based applied research and evaluation projects on federal nutrition policy, including a hunger survey of children in California’s Central Valley. She has advocated successfully on many bills and issues impacting the health and nutrition of the state’s most vulnerable populations. She serves on many statewide advisory boards and was a reviewer of the Institute of Medicine’s report WIC Food Packages: Time for a Change. In 2005, she was an Atlantic Public Policy Fellow and worked for the government of Scotland, advising on obesity prevention and child nutrition reforms. In 2008, she received the Excellence in Dietary Guidance Award from the American Public Health Association. Ms. True received her B.S. in nutrition science from Barnard College and Simmons College (Boston) and her M.P.H. and registered dietitian credential from the University of California, Berkeley.
ELIZABETH A. VANDEWATER, Ph.D., is senior research scientist at RTI International. Between 1998 and 2007, she was on the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin, where she received tenure and served as associate director of the Population Research Center and as director of the Center for Research on Interactive Technology, Television and Children. Dr. Vandewater’s research focuses on children’s health behaviors and health outcomes. Her current research projects focus on two issues central to children’s health and well-being: (1) the development of pediatric obesity, and (2) the effect of media on very young children. Her research has been funded by NICHD, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Education, the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Fisher-Price Corporation, and the Brainy Baby Corporation. She is a founding investigator of the Children’s Digital Media Center, a research collaborative funded by the National Science Foundation that focuses on the impact of new technologies on children, now in its ninth year of funding. Dr. Vandewater currently serves on the board of PBS Kids Next Generation Media and the Social Sciences and Population Studies review panel at NIH. She received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Michigan and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in life course development at the Institute for Social Research.