Christine Gallagher

Christine Gallagher

Christine Gallagher

Research Project Director, STOP Obesity Alliance, Redstone Center

School: Milken Institute School of Public Health

Department: Prevention and Community Health


Office Phone: 202-994-4308
950 New Hampshire Avenue, Office: 320H - Floor 3 Washington DC 20052

Cristy has spent over 20 years working in Washington DC on health, human services, and education policy. Currently, Cristy is a Research Project Director at the Milken Institute School of Public Health where she manages the STOP Obesity Alliance and coordinates research projects on obesity. 

After receiving her Masters in Public Affairs from the University of Texas’ LBJ School of Public Affairs, Cristy moved to Washington as part of the Presidential Management Internship program to work at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). During her time at HHS, she worked in Secretary Donna Shalala’s office and as a Presidential Appointee in the Office of Legislation on issues ranging from welfare reform to Medicaid. Her greatest accomplishments were helping shepherd the reauthorization of Head Start and the Violence Against Women Act.

In 2001, Cristy became the Director of the Governor of Missouri’s Washington Office, where she coordinated all state-federal issues, including health care, education, and homeland security.  After four years serving the State of Missouri, Cristy fulfilled a similar role for the State of New Jersey. During her time in the Hall of States, Cristy held several leadership positions on key National Governors Association (NGA) panels such as the 2003 Medicaid Task Force, the 2005 Governors Medicaid Working Group and as Chair of the NGA’s Health and Human Services Committee. After leaving the Hall of States, Cristy worked for two Washington think tanks, Third Way and the New America Foundation.  


Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, Masters in Public Affairs, 1997

The College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, 1992

Gallagher, C., Corl, A. and Dietz, W.H. (2021), Weight Can’t Wait: A Guide to Discussing Obesity and Organizing Treatment in the Primary Care Setting. Obesity, 29: 821-824.
Dietz, W.H. and Gallagher, C. (2019), A Proposed Standard of Obesity Care for All Providers and Payers. Obesity, 27: 1059-1062.

Jannah, N., Hild, J., Gallagher, C. and Dietz, W. (2018), Coverage for Obesity Prevention and Treatment Services: Analysis of Medicaid and State Employee Health Insurance Programs. Obesity, 26: 1834-1840.

Turner, M., Jannah, N., Kahan, S., Gallagher, C. and Dietz, W. (2018), Current Knowledge of Obesity Treatment Guidelines by Health Care Professionals. Obesity, 26: 665-671.

Petrin, C., Kahan, S., Turner, M., Gallagher, C., & Dietz, W. H. (2016). Current attitudes and practices of obesity counselling by health care providers. Obesity Research & Clinical Practice, 11(3): 352-359.

Petrin, C., Kahan, S., Turner, M., Gallagher, C., & Dietz, W. H. (2016). Current practices of obesity pharmacotherapy, bariatric surgery referral and coding for counselling by healthcare professionals. Obesity Science & Practice, 2(3): 266-271.