Conklin, Annalijn

Annalijn Conklin, PhD

Dr. Annalijn Conklin is a former CIHR postdoctoral fellow at UCLA’s WORLD Policy Analysis Center, following the completion of her PhD in medical sciences from the University of Cambridge, where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar at the Centre for Diet and Activity Research in the Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unit. Her dissertation examined the relative contribution and interrelations of socioeconomic status, financial hardship and social ties in determining healthy eating and weight status, with a focus on gender-specific effects.

Prior to completing her doctoral degree, Dr. Conklin worked for four years as a policy analyst at RAND Europe in Cambridge, UK, a not-for-profit research organization. There, she contributed to 28 collaborative projects and was the administrative coordinator for a European project with 10 partners in seven countries on developing and validating disease management evaluation methods and metrics. She also holds degrees from the University of Toronto (BSc with Honours), University of Edinburgh (Research MSc) and Columbia University of New York City (MPH).

Dr. Conklin’s current research is focused on the social determinants of chronic conditions, with a strong policy interest in better designing and evaluating interventions to prevent and manage chronic conditions. In particular, her work uses existing survey data to examine the wider social-level factors that influence nutrition-related behaviours and outcomes among adult populations. Dr. Conklin uses novel approaches to assess how social and economic factors predict individual variation in diet and weight status, and also how wider determinants may interact with one another and with intermediary determinants.


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