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Published in This Week on May 06, 2013

Pediatrics faculty welcome Gamble

Gamble_AbigailDr. Abigail Gamble, a childhood obesity investigator, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in pediatrics. She will be working in the Office of Rural Health and Health Disparities under the direction of Dr. Bettina Beech.

After receiving a B.A. in elementary education and American studies from Rowan University in 2003, Gamble earned an M.S. in health promotion in 2007 and a Ph.D. in health and kinesiology in 2011 from the University of Mississippi. Her dissertation project was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which has since received supplemental funding from the foundation to translate the project findings to policy action aimed to increase children's in-school physical activity time and decrease childhood obesity in Mississippi.

Gamble has served with the Mississippi State Department of Health as the evaluation lead for the Mississippi Delta Health Collaborative, an initiative to reduce morbidity and mortality associated with cardiovascular disease and stroke in the Mississippi Delta Region.

The coauthor of more than 20 peer-reviewed national presentations, Gamble is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Sports Medicine and the American Public Health Association.

She has served as a manuscript reviewer for the Annals of Behavioral Medicine and the Journal of Rural Health. In January, she was named to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's 2012 Top 20 Most Influential Articles in Research list.

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