Job Godino

Research Associate at University of California San Diego

Research Associate, Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, UC San Diego

Job Godino is a Research Associate in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at UC San Diego. He was formerly a PhD student at the University of Cambridge, investigating the roles of risk perception and health risk communication in the prevention of type 2 diabetes, obesity, and related metabolic disorders. In 2007, he graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Biological Anthropology from the Honours Program at Temple University. While an undergraduate, he was a Diamond Research Scholar and contributed to an NIH-funded study examining the effect of dexamethasone on the in vivo expression of the bcl-2 family of genes in ovarian tissue. He also spent a year as a Gilman Scholar in Costa Rica, where he studied human development and environmental sustainability. In 2009, Job completed an MS in Epidemiology at Temple University. During his master’s studies, he held a Graduate Research Assistantship in the Social and Behavioural Health Interventions lab and worked on several NIH-funded projects aimed at improving the health of vulnerable populations. His master’s thesis examines the association between misperception of healthy weight and obesity among black men and informs interventions targeting psychological and behavioural factors related to obesity in minority male populations.

Job’s research examined the effect of communicating genetic risk information for type 2 diabetes on engagement in risk-reducing health behaviours (i.e., diet and physical activity). Additionally, he is interested in assessing the cognitive and emotional responses to this information. His research utilizes health behaviour theory (e.g., the common-sense model of self-regulation of health and illness) to guide both the development and evaluation of risk communication interventions.

Job is a member of the US Society of Behavioural Medicine and the American Public Health Association.