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Alexandra Ross

Doctoral Student

Alex is a PhD student in the Department of Nutrition focused on epidemiological research that evaluates diet-related health disparities, as well as domestic and international food policies that contribute to healthful food systems and food environments. She holds a Master’s degree in Health Science (MHS) focused in social factors in health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as well as a Bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Florida. In Baltimore City, she helped to design and evaluate interventions to improve community-level food access. Before coming to UNC, she also gained experiences in The Bahamas and rural Alaska.

Alex is passionate about understanding systemic issues that impede equitable access to healthful food in urban areas. Under the advisership of Dr. Shu Wen Ng, Alex is currently working on an evaluation of the sugar-sweetened beverage tax that was implemented in South Africa with a focus on how it impacted the pricing and acquisition of beverages in local spazas and supermarkets.

My family’s holiday favorite is… lumpia rolls!

Foods I must have in my home are… cilantro, lemons, limes, garlic, tomatoes, cucumbers cauliflower rice, fish sauce, kombucha, mangoes, roasted seaweed, fresh eggs, matcha

My favorite song about food is… Cucumba!!! Jamaican Cucumber Rap

GFRP Publications

South Africa’s Health Promotion Levy on pricing and acquisition of beverages in local spazas and supermarkets
Authors: Alexandra Ross, Elizabeth C. Swart, Tamryn Frank, Caitlin M. Lowery, Shu Wen Ng
Published in: Public Health Nutrition, March 7, 2022 view full text