Dr. Belkis Cerrato has been an Assistant Professor of Economics in the Social Science Department of Edgewood College since 2014. She has taught Money and Banking, Economic Development, Environmental Economics and Principles of Economics courses. Belkis enjoys using in-class experiments and activities that increase classroom interaction and promote active learning. Prior to working at Edgewood, she worked as an adjunct faculty in Worcester State University and Assumption College. She earned her Ph.D. in Economics from Clark University in December 2014 and a B.A. in Economics from Smith College in 2006. This year she published a paper co-authored with Dr. Jacqueline Geoghegan from Clark University. The paper is titled “Effects of New Grocery Store Development on Inner-City Neighborhood Residential Prices”. It was published in the Agricultural Resource and Economic Review. Her current research focuses on the effect of the physical environment in childhood obesity. During her free time, Belkis enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, reading, and trying new restaurants.