Alison Ventura, Ph.D., FTOS

Alison Ventura, Ph.D., FTOS is an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and a Fellow of The Obesity Society. Dr. Ventura earned a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Community Nutrition from the University of California, Davis. She continued on to earn two M.S. degrees (one in Nutrition and the other in Human Development and Family Studies), and a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Ventura is specifically interested in the aspects of familial interactions that contribute to individual variability in development and obesity risk. A key focus of her research is on the bidirectional influences between children and caregivers, and how child characteristics influence, and are influenced by, caregiver characteristics and behaviors. The overarching goal of her current research is to identify potential targets for the design, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based obesity prevention programs to promote optimal feeding behaviors, self-regulatory abilities, and weight gain trajectories during infancy and early childhood.

Project: Does maternal distraction impact maternal responsiveness and infant behaviors during feeding? A pilot study.