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.
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
Keck A-S, Sloane S, Liechty JM., Fiese BH, and Donovan SM. (2017) Preparing leaders in public health education and research: A transdisciplinary developmental approach. PLoS ONE 12 (12):e0189391. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0189391
Keck A-S, Sloane S, Liechty JM, Paceley MS, Donovan SM, Bost KK, McBride BA, Fiese BH. (2017). Longitudinal Perspectives of Faculty and Students on Benefits and Barriers to Transdisciplinary Graduate Education: Program Assessment and Institutional Recommendations. Palgrave Communications 3, Article number: 40. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41599-017-0027-y