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A Comprehensive Approach to Research and Innovation

Theresa Spezzano

My academic interested in public health encompass health economics related to behavior change and sustainable programs that promote healthy behaviors and environments. My current research projects include "Understanding the Factors Influencing Consumption of Sugary Beverages" and "Text Nudge, Using Text Messaging to Promote Physical Therapy Adherence With Older Adults in New Zealand." These studies both look at ways to increase healthy lifestyles and behaviors. Making the healthier option easier to obtain and thereby being easier to sustain. I plan to continue pursuing research, programs and evaluation of programs in this area.

Master of Advanced Study: University of California, Davis, June 2008
Areas of Concentration: Maternal and Child Nutrition, Youth and Family Development

Master of Science: Montana State University, September 2003
Areas of Concentration: Animal Science, Entomology

Bachelor of Science: Oregon State University, June 2001
Areas of Concentration: Animal Science, Public Land and Natural Resource Law

Anything Else: 

Board member 2014 – Present
Stanislaus County Commission for Women

Program Team Leader 2008 – 2017
UC ANR Healthy Lifestyles Program Team
Healthy Lifestyles Program Team

Workgroup Member 2008 - 2017
UC ANR Families with Young Children Workgroup

Workgroup Member 2012 – 2017
UC ANR California Communities Workgroup

Member 2012 – 2017
National Extension Asso. Of Family and Consumer Science

Member 2008 – 2017
American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

California Dept. of Public Health 2015
SNAP-Ed Team Award

Sautter Award for Innovation in Information Technology 2017
Team award for Putting Youth on the Map

Dr. Paul Brown