Rebecca Boehm, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity (Affiliate)


Research Overview

Rebecca Boehm is a University Postdoctoral Fellow jointly appointed at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity and the Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy at the University of Connecticut. Her research focuses on the linkages between diets, nutrition, and environmental sustainability. This includes an interest in how public policy can be used to increase demand for nutritionally superior, affordable, and environmentally sustainable diets. At the Rudd Center Rebecca will be evaluating programs and policies designed to reduce the purchase and consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. She will also be working on a project to assess the nutritional quality of foods on offer in the emergency food system. In her dual appointment with the Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy Rebecca will conduct research on the greenhouse gas emissions caused by food demand in the U.S. and evaluate how a carbon tax may reduce emissions from food spending. She will also be working on a report to quantify the economic value of Connecticut’s agricultural sector.

In addition to her research experiences Rebecca spent several years in the Boston metropolitan area of Massachusetts addressing issues related to food access and the nutritional quality of food served in public schools. She received her Ph.D. from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in 2016.

Education

Ph.D., Tufts University, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Boston, MA, 2016
M.S., Tufts University, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Boston, MA, 2012
B.A., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 2005

Featured Publications

Boehm, R., Cash, S.B., Anderson, B.A., Ahmed, S., Griffin, T.S., Robbat, Jr., A., Stepp,
J.R.; Han, W., Hazel, M., Orians, C.M. “Association between Empirically
Estimated Monsoon Dynamics and other Weather Factors and Historical Tea
Yields in China: Results from a Yield Response Model”, Climate special issue on
Food, Crops, and Diets. Accepted March 25, 2016. Available online at:
http://www.mdpi.com/2225-1154/4/2/20/html

Boehm, R., Cash, S.B., Dresser, L. “Food System Economics” in Introduction to the U.S.
Food System: Public Health, Environment, and Equity, edited by Roni Neff, John
Wiley & Sons, Inc., Baltimore, MD, July 2014

Contact Information
Emailrebecca.boehm@uconn.edu
Phone860.380.1013
Mailing AddressUniversity of Connecticut
One Constitution Plaza
Suite 600
Hartford, CT 06103