Program-Education, both in the state and nationally. Her research is closely integrated with the outreach provided by these programs. Currently, she leads a community-based intervention study to build parenting skills among limited-resource participants and support healthy lifestyles and prevent childhood obesity. This project also seeks to build the capacity of local extension staff to work with agency partners to make community-level environmental changes. A recently funded study will investigate the impacts of food choices among children resulting from changes to school cafeterias in combination with outreach to parents. Other integrated research includes several projects designed to identify effective, evidence-based practices in nutrition education programming for the limited-resource population. These include an innovative staff training model as well as other studies of program management and delivery practices. Additional areas of interest and recent research include the development of valid outcome measures to assess behavioral change among participants in these programs, and access to nutritional care for low-income people with chronic disease. She is a registered dietitian. Dr. Dollahite received her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin.
Philip Gleason is a senior fellow at Mathematica Policy Research in Princeton, New Jersey. He is an expert in evaluation design and random assignment and has directed many studies related to education initiatives and federal nutrition programs. Dr. Gleason’s past research has included a study of the dynamics of participation in the Food Stamp Program and an investigation into the relationship between food stamp receipt and participants’ dietary intakes. He has also directed a number of studies of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. In the area of education, Dr. Gleason directs an evaluation of the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) for the KIPP Foundation and recently led a rigorous lottery-based experimental evaluation of charter schools for the U.S. Department of Education. He is currently leading a study of the distribution of highly effective teachers in school districts around the country. Dr. Gleason publishes regularly in peer-reviewed journals, with recent articles appearing in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Evaluation Review, Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Journal of Agricultural Economics, and Demography. He is on the board of editors of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and has recently coauthored a series of articles for that journal on the methodological aspects of publishing nutrition research. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Barbara A. Laraia is associate professor in the School of Public Health, Public Health Nutrition Program, at the University of California, Berkeley.