||Annie Thomas completed her Ph.D from Chaudhary Charan Singh University, India and currently working as Assistant Professor at Loyola University Chicago, USA. Before relocating to Chicago, A. Thomas assumed faculty position at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, USA for about 5 years. Obesity is a critical health concern facing children and adolescents world-wide. Prevalence of metabolic syndrome and associated risk factors are reported to be high in Asian Indians living in the United States. Given that most obese adolescents become obese adults, it is critical that prevention of overweight be initiated prior to adulthood.
Annie’s current research focus is to understand the obesity prevention behaviors among Asian Indian adolescents in the US and to institute obesity/overweight intervention strategies in reducing the risk factors for type 2 diabetes and Coronary Heart Disease in later life. Her other research interests include Type 2 diabetes risk assessment and preventative measures among Asian Indian adults; immigrant health; cross cultural studies; knowledge related to risk factors of Coronary Heart Disease and preventative measures among adolescents; dissemination and utilization gap of research in India and addressing the barriers.
Annie Thomas has mentored many students in completing the research projects and research presentations in the US and abroad. She is also a reviewer of books, manuscripts and abstracts for various publishing companies/organizations. She has presented many papers on various topics at the national and international level. Dr. Thomas’s service experiences include participation in the service learning community projects, both, in India and the US. She actively participates in the research & practice committee, admission-progression retention committee, and undergraduate curriculum committee among other administrative commitments.