Dr. Valerie Duffy, PhD, RD, Speaking at CHIP Thursday, February 27, 2014

Please join us for the next event in the Spring 2014 CHIP Lecture Series!

“Can we assess health behaviors by simply asking liking/disliking? Evidence from dietary-based studies”

Valerie Duffy, PhD, RD, University of Connecticut

Thursday, February 27, 2014

12:30 – 1:30pm

Special Objective: Possible NIH Proposal

A special objective of Dr. Duffy’s lecture is to generate and assess interest in an interdisciplinary collaboration for submission to a funding opportunity issued by a number of NIH institutes: “Improving Diet and Physical Activity Assessment” [PAR-12-198 (R01) and PAR-12-197 (R21)]. The question of interest is whether a Liking Survey can improve assessment of health behaviors, including diet and physical activity, for association and intervention studies. All interested researchers are encouraged to attend or view the web stream, and to contact Dr. Duffy at Valerie.Duffy@uconn.edu.


The lecture will take place in Video Conference Room 204 on the second floor of the Ryan Building at 2006 Hillside Road at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. For directions and maps, see http://www.chip.uconn.edu/about/directions-to-chip/. Accessibility: elevator available in building lobby on ground floor.

Web Stream

You can view this talk streamed live during or after the lecture at https://mediasite.dl.uconn.edu/Mediasite/Play/dec994c916ac4849a16ced82a2d6e8531d. The link will become active shortly before the lecture begins.

About the Speaker

Valerie Duffy, PhD, RDValerie B. Duffy (PhD, RD) and her team have two complimentary research interests. First, we attempt to understand variation in chemosensory perception in humans and how this variation influences food flavor, food preference and food intake. Our ultimate goal is to understand how chemosensory variation influences our ability to follow a healthy diet for the prevention of chronic disease and obesity. Second, we collaborate with community agencies across the state to promote healthy diets and healthy weights of children and their, particularly those of economic disadvantage. Through involvement of undergraduate and graduate student research, we are investigating the effectiveness of community-based interventions to improve vegetable intake and level of physical activity of children. Dr. Duffy and her students have numerous publications and presentations at national and international meetings. She has received several awards for excellence in teaching, research and service. Students who have trained with Dr. Duffy are advancing nutrition and health through research, practice or public health leadership.

About the CHIP Lecture Series

The CHIP Lecture Series provides an invaluable forum for researchers – at CHIP, throughout the UConn community and beyond – to learn about new work in development by leading figures in health behavior change. The CHIP Lecture Series also provides a venue for researchers to share late-breaking findings and identify emerging trends in health behavior research. For the current semester schedule, visit . If you have any questions about the CHIP Lecture Series, please contact lectureseries@chip.uconn.edu.