NCCOR External Scientific Panel

The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) has external advisers to enhance its programs and areas of expertise. Begun in 2012, the NCCOR External Scientific Panel (NESP) advises NCCOR on its future direction and provides guidance on specific projects or emerging work.

The Panel serves as a valuable liaison between NCCOR and the extramural community, informing the Collaborative on new science and ideas and on connections to extramural research, practice, and policy. Further, it contributes to the ongoing refinement of NCCOR’s strategic plan, including helping to establish key performance indicators and other metrics associated with evaluating the impact of the Collaborative.

As part of its strategic planning efforts, NCCOR asked NESP members to provide input on how NCCOR can best accelerate progress in reducing childhood obesity. In its first two years, NESP worked to identify and hone recommendations or priority areas for impactful projects that NCCOR might undertake. Options for activities within each recommendation were presented to the NCCOR membership in fall 2013.

In 2014, through in-person brainstorming sessions and preparatory and follow-up work, NESP will help NCCOR think through projects the Collaborative can undertake through strategic alliances it forms with partners. All along, the Panel and NCCOR member liaisons to NESP ensure that work generated adheres to several guiding principles. As projects or initiatives are developed, it is critical to:

  • Leverage existing efforts and avoid duplication
  • Ensure that disparities are addressed in a concrete way
  • Incorporate training and tools, as appropriate
  • Leverage opportunities to bring in other sectors (education, transportation, environmental sustainability, etc.)

NESP is comprised of experts from a range of disciplines relevant to childhood obesity, and panel members were nominated and selected by the NCCOR funders because their respective expertise aligns with one or more of NCCOR’s goals.

NESP Members


Brownson

Ross C. Brownson, PhD

Professor of Epidemiology
Director
Prevention Research Center
Washington University in St. Louis


John Cawley

John Cawley, PhD

Professor
Department of Policy Analysis and Management
Department of Economics
Co-Director
Institute on Health Economics, Health Behaviors and Disparities
Cornell University


Frank Chaloupka, Ph.D.

Frank J. Chaloupka, PhD

Distinguished Professor of Economics
Distinguished Professor of Economics and Policy
University of Illinois at Chicago


Terry Huang, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Terry Huang, PhD, MPH

Professor
City University of New York (CUNY) School of Public Health


Shiriki Kumanyika, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPH

Professor of Epidemiology
Associate Dean for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania


Amelie G. Ramirez, Dr.P.H.

Amelie G. Ramirez, DrPH

Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Founding Director
Institute for Health Promotion Research
 (IHPR)


Thomas N. Robinson, MD, MPH

Thomas N. Robinson, MD, MPH

Irving Schulman, MD Endowed Professor in Child Health
Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine
Stanford Prevention Research Center
Stanford University School of Medicine
Director of the Center for Healthy Weight
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital


James F. Sallis, Ph.D.

James F. Sallis, PhD

Distinguished Professor
Department of Family and Preventive Medicine
University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
Director
Active Living Research (ALR)


Mary Story, Ph.D., R.D.

Mary Story, PhD, RD

Professor of Global Health and Community and Family Medicine
Duke University
Director
Healthy Eating Research (HER)


Elsie M. Taveras, MD, MPH

Elsie M. Taveras, MD, MPH

Chief of the Division of General Academic Pediatrics
Director of Pediatric Population Health Management Massachusetts General Hospital
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Population Medicine Harvard Medical School