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Melissa Troncoso

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Commander (CDR) Melissa Troncoso is a Ph.D. student at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Her research interests include obesity, weight cycling, and eating self-regulation. Understanding the factors associated with weight management, and how to treat and prevent obesity among military personnel and veterans is her primary research goal. CDR Troncoso most recently held the position of Navy Nurse Corps Administrative Fellow at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, and served as the Navy medical representative on the Department of Defense Instruction 1308.3: Physical Fitness and Body Fat Program Procedures working group tasked with revising DoDI 1308.3. She is a Family Nurse Practitioner with extensive clinical experience working with active duty military personnel, military retirees, and their families. During a nine-month deployment, she served as the Officer in Charge of the Cooperative Medical Assistance Team, a joint operation responsible for planning, coordinating, and executing medical, veterinary, and entomology humanitarian civil-military operations across a Combined Joint area of Afghanistan. CDR Troncoso received her Master of Science in Nursing from the Uniformed Services University and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan. She is a Certified Health and Wellness Coach with experience coaching individuals and groups in the areas of weight management and wellness. Her awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2) and the Army Achievement Medal.


Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Veterans Healthcare Scholar – Community-based Care
Dissertation: Anticipated Dissertation Title: Understanding the Correlates and Effect of Weight Cycling Among Military Personnel Weight cycling, repeat patterns of intentional weight loss followed by regain, is increasingly common in the general population, and may be associated with negative cardiometabolic outcomes. I anticipate using a mixed method design to study the motivations and behaviors of weight management of active duty military personnel with a history of weight cycling, as well as identify correlates and effects of weight cycling on individual health.

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