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Leslie Cunningham-Sabo, PhD 

Assistant Professor 

Research Interests:
  • Childhood Obesity
  • The cooking experience as a way to change food behavior and related mediating variables (e.g., attitudes, self-efficacy, preferences) in children and adults
  • Validation of dietary instruments with children and adults
  • Translation of prevention research into practice
  • Minority populations (e.g., Hispanic, American Indian) 
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Courses Taught:
  • Nutrition Assessment
  • Community Nutrition
  • Senior Seminar
  • Current Research Projects:
  • Child Health Initiative for Lifelong Eating and Exercise (3/06 -2/11)
  • US Department of Agriculture: "Cooking with Kids: Integrating Classroom, Cafeteria, and Family Experiences to Increase Fruit and Vegetable Preferences and Intake" (04/06 - 03/10, Principal Investigator).
  • Evaluation of Kids Up Front (8/09 - 3/10)
  • Partners in Excellence for Leadership in MCH Nutrition (7/08 - 6/13)
  • Education:
  • Michigan State University, BA, Medical Anthropology, minor in Community Nutrition, 1979
  • University of Arizona, MS, Human Nutrition, 1989
    Master's Thesis: Assessing Hemodialysis Patients' Compliance to Fluid and Dietary Recommendations: Use of the Multidimensional Locus of Control Construct and Other Methods
  • University of New Mexico, PhD, Health Education, 2000
    Doctoral Dissertation: Nutrition Education for Navajo Elders: Use of Diffusion of Innovation Attributes
  • Colorado School of Public Health

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