peer and media influences to the development of purging behaviors among preadolescent and adolescent girls. Arch Ped Adol Med 1999;153:1184-89.


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