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The impact of an acute bout of exercise on children’s eating behaviors

Funding: Pilot study funded by the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture Grant #2011-67001-30117 – Childhood Obesity Prevention: Transdisciplinary Graduate Education and Training in Nutrition and Family Sciences

Principal Investigator: S. Nicole Fearnbach

Co-Investigator: Kathleen Keller, Ph.D.

This study examines how children balance their energy over the course of a day, by serving children meals of common foods and asking them to participate in different levels of physical activity.

Using herbs and spices to increase children's acceptance and intake of vegetables in school lunches

Funding: McCormick Science Institute

Principal Investigator: Kathleen Keller, Ph.D.

Co-Investigator: Barbara Rolls, Ph.D.

This two-year study will assess barriers to vegetable intake in a high school cafeteria and address identified issues with the addition of herbs and spices to school recipes.

Developing novel methods to teach children to recognize internal signals of hunger and fullness

Funding: Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Principal Investigator: Kathleen Keller, Ph.D.

The purpose of this two-year study is to develop an evidence-based curriculum for teaching preschool children to eat in response to internal hunger and fullness signals.

Development of virtual reality simulation for childhood obesity prevention

Funding: Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Principal Investigator: Erika Poole

Co-Investigator: Kathleen Keller, Ph.D.

The goals of this two-year study are to co-design (with age-appropriate children), develop, and validate a virtual reality software for the prevention of obesity in children.

Neural mechanisms underlying child responses to food energy density and portion size

Funding: Social Science Research Institute and Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Principal Investigator: Kathleen Keller, Ph.D.

The neural and behavioral mechanisms involved with perceiving differences in food energy density and portion size will be examined.

Prevention of late adolescent obesity in the college environment: an optimal default paradigm

Funding: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture

Principal Investigator: Katharine Loeb

Consultant: Kathleen Keller, Ph.D.

The goal of this project is to test the effectiveness of using optimal defaults to improve the health quality of dietary choices in the college dining hall.

Optimal defaults in the prevention of childhood obesity: a school-based study

Funding: Fairleigh Dickinson University Proposal SEED Grant

Principal Investigator: Katharine Loeb

Consultant: Kathleen Keller, Ph.D.

The goal of this project is to test the effectiveness of optimal defaults for improving children’s dietary choices in the elementary school cafeteria.

Optimal defaults and parent empowerment in the prevention of early childhood obesity: a community center based pilot study

Funding: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture

Principal Investigator: Katharine Loeb

Consultant: Kathleen Keller, Ph.D.

The goal of this project is to test the effectiveness of optimal defaults and parent education at improving children’s dietary selections in a community-based setting.

Strategies to moderate energy intake for the prevention of obesity in children

Funding: National Institutes of Health, National Institutes of Child Health and Disease

Principal Investigator: Barbara Rolls

Co-Investigator: Kathleen Keller, Ph.D.

In this five-year project, the effectiveness of laboratory-based strategies designed to lower energy density children’s diets are being studied.

Past Funding

Impact of breakfast, as part of a weight loss intervention, in obese, elementary school children

Funding: Covidien and The Obesity Society

Principal Investigator: Marie-Pierre St-Onge

Co-Investigator: Kathleen Keller, Ph.D.

The goals of this project were to determine the effectiveness of breakfast intake as part of a weight loss intervention in obese, school-aged children

Use of food packaging and promotion to increase fruit and vegetable intake and prevent obesity in children

Funding: St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Pilot Grant Program

Principal Investigator: Kathleen Keller, Ph.D.

The goal of this project was to use child-targeted food packaging (e.g. cartoon characters) and promotion to increase children’s fruit and vegetable intake and prevent obesity.

CD36: a putative taste receptor for dietary fat in humans

Funding: National Institutes of Health supported intramural pilot and feasibility grant

Principal Investigator: Kathleen Keller, Ph.D.

The goals of this project were to determine the relationship between common polymorphisms in the CD36 gene and human fat preferences and body weight.

Mechanisms of positive energy balance in PROP nontasters

Funding: National Institutes of Health and National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Principal Investigator: Kathleen Keller, Ph.D.

The goals of this training grant were to elucidate the mechanisms between genetic sensitivity to bitter taste, laboratory eating behaviors and body composition in children.

Mechanisms controlling food intake in children

Funding: National Institutes of Health supported intramural pilot and feasibility grant

Principal Investigator: Harry R. Kissileff

Co-Investigator: Kathleen Keller, Ph.D.

The goal of this project was to develop and validate analog scales for measuring fullness and taste intensity in children.