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Cara Ruggiero
RD, PhD Student
  • Graduate Student
  • Bachelor's of Science, Dietetics, University of Delaware
  • Dietetic Internship, University of Maryland Medical Center
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Research Interests

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

In the Media

Sato, P. M., Steeves, E. A., Carnell, S., Cheskin, L. J., Trude, A. C., Shipley, C., . . . Gittelsohn, J. (2016). A youth mentor-led nutritional intervention in urban recreation centers: A promising strategy for childhood obesity prevention in low-income neighborhoods. Health Education Research, 31(2), 195-206. doi:10.1093/her/cyw011 [doi]

Yamaguchi, M., Steeves, E. A., Shipley, C., Hopkins, L. C., Cheskin, L. J., & Gittelsohn, J. (2016). Inconsistency between self-reported energy intake and body mass index among urban, african-american children. PloS One, 11(12), e0168303. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0168303 [doi]

Schwendler, T., Shipley, C., Budd, N., Trude, A., Surkan, P. J., Anderson Steeves, E., . . . Gittelsohn, J. (2017). Development and implementation. Health Promotion Practice, , 1524839917696716. doi:10.1177/1524839917696716 [doi]

Trude, A. C. B., Anderson Steeves, E., Shipley, C., Surkan, P. J., Sato, P. M., Estep, T., . . . Gittelsohn, J. (2017). A youth-leader program in baltimore city recreation centers: Lessons learned and applications. Health Promotion Practice, , 1524839917728048. doi:10.1177/1524839917728048 [doi]

Perepezko, K., Tingey, L., Sato, P., Rastatter, S., Ruggiero, C., & Gittelsohn, J. (2017). Partnering with carryouts: Implementation of a food environment intervention targeting youth obesity. Health Education Research, doi:10.1093/her/cyx078 [doi]

Gittelsohn, J., Trude, A. C., Poirier, L., Ross, A., Ruggiero, C., Schwendler, T., & Anderson Steeves, E. (2017). The impact of a multi-level multi-component childhood obesity prevention intervention on healthy food availability, sales, and purchasing in a low-income urban area. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(11), 10.3390/ijerph14111371. doi:E1371 [pii]

Ross, A., Krishnan, N., Ruggiero, C., Kerrigan, D., & Gittelsohn, J. (2017). A mixed methods assessment of the barriers and readiness for meeting the SNAP depth of stock requirements in baltimore's small food stores. Ecology of Food and Nutrition, , 1-15. doi:10.1080/03670244.2017.1416362 [doi]

Additional Information

Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Savage Williams