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RONETTE R. BRIEFEL, Dr.P.H., R.D., a senior fellow at Mathematica Policy Research in Washington, DC, is the project director and principal investigator for the 2008 Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS) and was the co-principal investigator for the 2002 FITS. Dr. Briefel’s research includes evaluations of nutrition programs, population-based studies of the diets and health status of children and high-risk populations, and investigations of the home and school food environments and children’s diet and obesity. She has authored more than 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals on topics including infant feeding patterns, dietary intake, food security, obesity, and cardiovascular risk factors of children and disadvantaged populations. Dr. Briefel served on the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Dietary Risk Assessment in the WIC Program and Committee on Strategies to Reduce Sodium Intake in the United States. She received her B.S. in nutrition from Pennsylvania State University, and her M.P.H. in maternal and child health and Dr.P.H. in chronic disease epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Briefel is a member of the American Society for Nutrition and the American Dietetic Association and is a registered dietitian.

JANE E. CLARK, Ph.D., is professor and chair of the Department of Kinesiology and professor in the Neuroscience and Cognitive Sciences program at the University of Maryland, College Park. Currently, her research focuses on the development of motor control and coordination in typically developing infants and children and those children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD). The National Science Foundation has funded her research on infant motor development, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) continues to support her work on children with DCD. She has co-edited 7 texts on motor development and authored 24 book chapters and more than 60 refereed journal publications. She has presented more than 200 scientific papers at national and international conferences and been invited to speak at universities in 10 countries. In addition to her scientific contributions, Dr. Clark has served as the elected leader of three national organizations in the field of kinesiology. She received her Ph.D. in kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin with a major emphasis on the motor skill development of infants and children, an area in which she has made her scientific contributions for more than 30 years.

DORIS C. FREDERICKS, M.Ed., R.D., is executive director of Choices for Children, an organization that provides a variety of family and provider services.



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