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Jennifer Orlet Fisher, PhD


Jennifer Orlet Fisher, PhD


Interim Director, Center for Obesity Research and Education

Associate Professor, Department of Public Health

Associate Professor, Center for Obesity Research and Education

Telephone:  215-707-0921

Fax: 215-707-6462

Email: jofisher@temple.edu


Department of Public Health

Center for Obesity Research and Education


Educational Background:


AB Biology, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, 1991


AM, Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL, 1993


PhD, Nutrition, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 1997


Postdoctoral fellowship, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 1997-2000


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research Interests:


Dr. Fisher’s research seeks to understand the early influences on the development of eating behaviors and health outcomes from birth to five years. Much of her work focuses on the role of the family, as a first and fundamental context in which eating habits develop. Over the past decade she has conducted federally-funded studies of child feeding, food portion size, and energy density in preschool-aged children. Her current research focuses on parenting around snacking as well as feeding interventions for low-income mothers to reduce children’s intake of solid fats and added sugars (i.e. “empty calories”).


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  • Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, 1991
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, 1991
  • Magna Cum Laude, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, 1991
  • Hunter Fellowship, College of Agriculture, University of Illinois, 1992
  • Competitive Student Research Award, Graduate Program in Nutrition, Pennsylvania State University, 1994
  • Travel Award, Society for Research in Child Development, 1995
  • Graduate School Fellowship, Graduate School Association, Penn State University, 1995
  • Young Investigator Award, Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, 1995
  • Dannon Institute Nutrition Leadership Institute Fellow, 1998
  • Finalist, Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award, NAASO, 2000
  • Baylor College of Medicine Seed Grant Competition Award, 2001
  • Bristol Myers Squibb/Mead Johnson Pilot Project Award, 2005
  • Alex Malspina Future Leader Award, International Life Sciences Institute North America, 2006
  • Dannon Institute Mid-Career Nutrition Leadership Institute Fellow, 2012

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professional activities:



  • International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
    Website Chair, 2002-204
    Website Committee, 2004-2008
    Communications Committee, 2002
  • The Obesity Society
    Abstract Reviewer, Annual Meeting, 2007
    Vice-Chair, Pediatric Section, 2008-2009
    Chair, Pediatric Section, 2009-2010
    Clinical Care Working Group, 2010-2011
    Abstract Reviewer, Annual Meeting, 2010
    Ex-Officio, Pediatric Section, 2011
    Annual Meeting Program Planning Committee, 2010
    Abstract Reviewer, Annual Meeting, 2011
    Chair, Clinical Track, Annual Meeting Program Planning Committee, 2011-2013
    Abstract Reviewer, Annual Meeting, 2012



  • Co-Executive Editor, Appetite, 2009
  • Editorial Board, Nutrition Review, 2013-




  • Scientific Advisor, ILSI North America Food, Nutrition & Safety Program, 2009-2013
  • Vice-Chair, Annual Meeting Scientific Program, ILSI North America, 2013

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Recent Medically Related Publications, Obtained from PubMed (Click on PubMed ID to view abstract)

26403816. Rollins BY, Savage JS, Fisher JO, Birch LL, Alternatives to restrictive feeding practices to promote self-regulation in childhood: a developmental perspective. Pediatr Obes :()2015 Sep 25

26377320. Davison KK, Blake CE, Blaine RE, Younginer NA, Orloski A, Hamtil HA, Ganter C, Bruton YP, Vaughn AE, Fisher JO, Parenting around child snacking: development of a theoretically-guided, empirically informed conceptual model. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act 12:(109)2015 Sep 17

26197335. Blaine RE, Fisher JO, Taveras EM, Geller AC, Rimm EB, Land T, Perkins M, Davison KK, Reasons Low-Income Parents Offer Snacks to Children: How Feeding Rationale Influences Snack Frequency and Adherence to Dietary Recommendations. Nutrients 7:7(5982-99)2015 Jul 21

25865665. Frankel L, Fisher JO, Power TG, Chen TA, Cross MB, Hughes SO, Confirmatory factor analysis of the Feeding Emotions Scale. A measure of parent emotions in the context of feeding. Appetite 91:(107-13)2015 Aug

25824114. Bauer KW, MacLehose R, Loth KA, Fisher JO, Larson NI, Neumark-Sztainer D, Eating- and weight-related parenting of adolescents in the context of food insecurity. J Acad Nutr Diet 115:9(1408-16)2015 Sep

25779370. Gardner KR, Sapienza C, Fisher JO, Genetic and epigenetic associations to obesity-related appetite phenotypes among African-American children. Pediatr Obes :()2015 Mar 16

25683105. Mooreville M, Davey A, Orloski A, Hannah EL, Mathias KC, Birch LL, Kral TV, Zakeri IF, Fisher JO, Individual differences in susceptibility to large portion sizes among obese and normal-weight children. Obesity (Silver Spring) 23:4(808-14)2015 Apr

25681294. Larsen JK, Hermans RC, Sleddens EF, Engels RC, Fisher JO, Kremers SP, How parental dietary behavior and food parenting practices affect children's dietary behavior. Interacting sources of influence? Appetite 89:(246-57)2015 Jun

25464022. Birch LL, Savage JS, Fisher JO, Right sizing prevention. Food portion size effects on children's eating and weight. Appetite 88:(11-6)2015 May

25463048. Fisher JO, Goran MI, Rowe S, Hetherington MM, Forefronts in portion size. An overview and synthesis of a roundtable discussion. Appetite 88:(1-4)2015 May

25447008. Blake CE, Fisher JO, Ganter C, Younginer N, Orloski A, Blaine RE, Bruton Y, Davison KK, A qualitative study of parents' perceptions and use of portion size strategies for preschool children's snacks. Appetite 88:(17-23)2015 May

25388593. Larsen JK, Kleinjan M, Engels RC, Fisher JO, Hermans RC, Higher weight, lower education: a longitudinal association between adolescents' body mass index and their subsequent educational achievement level? J Sch Health 84:12(769-76)2014 Dec

25240637. Fisher JO, Wright G, Herman AN, Malhotra K, Serrano EL, Foster GD, Whitaker RC, "Snacks are not food". Low-income, urban mothers' perceptions of feeding snacks to their preschool-aged children. Appetite 84:(61-7)2015 Jan

24928474. Lawman HG, Polonsky HM, Vander Veur SS, Abel ML, Sherman S, Bauer KW, Sanders T, Fisher JO, Bailey-Davis L, Ng J, Van Wye G, Foster GD, Breakfast patterns among low-income, ethnically-diverse 4th-6th grade children in an urban area. BMC Public Health 14:(604)2014 Jun 14

24667152. Khandpur N, Blaine RE, Fisher JO, Davison KK, Fathers' child feeding practices: a review of the evidence. Appetite 78:(110-21)2014 Jul

24144074. Malhotra K, Herman AN, Wright G, Bruton Y, Fisher JO, Whitaker RC, Perceived benefits and challenges for low-income mothers of having family meals with preschool-aged children: childhood memories matter. J Acad Nutr Diet 113:11(1484-93)2013 Nov

24045096. Larsen JK, Otten R, Fisher JO, Engels RC, Depressive symptoms in adolescence: a poor indicator of increases in body mass index. J Adolesc Health 54:1(94-9)2014 Jan

23701867. Nicklas TA, Liu Y, Stuff JE, Fisher JO, Mendoza JA, O'Neil CE, Characterizing lunch meals served and consumed by pre-school children in Head Start. Public Health Nutr 16:12(2169-77)2013 Dec

23621981. DiSantis KI, Hodges EA, Fisher JO, The association of breastfeeding duration with later maternal feeding styles in infancy and toddlerhood: a cross-sectional analysis. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act 10:(53)2013 Apr 26

23619315. Huss LR, Laurentz S, Fisher JO, McCabe GP, Kranz S, Timing of serving dessert but not portion size affects young children's intake at lunchtime. Appetite 68:(158-63)2013 Sep

23569096. DiSantis KI, Birch LL, Davey A, Serrano EL, Zhang J, Bruton Y, Fisher JO, Plate size and children's appetite: effects of larger dishware on self-served portions and intake. Pediatrics 131:5(e1451-8)2013 May

23419965. Hodges EA, Johnson SL, Hughes SO, Hopkinson JM, Butte NF, Fisher JO, Development of the responsiveness to child feeding cues scale. Appetite 65:(210-9)2013 Jun

23295501. Fisher JO, Birch LL, Zhang J, Grusak MA, Hughes SO, External influences on children's self-served portions at meals. Int J Obes (Lond) 37:7(954-60)2013 Jul

23157723. Herman AN, Malhotra K, Wright G, Fisher JO, Whitaker RC, A qualitative study of the aspirations and challenges of low-income mothers in feeding their preschool-aged children. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act 9:(132)2012 Nov 16

22741168. Mathias KC, Rolls BJ, Birch LL, Kral TV, Hanna EL, Davey A, Fisher JO, Serving larger portions of fruits and vegetables together at dinner promotes intake of both foods among young children. J Acad Nutr Diet 112:2(266-70)2012 Feb

22741167. Fisher JO, Mennella JA, Hughes SO, Liu Y, Mendoza PM, Patrick H, Offering “dip” promotes intake of a moderately-liked raw vegetable among preschoolers with genetic sensitivity to bitterness. J Acad Nutr Diet 112:2(235-45)2012 Feb

22648719. Savage JS, Haisfield L, Fisher JO, Marini M, Birch LL, Do children eat less at meals when allowed to serve themselves? Am J Clin Nutr 96:1(36-43)2012 Jul

22545206. Frankel LA, Hughes SO, O'Connor TM, Power TG, Fisher JO, Hazen NL, Parental Influences on Children's Self-Regulation of Energy Intake: Insights from Developmental Literature on Emotion Regulation. J Obes 2012:(327259)2012

22205315. Savage JS, Fisher JO, Marini M, Birch LL, Serving smaller age-appropriate entree portions to children aged 3-5 y increases fruit and vegetable intake and reduces energy density and energy intake at lunch. Am J Clin Nutr 95:2(335-41)2012 Feb

22120062. Anzman-Frasca S, Savage JS, Marini ME, Fisher JO, Birch LL, Repeated exposure and associative conditioning promote preschool children's liking of vegetables. Appetite 58:2(543-53)2012 Apr

21849028. Disantis KI, Collins BN, Fisher JO, Davey A, Do infants fed directly from the breast have improved appetite regulation and slower growth during early childhood compared with infants fed from a bottle? Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act 8:(89)2011 Aug 17

21427696. DiSantis KI, Hodges EA, Johnson SL, Fisher JO, The role of responsive feeding in overweight during infancy and toddlerhood: a systematic review. Int J Obes (Lond) 35:4(480-92)2011 Apr

20948520. Burger KS, Fisher JO, Johnson SL, Mechanisms behind the portion size effect: visibility and bite size. Obesity (Silver Spring) 19:3(546-51)2011 Mar

19678947. Hoerr SL, Hughes SO, Fisher JO, Nicklas TA, Liu Y, Shewchuk RM, Associations among parental feeding styles and children's food intake in families with limited incomes. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act 6:(55)2009 Aug 13

19527595. Esposito L, Fisher JO, Mennella JA, Hoelscher DM, Huang TT, Developmental perspectives on nutrition and obesity from gestation to adolescence. Prev Chronic Dis 6:3(A94)2009 Jul

19490734. O'Connor TM, Hughes SO, Watson KB, Baranowski T, Nicklas TA, Fisher JO, Beltran A, Baranowski JC, Qu H, Shewchuk RM, Parenting practices are associated with fruit and vegetable consumption in pre-school children. Public Health Nutr 13:1(91-101)2010 Jan

18689377. Fisher JO, Butte NF, Mendoza PM, Wilson TA, Hodges EA, Reidy KC, Deming D, Overestimation of infant and toddler energy intake by 24-h recall compared with weighed food records. Am J Clin Nutr 88:2(407-15)2008 Aug

18451770. Leahy KE, Birch LL, Fisher JO, Rolls BJ, Reductions in entrée energy density increase children's vegetable intake and reduce energy intake. Obesity (Silver Spring) 16:7(1559-65)2008 Jul

18155736. Fisher JO, Kral TV, Super-size me: Portion size effects on young children's eating. Physiol Behav 94:1(39-47)2008 Apr 22

18065590. Fisher JO, Arreola A, Birch LL, Rolls BJ, Portion size effects on daily energy intake in low-income Hispanic and African American children and their mothers. Am J Clin Nutr 86:6(1709-16)2007 Dec

17977617. Hodges EA, Hughes SO, Hopkinson J, Fisher JO, Maternal decisions about the initiation and termination of infant feeding. Appetite 50:2-3(333-9)2008 Mar-May

17616778. Fisher JO, Liu Y, Birch LL, Rolls BJ, Effects of portion size and energy density on young children's intake at a meal. Am J Clin Nutr 86:1(174-9)2007 Jul

17557986. Fisher JO, Cai G, Jaramillo SJ, Cole SA, Comuzzie AG, Butte NF, Heritability of hyperphagic eating behavior and appetite-related hormones among Hispanic children. Obesity (Silver Spring) 15:6(1484-95)2007 Jun

17556682. Butte NF, Cai G, Cole SA, Wilson TA, Fisher JO, Zakeri IF, Ellis KJ, Comuzzie AG, Metabolic and behavioral predictors of weight gain in Hispanic children: the Viva la Familia Study. Am J Clin Nutr 85:6(1478-85)2007 Jun

17435460. Hughes SO, Patrick H, Power TG, Fisher JO, Anderson CB, Nicklas TA, The impact of child care providers' feeding on children's food consumption. J Dev Behav Pediatr 28:2(100-7)2007 Apr

17341215. Savage JS, Fisher JO, Birch LL, Parental influence on eating behavior: conception to adolescence. J Law Med Ethics 35:1(22-34)2007 Spring

17299114. Fisher JO, Effects of age on children's intake of large and self-selected food portions. Obesity (Silver Spring) 15:2(403-12)2007 Feb

17142191. Jaramillo SJ, Yang SJ, Hughes SO, Fisher JO, Morales M, Nicklas TA, Interactive computerized fruit and vegetable preference measure for African-American and Hispanic preschoolers. J Nutr Educ Behav 38:6(352-9)2006 Nov-Dec

16684391. Yoo S, Baranowski T, Missaghian M, Baranowski J, Cullen K, Fisher JO, Watson K, Zakeri IF, Nicklas T, Food-purchasing patterns for home: a grocery store-intercept survey. Public Health Nutr 9:3(384-93)2006 May

15917048. Anderson CB, Hughes SO, Fisher JO, Nicklas TA, Cross-cultural equivalence of feeding beliefs and practices: the psychometric properties of the child feeding questionnaire among Blacks and Hispanics. Prev Med 41:2(521-31)2005 Aug

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