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Courtney Choy, MPH, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow; Fogarty Global Health Equity Postdoctoral Fellow of Epidemiology, Chronic Disease Epidemiology

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Courtney Choy, MPH, PhD

Biography

Dr. Courtney Choy is a postdoctoral fellow in Chronic Disease Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health. In Samoa, Courtney Choy serves as a Fogarty Global Health Scholar at the Ministry of Health, where she is co-leading the fourth wave of data collection for the Ola Tuputupua’e study and supporting research efforts of the Obesity Lifestyle and Genetic Adaptation (OLaGA) group. She will also be involved in research on the influence of school environments on modifiable risk factors, body size, and cardiometabolic disease markers among children in Samoa. This work is an extension of her six years of experience in Samoa, starting from her Yale MPH summer research, 2016-2017 Fulbright Research Fellowship, and to 2019-2020 National Institute of Health Predoctoral fellowships (F31 Ruth Kirschstein National Research Service Award and Fogarty Global Health Scholar Program). Dr. Choy's current research focuses broadly on child growth and development, cardiometabolic disease, Asian-Pacific Islander population health, the application of longitudinal and multilevel data analyses, and life course epidemiology. Her mentors are Dr. Nicola Hawley in the US and Leausa S.T. Dr. Take Naseri in Samoa.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    Brown University, Epidemiology (2021)
  • MPH
    Yale School of Public Health, Chronic Disease Epidemiology (2016)
  • BS
    Georgetown University, Biology of Global Health (2014)

Activities

  • Ola Tuputupua'e (Growing Up) in Samoa Study
    Apia, Samoa 2015
    Longitudinal cohort study of child health and development in Samoa now planning for its fourth wave of bi-annual data collection.