Karen E. Peterson, PhD NPOD EAC

Stanley M. Garn Collegiate Professor and Chair

Department of Nutritional Sciences
University of Michigan

Phone: 734.647.1923  |  Email: karenep@umich.edu

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Prof. Peterson's research interests include: 1) the examination of effects of diet and toxicants found in foods and personal care products on physical growth, maturation and development of obesity and metabolic risk across sensitive life course periods; 2) the design and evaluation of population-based interventions promoting health behaviors and reducing obesity and risk of nutrition-related chronic conditions; and 3) the development and validation of diet and physical activity measures in children and adults. She has conducted numerous studies evaluating interventions to improve dietary behaviors and weight status in low-income children and families.  At the University of Michigan, she is the founding Director of the Momentum Center, designed to foster transdisciplinary innovation in child obesity research within a developmental perspective campus wide among University of Michigan faculty (momentumcenter.org: Driving Discovery to End Child Obesity).  As Associate Director of the MNORC since its inception in 2013 and Co-Director of the NExT core, she is collaborating closely with Dr. Horowitz and direct the Nutrition Assessment Lab (NAL). She has expertise in the validation of self-report instruments to assess dietary intake of nutrients across different lifecycle periods, relative to metabolomics and other unbiased biomarkers and criterion measures.