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Anne N. Thorndike, MD, MPH

Massachusetts General Hospital

Massachusetts General Hospital
Phone: (617) 724-4608
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Anne N. Thorndike, MD, MPH

Massachusetts General Hospital

EDUCATIONAL TITLES

  • Assistant Professor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School

DF/HCC PROGRAM AFFILIATION

Research Abstract

My research focus is on individual and population-level behavioral interventions to prevent disease. Although my early research focused on smoking cessation, my focus over the past few years has been in promoting exercise and nutrition in worksite and community settings. I have tested novel interventions in worksite cafeteria and community grocery environments to promote healthy food choices. Much of this work has utilized behavioral economics strategies, such as choice architecture, social norms, and financial incentives. Building on the success of strategies to promote healthy eating behaviors in the worksite setting, I have conducted pilot studies in the community setting to test similar types of interventions in corner stores and supermarkets to address disparities in obesity and healthy eating in low-income and minority populations.

Publications

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  • Gardner CD, Whitsel LP, Thorndike AN, Marrow MW, Otten JJ, Foster GD, Carson JA, Johnson RK. Food-and-beverage environment and procurement policies for healthier work environments. Nutr. Rev. 2014; 72:390-410. PubMed
  • Thorndike AN, Riis J, Sonnenberg LM, Levy DE. Traffic-light labels and choice architecture: promoting healthy food choices. Am J Prev Med 2014; 46:143-9. PubMed
  • Sonnenberg L, Gelsomin E, Levy DE, Riis J, Barraclough S, Thorndike AN. A traffic light food labeling intervention increases consumer awareness of health and healthy choices at the point-of-purchase. Prev Med 2013; 57:253-7. PubMed
  • Levy DE, Riis J, Sonnenberg LM, Barraclough SJ, Thorndike AN. Food choices of minority and low-income employees: a cafeteria intervention. Am J Prev Med 2012; 43:240-8. PubMed
  • Thorndike AN, Rigotti NA. A tragic triad: coronary artery disease, nicotine addiction, and depression. Curr. Opin. Cardiol. 2009; 24:447-53. PubMed
  • Thorndike AN, Regan S, McKool K, Pasternak RC, Swartz S, Torres-Finnerty N, Rigotti NA. Depressive symptoms and smoking cessation after hospitalization for cardiovascular disease. Arch Intern Med 2008; 168:186-91. PubMed
  • Levy DE, Thorndike AN, Biener L, Rigotti NA. Use of nicotine replacement therapy to reduce or delay smoking but not to quit: prevalence and association with subsequent cessation efforts. Tob Control 2007; 16:384-9. PubMed
  • Thorndike AN, Regan S, Rigotti NA. The treatment of smoking by US physicians during ambulatory visits: 1994 2003. Am J Public Health 2007; 97:1878-83. PubMed
  • Thorndike AN, Biener L, Rigotti NA. Effect on smoking cessation of switching nicotine replacement therapy to over-the-counter status. Am J Public Health 2002; 92:437-42. PubMed