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Kirsten  Davison

Associate Professor
School of Public Health
Department: Health Policy, Management and Behavior

Children and nutrition; public health; obesity and prevention

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Associate Professor Kirsten Davison's research is cross disciplinary and draws on theories and methodologies from psychology, public health, nutrition, and exercise science. Her research focuses largely on parenting practices that place children at risk of becoming overweight and the impact of community-level factors on eating and activity patterns within families.

Davison is co-principal investigator of $1 million, two-year study funded by the National Institutes of Health. This study, Communities for Health Living (CHL), uses a community-based participatory research approach to engage parents as equal partners to develop and evaluate a family-centered obesity prevention program for children enrolled in Head Start. Davison recently completed a four-year study to examine family-based risk and protective factors for declines in adolescent girls’ physical activity and a pilot intervention in conjunction with the New York State Department of Health to promote physical activity and reduce television viewing among children enrolled in WIC. She completed her doctoral and postdoctoral work at Pennsylvania State University in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.