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Amy R. Mobley, PhD, RD

Associate Professor, Community Nutrition

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Jones Building, Room 223
Phone: 860-486-5073
Fax: 860-486-3674

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  • Ph.D., Nutrition, 2006 – University of Maryland
  • M.S., Human Nutrition, 1998 – The Ohio State University
  • RD, Post-Graduate Dietetic Internship, The Ohio State University
  • B.S., Applied Nutrition, 1996 – The Pennsylvania State University

Academic and Professional Experience (last 10 years)

  • 8/17-present - Associate Professor with Tenure, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
  • 8/11-7/17 – Assistant Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
  • 9/11-present – Principal Investigator, Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention and Policy, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
  • 2/16-present – Affiliate, Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity, University of Connecticut
  • 12/14-present – Affiliate, Center for Environmental Health and Health Promotion, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
  • 9/10-8/11 – Faculty Associate, Center on Aging and the Life Course, Purdue University
  • 4/07-8/11– Director, Indiana’s Food for the Hungry Program, Purdue University
  • 8/06-8/11 – Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Research Interests

  • Ecological approaches to preventing obesity
  • Nutrition education and behavior
  • Parental influences on childhood obesity
  • Food security
    • Special focus on limited resource audiences

Grants and Contracts

Current external grants:

  • “Development and pilot testing of mHealth enhancements for a father-focused childhood obesity prevention program” (June 1, 2017 - May 31, 2019); PI: Amy R. Mobley: USDA AFRI Childhood Obesity Prevention Challenge Area, $149,996 total costs
  • “Father-Focused Nutrition and Parenting Program to Help Prevent Childhood Obesity in Preschool Age Children.” (June 1, 2016 – April 30, 2018); PI: Amy R. Mobley: NICHD/ 1R21HD087817-01, $419,800 total costs
  • “Bridging the Gap: Summer Experiential Learning in Food and Nutrition.” (Feb 1, 2016-Jan 31, 2019): Co-PI: Amy R. Mobley: USDA/AFRI (PI: Hedley Freake) $275,746 total costs
  • “Development of evidence-based child feeding messages to prevent obesity in early childhood.” (October 1, 2015-September 1, 2017), PI: Amy R. Mobley: Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut, Inc., $75,703 total costs
  • “Evaluation of nutrition education efforts to prevent childhood obesity from preconception to preschool in low-income families” (October 1, 2012-September 30, 2017); PI: Amy R. Mobley: USDA Hatch grant, $71,900 direct costs

Peer reviewed (indexed in PubMed - My NCBI bibliography 11/29/17):

Please see publication list in PubMed by clicking on link below:

Peer reviewed (not indexed in PubMed):

  1. Avila B., Contreras D., Mobley A.R., Peters P. Are parental rules associated with low-income rural children’s consumption of fruits and vegetables in the Midwest? J Hunger Environ Nutr. 2017; 12(4):544-553.
  2. Vollmer R.L., Adamsons K., Foster J.S., Mobley A.R.  Investigating relationships between paternal perception of the role of the father and paternal feeding practices. J Child Fam Stud December 2015, Volume 24, Issue 12, pp 3734-3741.
  3. Mobley A.R. Emergency food programs: Untapped opportunities for Extension? Journal of Extension August 2012:50(4). On-line:
  4. Sigman-Grant M., Strom H., Olson B., Wengreen H, Krogstrand K.S., Mobley A.R. Qualitative evidence of the disconnect between intent and interpretation of common child obesity prevention messages. Forum for Family and Consumer Issues December 2010: 15(3). On-line:

Invited, Non-refereed:

  1. Mobley, A.R., Breaking barriers to fluid milk consumption in older adults. Food Technology June 2011: 22.

Book Reviews:

  1. Mobley A.R. Nutrition Psychology: Improving Dietary Adherence. [New resources for nutrition educators]. J Nutr Educ Behav 2007:39(3):179-180.
  2. Mobley A.R. Understanding Nutrition [New Resources for Nutrition Educators]. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2015;47:*.e1.

Editorial Board Memberships

  1. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (July 1, 2015-present)

  2. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior (June 1, 2016-present)

  3. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (June 1, 2016-present)


Instructor, UConn:
NUSC 1165:    Fundamentals of Nutrition
NUSC 3230:    Principles of Community Nutrition
NUSC 4295:    Special Topics - Dietary Supplements and Nutraceuticals
NUSC 5398:    Special Topics - Obesity Assessment, Prevention and Treatment throughout the Lifecycle
NUSC 5398:    Special Topics- Advanced Nutrition Education Methods in the Community

Independent studies and field experiences:
NUSC 3180:   Community Nutrition Experience
NUSC 3291:   Nutrition Internship (Community Nutrition Emphasis)
NUSC 4299:   Independent Study

Instructor, Other Universities:
FN 330: Diet Selection and Planning, Purdue University
FN 530: Public Health Nutrition, Purdue University
NFSC 100: Elements of Nutrition, University of Maryland

Graduate Students - at University of Connecticut

PhD Students (current):
  • Advisor, Jesse Chiero, MS, Department of Nutritional Sciences.
  • Advisor, Rebecca Heller, RD, Department of Nutritional Sciences, OSP Fellow, UConn

PhD Students (completed):
  • Advisor, Jaime Foster, MS, RD, Department of Nutritional Sciences. "An examination of household food security’s measurement, report and experience by gender", Ph.D., December 2017. Current Position: Post-Doc, UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity.
  • Advisor, Molika Chea, MS, CHES, Department of Nutritional Sciences. "Examining factors that may prevent low-income families from meeting the Dietary Guidelines for consuming fruit, vegetables, and whole grains", Ph.D., August 2017. Adjunct faculty: UConn Hartford & Worchester State University.
  • Advisor, Rachel Vollmer, MS, RD, Department of Nutritional Sciences. “The Forgotten Parent: Exploring Paternal Influences on Young Children’s Eating Behaviors, Diet Quality, Physical Activity, and Body Weight” Ph.D., May 2014.  Current Position:  Assistant Professor, Department of Family & Consumer Sciences, Bradley University
  • Examination committee, Mastaneh Sharafi, MS, Department of Nutritional Sciences, December 2015
  • Examination committee, Santo Coleman, MPH, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, August 2015

Master’s Students (current)
  • Advisor, Julian Chan, Department of Nutritional Sciences

Master’s Students (completed):
  • Associate Advisor, Danielle Bloom, Department of Nutritional Sciences, August 2015
  • Associate Advisor, Von Jesse, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, May 2015
  • Advisor, Laura Joseph, Department of Nutritional Sciences, “Does Nutrition Education Influence Snack Choices of Preschoolers? MS, August 2014.
  • Advisor, Jaime Smith, RD, Department of Nutritional Sciences, “Determining the relationship of food security status and participation in nutrition assistance programs on parental feeding style and childhood obesity.” MS, May 2014.
  • Associate advisor, Erin Lenz, Department of Psychology. “Pretreatment Predictors of Weight Loss in a Comprehensive Behavioral Weight Loss Program,” MA, December 2013.
  • Associate advisor, Katherine Yarbrough, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine. “Association between food insecurity and the availability of and consumption of sugar sweetened beverages among preschool children,” MPH, August 2012.

Honors and Awards (last 10 years)

2016 – Kinsman CAHNR Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Connecticut
2015 – Dannon Institute 2015 Early Career Nutrition Leadership Institute
2015 – Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group Speaker Stipend Award, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
2012 – Jeanne M. Priester Award, Statewide/Multi-State Program: All 4 Kids Program (mult -state effort) involving: University of Nevada (PI: Madeleine Sigman-Grant), University of Connecticut (PI: Amy R. Mobley), Oklahoma State University (PI: Deanna Hildebrand) & Rutgers University (PI: Nurgul Fitzgerald)
2011 – Seed for Success, Excellence in Research Award, Purdue University
2011 – Nutrition Education for the Public (NEP) Award for Excellence, NEP Dietetic Practice Group, American Dietetic Association
2011 – Award for Excellence in Distance Learning, Non-Credit Course, Purdue University
2010 – Teaching for Tomorrow Award Fellow, Purdue University
2010 – Mary L. Matthews Undergraduate Teaching Award, College of Consumer and Family Sciences, Purdue University
2009 – Outstanding Teaching Award, Department of Nutrition Science, Purdue University

Professional Memberships

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics & Connecticut Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • American Society for Nutrition 
    • Chair: Nutrition Education and Behavior Science Research Interest Section (2015-2016)
  • Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior
    • Director-at-Large (July 2017 - present)          
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