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Cara Ruggiero
  • Graduate Student
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  • Bachelor's of Science, Dietetics, University of Delaware
  • Dietetic Internship, University of Maryland Medical Center
  • Master's of Science, Nutritional Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University
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Research Interests

Mixed methods research to design family-based interventions to prevent and manage childhood obesity in low income communities, focusing on parent feeding, child eating behavior and  and growth during early life.

Professional Experience

Courses Taught

TA for Community Nutrition NUTR 456

TA for Diet and Disease NUTR 453

Instructor for Nutrition Applications for a Healthy Lifestyle NUTR 100

In the Media

Ruggiero, C. F., Poirier, L., Trude, A. C. B., Yang, T., Schwendler, T., Gunen, B., ... & Gittelsohn, J. (2018). Implementation of B’More Healthy Communities for Kids: process evaluation of a multi-level, multi-component obesity prevention intervention. Health education research.

Anderson Steeves, E., Trude, A. C. B., Ruggiero, C. F., Mejia Ruiz, M. J., Jones-Smith, J. C., Pollack Porter, K., … Gittelsohn, J. (2019). Perceptions and Impact of a Youth-led Childhood Obesity Prevention Intervention among Youth-leaders. Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition, 1–22.

Ruggiero, C. F., Hohman, E. E., Birch, L. L., Paul, I. M., & Savage, J. S. (2020). The Intervention Nurses Start Infants Growing on Healthy Trajectories (INSIGHT) responsive parenting intervention for firstborns impacts feeding of secondborns. The American journal of clinical nutrition, 111(1), 21-27.

Hotchgraf A, Ruggiero CF. Children’s eating behavior in context: Family systems and broader ecological influences. In: Families, Food, and Parenting: Integrating Research, Practice and Policy.

Additional Information


The Pennsylvania Sara Clemen Parks Scholarship (2018)

Excellence in Graduate Recruitment (FEGR) Award (2018 Spring Semester)

Ruth L. Pike Nutritional Sciences Fellowship (2020)

The Obesity Society George A Bray Master’s Thesis Award (2019)

The Pennsylvania State University Clinical and Translational Research TL1 Translational Research Training Award (2019)

Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Savage Williams