Carol Byrd-Bredbenner, PhD, RD, FAND

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Carol Byrd-Bredbenner

Distinguished Professor & Director of Nutritional Sciences Graduate Program

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Carol Byrd-Bredbenner is a Distinguished Professor of Nutrition and the Nutritional Sciences Graduate Program Director at Rutgers University. Her research focuses on elucidating the role of cognitive and environmental factors on nutrition behaviors and health outcomes and developing recommendations for nutrition communications and implementation science aspects of health promotion interventions. Currently, she is leading the innovative USDA-NIFA and NIH funded childhood obesity prevention program HomeStyles that motivates parents to make quick, easy, evidence-based modifications to their home environment and lifestyle practices (HealthyHomeStyles.com). Dr. Byrd-Bredbenner has published nearly 200 research articles, numerous nutrition books, including the college-level textbook Wardlaws Perspectives in Nutrition; software packages, including FoodWorks; and theory-driven, behaviorally focused nutrition curricula and intervention materials. She received the Helen Denning Ullrich Award for Lifetime Excellence in Nutrition Education from the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior and the Excellence in Nutrition Education Award from the American Society for Nutrition. Dr. Byrd-Bredbenner earned her doctoral degree at Pennsylvania State University.

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