Maria Romo-Palafox, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity (Affiliate)

Research Overview

Dietary patterns established in early childhood (0-5 years old) can determine lifelong health outcomes. Commercially prepared food and drinks are purposefully designed to please the innate predilection of infants for sweet flavors and could hinder the acceptance of healthy food later in life. Therefore it is necessary to understand the cultural, political and environmental factors that contribute to young children’s dietary patterns. Pervasive food marketing to parents may also influence poor dietary habits that begin early in life. National efforts to improve the diets of young children must recognize the intersectionality between culture, expert recommendations and marketing messages as factors that affect parents’ beliefs about feeding their children.


B.S. (2009) Nutrition and Food Sciences, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, Mexico
R.D. (2011) Registered Dietitian Certification, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, Mexico, Certified by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics USA
Ph.D (2015) Nutritional Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin TX, USA

Recent Publications

Contact Information
Mailing AddressUConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity
One Constitution Plaza, Suite 600
Hartford, CT 06103