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Isobel R. Contento Collection
M.A., Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley
B.Sc. (Hons), University of Edinburgh
Research and Scholarly Interests
Children's understandings of the impact of food and food systems on the environment; food choice criteria and decision-making processes in children and adolescents; behavioral aspects of nutrition in adults; development and testing of nutrition education curricula and programs; dietary assessment methods.
Dr. Isobel Contento has been the Coordinator of the Nutrition Program since 1985. She has served on various national advisory committees, such as the American Cancer Society's curriculum project entitled Changing the Course; the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention's Guidelines for School Health Programs to Promote Lifelong Healthy Eating; and the USDA's Evaluation of Dietary Guidance Graphic Alternatives (Food Guide Pyramid). She is active in the Society for Nutrition Education, having been on the Board of Directors. She is a reviewer for several journals. Her research projects in recent years have included the study of various social and psychological influences on the decision-making processes that children and adolescents use in making food choices and the development and evaluation of the impacts of a food-based curriculum on urban elementary school children. In addition, she has participated with others in studies on the effects of diet on physiological health of children, the behavioral aspects of nutrition in adults including the role of psychosocial factors in stages of dietary change, use of ecological criteria in food choice of children and adolescents, body image and eating behaviors of Latina women, and the impact of mothers' beliefs on food choices of their children. In essence, she is interested in how to make nutrition education more effective.
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