Scholars

Name:

Natasha Chong Cole

Current position:

Aug 2018 – Current: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Children’s Nutrition Research Center, Baylor College of Medicine

Education:

BBA, Finance, Southern Methodist University

MPH, Nutrition and Dietetics, Loma Linda University

RD, Registered Dietitian

PhD Program:

Nutritional Sciences

Research Interests:

The influence of genetics and the parental feeding environment on picky eating behavior 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 Norton Clinic in San Bernardino, California. Her capstone project focused on nutrition education to families of children 0-5 years of age, in which she developed a culturally tailored instructional cooking video 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. Presented at the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, June 2017, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

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. Presented 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. Presented 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. Presented 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. Poster presentations at the Division of Nutritional Sciences Annual Symposium, March 2016, Urbana, IL and 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. Oral presentations at the Division of Nutritional Sciences Annual Symposium, March 2015, Urbana, IL and 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. Presented at Experimental Biology, April 2009, New Orleans, LA.

Awards:

2017 Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group (PNPG) Research Grant Award, "Nature and Nurture on Picky Eating Behavior in Young Children". Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: $5,000.

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

2016 Food and Family Grant, "Gene–Microbiome–Environment Interactions: Multi-Level Effects on Children's Self-Regulation, Parental Responsive Feeding, and Family Relationships around Mealtimes". PIs: Donovan SM, Bost KB, Teran-Garcia MD, Wiley AR, and Lee SY. Student Co-PIs: Cole NC, Saltzman JA, Parsons AP. Christopher Family Foundation: $100,000.

2016 Student Travel Stipend, Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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 Annual 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, 2017 Margin of Excellence Research Award, Division of Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois: $2,000

2014, 2015 University of Illinois List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students (Outstanding Rank)

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

2013-2017 I-TOPP Predoctoral Fellowship, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture (#2011-67001-30101)

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

2015 Symposium Committee, I-TOPP Biennial Symposium, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

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

Publications:

Cole NC, Wang AA, Donovan SM, Lee SY, Teran-Garcia M, and The STRONG Kids Team. Variants in chemosensory genes are associated with picky eating behavior in preschool-age children. Journal of Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics. 2017;10(3-4):84-92.

Cole NC, An R, Lee SY, Donovan SM. Correlates of picky eating and food neophobia in young children: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Nutrition Reviews. 2017;75(7): 516-532.

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.