Dr. Matthew Haemer interests are in designing and testing the effect of interventions to support childhood obesity screening, prevention, and treatment in the setting of primary care practices linked to community resources for healthy lifestyles.
Dr. K. Michael Hambidge's primary interests are in international research directed to maternal-child health, especially nutrition, in resource-poor countries. Current work includes a broad range of efficacy trials to determine effective, sustainable strategies, including biofortification, for the prevention of micronutrient deficiencies.
Dr. Janine Higgins studies novel methods of assessing dietary intake and the effect of nutrition, in particular carbohydrate quality, on obesity, diabetes, and anorexia nervosa in children, adults, and rat models.
Dr. James Hill’s research in the obesity field involves the study of lifestyle factors that affect body weight regulation. In particular, he is interested in how diet and physical activity influence body weight and how high-fat diet and inactivity may contribute to the current global epidemic of obesity.
Dr. Jill Kaar's primary research will focus on maternal and child health including the following topics: dietary exposures during pregnancy and lactation, and how these exposures may impact children's eating habits in early childhood. Another focus is to understand the social contexts (food neophobia, parental feeding practices) that promote healthy dietary patterns in children. An additional line of research will investigate whether and how both food preferences and total food intake impact infant growth and adiposity.