Kathleen Keller, professor of nutritional sciences and director of the Metabolic Kitchen and Children’s Eating Behavior Laboratory, has received the Evan G. and Helen G. Pattishall Outstanding Research Achievement Award. This award, presented by the College of Health and Human Development, recognizes research contributions occurring or culminating within the past several years.
Dr. Keller’s research focuses on eating behaviors in children, in particular, the neural mechanisms of taste preference and eating behaviors, food marketing and childhood obesity, and genetic and neural influences in taste in children. She uses techniques such as brain imaging and genetic screening to provide insight into the biological underpinnings of eating behavior and food preferences in children and how these behaviors are related to risk for obesity later in life.
The Evan G. and Helen G. Pattishall Award was endowed by Evan Pattishall, dean emeritus, of the former College of Human Development, and his wife Helen Pattishall ’85 IFS. The award has been presented since 1989. Click here to see a list of past recipients.