Fanice Thomas

Fanice’s research focuses on improving health behaviors, specifically diet and exercise, in immigrant populations. Current research explores how mindsets about the fixed or changeable nature of health, as well as people’s expectancy-value beliefs, influence their intentions to engage in positive health behaviors. Ultimately, she aims to create culturally informed interventions that encourage healthy eating and exercise behaviors as a way of reducing obesity outcomes within immigrant communities.

Born and raised in Kenya, Fanice moved to the United States to pursue her college education. Her interest in research was sparked by observations regarding differences between Kenyan and American culture in notions of the desirability and attractiveness of different body types, and how immigrants navigate them.


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