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Completed Project

Community-based Nutrition Research

Husky Nutrition On-the-Go: Sugary Drink Reduction

Grant-related Publications

Journal Articles (Refereed)

Abstracts of Presented Papers (Peer Reviewed)

  1. Lora, L., A. Ferris,, Wakefield. 2015. Intra-month Availability of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages (SSB) in the Homes of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Preschoolers   FASEB J. 29: April 2015 (suppl):903.7
  2. Lora, K., L. Hubbs-Tait, A. FerrisA, M. Anderson. 2015. Relationships between Fathers' Feeding Practices and Preschool Children's Beverage Intake. FASEB J. 29: April 2015 (suppl.):395.2
  3. Ferris, A.M., D.B. Wakefield, K. Lora, C. Quesada. 2014. Caretakers receiving SNAP are responsive to education to reduce preschool child sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) consumption. FASEB J April 2014 28:252.8
  4. Lora, K., D.B. Wakefield, A.M. Ferris   2014. Association of parental emotional feeding with preschool child intake of sugar-sweetened beverages  FASEB J April 2014 28:252.7
  5. Lora, K., D. B. Wakefield, A. M. Ferris. 2013. Caregivers’ Behavioral Skills Associated with Preschool Children Consumption of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages (SSBs).  FASEB J, April 9, 2013. 27:37.3.
  6. Ferris, A. M., D. B. Wakefield, C. Quesada, K. Lora. 2013.  Reduction in Average Child Consumption of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages without Decrease in Home Inventory.  FASEB J, April 9, 2013. 27:37.5.
  7. Coleman, A. S., A. M. Ferris.  2013. Fathers’ Buying Habits Related to Increased Sweetened Beverage Consumption in Preschool Children.  FASEB J, April 9, 2013. 27:1063.2.
  8. Quesada, C., E. A. Schilling, A. M. Ferris, K. Lora.  2013. Caregivers Knowledge of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages is Associated with Availability of this Type of Beverages in the Home.  FASEB J, April 9, 2013. 27:344.4.
  9. Schilling, E. A., C. Quesada, A. M. Ferris, K. Lora. 2013. Latino Caregivers are Less Assertive with Family and Friends about their Child’s Beverage Consumption of 100% Fruit Juice. FASEB J, April 9, 2013. 27:841.22.
  10. Yarbrough, K., E. A. Schilling, A. M. Ferris. 2013.  Food Security and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Participation Associated with Home Availability and Preschool Child Consumption of 100% Fruit Juice.  FASEB J, April 9, 2013. 27:1054.12
  11. Wakefield, D.B., A.M. Ferris, and K. Lora  2013.  Composition of Beverages in the Homes of Low-Income Families in Greater Hartford, CT FASEB JApril 9, 2013 27:842.20
  12. Glenn, D.R., K. Lora, D. Wakefield, D. 2013. Predictors of Sugar-Sweetened Beverage (SSB) Consumption Classification among Urban Low Income Pre-School Children. FASEB J. 27: Apr. 2013 (Suppl): 232.2
  13. Ferris, A.M., D.B. Wakefield, S. Wei,  2012. At-home sweetened beverage consumption in minority, low-income children and caretakers. FASEB J March 29, 2012 26:264.7
  14. Lora, K., C. Quesada, D. B. Wakefield, A. M. Ferris.  2012.   Association of the Parental Feeding Practices and Type and Home Availability of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Fruit Juice of Preschool Children from Low Income Families. FASEB J March 29, 2012 26:380.2
  15. Quesada, C., K. Lora, D.B. Wakefield, A. M. Ferris, 2012. Child Characteristics Drive Parental Feeding Practices in African American and Latino Parents.  FASEB J. 2012;26:1011.1
  16. Ferris, A. M.,  K. Lora, C. Quesada, D.B. Wakefield.  2012. Effectiveness of an Information, Motivation, Behavior (IMB)- based theoretical model for reducing sugar sweetened beverage (SSB) consumption in preschool children.  Society of Nutrition Education Annual Meeting (AFRI Group), Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Volume 44, Issue 4, Supplement , Page S83, July 2012
  17. Lora, K., C. Quesada, D. B. Wakefield, A. M. Ferris.  2012.  How Does Parental Concern Over Child Weight Influence Parental Feeding Practices?  Proceeding Annual Meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA). Austin, TX. May,  Abstr. 146079)
  18. Lora, K., C. Quesada, D. B. Wakefield, A. M. Ferris. 2012.  Age of the Caregiver Is Associated with More Desirable Feeding Practices.  Proceedings of International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) 2012 Pre-Conference Workshop, May. 20-22, 2012, Houston, TX.
  19. Coleman, A.S., K. Lora, A. Ferris, 2011. Evaluating parental perceptions of university students as agents of education. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. Abstr. 248953.
  20. Lora, K. R., C. Quesada, D.B. Wakefield, A.M. Ferris. 2011. Parental perception of child’s weight affects child’s feeding practices.  FASEB J., 25:99.3 (Abstr.)
  21. Quesada, C., K.R. Lora, D.B. Wakefield, A.M. Ferris  2011. Latino and African-American parents of preschool children differ in their feeding practices. FASEB J. 25:781.26.
  22. Goodell, L.S., K.R. Amico, M.B. Pierce, and A.M. Ferris. 2008.  An information-motivation-behavioral skills model for child sweetened beverage consumption. FASEB J April 5, 2008 22:678.2
  23. Drake R.E., M.B. Pierce, L.S. Goodell, and A.M. Ferris  2007.  Selection of beverages for young children: The decision process of low resource urban parents.  FASEB J April 18, 2007 21:A674


  1. Ferris, A.M., K. Lora, R. Aseltine, and R. Amico.  2009-2013.  Effectiveness of an IMB-based intervention for reducing sweetened beverage consumption in pre-school children.  USDA/REEIS Annual reports.