Dr. Tina Bhargava, new assistantprofessor of social and behavioral sciences, will have primary responsibility for the Prevention and Control of Diseases course and also will be assisting with development of undergraduate competencies and learning outcomes. She comes to the college from theUniversity of Pittsburgh, where she has just completed her doctoral degree in behavioral and community health sciences. Bhargava holds bachelor’s and master’sdegrees fromStanford Universityin human biology and curriculum development, respectively. She grew up in Kent, and her parents are emeriti professors of mathematics at the university. Prior to pursuing her doctoral degree, Bhargava worked as community health coordinator forRobinson Memorial Hospital. For the past five years, she has been part of a research team studying the effectiveness of implementing an online version of the evidence-basedDiabetes Prevention Program. Her research interests include investigating cognitive limitations that make it difficult for people to change health behaviors and exploring how interventions and the environment can be altered to decrease the high cognitive demands of changing unhealthy behaviors. “There’s little research on what is reasonable for the brain to handle from a public health perspective,” she says.
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