Center Staff

Director and Associate Director

Dr. Jennifer Savage Williams
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Interim Director
jfs195@psu.edu
Dr. Jennifer Savage received her Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from Penn State, where she also completed a Dietetic Internship. Her most recent research focuses on development of interventions that target parents and caregivers of infants and toddlers, and are designed to encourage appropriate feeding and eating behaviors while promoting healthy growth-trajectories during the first years of life. Dr. Savage has also published numerous papers examining the effects of dietary intake patterns, energy density, portion size, and dieting on weight in women. She has also studied the influence of physical activity on body satisfaction, eating attitudes, and weight among adolescents.

Center Staff and Graduate Students

Michele Marini
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Statistician, Project Assistant
mem44@psu.edu

Erin Berg
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Project Coordinator, Research Technologist
814-863-9794
emb30@psu.edu

Stephanie Anzman-Frasca
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Graduate Student Research Assistant
Doctoral Candidate, Human Development and Family Studies
Research Interests: Individual & environmental factors that influence infants’ and young children’s obesity risk (e.g., temperament, parenting)
sla197@psu.edu

Brandi Rollins
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Graduate Student Research Assistant
Doctoral Candidate, Human Development and Family Studies
Research Interests: Exploring the epigenetic development of maladaptive eating behaviors in children, particularly those living in underserved communities; using advanced statistical methods to understand how contextual, behavioral, and neurobiological factors interactively influence the development of food preference and food reward in childhood, and their subsequent impact on children’s food choices.
byr104@psu.edu

Laura Fiorito
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Post-Doc
Research Interests: Influences of family and environment on children’s nutrition, eating habits, and health outcomes; parenting within the feeding domain, specifically the role that parents play in shaping children’s eating habits through the eating environment, and the outcomes this may have on children’s diet, and weight related issues.
lmf208@psu.edu