Dr. Long is an expert in research at the intersection of epidemiology and quantitative policy analysis with the goal of identifying cost-effective and politically feasible policy solutions to promote community health. Dr. Long has experience researching the epidemiology of obesity, evaluating quasi-experimental nutrition interventions in schools, and developing simulation models to predict the health and economic impact of health promotion interventions.
He is currently working on the Childhood Obesity Intervention Cost-Effectiveness Study (CHOICES) project led by Steven Gortmaker, which is evaluating the cost-effectiveness of more than 40 policy and programmatic approaches to prevent childhood obesity in the United States. He is a Co-Investigator on a National Eating Disorders Association grant led by Bryn Austin to model the cost-effectiveness of public health approaches to preventing and screening eating disorders in adolescents and young adults. His work is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the JPB Foundation, the National Eating Disorders Association, and the National Cancer Institute.
Dr. Long is a Fellow on the Lancet Commission on Obesity working to evaluate how governance structures support or hinder global efforts to create sustainable interventions on the system driving obesity, undernutrition, and climate change.