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Dr. Stephanie Frost '00 to Deliver MCLA Convocation Address

09/01/2013

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. -Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) has announced that Dr. Stephanie Frost '00 will deliver this year's convocation address to the Class of 2017 on Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 4 p.m. at the Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium in the MCLA Church Street Center.

The event is free and open to the public.

Frost, who is from Adams and attended St. Joseph's High School in Pittsfield, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from MCLA in 2000, leads a component of ICF International's "Community Transformation Grant" national evaluation.

ICF International, a contractor for the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), provides expertise in energy, environment and infrastructure, social programs and consumer/financial, as well as and public safety and defense markets.

Dean of Academic Affairs Monica Joslin said MCLA is pleased to bring Frost back to campus.

"Stephanie was a highly engaged student who took advantage of campus opportunities such as serving as a teaching assistant, working on independent studies under the guidance of a faculty member and assisting other students," Joslin said. "Stephanie has a love of learning - and was inspired to go on to graduate school."

After completing her Bachelor's degree from MCLA, Frost went on to earn her Master's degree in acupuncture and Asian medicine from the New England School of Acupuncture. She then earned her Ph.D. in public health at West Virginia University (WVU), where her dissertation focused on childhood obesity and the contextual factors influencing obesity-related health behaviors.

While a graduate student, Frost was awarded a fellowship from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), which supported her research and attendance at various conferences.

After completing her Ph.D., Frost continued to do research - supported by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - and held a position at the WVU Health Research Center as a research instructor and principal investigator for several large evaluation projects.

These projects included the evaluation of West Virginia's Communities Putting Prevention to Work Supplemental project, the evaluation of efforts to improve environments in West Virginia's child care centers, the evaluation of West Virginia's new standards for school nutrition, and the evaluation of the West Virginia State Healthcare Access Program (SHAP) - a program designed to provide free primary care services to 10,000 of West Virginia's working uninsured.

For more information, go to www.mcla.edu.