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SPROUT is a 3-year cohort study to understand  how mothers' and children's self-regulation impact parenting practices, the family environment, and children's growth through the preschool period. 

Support provided by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (R01HL150848)

What's in Your Glass? Impact of the Flint Water Crisis on Child Feeding Practices Among Black Mothers in Michigan

This study seeks to understand how the Flint Water Crisis and other concerns about water supply safety in Michigan may impact how mothers care for their young children. 

Support provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Healthy Eating Research Program

Parents' Self-Regulation and Youth Type 1 Diabetes Management

This study seeks to understand how parents' self-regulation may affect their children's management of Type 1 Diabetes.

Support provided by the National Institute for Child Health and Development (UH3HD087979)

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Listening to Parents 

Listening to Parents documented the stigmatizing situations that parents of children with obesity experience. In its second phase, the study will focus on development and validation of a measure of parent-directed weight stigma.

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Mealtime Matters (Completed)

In partnership with Adrian Public Schools Head Start, Mealtime Matters pilot tested a teacher training program to promote preschoolers' nutrition, help teachers engage in responsive feeding practices, and make family-style dining easier and lower stress for teachers and children alike.

Support provided by the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Translational Research

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Kids Eating Study (Completed)

The Kids Eating Study enrolled 113 mother/child pairs to understand nuances in mothers' efforts to limit their children's eating.

Support provided by the American Heart Association

Food at Home (Completed)

The Food at Home study aimed to better understand associations between mothers' executive function and the home food environment. 

Support provided by the University of Michigan's Momentum Center

Exploring Nutritional and Metabolomic Pathways Linking Chronic Stress and Childhood Obesity (Completed)

The goal of this study was to identify how early childhood stress may affect children's metabolomic profiles.

Support provided by the International Life Sciences Institute - North America

Understanding weight control strategies among a contemporary adolescent cohort (Completed)

In this study,  University of Michigan freshmen were surveyed to understand the diet and exercise-based strategies that they use to lose weight, maintain their weight, and change their body shape. Use of technology to self-monitor eating, activity, and weight were also examined.

Support provided by the University of Michigan Nutrition and Obesity Research Center