Karen E. Peterson, DSc

Chair, Department of Nutritional Sciences; Stanley M. Garn Collegiate Professor of Nutritional Sciences; Professor, Department of Global Public Health; Research Professor, Center for Human Growth and Development; Director, Momentum Center

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Dr. Karen Peterson is the Chair of the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, as well as a Professor of Nutritional Sciences at the school. She is also a Research Professor for the Center for Human Growth the Development and the Director for the Momentum Center, which is a research center that aims to develop new approaches to addressing childhood obesity. She earned her D.Sc. in Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. Her research focuses on the influence of biosocial and environmental influences on child growth and maturation during sensitive developmental periods, as well as the design and evaluation of population-based interventions addressing dietary and physical activity behaviors related to obesity and chronic disease in diverse populations, including children and youth

Current Research Interests:

  • Biosocial and Environmental influences on child growth and maturation
  • Design and evaluation of population based interventions
  • Obesity and chronic disease
  • Determinants of intergenerational patterns of growth in mothers and children

Website | Email | Phone: (734) 647-1923

Research Areas: Adolescent & Child Development, Program Design & Evaluation, Obesity, Chronic Health, Illness, & Disease, Maternal/Child Health,

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