Sugar, Stress, Environment, and Weight Initiative

About Us

We are a collaborative group of cross-UC campus research scientists, California policy makers, and local Bay Area community leaders who aim to reduce the prevalence and adverse consequences of obesity and included related metabolic diseases and disorders. Our focus is on the role of social disadvantage, sugar, and stress on diet and obesity. We also aim to aid in the development of public policies that will reduce obesity.

Please see "Past Events" link to see our COAST/SSEW Symposia

 

Leadership

Photograph of Elissa Epel

Elissa Epel, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
University of California, San Francisco


Laura Schmidt, PhD, MSW, MPH
Professor, Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies
Department of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine
University of California, San Francisco 

For straight facts about sugar and health, see Dr. Schmidt’s SUGAR SCIENCE site


Advisory Board

Nancy Adler, PhD
Lisa and John Pritzker Professor of Medical Psychology
Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics
Director, Center for Health and Community
University of California, San Francisco


Claire Brindis, DrPH
Professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy
Departments of Pediatrics and Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Health Sciences
University of California, San Francisco


Staff

Samantha Schilf

Executive Director, SSEW Initiative
University of California, San Francisco


Alison Hartman

Assistant Executive Director, SSEW Initiative
University of California, San Francisco


Site Principal Investigators

Kerri Boutelle, PhD
Psychological Services and Training Director
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry
University of California, San Diego


Nicholas V. DiPatrizio, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences
University of California, Irvine


Peter Havel, PhD (Co-PI)
Professor, Departments of Molecular Biosciences and Nutrition
University of California, Davis


Barbara Laraia, PhD, MPH, RD

Associate Professor, Community Health and Human Development
Director, Public Health Nutrition
School of Public Health
University of California, Berkeley

Kimber Stanhope, PhD (Co-PI)
Associate Project Scientist, Department of Molecular Biosciences
University of California, Davis


Janet Tomiyama, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
University of California, Los Angeles


Pathik Wadhwa, MD, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, and Epidemiology
School of Medicine
University of California, Irvine


Faculty & Researchers

Suneil Koliwad, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of California, San Francisco


Patricia Crawford, DrPH, RD
Director, Dr. Robert C. and Veronica Atkins Center for Weight & Health
Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health & Department of Nutritional Sciences & Toxicology
University of California, Berkeley


David Faigman, JD
John F. Digardi Distinguished Professor of Law
Associate Dean, UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science, & Health Policy
University of California, Hastings College of Law


Gerold Grodsky, PhD, JAB
Professor, Diabetes Center
School of Medicine
University of California, San Francisco


Rick Hecht, MD
Professor of Medicine
University of California, San Francisco


Kevin Laugero, PhD
Associate Adjunct Professor
Department of Nutrition
University of California, Davis


Cindy Leung, ScD, MPH
Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for Health & Community
University of California, San Francisco


Robert Lustig, MD
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Division of Endocrinology
Director, Weight Assessment for Teen & Child Health (WATCH) Program 
University of California, San Francisco


Ashley Mason, PhD
Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
University of California, San Francisco


Dieter Meyerhoff, PhD
Professor, Department of Radiology
School of Medicine
University of California, San Francisco


Lorrene Ritchie, PhD, MS, RD
Director of Research, Dr. Robert C. and Veronica Atkins Center for Weight & Health
University of California, Berkeley


Marilyn S. Townsend, PhD, RD
Department of Nutrition
University of California, Davis


Janet Wojcicki, PhD, MPH
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
University of California, San Francisco