Assistant Clinical Professor, Nutrition and Public Health
Broadly, my research focuses on child obesity prevention and the role parents play in establishing healthy habits. Specifically, I take a mixed-methods approach to investigating links between maternal stress and weight-related parent feeding practices. More recent research has examined child eating habits in the restaurant setting, including the development and validation of digital image methodology to measure consumption.
1. Mueller, M.P., Shonkoff, E.T., Folta, S.C., Anzman-Frasca, S., Economos, C.D. (2020, accepted). Orders of healthier adult menu items following the implementation of a healthier children’s restaurant menu. Nutrients.
2. Shonkoff, E.T., Folta., S.C., Fitopoulos, T., Ramirez, C.N., Bluthenthal, R., Pentz, M.A., Chou, C., & Dunton, F., (2020, accepted). A positive deviance-based qualitative study of stress coping, and feeding practices among low-income, Hispanic mothers whose children do versus do not meet guidelines for fruit and vegetable intake. Health Education Research.
3. Maisano, M. S., Shonkoff, E. T., & Folta, S. C. (2020). Multiple Health Behavior Change for Weight Loss: A Scoping Review. American Journal of Health Behavior, 44(5).
4. Shonkoff, E. T., Fitopoulos, T., & Folta, S. C. (2020). Employing Technology Industry Methods to Facilitate Transformative Learning Experiences in the Classroom: Insights From a Pilot. Pedagogy in Health Promotion, 2373379920925109.
5. Gervis, J., Hennessy, E., Shonkoff, E.T., Bakun, P., Cohen, J., Mueller, M.P., Roberts, S., & Economos, C.D. (2019). Weighed plate waste can accurately measure energy consumption from food in quick-serve restaurants. Journal of Nutrition. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1093/jn/nxz222
6. Lynskey, V.M., Shonkoff, E.T., Matthews, E., Zaslow, J., Hennessy, E., Callender, M.E., Economos, C.D., & Harelick, L. (2018). Using a Marketing Evaluation Tool to Optimize a Social Marketing Campaign in public health nutrition: Insights from a copy test of a You’re the Mom campaign ad. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.
7. Shonkoff, E. T., Dunton, G. F., Chou, C. P., Leventhal, A. M., Bluthenthal, R., & Pentz, M. A. (2017). Direct and indirect effects of parent stress on child obesity risk and added sugar intake in a sample of Southern California adolescents. Public health nutrition, 20(18), 3285-3294.
8. Shonkoff, E.T., Anzman-Frasca, S., Lynskey, V. M., Chan, G., Glenn, M. E., & Economos, C. D. (2017). Child and parent perspectives on healthier side dishes and beverages in restaurant kids’ meals: results from a national survey in the United States. BMC Public Health, 18(1), 56.
9. O’Connor, S. G., Maher, J. P., Belcher, B. R., Leventhal, A. M., Margolin, G., Shonkoff, E. T., & Dunton, G. F. (2017). Associations of maternal stress with children’s weight‐related behaviours: a systematic literature review. Obesity Reviews, 18(5), 514-525.
10. Shin, H., Black, D.S., Shonkoff, E.T., Riggs, N.R., & Pentz, M.A. (2016) Associations among Dispositional Mindfulness, Self-Compassion, and Executive Function Proficiency in Early Adolescents. Mindfulness, 7(6), 1377-1384. DOI 10.1007/s12671-016-0579-8