Program Evaluation

 

The I-TOPP grant funded by USDA AFRI (AG 2011-67001-30101 and 3 areas of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Office for Vice Chancellor for Research, Colleges of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and College of Applied Heath Sciences) in 2011 have 3 grant aims:

Aim 1: Educate a cohort of 11 PhD/MPH students in a transdisciplinary program of study

Aim 2: Sponsor a Visiting Faculty Program, Lecture Series and Biennial Symposium to build interactions between I-TOPP faculty and scholars and international leaders in childhood obesity prevention

Aim 3: Assess student transdisciplinary knowledge, attitudes, and research outputs at baseline and multiple time points and compare transdisciplinary orientation of I-TOPP scholars to MPH and PhD students

Progress of these aims can be seen in our October 2015 Progress Update published for our 3rd Biennial Symposium

In addition, below are abstracts and publications resulting from our education assessments of the I-TOPP program.

 

Abstracts

Donovan S., Fiese B., Liechty J., Keck A.S. (2016) Publication Patterns of PhD Students in the Illinois Transdisciplinary Obesity Prevention Program Versus Traditional Programs. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 48(7), S118. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2016.04.343

Donovan S., Fiese B. (2015) The Illinois Transdisciplinary Obesity Prevention Program (I-TOPP). Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 47 (4), S108. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2015.04.301

Liechty J., Paceley M., McBride B., Fiese B., Bost K., Donovan S.M. (2014) Graduate Students' Early Conceptualizations of Transdisciplinary Research: Insights From Innovative Visual and Textual Assessments of Scholarly Development. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 46(4), S191–S192. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2014.04.192

Donovan S.M., Paceley M., Bost K., Liechty J., McBride B. (2013) Assessing Benefits and Barriers to Transdisciplinary Training in the Illinois Transdisciplinary Obesity Prevention Program (I-TOPP). Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 45 (4), S80. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2013.04.212

Donovan S.M., Buchner D.M., Fiese B.H., Johnson R.W. (2012) Illinois Transdisciplinary Obesity Prevention Program (I-TOPP). Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 44 (4), S92–S93. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2012.03.238

 

Publications

Keck A-S., Sloane S., Liechty J.M., Paceley M.S., Donovan S.M., Bost K.K., McBride B.A., Fiese B.H. Longitudinal Perspectives of Faculty and Students on Benefits and Barriers to Transdisciplinary Graduate Education: Program Assessment and Institutional Recommendations. In Preparation.

Liechty J.M., Paceley M.S., Donovan S.M., Bost K.K., Fiese B.H., Keck A.S. Preparing leaders in public health education and research:  A transdisciplinary developmental approach Submitted to Pedagogy in Health Promotion.