Dr. Donovan received her PhD in Nutrition at the University of California, Davis. She served as Director of the Division of Nutritional Sciences between 1999 and 2009 and as Director of the Graduate Dietetic Internship from 2008-2014. Dr. Donovan teaches both basic and advanced nutrition classes to undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Donovan has over 130 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, and receives grant support from the National Institutes of Health, the United States Department of Agriculture, and other various programs within the food and pharmaceutical industries. Her research efforts have been recognized with several awards from both national and international organizations, and her graduate students have been the recipients of prestigious fellowships, scholarships and awards for their research accomplishments. Dr. Donovan's complete bio can be found here.
Dr. Kelly Bost is a professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and affiliate of the Family Resiliency Center and Department of Psychology. Her core research program examines the dynamic interplay between emotion processes and close relationships. She studies how children co-construct beliefs about relationships through the nature and quality of interactions with family members and peers, and how early attachment security and child temperament impact the development of (mal) adaptive emotion regulation strategies and stress responses across development. Her research program incorporates longitudinal designs using multi-method and multi-level approaches and has been funded by NIH and NSF. Dr. Bost is also an investigator on the STRONG KIDS 2 (SK2) birth cohort study which examines genetic and environmental phenotypes predictive of unhealthful eating, weight, and health trajectories. Her work in this area focuses on how family mealtime environments, parent-child attachment histories, and the emotion-cognition interface may influence the development of pediatric obesity and behavioral regulation. With SK2 collaborators, Dr. Bost also examines gene x environment interactions that confer risk for physical and mental health outcomes.