Janet Tomiyama

Dr. Janet Tomiyama is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Tomiyama’s research focuses on eating behavior, psychological stress, and cellular aging with focus on macro factors like socioeconomic status to micro factors like telomere shortening (a biomarker of age.)

Dr.Tomiyama’s expertise also lies in dieting and the potential negative psychological and biological consequences. Her research tests questions such as: Is “comfort food” really comforting? Is dieting stressful? Does stress age our immune system and, if so, how? Can calorie restriction reverse this type of aging? Who are our society’s most successful dieters, and what can we learn from them? Is stress to blame for racial disparities in obesity? What are the negative health consequences of experiencing weight stigma? 

Dr. Tomiyama has been featured in publications such as USA Today, the Chicago Tribune and BBC News, where she discussed stress hormones and their effects on dietingstress eating and African American girls and the relationship between dieting and longevity.


Assistant Professor of Psychology at University of California, Los Angeles

Areas of Expertise: Eating Behavior, Obesity, Dieting and Stress, Eating and Cellular Aging, Weight Stigma, Health Disparities in Stress and Weight, Behavioral Economics and Healthier Eating

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Contact Info:

*Best time to contact: Late morning or early afternoon, PST

Phone: (310) 206-6875

Email: tomiyama@psych.ucla.edu

Speaking for UC San Francisco:

The CRONA Study: How Calorie Restriction Affects Aging and Health

Raynard Kington

Dr. Raynard Kington (RAY-nard) has been the president of Grinnell College since 2010. With an MBA and Ph.D. in Health Policy and Economics, Kington’s research interests are in “socioeconomics and race and how they impact health and health care.”

Dr. Kington holds a Bachelor of Science and an M.D. from the University of Michigan. His medical background led him to work for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) before going to Grinnell.

He served in a variety of roles including Principal Deputy Director, Acting Director, and Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research. He also served as a division director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as a senior scientist at the RAND Corporation, and as a visiting assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins.

In 2009, Kington received the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service, which is the highest-level honor award in the department. He has been featured on NPR and in the New York Times.
President of Grinnell College

Areas of Expertise: Health Policy, Socioeconomics and Race, Economics, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Health and Nutrition, Medicine (General, Internal, and Geriatric), Higher Education

Location: Grinnell, IA

Contact Info:

Contact Debra Lukehart, vice president for communications at Grinnell
Email: communications@grinnell.edu
Phone: (641) 269-3400

Heard on NPR: For a complete list, click here.

Tell Me More: Blacks At Disadvantage In Winning Research Grants

Speaking about health disparities at the Chicago Humanities Festival: 

Last updated July 2017