Transdisciplinary Obesity Prevention Research Sciences (TOPRS)


The aim of the TOPRS project is to develop an integrated transdisciplinary curriculum for undergraduates on the causes and consequences of childhood obesity that can be folded into an existing advanced research methods, practicum, service learning, or special topics course. The curriculum format includes online micro lectures by leading national experts drawn from three partnering institutions (University of Illinois, Purdue University, and California State University-Fresno). Each micro-lecture is complemented by in classroom guides that highlight research methods used across multiple disciplines and promote collaborative team science. This format allows faculty to "flip the classroom" so valuable classroom time may be spent interacting with students to promote team collaboration. The curriculum also includes professional development video modules and accompanying in class activities that reinforce leadership, team building and communication skills.

Downloadable Overview

Transdisciplinary Obesity Prevention Research Science Overview PDF

Link to Curriculum

Transdisciplinary Obesity Prevention Research Science Curriculum

Research Team

  • Barbara Fiese, PhD, Project Director, Family Resiliency Center Director, Human Development and Family Studies
  • Amber Hammons, PhD, Project Co-Director, Assistant Professor; Child, Family and Consumer Sciences; California State University, Fresno
  • Dorothy Teegarden, Project Co-Director, Professor, Nutrition Science, Purdue University
  • Brenda Koester, MS, Assistant Director, Family Resiliency Center, Human Development and Family Studies
  • Jen Themanson, MEd, STRONG Kids 2 Coordinator, Human Development and Family Studies


This project was supported, in part, by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Higher Education Challenge Grant no. 2013-70003-20922 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.


Brenda Koester
Assistant Director
Family Resiliency Center 
Phone: 217-244-6486