Director of Metabolic Syndrome Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Thorndike’s research focus is on individual and population-level behavioral interventions to prevent cardiometabolic disease. Through implementation research, her team has demonstrated the effectiveness of traffic light labels, choice architecture, social norms, and financial incentives to promote healthy food choices in real-life settings, such as worksite cafeterias and supermarkets. Her research has also tested new strategies to increase healthy food choices among low-income populations in both urban and rural community settings. As a member of the MGH Executive Committee on Community Health, she has helped to champion hospital-wide efforts to address social determinants of health, such as food and housing insecurity. She is leading an NIH-funded evaluation of a Massachusetts Medicaid program to provide food and housing supports for patients with health-related social needs. Dr. Thorndike’s past research on tobacco includes important findings on the treatment of tobacco by physicians, and she remains actively involved in projects to address tobacco use in people with serious mental illness. Her research has been funded by several NIH and foundation grants.

Dr. Thorndike is the Director of the Metabolic Syndrome Clinic at the MGH Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Center. The focus of the clinic is prevention of cardiometabolic disease and obesity through lifestyle changes. Dr. Thorndike treats patients individually, and she also leads a 12-week group program that incorporates nutrition, exercise, behavior change, and stress management. 


Jessica McCurley​, PhD

Clinical Psychologist, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in General Medicine


Emma Anderson, BA

Clinical Research Coordinator II