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Child Nutrition and Health Expert Dr. Maureen Black Visiting Next Week

11/6/2012  8:00 am

Dr. Maureen Black, a pediatric psychologist specializing in intervention research related to children's nutrition, health, and development from the University of Maryland, will be the next I-TOPP lecturer speaker. I-TOPP, is an innovative research-based PhD/MPH degree program with a focus on obesity prevention and child health and wellbeing.

There are three opportunities to hear Dr. Black:

“Strategies to Protect Children & Families from the Negative Consequences of Food Insecurity”
Monday, November 12
Noon – 1:00 pm

Champaign Public Library, Robeson Pavilion, 200 W. Green, Champaign
Lunch provided – RSVP to Donna Whitehill ( or 217-333-5005

"Healthy from the start:  Interventions to promote children's health & development"
Monday, November 12
4:00-5:00 pm, reception immediately following
Room 62, Krannert ART Museum, 500 E. Peabody Dr

"An Interactive Talk about WIC:  Why families leave after one year, food packaging, data on WIC benefits and more"
Tuesday, November 13
4:00-5:00 pm
Studio, Family Resiliency Center, 904 W. Nevada St, Urbana

These events are free and open to the public.  For more information contact I-TOPP Coordinator Donna Whitehill at or 217-333-5005

About Dr. Maureen Black

Dr. Maureen Black is the John A. Scholl MD and Mary Louise Scholl MD Endowed Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the Chief of the Division of Growth and Nutrition, the Director of the Growth and Nutrition Clinic, and an adjunct professor in the Center for Human Nutrition, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.   Among her funded research, Dr. Black’s NIH projects include, “Challenge in Schools:  Overweight Prevention” and “Toddler Feeding Styles.”  She trained at Pennsylvania State University, Emory University, and the University of California at Los Angeles. She has lived in Bangladesh and Peru and specializes in intervention research related to children’s nutrition, health, and development, conducted in low-income communities in Baltimore and in developing countries.