The Community Health Interventions Lab at the University at Buffalo is recruiting a postdoctoral associate to conduct healthy food retail research in community settings. The postdoc will be supervised by Dr. Lucia Leone, a faculty member in the Department of Community Health and Health Behavior in the UB School of Public Health and Health Professions. Dr. Leone directs the Community Health Interventions Lab (CHIL; http://www.ubchilab.com) and has a background in nutrition interventions and policy, cancer prevention and health behavior. The CHIL team is comprised of a diverse team of staff, doctoral, masters and undergraduate students, working on research and programming to increase access to healthy food in lower-income and underserved communities. Many of the team’s projects focus on partnering with community and food retail partners (mobile markets, corner stores, restaurants) and applying evidence-based strategies.
The postdoc will contribute to the current Veggie Van study led by Dr. Leone, a cluster-randomized trial, in which evidence-based strategies are being used to help partners start or expand mobile market programs. Specifically, the postdoc will work with our team to implement a new fruit and vegetable incentive program for lower-income seniors and lead collection and analysis of mobile market purchasing data. We manage a portal that will be used to aggregate purchasing data from mobile markets across the country. The portal is used to evaluate our current programs and portal data has the potential to inform future research and policy. A portion of the postdoc’s time will be allocated toward professional development activities such as conference presentation, manuscript preparation and independent pilot research. The postdoc will also have the opportunity to get involved in other lab research related to healthy food retail and physical activity. The postdoc will interact with other faculty in the School of Public Health and Health Professions, the Center for Ingestive Behavior Research, the Jacobs School of Medicine and the School of Architecture and Planning.