Comparative Modeling Network


Seven newly formed systems modeling projects, including agent-based modeling, system dynamic modeling, Markov modeling , and micro-simulation, funded jointly by the NICHD, OBSSR, and RWJF

Team 1
Project Title
Combined-Survey Estimation and Markov-Chain Simulation of Childhood Obesity

Principal Investigator
Laurette Dubé, PhD
Founding Chair and Scientific Director,
The McGill World Platform for Health and Economic Convergence
McGill University

Team 2
Project Title
Multi-level Modular Agent-Based Computational Modeling of Childhood Obesity

Principal Investigator
Dr. Michael S. Rendall
Senior Social Scientist and Director of the Population Research Center
RAND Corporation

Team 3
Project Title
Modeling Obesity through Simulation (MOTS)

Principal Investigator
David A. Shoham, PhD MSPH
Assistant Professor,
Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology
Loyola University Chicago

Amy Luke, PhD
Associate Professor,
Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology
Loyola University Chicago

Team 4
Project Title
A System Dynamics Approach to Modeling Obesity Trends and Analyzing Alternative Interventions

Principal Investigator
Hazhir Rahmandad, PhD
Assistant Professor,
Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Virginia Tech

Alice Ammerman, DrPH
Department of Nutrition
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Team 5
Project Title
Social Determinants of Childhood Obesity System Dynamics Model

Principal Investigator
Laura Brennan, Ph.D., MPH
President and CEO
Transtria LLC

Peter Hovmand, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Washington University in St. Louis

Team 6
Project Title
Monitoring and Evaluating Policy and Environmental Interventions to Halt and Reverse the Childhood Obesity Epidemic in the United States

Principal Investigator
Steve Gortmaker, PhD
Professor of the Practice of Health Sociology
Harvard School of Public Health

Team 7
Project Title
Causes and Interventions for Childhood Obesity: Innovative Systems Analysis (9/2010 to 9/2014)

Principal Investigator
Youfa Wang, MD, MS, PhD
Associate Professor of International Health and Epidemiology
Center for Human Nutrition
Department of International Health
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHBSPH)