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Barbara Lohse

Director of the Wegmans School for Health and Nutrition
Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition
Institute of Health Sciences and Technology

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Barbara Lohse

Director of the Wegmans School for Health and Nutrition
Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition
Institute of Health Sciences and Technology

Education

BS, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire; MS, University of Wisconsin-Stout; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Bio

Barbara Lohse is a nutrition education engineer and Head of the Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition at RIT. Formerly the Principal Investigator of the Pennsylvania SNAP-Ed program and Research Professor at Penn State, she is currently a Professor of Health Sciences in the College of Health Science and Technology. Dr. Lohse has experience providing evidence-based, theory-driven nutrition education to low-income audiences. Dr. Lohse received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, a Master of Science degree in food and nutrition from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and a PhD in nutritional sciences and educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has experience as a clinical dietitian, dietetic internship director, Extension specialist in nutrition, nutrition instructor and researcher. Dr. Lohse works with others to focus nutrition education on health and eating behaviors that are effective, yet feasible and sustainable and contribute to the vision of the Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition: Scholars, students, citizens 'walk the talk' to secure health for all.

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Areas of Expertise

Currently Teaching

NUTR-333
3 Credits
This course prepares Dietetics and Nutrition students to counsel and train clients and to give effective and persuasive presentations. Topics include communications methods, learner/audience analysis, basic learning theory, developing counseling and training materials, as well as designing, making, and evaluating individual and group presentations. As part of the course each student is required to design and give a presentation and to design a self-training module/lesson.

Latest News

  • December 4, 2018

    Woman measures arm of child with strip to determine anemia.

    Students study anemia in Ghana

    Students in RIT’s Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition spent two weeks traversing Ghana as part of a global research experience to learn more about the toll of anemia on the West African nation’s women and children.
  • April 13, 2018

    A photo of Foodlink's curbside market truck. People stand around the truck talking.

    RIT pilots community nutrition program

    A federally funded pilot program developed by RIT professors promotes a healthy diet with financial incentives that allow local shoppers to stretch their nutrition assistance benefits when they buy fresh vegetables at designated locations.

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Journal Paper
Lohse, Barbara, Melissa Pflugh Prescott, and Leslie Cunningham-Sabo. "Eating Competent Parents of 4th Grade Youth from a Predominantly Non-Hispanic White Sample Demonstrate More Healthful Eating Behaviors than Non-Eating Competent Parents." Nutrients 11. (2019): 1501. Web.
Prescott, Melissa Pflugh, et al. "Child assessments of vegetable preferences and cooking self-efficacy show predictive validity with targeted diet quality measures." BMC Nutrition 5. (2019): 21. Web.
Lohse, Barbara, et al. "Impact of a Weight Management Intervention on Eating Competence: Importance of Measurement Interval in Protocol Design." American Journal of Health Promotion 32. 3 (2018): 718-728. Print.
Strutz, Erin, et al. "Accelerometry-Derived Physical Activity Correlations Between Parents and Their Fourth-Grade Child Are Specific to Time of Day and Activity Level." Journal of Physical Activity and Health 15. 6 (2018): 440-447. Print.
Prescott, Melissa Pflugh, et al. "Teacher Well-Being Attributes Are Positively Associated With Teacher Perceptions of Fuel for Fun Tasting Lessons." Topics in Clinical Nutrition 33. 4 (2018): 272-280. Print.
Lohse, Barbara, et al. "Impact of a Weight Management Intervention on Eating Competence: Importance of Measurement Interval in Protocol Design." American Journal of Health Promotion 41. 4 (2017): 1-11. Web.
Ruder, Elizabeth and Barbara Lohse. "NEEDs for Tots: A Teacher-Ready and Parent-Friendly Curriculum Focuses on Principles of the Satter Division of Responsibility in Feeding." Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 49. 4 (2017): 357-359. Print.
Wayman, Elizabeth, et al. "School-age Cooking Program Assessment has Face Validity." British Food Journal 119. 5 (2017): 1017-1027. Print.
Cunningham-Sabo, Leslie, et al. "A Cluster-randomized Controlled Study of Cooking Skills, Eating Behaviors, and Physical Activity of 4th Graders and Their Families." BMC Public Health 16. (2016): 444; DOI 10.1186/s12889-016-3118-6. Web.
Quick, Virginia, et al. "A Streamlined, Enhanced Self-report Physical Activity Measure for Young Adults." International Journal of Health Promotion and Education 54. 5 (2016): DOI: 10.1080/14635240.2016.1169941. Web.
Quick, Virginia, et al. "Relationships of Sleep Duration with Weight-related Behaviors of U.S. College Students." Behavioral Sleep Medicine. December 2 (2015): 1 - 16. Web.
Peer Reviewed/Juried Poster Presentation
Abu, Brenda, Barbara Lohse, and Leslie Cunningham-Sabo. "Parent BMI increase 2 to 5 years post-study related to change in age but independent of other sociodemographics, health behavior, and study engagement." Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Nutrition, June 8-11, 2019; Baltimore MD. Ed. NA. Baltimore, MD: n.p..
Abu, Brenda AZ, Barbara Lohse, and Leslie Cunningham-Sabo. "Body Mass Index of Parents of 4th Graders Aligns with Psychosocial and Demographic Factors but Is Stable over a Year: Considerations for Healthy Weight Intervention Design and Assessment." Proceedings of the American Society for Nutrition. Ed. Jack Odle. Boston, MA: Sage.
Burg, Xanna, et al. "Accelerometry oOutcomes Have Limited Congruence with a Face Valid, Self-report Measure in a Sample of 4th Grade Youth." Proceedings of the American Public Health Association. Ed. Unknown. San Diego, CA: n.p..
Ruder, Elizabeth and Barbara Lohse. "TITLE: Overweight/Obesity is Associated with Limited Engagement in Fruit/Vegetable Incentive Programs." Proceedings of the The Obesity Society. Ed. Unknown. Nashville, TN: Unknown.
Smith, Stephanie, Barbara Lohse, and Leslie Cunningham-Sabo. "Offering Salad Bars Increased Vegetable Variety and Prevalence of 4th-grade Students Choosing Vegetables and Decreased Plate Waste." Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. June 7 - 10 2017, Victoria Canada. Ed. NA. Victoria, BC, Canada: n.p..
Cunningham-Sabo, Leslie, et al. "Challenges and Opportunities for Integrating Cooking Experiences into Nutrition Education for Low-income Children and Youth." Proceedings of the Cook and Health Symposium. Ed. NA. London, England: n.p..
Reigh, Nicole, et al. "An Intervention to Improve Eating Self-regulation in Children Increases Knowledge and Energy Compensation." Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of The Obesity Society at Obesity Week. Ed. NA. Oxon Hill, MD: n.p..
Ruder, Elizabeth, et al. "Using a Grocery List is Associated with Higher Diet Quality but not BMI in Parents of School-Aged Children." Proceedings of the Annual meeting. Ed. NA. Washington, DC: n.p..
Wayman, Elizabeth, Leslie Cunningham-Sabo, and Barbara Lohse. "Cognitive Interviews Define Fuel for Fun Physical Activity Survey Items as Face Valid with Rochester, NY Area Fourth Graders." Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior. Ed. NA. Washington, DC: n.p..
Lohse, Barbara, et al. "Fuel for Fun parent assessments of fruit and vegetable availability and modeling eating behaviors supportive of fruits and vegetables show predictive validity with targeted Health Eating Index components." Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. June 7 - 10 2017, Victoria Canada. Ed. NA. Victoria, BC, Canada: NA.
Cunningham-Sabo, Leslie, et al. "Fuel for Fun Child Assessments of Vegetable Preferences and Cooking Selfefficacy Show Predictive Validity with Targeted Healthy Eating Index Components." Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. June 7 - 10 2017, Victoria Canada. Ed. NA. Victoria, BC, Canada: NA.
Cady, Matthew, Barbara Lohse, and Loren Masters. "Establishing Face Validity of a Digital Program on Parent/Caregiver Roles in Enhancing Child Physical Activity." Proceedings of the American College of Sports Medicine, May 31-June 4, Boston, MA. Ed. NA. Boston, MA: Medical Sci Sports Exerc..
Cunningham-Sabo, Leslie, et al. "Challenges and Opportunities for Integrating Cooking Experiences into EFNEP and SNAP-Ed Nutrition Education for Children and Youth." Proceedings of the Food and Nutrition Conference and Exhibition, October 15 - 18, 2016, Boston, MA. Ed. NA. Boston, MA: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Lohse, Barbara and Loren Masters. "Online Survey Asserts Need for Dental Health Education and Services for Low-income and Food Insecure Adults." Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior, July 2016, San Diego, CA. Ed. NA. San Diego, CA: Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.
Lohse, Barbara, et al. "Self-reported Change in Physical Activity and Screen Time in 4th Graders Shows Gender, Seasonal and Weight Status Differences Even in Absence of an Intervention Effect." Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior, July 2016, San Diego, CA. Ed. NA. San Diego, CA: Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.
Cunningham-Sabo, Leslie, et al. "Fuel For Fun: Cooking with Kids Plus Parents and Play-Year 4 Achievements." Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior, July 2016, San Diego, CA. Ed. NA. San Diego, CA: Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.
Prescott, Melissa, et al. "Teacher Well-being Practices are Positively Associated with Teacher Perceptions of Fuel For Fun Tasting Lessons." Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior, July 2016, San Diego, CA. Ed. NA. San Diego, CA: Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.
Published Conference Proceedings
Cunningham-Sabo, Leslie, Barbara Lohse, and Stephanie Smith. "Fourth-Graders without Cooking Experience Make Greatest Gains in Key Outcomes of School-Based Culinary Intervention." Proceedings of the American Society for Nutrition. Ed. Jack Odle. Boston, MA: n.p., 2018. Web.
Lohse, Barbara and Leslie Cunningham-Sabo. "Cooking Experience and Family Involvement Key to Body Mass Index Change in a 4th-Grade School-Based Intervention." Proceedings of the American Society for Nutrition. Ed. Jack Odle. Boston, MA: Sage, 2018. Web.
Lohse, Barbara. "Preschool Children of Eating Competent Parents Have Higher Quality of Life and Lower Nutrition Risk." Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior; July 2015; Pittsburgh PA. Ed. NA. NA, NA: Elsevier, 2015. Print.
Ruder, Elizabeth and Barbara Lohse. "Pennsylvania WIC Educators Affirm Need for Folic Acid Education of Low-income, SNAP-Ed Eligible Women." Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior; July 2015; Pittsburgh PA. Ed. NA. NA, NA: Elsevier, 2015. Print.
Archibeque, Loren and Barbara Lohse. "Low-income Pennsylvanian Parents of 10-14 Year Olds Reveal Stressors that Challenge Obesity Prevention Efforts." Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior; July 2015; Pittsburgh PA. Ed. NA. NA, NA: Elsevier, 2015. Print.
Clifford, Jessica, et al. "Cooking with Kids in the Classroom: Lessons Learned." Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior; July 2015; Pittsburgh PA. Ed. NA. NA, NA: Elsevier, 2015. Print.
Cady, Matthew, et al. "Measuring Recess Activity using SOPLAY Revealed Sex and Seasonal Differences Challenges in Fuel for Fun Impact Assessment." Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior; July 2015; Pittsburgh PA. Ed. NA. NA, NA: Elsevier, 2015. Print.
Lohse, Barbara, Stephanie Smith, and Leslie Cunningham-Sabo. "Fuel for Fun Impact Study Affirms Positive Effect on Fruit & Vegetable Preference and Approach to Cooking in School Age Youth." Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior; July 2015; Pittsburgh PA. Ed. NA. NA, NA: Elsevier, 2015. Print.
Cunningham-Sabo, Leslie, et al. "Fuel for Fun: Cooking with Kids Plus Parents and Play - Year 3." Proceedings of the Annual meeting of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior; July 2015; Pittsburgh PA. Ed. NA. NA, NA: Elsevier, 2015. Print.
Sarkar, Divyani, et al. "Interviews Inform Translation of In-school Intervention for Out-of-school Settings." Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior; July 2015; Pittsburgh PA. Ed. NA. NA, NA: Elsevier, 2015. Print.
Smith, Stephanie, et al. "Fruit and Vegetable Weights or Pan Weight are Valid Methods to Estimate Elementary Student Self-service Salad Bar Portions." Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior; July 2015; Pittsburgh PA. Ed. NA. NA, NA: Elsevier, 2015. Print.
Journal Editor
Lohse, Barbara, ed. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. Philadelphia: Elsevier, 2018. Print.
Lohse, Barbara, ed. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. Philadelphia: Elsevier, 2017. Print.
Editors, Barbara Lohse, Member of Board of, ed. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. NA: Elsevier, 2016. Print.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Ruder, Elizabeth and Barbara Lohse. "Adherence to the Satter Division of Responsibility in Feeding Can Predict Child Nutritional Risk." Annual Meeting. Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior. Washington, DC. 21 Jul. 2017. Conference Presentation.
Lohse, Barbara, et al. "Analyses of DRD2/ANKK1 Polymorphisms Reveal A Potential Role of Dopamine Pathways in Eating Competence." Annual Meeting. Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior. Washington, DC, DC. 21 Jul. 2017. Conference Presentation.
Lohse, Barbara and Ellyn Satter. "Mealtime Video-Capture Indicated Construct Validity for Measure of Adherence to Satter Division of Responsibility in Feeding." Annual Meeting. Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior. Washington, DC. 21 Jul. 2017. Conference Presentation.
Lohse, Barbara. "Transitioning About Eating, An Effective Online Program, to a Worksite Wellness Option." Annual Meeting. Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior. Washington, DC. 23 Jul. 2017. Conference Presentation.
Lohse, Barbara. "Validation of the Satter Feeding Dynamics Inventory." Pediatrics Nutrition Support Seminar. University of Rochester School of Medicine. Rochester, NY. 11 Jan. 2017. Lecture.
Lohse, Barbara. "Parent Engagement in Fuel for Fun." Annual Meeting of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior. Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior. San Diego, CA. 2 Aug. 2016. Conference Presentation.
Lohse, Barbara. "Eating Competence Makes Eating A Reasonable Adventure." meRIT Alumni Webinar. RIT Alumni. Rochester, NY. 10 May 2016. Address.
Lohse, Barbara. "Eating Competence Makes Eating A Reasonable Adventure." Research Roundtable. PARC. Rochester, NY. 19 Apr. 2016. Address.
Lohse, Barbara. "About Eating: An Online Program with Evidence of Increased Food Resource Management Skills." Journal Club Webinars. Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior. Rochester, NY. 11 Apr. 2016. Address.
Lohse, Barbara. "The Making of ne/Frames: Theory-driven, Evidence-based Digital Interventions You can Access, Utilize, Design, Develop, Deliver, and Post." Annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Cranberry Township, PA. 8 Apr. 2016. Conference Presentation.
Lohse, Barbara. "About Eating and Other SNAP-Ed Funded Materials from the NEEDs Center of RIT's Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition." Eat Smart New York Training Conference. Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, SNAP-Ed. Albany, NY. 16 Mar. 2016. Conference Presentation.
Lohse, Barbara. "Resources from the NEEDs Center at the Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition at RIT." Department of Community Health Team Meeting. University of Rochester. Rochester, NY. 28 Jan. 2016. Address.
Invited Article/Publication
Lohse, Barbara. "Nutrition Education Doesn’t Stop at the Borders." Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. (2017). Print.
Published Review
Satter, Barbara Lohse and Ellyn. "A Comment on Guthrie J “Integrating Behavioral Economics into Nutrition Education Research and Practice.”." Rev. of Integrating Behavioral Economics into Nutrition Education Research and Practice., ed. Karen Chapman Novakofski. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior Vol49; Issue 8 2017: 711-712. Print.
National/International Competition Award Winner
Lohse, Barbara. Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior. Researcher of the Year. San Diego, CA, 2016.
Lohse, Barbara. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. Platinum Author Recognition Award. San Diego, CA, 2016.