Katie Giles is the Senior Manager of Research Projects at the Prevention Research Center on Nutrition and Physical Activity at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HPRC). The mission of the HPRC is to work with communities, community agencies, state and local government, and other partners to develop, implement, and evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of methodologies and interventions to improve nutrition and physical activity and reduce obesity and chronic disease risk among children, youth, and their families and to translate and disseminate this work at community, state and national levels to reduce and eliminate disparities in these outcomes.
Ms. Giles is also the Associate Director of Research Projects for CHOICES, a cost-effectiveness study of childhood obesity policies and programs. In her role on the CHOICES project, Ms. Giles manages the Learning Collaborative partnerships with state and local health agencies and the CHOICES national expert stakeholder group.
Ms. Giles’ key areas of interest include physical activity and nutrition policy and environmental change interventions, community based participatory approaches to public health change and development of sustainable, low cost tools and resources for communities and organizations to improve health.
Prior to coming to the Prevention Research Center, Ms. Giles worked for 5 years at the University of North Carolina School of Nursing on a multi-site randomized control trial with middle schools to prevent type 2 diabetes. Ms. Giles received her Master of Public Health degree in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health and her Bachelor’s at Pomona College.