Kristine Madsen, Professor

Closed (1) Reducing obesity and sugary drink consumption: Policy, community, and economic approaches

Applications for Fall 2017 are now closed for this project.

Reducing consumption of soda and other sugar-sweetened beverage has become a national public health priority due to strong evidence that these products increase risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and dental caries. Dr. Kristine Madsen and Dr. Jennifer Falbe are evaluating public health approaches, such as "soda taxes" to reduce consumption of these beverages in the Bay Area.


We would like to take on several students for this current academic year to participate in the following research tasks:

-Task: Work in teams to collect dietary data in diverse communities in the Bay Area, including interviewing community residents about their diets through intercept surveys. We will reimburse for transportation costs for field work.
-Task: Collect beverage prices from grocery stores and corner stores in various cities in the Bay Area and interview store owners.
-Learning outcomes: First-hand experience conducting field research in the community, troubleshooting survey procedures, and collecting economic data.
-Task: Data entry and cleaning
-Learning outcomes: Direct experience in managing research data
-Contributing to public health and scientific knowledge on strategies for preventing obesity

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Nadia Rojas, MPH, Study Coordinator, Staff Researcher

Qualifications: Qualifications: 1) Must be available for at least two 4-hour weekday shifts between the times of 10am-6pm (required) 2) Comfort traveling to and speaking with residents in diverse communities (required) 3) Ability to work independently and as part of a team (required) 4) Reliability in completing assigned workload tasks on time (required) 5) Desirable but NOT required: Driver's License, Spanish-speaking Weekly Hours: 10-15 hrs

Weekly Hours: 9-12 hrs

Off-Campus Research Site: Research will be conducted both on and off campus (San Francisco, Oakland, Richmond, and San Jose). On-campus locations are in 2115 Milvia St and at University Hall.

Related website: http://sph.berkeley.edu/kristine-madsen
Related website: http://news.berkeley.edu/2016/08/23/sodadrinking/