Gwendolyn Donley is a Pre-Doctoral Fellow on the foodNEST 2.0 Study at the Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health. She is also a PhD student in Epidemiology and Biostatistics within CWRU’s Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences (PQHS). She is involved with qualitative and quantitative food systems research through the foodNEST 2.0 Study. Gwen received her M.S. in Public Health and Epidemiology from the University of Eastern Finland in Kuopio, Finland; B.S. in Anthropological Sciences from The Ohio State University, minoring in Psychology; and B.A. in Italian from The Ohio State University.
Gwen has been involved with a wide range of research projects throughout her training, including studying the impacts of early childhood trauma on Alzheimer’s Disease risk in Eastern Finnish men, genetic risk factors for chronic physical stress in American Samoans, and tail usage in Costa Rican primates. She interned with the non-governmental organization Vulnerability and Illiteracy Reduction in Siem Reap, Cambodia, and served as a wildlife biology assistant in Acadia National Park before returning to Cleveland to pursue her PhD.
At CWRU, Gwen is a board member of WISHED (Women in Sciences and Humanities Earning Doctorates) and a PQHS Student Representative. She is also a member of the American Public Health Association and the Ohio Program Evaluators’ Group. Off campus, she can be found rock climbing or walking her dogs in her Cleveland Heights neighborhood with her partner, Chris.