With a background in behavioral science, public health nutrition, and physical activity, I have focused my research on the identification of modifiable influences of healthful eating and physical activity toward health promotion and chronic disease prevention. The framework underlying my work is to address person–environment interactions within behavioral settings, and to develop, implement, and evaluate intervention programs designed to impact the influences on health behaviors. I am currently working on a range of intervention projects aimed at understanding the process of improving population health through facilitating healthful eating and physical activity in schools, out-of-school settings, workplaces, homes, and communities.
B.A. in Human Development & Family Life, Psychology, University of Kansas (1993)
M.A. in Psychology (Clinical), University of North Dakota (1996)
M.S. in Kinesiology (Health Promotion), Kansas State University (2001)
Ph.D. in Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health, Kansas State University (2008) Graduate Certificate in Public Health, Kansas State University (2017)