PhD Candidate, Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR)
Tarra Penney is a PhD Candidate with the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR). Prior to this, she spent five years as a Research Associate with Applied Research Collaborations for Health, Dalhousie University, Canada, as well as a health research and evaluation consultant for the public sector, leading several projects for both federal and provincial departments and non-profit organizations.
Her research is in the area of chronic disease prevention through improved population level health behaviour. Specifically the role of combined structural and personal influences on healthy eating behaviour, and the application of this understanding to improved population health intervention strategies. Tarra has published in the area of obesogenic environments and the prevention and management of obesity. She has also completed a prestigious two year CIHR training fellowship in Population Intervention for Chronic Disease Prevention, a pan-Canadian program with the PROPEL Centre for Population Health Impact, where she received mentorship from leading Canadian researchers in the field