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Our Graduate Students Shine at CCOR

Meet Our Graduate Students

Sally Grace Eagleton

Sally Grace Eagleton

sge5@psu.edu

Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Savage-Williams

Research interests:

The influence of family factors commonly associated with poverty such as food insecurity on child eating behaviors and the development of obesity.

Education:

  • BS (Psychology) The University of Tampa
  • MS (Human Development and Family Science) Oklahoma State University

Awards/honors/scholarships/fellowships/grants:

  • The Pennsylvania State University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute TL1 Development Training Fellow (2018-2019)
  • Awarded $1,500 from the Mary Frances Picciano Endowment to support travel to Winston-Salem, NC to complete a clinical internship at a tertiary pediatric weight management clinic (2019)
  • Oklahoma State University Mildred H. and John W. Skinner Graduate Fellowship (2015)

Recent Publications:

  • Eagleton SG, Hohman EE, Verdiglione BS, Birch LL, Paul IM, Savage JS. INSIGHT Study Maternal Return to Work and Infant Weight Outcomes. Academic Pediatrics. (2018), pii: S1876-2859(18)30560-6, doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2018.08.008.
  • Arlinghaus KR, Hernandez DC, Eagleton SG, Chen T, Power TG, Hughes SO. Exploratory factor analysis of The Comprehensive Feeding Practices Questionnaire (CFPQ) in a low-income Hispanic sample of preschool aged children. Appetite;2019, 140, 82-90. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2019.04.029

Courses TAed:

  • NUTR 451: Nutrition Through the Life Cycle

Katherine McNitt, RD, LDN

kmm6054@psu.edu

Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Savage-Williams

Research interests:

Developing effective childhood obesity prevention interventions, with a focus on the first few years of life, in disadvantaged rural populations.

Education:

  • BS (Nutritional Sciences) The Pennsylvania State University
  • RD (Dietetic Internship, Medical Nutrition Therapy) University of Houston

Awards/honors/scholarships:

  • Best Oral Presentation Award (Student/Staff Level), “Programming Effect of the Intrauterine Environment on Fetal Growth: Study Methods and Protocol,” Hershey, USA, 2016

Recent Publications:

  • Symons Downs D, Savage JS, Rivera DE, Collins, LM, Smyth J, Rolls B, Hohman EE, McNitt KM, Kunselman A, Stetter C, Pauley AM, Leonard KS, Guo P. Individually-Tailored, Adaptive Intervention to manage gestational weight gain: Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial in Overweight and Obese Women. JMIR Research Protocols. (2018), 7(6):e150, doi: 10.2196/resprot.9220.

Courses TAed:

  • NUTR 456: Community Nutrition
  • NUTR 119 Elementary Foods

Cara Ruggiero, MS, RD

Cara Ruggiero

cfr8@psu.edu

Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Savage-Williams

Master's Thesis: “INSIGHT Responsive Parenting Intervention in Firstborns and the Association with Secondborn Infant Feeding Practices”

Research interests:

Mixed methods research to design family-based interventions to prevent and mange childhood obesity in low income communities, focusing on child feeding and growth during the first few years of life.

Education:

  • BS (Dietetics) University of Delaware
  • RD (Dietetic Internship) University of Maryland Medical Center
  • MS (Nutritional Sciences) The Pennsylvania State University

Awards/honors/scholarships:

  • The Obesity Society's 2019 George A. Bray Master’s Thesis Award
  • The Pennsylvania State University CTSI TL1 Translational Research Training Award: 2019 Fall Semester - 2020 Spring Semester
  • The Pennsylvania Sara Clemen Parks Scholarship (2018)
  • Excellence in Graduate Recruitment (FEGR) Award: Spring Semester (2018)

Recent Publications:

  • Ruggiero CF, Poirier L, Trude ACB, Yang T, Schwendler T, Gunen B, & Gittelsohn J. Implementation of B’More Healthy Communities for Kids: process evaluation of a multi-level, multi-component obesity prevention intervention. Health education research. (2018)
  • Complete list of publications: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/myncbi/cara.ruggiero.1/bibliography/57116332/public/?sort=date&direction=ascending.

Courses TAed:

  • NUTR 456: Community Nutrition