Visiting Scientists and Alumni


Emma Beidler

Emma Beidler graduated from Penn State in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences and a minor in Business. As an undergraduate, she worked in Dr. Keller's lab, completing her Honors Thesis on the impact novel brand packaging has on child consumption of a test meal. After graduation, she completed her Dietetic Internship with Penn State and now works as a long term care dietitian in Honey Brook, PA.

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Rachel Bloom

Rachel Bloom

My name is Rachel Bloom and I am a Penn State alumna from 2014, having received a Bachelor of Sciences in Nutritional Sciences and a minor in Psychology. I was also a Schreyers Scholar. I worked as an undergraduate researcher from June 2012-May 2014. My undergraduate thesis investigated the influence of genetic variation on taste perception, fat preference, fat intake, and Body Mass Index (BMI). After graduation, I completed the Dietetic Internship at The University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, MD, a 10-month program with an extensive clinical focus. I have since been working as a Clinical Dietitian at a hospital in Baltimore, MD.

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Arimani Caprio

Arimani Caprio

Arimani Caprio was a Research Assistant for the Decision-Making Study as an undergraduate. She also completed an Honors Thesis based on research investigating relationships between Eating in the Absence of Hunger (EAH), child weight status, Loss of Controlled Eating, and food-consuming behaviors observed during EAH in 7-11 year-old children. She has since graduated with a degree in Biology with a Vertebrate Physiology option, and is considering a career in pediatric medicine.

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Lauren Cherry

Lauren Cherry

Lauren completed a coordinated dietetic internship and Master's degree program at Case Western Reserve University and the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center in Cleveland, OH. Lauren developed passions for pediatric and neonatal nutrition while studying in graduate school and completing internship rotations, and loves being able to make connections between what she observed in the lab, learned in the classroom, and sees in the hospital. She currently practices as a Registered Dietitian in the Greater Philadelphia Area.

Alex Close

Alexandra Close

Alex is a undergraduate student studying Nutritional Sciences in the applied science option. She is currently working on the CTSI Hunger and Fullness Study, Dairy Study and McCormick Study. She was awarded with the Erickson Summer Discovery Grant to continue her research in the summer to look at the relationship between maternal maladaptive eating behaviors and the development of overeating and obesity development in children. Outside of the lab, Alex is the President of the Student Nutrition Association and has started several programs within the community such as teaching students with special needs nutrition related topics and creating recipe cards to be given out at local food banks. She has also worked as a teaching assistant for an upper level nutrition course at Penn State.

Morgan Devine

Morgan Devine

Morgan Devine started working as an undergraduate research assistant in the Metabolic Kitchen and Children’s Kitchen Eating Behavior Laboratory in March 2016, assisting with the Decision Making Study. She has since graduated from Penn State University, majoring in Biobehavioral Health. Her goal was to work with children in a medical setting and she was considering applying to medical school after graduation.

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Megan Lasko

Megan Lasko

Megan is a 2016 graduate of Penn State’s Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics program. As an undergraduate research assistant in the Metabolic Kitchen, Megan worked with the Dairy Study, the CTSI study, and the Spice Study. While at Penn State, she was also an active member of the Student Nutrition Association, volunteered as a LifeLink nutrition educator, and worked as the nutrition coordinator for a Centre County community wellness initiative, the Nutrition Habit Challenge. In September 2016, Megan will begin both her dietetic internship through Sodexo’s Allentown campus, as well the University of Rhode Island’s online master’s program in Dietetics. Graduation from both programs is set for fall 2017, after which Megan would like to pursue a career in medical nutrition therapy.

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Laural Kelley

Laural Kelly English

Laural Kelly English holds a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from Allegheny College, where she focused on prenatal and neonatal risk factors of schizophrenia. Laural earned her Master of Science in Nutrition from Meredith College and is co-author of the Color Me Healthy for SNAP-Ed nutrition curriculum for preschoolers. Laural previously oversaw nutrition education programming for the state of North Carolina before returning to Penn State. Her research interests include the role of food cues and underlying neural mechanisms in eating behavior of children and mothers.

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Nicole Fearnback

S. Nicole Fearnbach

Nicole is a PhD candidate in Nutritional Sciences and USDA Childhood Obesity Prevention Training Fellow. She graduated with a B.S. in Exercise Science from Florida State University in 2012, and has since been working as a graduate research assistant in the Children’s Eating Behavior Lab. Her primary research interests are in the neurological and physiological control of appetite and food intake in children. She is also interested in the interaction between exercise and eating behavior.

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Haley Schlecter

Haley Schlecter

Haley is a junior studying Nutritional Sciences with the aspiration of becoming a registered dietitian working in Sports Nutrition. In the lab, she works on many of the studies going on and helps with general lab organization. She is actively working on the Food Behavior Study, CTSI, Spice Study and Dairy Study. Outside of the lab she is an Assistant to Dr. Kris Clark, the University’s only Sports Dietitian, and is a captain on Club Track and Field.

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Catherine Shehan

Catherine Shehan

Catherine obtained her Master’s degree in Food Science (2014) while working in our laboratory. She was co-advised by Dr. Keller and Dr. John Hayes. She received a B.S. in Food Science from Purdue University in May 2012. She is interested in the intersection of Food Science and Nutrition as it applies to public health and policy. Her thesis work focused on the effects of various family factors on the relationship between food liking and intake in preschoolers.

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Wendy Stein

Wendy Stein

Wendy Stein obtained her Master’s degree in in Nutritional Sciences, minoring in Human Development and Family Studies (2015), while working in our laboratory. She earned her BS in Nutritional Sciences and Psychology from Michigan State University in 2012. Wendy is interested in the influence of food marketing on children’s food choices and intake, and strategies to increase children’s consumption of vegetables. Wendy hopes to work within industry and apply her research skills at a natural and organic food company.

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Visiting Scientists

Ellie Brian

Elenore Brian

Eleanor Brian was an undergraduate student at Loughborough University, UK, working towards a BSc (Hons) Human Biology degree in 2015/2016. She was a fellow in Dr Kathleen Keller's laboratory for 1 year to gain nutrition research experience.

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Marlou Lasschuijt

Marlou P. Lasschuijt was a visiting scientist in our lab during the Summer of 2014. At the time she was pursuing a Master's degree in Human Nutrition and Health from the University of Wageningen, the Netherlands. She was a great member of our team! Currently works on a PhD project that aims to elucidate the neurocognitive mechanisms controlling satiation at Wageningen University.

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Odile Piettre

Odile was a visiting scientist who worked in our lab during the summer of 2014. She was graduate student at the Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Sciences in France. We would love to have her visit again!

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Visiting Scholars

Johannes Rehrl

Johannes Rehrl

Johannes visited us In the Fall of 2014 and Spring of 2015, travelling from the University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan. He was an undergraduate student studying Food Science and has decided he would like to become a registered Food scientist after graduating. He helped us with our Dairy and Decision Making studies. His Internship at PSU gave him a wider view of human food intake behavior and the nutritional aspect of food science.

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