PRCHN Research Seminar: “Predicting Childhood Obesity Risk in the Context of Adversity”

Brittany Schuler, assistant professor at Temple University’s School of Social Work, will present a Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (PRCHN) Research Seminar titled “Predicting Childhood Obesity Risk in the Context of Adversity” Sept. 11 from noon to 1:15 p.m. in BioEnterprise Building, Room B03 (PRCHN Meeting Room).

This presentation will provide foundational information on the multifaceted links between adversity phenotypes and obesity risk, information hypothesized to be crucial for childhood obesity prevention.

Schuler’s program of research draws on family stress frameworks to examine mechanisms linking adversity and economic hardship to the development of familial dietary patterns and subsequent pediatric obesity risk in low-resourced populations.

Schuler will share her preliminary work documenting direct associations of early life adversities and childhood dietary habits. In addition, she will highlight her work on links between specific types of economic hardship on parenting stress dynamics and subsequent family mealtime quality. She will also discuss how this work serves as the basis for the development of an innovative framework for addressing childhood obesity in the context of adversity.

The seminar is free and open to the community. Parking will be available to all community members and a light lunch will be served.