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Interdisciplinary research that bridges the fields of early childhood nutrition, human development, family studies, and public health.


Teaching in the fields of obesity prevention and treatment, research methods, and early childhood nutrition and development.

Science Communication

Communication of research findings to families, clinicians, and policymakers to promote evidence-based practice and decision-making. Learn more within my Scientific Publications and Developing Appetites blog.

About Me

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Alison Ventura

is a professor of Kinesiology and Public Health at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Biology and a minor in Community Nutrition from the University of California, Davis. She holds Master’s degrees in Nutrition and Human Development & Family Studies and a Ph.D. in Human Development & Family Studies from the Pennsylvania State University. Her expertise is in early childhood nutrition and development, with a particular focus on understanding how parent-child feeding interactions influence the development of children’s eating behaviors, food preferences, and health outcomes.