My research interests fall under the umbrella of developmental health psychology. I am interested in a wide variety of health behaviors from parental feeding practices to developing and maintaining a healthy body image. I study these health behaviors in participants aged 3-17. My specialty is young childhood through adolescence, but I frequently study emerging adulthood for cross-sectional comparison. Within these health practices, I also investigate the role of the media and social influence.
My lab is currently studying the influence of social media on the body image of young children, deceptively unhealthy food marketing practices, and teen dieting trends. We work with daycares, schools, and youth groups all across NW Ohio to try to improve the health and well-being of our children.
If you/ your child or your classroom would like to participate in any of our studies, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next Conference to attend: Society for Research on Child Development (2019) Society of Behavioral Medicine (2020) Midwestern Psychological Association - Student participation (2019)