Julia Wolfson, MPP, is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Department of Health Policy and Management. Julia’s research interests lie broadly in exploring policies, programs and environmental factors that influence consumption patterns and diet related diseases. In particular, Julia is interested in investigating the complex relationship between cooking practices and public health. Julia’s dissertation work uses mixed methods to explore public perceptions of cooking and the policy implications of home cooking trends. Prior to entering graduate school, Julia enjoyed a career as a professional chef in fine dining restaurants. Julia received her bachelor’s degree from the Gallatin School at New York University and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Southern California. Her academic advisors are Dr. Shannon Frattaroli, and Prof. Steven Teret, both in the Department of Health Policy and Management.