Dr. Hennessy is a Research Assistant Professor at Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. She works with ChildObesity180 to advance their research and evaluation activities and scholarship. Her passion is working with at-risk communities to promote health through better nutrition and physical activity, and training the next generation of leaders and engaged citizens.
Prior to joining the Friedman Faculty, Dr. Hennessy was a Senior Behavioral Scientist at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health. In this role she provided scientific support and management to the Behavioral Research Program, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences. During her tenure, she led multiple research activities aimed to incorporate novel methodologies into behavioral research. Dr. Hennessy was a former recipient of NCI’s Cancer Prevention Fellowship Award, a postdoctoral training program. As a Cancer Prevention Fellow she received several NIH merit awards for her research and leadership.
Infrastructure and TransportationUnderstanding Community and Health Impacts of Complete Streets Policies
Springfield, Massachusetts is a mid-sized city with a large community of color population experiencing socioeconomic and health inequities. Historically there has been little infrastructure in Springfield to support active transportation and recreational walking and biking, so in 2015, Springfield City Council adopted a city-wide “Complete Streets” resolution.