Barbara Fiese is Project Co-Director for STRONG Kids 2, and the former Director of the Family Resiliency Center. Dr. Fiese is a Professor Emerita of the Department of Human Development of Family Studies.
Dr. Fiese explores the effects of shared mealtimes on child and family health. She applies this knowledge to advance research and policy in the prevention of childhood obesity starting at birth and the reduction of childhood hunger through private-public partnerships.
Allen Barton is an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. Dr. Barton's research is focused on promoting the health and well-being of individuals and families throughout the state of Illinois, particularly with respect to substance use and family stability. His work is guided primarily by theory and findings within disciplines of prevention science and family science while also drawing secondarily from research in fields of public health, health psychology, and human development. Dr. Barton's research is characterized by longitudinal cohort studies, randomized prevention trials, and quasi-experimental studies as a means to (a) identify family processes that function as risk or protective mechanisms for individuals’ and families' health, and (b) develop and evaluate family-centered prevention programs. His research has been published in leading journals of multiple fields, including Prevention Science, Journal of Adolescent Health, Addiction, and Journal of Family Psychology. Dr.Allen's complete bio can be found here.
Dr. Arthur is working to improve the quality of life, overall health and longevity of adults diagnosed with cancer through nutrition. Her research focuses on the role of nutrition in determining health outcomes after cancer diagnosis and to elucidate the underlying biological mechanisms. Her ultimate goal is to develop new and beneficial dietary recommendations and medical nutrition therapies for cancer patients and survivors. Dr. Arthur's complete bio can be found here.
Dr. Naiman Khan's research interest is in the area of nutritional neuroscience. His laboratory utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to integrate knowledge in the disciplines of dietetics, body composition, and cognitive neuroscience to understand the interactions between lifestyle behaviors (e.g., diet and physical activity), abdominal adiposity, and cognitive and brain health in the pediatric and adult population. The knowledge gained from this work is used to develop effective behavioral or environmental strategies of mitigating the detrimental effects of obesity and metabolic risk on measures of physical and mental health. Dr. Khan's complete bio can be found here.
Dr. Hannah Holscher received her BS in Food Science and Human Nutrition and her PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Illinois. She is also a Registered Dietitian, having completed clinical training at Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, Illinois. Dr. Holscher joined the University of Illinois faculty as an Assistant Professor in June 2015. As Director of the Nutrition and the Human Microbiome Laboratory, her research team aims to enhance human health through dietary modulation of the gastrointestinal microbiome. In addition to serving as a research mentor for undergraduate and graduate students, she has taught both basic and advanced nutrition classes and has been included on the "List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students" five times for two different courses at the University of Illinois. Dr. Holscher has published in top nutrition journals including the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and the Journal of Nutrition. She has also served in leadership roles at both the local and national level, including the FSHN Ambassadors and the American Society for Nutrition, respectively. Dr. Holscher's complete bio can be found here.
An Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Dr. Ferguson's research focuses on 21st-century globalization and its impact on the cultural identity and well-being of adolescents and emerging adults. She also explores modern acculturation among immigrant (tridimensional acculturation) and non-immigrant (remote acculturation) youth and families, Caribbean adolescents and families on the islands and in North America, and positive adaptation of immigrant youth and families (psychological, physical, and academic adjustment). Dr. Ferguson's complete bio can be found here.
Dr. Schantz's research focuses on understanding the effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals on nervous system function during development and aging, two periods when the nervous system is particularly vulnerable to toxic insult. Her approach includes laboratory-based animal studies and parallel epidemiological studies. One aspect of her research program is mechanistically based, focusing on understanding the specific functional domains that are altered or impaired by these chemicals and the biological mechanisms underlying those impairments. Dr. Schantz's complete bio can be found here.
Elizabeth Powers is an Associate Professor of Economics and a faculty member of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to joining the University of Illinois in 1996, Dr. Powers was an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and a junior staff economist with President George H.W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers. Dr. Powers has conducted research and outreach on welfare reform, means-tested aid for the elderly and disabled, subsidized child care, and the service system for individuals with developmental disabilities. She has been the recipient of grants from the Joint Centers for Poverty Research at Northwestern and Kentucky, the Social Security Administration, the Russel Sage Foundation, and the University of Michigan’s Retirement Research Consortium, among others. Dr. Powers complete bio can be found here.
Jennifer McCaffrey is the Assistant Dean for the Family and Consumer Sciences programs at University of Illinois Extension. In her position she focuses on building healthier families by providing statewide leadership for Extension programs in nutrition, family relationships, and personal finance. With over 13 years working in nutrition education, she has extensive experience in developing and implementing programs for low income families and currently oversees two federal grants that provide nutrition education for low income families throughout Illinois. She loves the opportunity to work collaboratively with community partners to address health issues and is passionate about building systems to help Illinois residents live a healthy lifestyle. Dr. McCaffrey's complete bio can be found here.
Professor Klonoff-Cohen serves as the Saul J. Morse and Anne B. Morgan Professor in Applied Health Sciences, and Director of the MPH program. Professor Klonoff-Cohen integrates biological, behavioral, cultural, and socio-political aspects of disease and disease prevention. She is particularly interested in women and infants’ health and cancer epidemiology. With research funding for the past two decades, she has investigated the role of sperm exposure, smoking, and stress in preeclampsia; the consequences of passive tobacco smoke exposure and breastfeeding, parental drug use, and bed-sharing on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome; the timing of the menstrual cycle during surgery on prognosis of premenopausal breast cancer; and the effects of lifestyle habits on in vitro fertilization endpoints, including pregnancy, miscarriage, and birth defects. Her current research focuses on the barriers, concerns, successes, and risks of fertility preservation in girls and women of reproductive age with cancer, late effects and risky behaviors among childhood cancer survivors, and training of primary care physicians about caring for cancer survivors. Dr. Klonoff-Cohen's complete bio can be found here.