Our Team - Current Lab Members

Laboratory Director

Laura Bellows

Laura Bellows

Originally from: West Milford, NJ - Where we have the largest bear population east of the Mississippi

 

Previous Education:
PhD, Colorado State University, Community Nutrition
MPH, University of Michigan, Public Health Nutrition
BS, Miami University, Exercise Science and Health Promotion

 

Interests: Skiing, hiking, travelling and sports (especially Michigan football and basketball)

What drives your work?
The synergy of working in communities, involving students in research, and examining the impact of innovative approaches on improving the health of children and families, drives my commitment and passion for public health and behavioral research.

Little Background:
I moved to Colorado in 2000 after my masters so that I could enjoy all that Colorado offers. I continue to live in Boulder with my husband (Ryan), son (Colin), and Bernese Mountain Dog (Harkin). I’ve been at CSU for 15 years working in a variety of outreach and research positions prior to becoming a faculty member.

Faculty Bio
Research Plan


Staff

Morgan McCloskey

Morgan McCloskey
Project Coordinator

Originally from: Arvada, CO - once known as the “Celery Capital of the World”

Previous Education:
MSPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, International Health - Human Nutrition
BS, University of Puget Sound, Molecular Cellular Biology & International Political Economy

Interests: Travelling, hiking, cooking, tennis

Project: HEROs

What are the best things about Fort Collins?
My favorite things are the breweries, being so close to nature and seeing sunsets over the mountains from my apartment!

Email address: mlm@colostate.edu


Nan Zeng

Nan Zeng
Post-doctoral fellow

Originally from: Mengtsz, China, The Mengtsz region is well known for a dish called Guoqiao Mixian (made with long rice-flour noodles)

Previous Education:
Ph.D. Kinesiology, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Interests: sports, hiking, biking, traveling, running

Project: HEROs

What made you want to come to CSU?
The HEROs project and Health Behaviors Lab! The team members here representing different academic disciplines that allow interdisciplinary collaboration.

Email address: Nan.Zeng@colostate.edu


Current Students

Becky Agard

Becky Agard
MS Student

Originally from: Fort Thomas, KY - They filmed part of Rain Man here.

Previous Education:
BS, Centre College, Chemistry

Interests: Dancing, cooking, hiking, and crosswords

Project: HEROs

What are the best things about Fort Collins?
There's lots to eat and drink, and trivia every night of the week! I also love that I can bike pretty much anywhere.

Email address: becky.agard@colostate.edu


Savanah Cheatham

Savanah Cheatham
Undergraduate Student

Originally from: Basalt, CO - originally a railroad town nestled in the mountains, Basalt was named after the rocks that form after basaltic lava cools on planets surfaces.

Previous Education:
Currently studying Food Science and Human Nutrition - graduating in December 2019.

Interests: Cooking, painting, traveling, and spending time outdoors!

Project: HEROs and the Lunch Study Project

What are the best things about Fort Collins?
I absolutely love all of the restaurants here! I'm fairly certain you could eat at a different restaurant everyday for over a year without running out. Not to mention we're only a short drive away from Horsetooth Reservoir and the Poudre Canyon!

Email address: savanah.cheatham@colostate.edu


Mackenzie Ferrante

Mackenzie Ferrante
PhD Student

Originally from: Seattle, WA – Home to all your favorites: Sir Mix-A-Lot, Starbucks, and Kirkland Signature toilet paper.

Previous Education:
MS Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Idaho
BA Economics, University of Washington

Interests: Cooking, cats, yoga, outdoors-y things, & the 49ers.

Project: HEROs

What made you want to come to Fort Collins?
Anywhere with mountains, good food, and a beer culture makes me happy. Fort Collins offers all three in addition to an incredible nutrition department doing top-notch research.

Email address: mackenze@rams.colostate.edu


Emilie Hebert

Emilie Hebert
MS Student

Originally from: Houma, LA. Fun fact: the edge of the Gulf of Mexico is a 15 minute drive from my family’s home.

Previous Education:
Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication, Louisiana State University

Interests: Plant-based diets, animals (especially my cat Leo), sustainability, cooking, being outdoors, DIY projects, houseplants

Project: HEROs

What made you want to come to CSU?
I immediately fell in love with Fort Collins and how close you are to so many outdoor activities. I also loved the community focus of the nutrition program.

Email address: emiliehebert3@gmail.com


Savannah Hobbs
PhD Student

Originally from: Born in Alaska, but raised in Nebraska—home to the Kool-Aid Man, Car-henge, and your Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Previous Education:
M.Ed, University of Notre Dame, pre-K through 12th grade foreign language education
BSW, Creighton University, Social Work and Spanish

Interests: Skiing, climbing, eating, hiking, sports, traveling, running, making lists like this

Project: HEROs

What made you want to come to CSU?
The Health Behaviors Lab and the FSHN department! The innovative and interdisciplinary work that is happening here allows (and encourages) people from all different academic backgrounds to be a part of health behavior discussions. I was excited by the type of opportunities that this sort of collaboration creates.

Email address: savannah.hobbs@colostate.edu


Shannon Mallory

Shannon Mallory
MS Student

Originally from: Vancouver (not BC), WA (not DC). Right across the river from Portland, OR, which is home to over 500 food trucks!

Previous Education:
BS, Central Washington University, Food Science and nutrition - dietetics specialization

Interests: Being outside, running, hiking, playing piano/singing, the Seahawks, and of course spending time with my husband and chasing our crazy and sweet 2 year old Quinn around! As well as taking pictures of her very intense and hilarious "cheese" face.

Project: Looking at parent-packed lunches for preschoolers and toddlers

What made you want to come to CSU? The community nutrition specialization seemed to fit perfectly with my interests and emphasized the areas of nutrition I wanted to increase my knowledge and skills set in. I wanted to be involved in research and learn how to construct quality interventions that would have a large impact and/or affect nutrition policy at a higher level.

Email address: Srmallor@rams.colostate.edu


Dana Sobel

Dana Sobel
MPH Student

Originally from: New Jersey, which is considered the 'Diner capitol of the country' with about 525 diners. All that coffee being served makes for one very caffeinated state!

Previous Education:
BA in English, minor in Journalism, Montclair State University

Interests: Live music, circuit training, hiking, a perfectly ripe avocado, blueberries, and sunshine

Project: HEROs and Youth Engagement

What made you want to come to CSU? I've been in Colorado the past 5 years and didn't want to leave! CSU has a great MPH program and Fort Collins is now the third place I've been able to live in this amazing state. Happy to be part of the MPH program here and on the HBL team!

Email address: dana.sobel@colostate.edu