Scholars

 

Name:

Natasha Chong Cole

Education:

BBA, Finance, Southern Methodist University

MPH, Nutrition and Dietetics, Loma Linda University

RD (Registered Dietitian)

PhD Program:

Nutritional Sciences

Research Interests:

The interaction between genetics and parent feeding strategies in the development of picky eating behaviors in early childhood.

MPH Practicum Experience:

Natasha worked with the Good 2 Grow: Total Toddler Check-up program at the Social Action Community Health System (SACHS)-Norton clinic in San Bernardino, California. Her project focused on nutrition education to families of children 0-5 years of age, in which she helped to develop an instructional cooking DVD to accompany the provided cookbooks.

Advisors:

Dr. Sharon Donovan and Dr. Soo-Yeun Lee

Posters and Presentations:

Saltzman JA, Cole NC, Figueroa R, Bost KK, Wiley AR, Lee SY, Donovan SM, Fiese BH. Effects of maternal emotional responses on child health behaviors: a STRONG Kids study. Oral presentation at the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, June 2017, Victoria, Canada. (Accepted)

Cole NC, Lee SY, Donovan SM. Relationship between solid food introduction and picky eating in the STRONG Kids 2 cohort. Poster presentations at the Division of Nutritional Sciences Annual Symposium, April 2017, Urbana, IL and Experimental Biology, April 2017, Chicago, IL.

Saltzman JA, Cole NC, Bost KK, Donovan SM, Fiese BH. Responsive feeding and breastfeeding moderate the association between maternal attachment security and overeating in 18-month old infants in the STRONG Kids 2 cohort. Oral presentation at Experimental Biology, April 2017, Chicago, IL.

Bost KK, Saltzman JA, Parsons AC, Cole NC, Martin M, Donovan SM, Musaad SM. Child temperament, eating behavior, and maternal attachment style as predictors of children’s executive functioning. Poster presentation at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennual Meeting, April 2017, Austin, TX.

Cole NC, An R, Lee SY, Donovan SM. Characteristics associated with picky eating and food neophobia in early childhood: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Poster presentation at The Obesity Society Annual Meeting, November 2016, New Orleans, LA.

Metcalfe JJ, Fiese BH, Cole NC, Jones BL. The relationship between children's narratives about meals and observed family mealtime communication. Poster symposium presentation at the National Council on Family Relations, November 2016, Minneapolis, MN.

Cole NC, Musaad SM, Fiese BH, Lee SY, Donovan SM. Influence of family mealtime routines on preschoolers' picky eating behaviors and food consumption. FASEB J 2016;30:1150.11. Poster presentation at 1) the Division of Nutritional Sciences Annual Student Symposium, March 2016, Urbana, IL and 2) Experimental Biology, April 2016, San Diego, CA.

Cole NC, Lee SY, Donovan SM. Child-centered parental feeding practices associated with fewer picky eating behaviors in preschoolers. Oral presentation at the I-TOPP Biennial Symposium, October 2015, Champaign, IL and poster presentation at The Obesity Society Annual Meeting at Obesity Week, November 2015, Los Angeles, CA.

Cole NC, Wang A, Lee SY, Donovan SM, Teran-Garcia MD. Perceived picky eating behaviors in preschoolers is influenced by polymorphisms in chemosensory genes. FASEB J. 2015 29:275.2. Oral presentation at 1) the Division of Nutritional Sciences Annual Student Symposium, March 2015, Urbana, IL and 2) Experimental Biology, March 2015, Boston, MA.

McCarthy K, Gaban-Chong N, Hudthagosol C, Oda K, Sabaté J, Haddad EH. Pecan-enriched meal inhibits postprandial LDL oxidation in healthy subjects. FASEB J. 2009 23:337.6. Poster presentation at Experimental Biology, April 2009, New Orleans, LA.

Awards:

2017 Toshiro Nishida Research Award, Division of Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois

2016 Student Travel Stipend, Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group

2016 Travel Scholarship, Nutrition Obesity Research Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham

2016 Travel Scholarship, Nutrition Research Institute, University of North Carolina 

2016 Gerber Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, American Society for Nutrition

2016 First Place Poster Presentation, Division of Nutritional Sciences Symposium, University of Illinois

2016 William Rose Endowment Award, Division of Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois

2016 I-TOPP Seed Grant, "Gene-Environment Interaction in Predicting Picky Eating Behaviors in Early Childhood", USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, $9,304

2015 Frank W. Kari Memorial Award, Division of Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois

2015, 2016 Margin of Excellence Research Award, Division of Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois 

2014, 2015 University of Illinois List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students

2014 Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society, the Honor Society of Agriculture, University of Illinois

2013- Present I-TOPP Fellowship, USDA -National Institute of Food and Agriculture 

Service/Leadership:

2015-Present Evidence Abstractor, Birth-24 Months and Pregnant Women Project, USDA Nutrition Evidence Library, Health and Human Services

2014-Present Contributing Author, CareerSkillet.org and BingeThinking.net

2014-2015 Website Content Contributor, Pediatric Subunit, Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

2011-2013 Executive Board Secretary, Inland District Dietetic Association, California Dietetic Association, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Publications:

Cole NC, An R, Lee SY, Donovan SM. Correlates of picky eating and food neophobia in young children: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Accepted for publication in Nutrition Reviews.

Haddad EH, Gaban-Chong N, Oda K, Sabaté J. Effect of a walnut meal on postprandial oxidative stress and antioxidants in healthy individuals. Nutrition Journal. 2014;13:4.