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Dr. Alison K. Ventura

Alison K. Ventura

Alison K. Ventura, PhD, CLEC

Associate Professor

 

Email: akventur@calpoly.edu

Office: 43A-371

Phone: 805-756-5693

Education

Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, 2008

M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, 2005

M.S. in Nutrition Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University, 2005

B.S. in Psychology with a Biology Emphasis, Minor in Community Nutrition, University of California, Davis, 2003

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Monell Chemical Senses Center, 2008-2011

Specialization

  • Obesity Prevention during Infancy and Early Childhood
  • Parent-Child Interactions
  • Caregiver Feeding Practices

Research and Interests

My research aims to understand how feeding experiences and growth trajectories during early childhood affect the development of eating behaviors and weight status across the life course. A key focus of my research is on the bidirectional influences between children and parents, and how child characteristics influence, and are influenced by, parent characteristics and behaviors. The overarching goal of my current research is to identify potential targets for obesity prevention programs.

Center for Health Research

The Healthy Kids Lab

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