Research

We specialize in education and research related to maternal and infant nutrition. Past projects looked at storage, nutritional composition, and immune function of human milk, K-12 breastfeeding education, accessibility of lactation consultants within the WIC program, peer-to-peer milk sharing, bioaccessibility of minerals in donor human milk, health care providers attitudes regarding donor human milk, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Currently our research efforts are focused on the scholarship of teaching and learning within the field of infant nutrition, human lactation, and breastfeeding education. Our goal is to increase breastfeeding knowledge and self-efficacy among future health care providers. Most of our graduate and undergraduate students are pre-health students, meaning they intend to earn a degree in the health care field after graduation (such as nursing, medicine, physical therapy, speech language pathology, dietetics, etc.).