Acting Assistant Professor, Department of Health Services, University of Washington School of Public Health
University of Washington
CSDE Research Areas:
- Health of People and Populations
- Wellbeing of Families and Households
In the News:
- Melissa Knox, Jessica Jones-Smith, and Vanessa Oddo Analyze Public Perception of Seattle’s Soda Tax (6/29/2019)
Vanessa Oddo is an obesity epidemiologist whose main line of research investigates the role of employment status and working conditions on obesity risk using her interdisciplinary training in nutrition science, public health, epidemiology and econometrics. Of her 25 manuscripts (23 published, 2 under review, 14 first author), 8 manuscripts explore employment-health relationships. Specifically, her prior work has investigated the association between community-level unemployment during the Great Recession on overweight/obesity risk among children and in utero in the U.S. and the association between maternal employment and maternal and child overweight in low- and middle-income countries. Funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (K99/R00) she has recently extended this line of research by investigating the role of precarious working conditions on chronic disease-related health.