Kathleen Keller 

Graduation Year: 1991
Induction Year: 2018
Award-winning researcher
Studies childhood eating & obesity
Supports intervention programs

Kathleen Keller is an award-winning researcher in the field of childhood eating behavior and obesity.
After graduating from Marion High School, she earned a bachelor of science degree in biology from Marquette University in 1995 and a
doctorate in nutritional sciences from Rutgers University in 2002.
She is now an associate professor with tenure at The Pennsylvania State University, where she directs the Children’s Eating Behavior Laboratory and Metabolic Kitchen.
Dr. Keller has spent the past 20 years studying how eating behaviors develop in children. She uses a variety of strategies to try to understand eating behavior, including genetic screening, behavioral phenotyping, observational coding, and functional magnetic resonance imaging. The goal of her research is to understand what motivates food choice and intake so that more effective intervention programs can be designed to prevent and/or treat childhood obesity.
She has published numerous peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and was the editor for the Encyclopedia of Obesity, 2007. She has received numerous awards for research and is currently funded through the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders. She has also served as a co-director for a multi-million dollar childhood obesity prevention training grant awarded from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
She is married to her husband, David Williams, and has a 3-year-old son, Samuel.

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