Tarra Penney

TarraPenneyPhD Student

Email: tlp28@medschl.cam.ac.uk

UKCRC Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR)
MRC Epidemiology Unit
University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine
Box 285 Institute of Metabolic Science
Cambridge Biomedical Campus
Cambridge, CB2 0QQ


  • BSc Psychology and Computer Science, Dalhousie University, Canada (combined honours)
  • MA Health Promotion, Dalhousie University, Canada (honours)

Background & Experience

Tarra brings a diverse background to the study of public health having completed a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and computer science (honours, 2007 – Dalhousie University, Canada), a Masters degree in health promotion (honours, 2013 – Dalhousie University Canada), and publishing in the area of obesogenic environments and the prevention and management of obesity (Research Associate with Applied Research Collaborations for Health, Dalhousie University, Canada).  She has also completed a prestigious two year CIHR training fellowship in Population Intervention for Chronic Disease Prevention, a pan-Canadian program with the PROPEL Centre for Population Health Impact, where she received mentorship from leading Canadian researchers in the field.

Current work and interests
Tarra has a keen interest in the prevention of chronic disease through improved population level food choice, specifically the role of combined social ecological and cognitive influences on healthy eating behaviour, and the application of this understanding to improved population health intervention strategies. As a Phd student at CEDAR, under the supervision of Dr Pablo Monsivais she will focus on better understanding the mechanisms by which combined socioeconomic, environmental, and cognitive influences may support or hinder population level food choice. Her studentship is funded by the Cambridge Trusts, Cambridge International Scholarship Scheme (CISS).

Professional Membership

  • Member of Society for Social Medicine
  • Member of the Canadian Public Health Association
  • Member of the Public Health Association of Nova Scotia


Organisational Affiliations

  • CEDAR, MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge
  • Funded by the Cambridge Trusts, Cambridge International Scholarship Scheme (CISS)