Jeanette Gustat, Faculty Co-Investigator

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Jeanette Gustat is an Associate Professor of Clinical Epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and is a co-investigator for the core project (2004-2009, 2009-2014 and 2014-2019 grant cycles) at the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC). Dr. Gustat holds degrees from the Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana in political science/English (BA); and from Tulane SPHTM in International Public Health (MPH) and Epidemiology (PhD). She began her career as a Project Administrator for the Bogalusa Heart Study and Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Tulane SPHTM. She is a member of the American Heart Association Council on Epidemiology and Prevention, Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism; the Safe Routes to School Statewide Advisory Board, and State Network member; a past member of the STEPS to a Healthier New Orleans Leadership team. She has been a reviewer for Annals of Epidemiology, Journal of Clinical Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine as well as for abstracts and grants for the CDC’s 2006 National Health Promotion Conference, Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education, CDC Special Emphasis Panel CD08-001, and the RWJF, Active Living Research Program, CRP Round 9. She was awarded the Young Faculty Research Award by the Southern Regional Meetings, American Federation for Medical Research/ Southern Society for Clinical Investigation in 2000, 2001, 2002. She is a member of Delta Omega, Eta Chapter (Public Health Honorary Society). Dr. Gustat is the Principal Investigator on the PRC’s core research project and was lead investigator on the past core project. Additionally, she has had research projects funded by the RWJF Active Living Research program, the CDC Specialized Interest Project (SIP) and the National Institute of Aging. She has also consulted on projects funded by the CDC and the RWJF to examine the relationships of parks to physical activity. Her research focuses on the relationship of physical activity and obesity to the built environment as well as to cardiovascular risk factor outcomes.

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Nutrition and Food Availability


Food Stamps, the Thrifty Food Plan, and meal preparation: the importance of the time dimension for US nutrition policy




Targeting obesity to reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes and other co-morbidities in African American youth: a review of the literature and recommendations for prevention

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Stepping Up to the Plate: Transforming School Food in New Orleans


Community Briefs


Schoolyard Project

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