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A story about the new study we will be starting in Spring 2017


A research project completed in our lab was recently highlighted in a PENN STATE NEWS article: New research finds brain activation in children viewing large portions of food.

Shana Adise, a third-year student in Dr. Kathleen Keller's laboratory, is a recipient of the prestigious Kligman Graduate Fellowship Endowment for the 2016-2017 year. Established by Drs. Albert and Lorraine Kligman in 1998, the Kligman Graduate Fellowship Endowment provides funds for outstanding graduate students to focus solely on their research and education. Shana's dissertation research examines how basic decision-making relates to how much kids eat. Shana has received numerous awards such as the Social, Life, and Engineering Sciences Imaging Center (SLEIC) dissertation award for her project titled, "Neurobiological investigations of reward circuitry in children" and the Nutritional Sciences Future Teacher and Mentor award. With an impressive start to her early career, Shana is the Principal Investigator on two projects, which she successfully obtained funding from the Childhood Obesity Training Program (COPT) SEED grant mechanism. You can learn more about Shana on her website:


Angela Schlegel, an Undergraduate Research Assistant in the Children's Metabolic Kitchen and Eating behavior Lab, has been featured in the College of Health and Human Development's "Our Story" /our-story/angela-schlegel

Haley Schlechter is also one of our undergraduate Research Assistant superstars! /Our-Story/haley-schlechter

Haley Schlechter was awarded the Edith Pitt Chace Award, which recognizes outstanding students in the College of Health and Human Development.

Alexandra Close, an undergraduate student in our lab has been featured in a great article.

Alexandra Close has also been awarded the 2015 Erikson Summer Discovery Grant for a project entitled: "Do Maternal Maladaptive Eating Behaviors Relate to the Development of Overeating and Obesity Development in Children?", to be conducted in our lab.

Kaitlin Anderson, a high school senior volunteering in our lab, has been featured in an article in PENN STATE|NEWS.


A Children's Food Choice study conducted in our lab was discussed in the Social Science Research Institute Annual Report (2013-2014).

A brief YouTube video of our laboratory from "The Centre of It All", a television show produced by WHVL.

Some of our research has made it into the news! Catherine Shehan, a food science graduate student in our lab, presented her research on how the amount of time parents spend on food at home affects children's independent food choices. In a study with 61 children between ages 4 and 6, we found that children whose parents spend more time in the kitchen made healthier choices on their own. Here are a few of the published articles describing this study:

In Russian:

In Spanish:

Kathleen Keller to receive Norman Kretchmar Memorial Award

Progress in our lab: Winter Newsletter


Student Stories: Food Science major conducts research in France

How do you get a child to eat his or her vegetables? This is just one of the
problems that Erica Pilgram tackled during a summer stay in France.

Read the full story:

Team Stories: The 2013 Iron Chef Competition


Dr. Keller’s research was showcased several times in 2012: