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


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


Jimikaye Beck

Jimikaye Beck
PhD Student

Originally from: Tulsa, OK – Hometown of Garth Brooks (who once asked my aunt on a date at OSU!)

Previous Education:
MS, Colorado State University, Health and Exercise Science
BS & BA, Oklahoma State University, Nutritional Sciences & Spanish

Interests: Dancing, yoga/aerial aerobics, cooking, and pinball

Project: HEROs

What made you want to come to CSU?
I think it's a great school and I was interested in the research that was happening in both the FSHN and HES departments. After meeting Dr. Bellows and learning more about the HEROs grant, I realized it was a perfect fit for my interests and skills.

Email address: jimikaye.beck@rams.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


Sarah Hibbs-Shipp

Sarah Hibbs-Shipp
PhD Student

Originally from: La Junta, CO – Southernmost point of the Santa Fe Trail

Previous Education:
MS, Colorado State University, Food Science & Human Nutrition
BA, Grinnell College, Biology

Interests: Nutrition research, travelling, golf, spending time with family

Project: HEROs - exploring parent health characteristics in relation to home food availability and child weight status.

What are the best things about Fort Collins? The breweries, the public school system, the parks, and the abundant recreation opportunities.

Email address: sarah.hibbs-shipp@colostate.edu


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


Faire Holliday

Faire Holliday
MPH Student

Originally from: Born in Vermont, but raised in Klamath Falls, Oregon—an area with the highest concentration of bald eagles in the Pacific Northwest.

Previous Education:
BA, University of Oregon, Linguistics

Interests: Swimming, backpacking, reading, writing, and making monsters out of clay.

Project: Pilot Projects

What are the best things about Fort Collins?
I love the contrast between vibrant downtown Fort Collins and the gorgeous, secluded surrounding areas. I’ve also been struck by how friendly and welcoming the people are.

Email address: hollidaf@rams.colostate.edu


Charlie Lakin

Charlie Lakin
MS Student

Originally from: Dubai, U.A.E. -- A city where 83% of its population is made up of immigrants!

Previous Education:
B.S., University of Denver, Biology & Psychology

Interests: Irish dance, Cooking, Travelling, Escaping to the mountains

Project: HEROs - Mealtime Environment Survey

What are the best things about Fort Collins? I love that Fort Collins has a small town-esque vibe but with lots of fun events and activities going on like you would find in a bigger city. Fort Collins' proximity to the mountains/outdoors is a huge bonus too!

Email address: lakincharlotte@gmail.com


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


Heather Nereson

Heather Nereson
Undergraduate Student

Originally from: Hayden, CO: Population of 1,600 on a good day but boasts some of the best hunting, fishing, farming, and breathtaking scenes in the state.

Previous Education:
Currently studying FSHN, graduating in May 2018

Interests: Hiking, figure skating, traveling, and agriculture

Project: HEROs and Aspen Grille Pilot Project

What are the best things about Fort Collins? I love that in only a short, 10 minute drive I can go from experiencing vibrant Old Town to being completely secluded and having the mountains as my playground.

Email address: neresonh@rams.colostate.edu