Meet our Team

Dr. Ventura Portrait

Principal Investigator

Dr. Alison Ventura is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Public Health at Cal Poly. She is also the Director of the Cal Poly Healthy Kids Lab and Associate Director for Research Training and Fellowship for the Cal Poly Center for Health Research. She holds degrees in Psychology, Nutrition, and Human Development & Family Studies.

 

Dr. Lumeng Portrait

Co-Investigator

Dr. Julie Lumeng is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics in the Medical School and the Department of Nutritional Sciences in the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. She holds an MD and is trained as a developmental and behavioral pediatrician.

 

Dr. McDaniel Portrait

Co-Investigator

Dr. Brandon T. McDaniel is a family scientist, research scientist at the Parkview Mirro Center for Research and Innovation, and nationally recognized expert on the impacts of technology use on children and families. He also regularly engages in community education in the promotion of healthy digital habits.

 

Dr. Miller Portrait

Co-Investigator

Dr. Alison Miller is a developmental psychologist and Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education based in the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. She is an expert in early childhood development and studies individual child, family, and social-contextual factors as influences on child health and well-being. She has conducted research on early-life stress and child self-regulation in relation to mental health, eating behavior and obesity, sleep, media use, and physical activity, with a focus on how parenting and social determinants of health also shape child functioning in these areas. A goal of her work is to apply developmental science perspectives and findings to inform community-, school- and/or family-based interventions seeking to promote child development and well-being and reduce health inequities.

 

Dr. Phelan Portrait

Co-Investigator

Dr. Suzanne Phelan is a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology & Public Health and Director of the Center for Health Research. She is a clinical health psychologist with research interests in lifestyle interventions to promote healthy weight management in the time surrounding pregnancy and beyond.

 

Stephanie Lechuga Portrait

Project Coordinator

Stephanie Lechuga is a Project Coordinator in the Healthy Kids Lab and a Research Associate for the Center for Health Research. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from UC Berkeley, and her Master’s degree in Education with a specialization in Child and Adolescent Development from UC Santa Barbara. Her research interests include mother-child interactions in early childhood, Matrescence, and maternal mental and physical health.

 

Nikki Watson Portrait

Research Associate

Nikki Watson is a Research Associate with the Cal Poly Healthy Kids Lab and Center for Health Research. She graduated from Cal Poly, SLO with a degree in Kinesiology / Exercise Science. Her research interests include knowledge translation, wearable devices, and health technology. 

 

Research Associate 2 Portrait

Research Associate

TBD is a Research Associate with the Cal Poly Healthy Kids Lab and Center for Health Research. She ...

 

UGRA Portrait

Student Research Assistant

UGRA 1 is an research assistant with the Cal Poly Healthy Kids Lab and Center for Health Research. She ...

 

UGRA Portrait

Student Research Assistant

UGRA 1 is an research assistant with the Cal Poly Healthy Kids Lab and Center for Health Research. She ...

 

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