• Sharon M. Donovan, PhD RD
  • Professor and Melissa M. Noel Endowed Chair
Home Department:
  • Food Science and Human Nutrition
Graduate Programs:
  • Food Science and Human Nutrition
  • Nutritional Sciences
  • BS, Nutritional Sciences, University of California-Davis, 1983
  • PhD, Nutrition, University of California-Davis, 1988
  • Postdoctoral Research, Pediatric Endocrinology,
           Stanford University Medical Center, 1988-1991
  • 339 Bevier Hall, 905 S. Goodwin Ave, Urbana IL, 61801
  • 217-333-2289
I-TOPP Related Research Interest:
  • Impact of early feeding on development of childhood obesity and the gut microbiome. Parental and childcare influences on picky eating.
Recent Publications:
  • Sutter C, Fiese BH, Lundquist A, Davis EC, McBride BA, Donovan SM. (2018) Sources of Information and Support for Breastfeeding: Alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Strategies. Breastfeed Med. Oct 9 (ahead of print).
  • Donovan SM. (2018) 90th Anniversary Commentary: Prebiotics in Infancy for Allergy Prevention: Promising Findings, but No Consensus. J Nutr. 148(10):1691-1692.
  • Berding K, Donovan SM. (2018) Diet Can Impact Microbiota Composition in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder. Front Neurosci. 12:515
  • Kim JH, Shin JC, Donovan SM. (2018) Effectiveness of Workplace Lactation Interventions on Breastfeeding Outcomes in the United States: An Updated Systematic Review. J Hum Lact. Jun 1:890334418765464
  • Cole NC, Musaad SM, Lee SY, Donovan SM; STRONG Kids Team. (2018) Home feeding environment and picky eating behavior in preschool-aged children: A prospective analysis. Eat Behav. 30:76-82
  • Berding K, Holscher HD, Arthur AE, Donovan SM. (2018) Fecal microbiome composition and stability in 4- to 8-year old children is associated with dietary patterns and nutrient intake. J Nutr Biochem. 56:165-174.
  • Podlesak AK, Mozer ME, Smith-Simpson S, Lee SY, Donovan SM (2017) Associations between Parenting Style and Parent and Toddler Mealtime Behaviors. Curr Dev Nutr.1(6):e000570
  • Cole NC, Wang AA, Donovan SM, Lee SY, Teran-Garcia M; STRONG Kids Team. (2017) Variants in Chemosensory Genes Are Associated with Picky Eating Behavior in Preschool-Age Children. J Nutrigenet Nutrigenomics. 10(3-4):84-92.
  • Sicherer SH, Allen K, Lack G, Taylor SL, Donovan SM, Oria M. (2017) Critical Issues in Food Allergy: A National Academies Consensus Report. Pediatrics. 140(2). pii: e20170194.
  • Cole NC, An R, Lee SY, Donovan SM. (2017) Correlates of picky eating and food neophobia in young children: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Nutr Rev. 75(7):516-532
  • Donovan SM, Comstock SS. (2016) Human Milk Oligosaccharides Influence Neonatal Mucosal and Systemic Immunity. Ann Nutr Metab. 69 Suppl 2:42-51
  • Wang M, Monaco MH, Donovan SM.(2016) Impact of early gut microbiota on immune and metabolic development and function. Semin Fetal Neonatal Med. 21(6):380-387
  • Musaad, S.M.A., Donovan, S.M., Fiese, B.H. and the STRONG Kids Research Team. (2015) Parental perception of child weight in the first two years of life is linked to parental feeding styles and diet in preschoolers. Appetite, 91: 90-100.
  • Boquin, M., Smith-Simpson, S., Donovan, S.M., Lee, S.Y. (2015) Mealtime behaviors and food consumption of picky and non-picky eaters through consumer home use test. Journal of Food Science, 79: S2523-2532.
  • Liechty, J.M., Paceley, M.S., McBride, B.A., Fiese, B., Bos,t K.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: S191-S192.
  • Dev, D.A., Speirs, K.E., McBride, B.A, Donovan, S.M., Chapman-Novakofski, K. (2014) From policy to practice: Head Start and child care providers' motivators, barriers and facilitators to family style meal service. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 29: 649-659.
  • Dev DA, McBride BA, Speirs KE, Donovan SM, Cho H. (2014) Predictors of child-care providers healthful and controlling feeding practices in 2- to 5-year old children. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 114: 1396-1403.
  • Khan, N.A., Raine, L.B., Drollette, E., Scudder, M.R., Pontifex, M.B., Castelli, D.M., Donovan, S.M., Evans, E.M., Hillman, C.H. (2014) A 9-month physical activity intervention reduces adiposity in prepubertal children: Body composition findings from the FITKids trial. Pediatrics, 133: 4 e875-e883.
  • Wang, Y., Wang, A., Donovan, S.M., Teran-Garcia, M., STRONG Kids Research Team. (2013) Individual genetic variations related to satiety and appetite control increase risk of obesity in preschool age children in the STRONG kids program. Human Heredity, 75: 152-159.
  • Musaad, S.M.A., Paige, K.N., Teran-Garcia, M., Donovan, S.M., Fiese, B.H. and the STRONG Kids Research Team. (2013) Childhood overweight/obesity and pediatric asthma: The role of parental perception of child weight status. Nutrients, 5: 3713-3729.
  • Fiese, B.H., Bost, K.K., McBride, B.A., & Donovan, S.M. (2013) Childhood obesity prevention from cell to society. Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism, 24: 375-377.
  • Adedze, P., Chapman-Novakofski, K., Witz, K., Orr, R, & Donovan, S.M. (2011). Knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about nutrition and childhood overweight among WIC participants. Journal of Family and Community Health,34: 301-310.
  • Harrison, K., Bost, K.K., McBride, B.A., Donovan, S.M., Grigsby-Toussaint, D.S., Kim, J., Liechty, J.M., Wiley, A., Teran-Garcia, M., & Jacobsohn, G.C. (2011). Toward a developmental conceptualization of contributors to weight imbalance in childhood: the six-c's model. Child Development Perspectives, 5: 50-58.