Research Interests
Extension and Outreach

Diane Bales
Associate Professor and Extension Human Development Specialist

I conduct applied research to evaluate the effectiveness and short- and long-term impact of outreach programs on early brain development, healthy eating and physical activity for young children, appropriate use of technology in early childhood education, and other topics. 

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Alison Berg
Assistant Professor and Extension Nutrition and Health Specialist

Alison's current research involves evaluating community education programs to improve nutrition for the prevention and management of chronic disease, including obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and some cancers. 

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Ted Futris
Associate Professor and Extension Family Life Specialist

I research couple and coparenting relationships across various contexts in order to inform the development of educational programs and resources that promote healthy and stable families. As well, I evaluate the efficacy of family life programs in order to better understand educational practices that lead to healthy couple and family relationships.

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Judy Harrison
Professor and Extension Foods Specialist

I examine food safety education needs, test materials and methods for delivering food safety education to a variety of audiences and measure the impact of educational programs. 

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Joan Koonce
Professor & Extension Financial Planning Specialist

My research examines several areas of family financial planning, financial behavior of youth and family communication about finances, and low-income consumers and poverty.

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Carla Moore
Assistant Professor and Extension Nutrition Specialist

Dr. Moore's research interests include psychosocial and environmental determinants of health behaviors and health disparities, with an emphasis on obesity treatment and prevention.

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Michael Rupured
Senior Public Service Associate and Extension Financial Management Specialist

Evaluates the effectiveness of financial education programs on program participants.

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Pamela Turner
Associate Professor & Extension Housing Specialist

My research and work focuses on linkages between health and housing, and living healthier and greener. I am especially interested in the use of social media to provide people with an online source of trustworthy information.

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