Dr. Chapman-Novakofski has also worked with the state Board of Education standards of Texas, Illinois, and Tennessee as part of her research concerning Web-based nutrition education in middle schools. She has also worked with Latino/Hispanic populations and cultural perspectives on both food and nutrition. Having worked in community nutrition since 1991, Dr. Chapman-Novakofski has worked with many local, state, and federal partners, including the state Nutrition Education and Training programs for teachers, land-grant university extension services, school wellness committees, and parent-teacher associations. Dr. Chapman-Novakofski received her B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her M.S. degree from Eastern Illinois University.
Helen Chipman, Ph.D., R.D., is the National Program Leader in the Nutrition Division of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For more than a decade, Dr. Chipman has provided national leadership to land grant universities that conduct low-income nutrition education. In this capacity, she has served as a liaison among universities and federal agencies and has fostered shared understanding across organizational systems and structures. She has led the development and implementation of a socioecological framework for nutrition education and paraprofessional core competencies, and the completion of four national reports. Previously, Dr. Chipman provided administrative leadership for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, Food Stamp Nutrition Education (FSNE, now SNAP-Ed) and its associated state nutrition network, and had teaching, advising, and research responsibilities as an extension specialist and professor at South Dakota State University. Dr. Chipman is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior. Her publications focus primarily on low-income nutrition education programming and risk communication. Dr. Chipman received a Ph.D. in food science and human nutrition from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, with an emphasis in applied nutrition education.
Isobel Contento, Ph.D., is the Mary Swartz Rose Professor of Nutrition and Education and Coordinator of the Program in Nutrition, Teachers College Columbia University. Her research focuses on factors influencing food choice, particularly among children and adolescents, and the development and evaluation of school-based programs linking childhood obesity prevention to food system education. She is particularly interested in the use of theory and research evidence to design nutrition education programs. Recently completed is a study aimed to reduce the risk of overweight in middle school youth through an emphasis on personal agency and autonomous motivation in healthful food and activity choices through classroom