Training Program

The Pennsylvania State University Childhood Obesity Prevention Graduate Training (COPT) Program

United States Department of Agriculture

Dr. Jennifer Savage Williams, Dr. Kathleen Keller, & Dr. Barbara Rolls, Nutritional Sciences

COPT is an interdisciplinary doctoral graduate training program supported by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Grant no. 2011-67001-30117 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Childhood Obesity Prevention Challenge Area. The COPT program involves collaboration among several units in the College of Health and Human Development, including the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, the Department of Nutritional Sciences, the Center for Childhood Obesity Research, the Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development, and the Methodology Center.

COPT’s mission is to prepare a new generation of scientists to address the childhood obesity epidemic. The program will provide transdisciplinary graduate education, integrating training in human development and family studies and nutritional sciences with prevention research and statistical methodology. Currently, the program is not accepting new applications for the COPT Program. For other inquiries, contact Julie Arnold at jqr9@psu.edu or (814) 863-8305.

The COPT Study was featured news on WPSU PBS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1nKCE18bbk

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This program is supported by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Grant no. 2011-67001-30117 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Childhood Obesity Prevention Challenge Area.

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