Christina Mignano

Graduate Student, Allied Health Sciences (Affiliate)


Research Overview

I have a longstanding interest in behaviors and factors influencing overweight/obesity, particularly emotional characteristics including stress and emotional eating. This interest has lead me to become a Registered Dietitian and to pursue a Masters degree in Health Promotion Sciences. Currently I work under the guidance of Dr. Pouran Faghri within the Center for Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace (CPH-NEW), a NIOSH Center for Excellence. As part of this team I assist in a participatory research approach to involve correctional institution employees in gathering health related data and planning/implementing interventions related to workplace health promotion (WHP) and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS). One intervention coming from this approach is a weight loss/weight management facilitated by myself, serving as the nutrition expert.

In addition, I have taken numerous statistics courses and worked under the guidance of Dr. Heudo-Medina in order to learn advance statistical tools. I am interested in analyzing CPH-NEW collected on nursing and correctional employees in order to assess factors related to overweight/obesity in these high stress populations. A proposal for such a project will be submitted for the InCHIP Seed Grants for Obesity Research (2013-2014).

Education

Bachelors of Science in Dietetics (Department of Allied Health Sciences), (2012), University of Connecticut, Storrs

Featured Publications

Faghri P, Mignano C (2013) Overweight and Obesity in High Stress Workplaces. J Nutr Disorders Ther 3: e110. doi:10.4172/2161-0509.1000e110

Contact Information
Emailchristina.mignano@uconn.edu
Mailing AddressDepartment of Allied Health Sciences
358 Mansfield Road, Unit 1101
Storrs, CT 06269-1101