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Matthew Pham and Professor Brian Roe Win Research Grant from OSU’s Behavioral Decision Making Initiative

Jan. 3, 2013

AEDE Ph.D. student Matthew Pham and AEDE Professor Brian Roe were recently awarded a grant from The Ohio State University’s Behavioral Decision Making Initiative for research to investigate how to get kids to eat more vegetables.

Pham and Roe’s research proposal is motivated by recent changes in state and federal legislation on school lunch nutrition standards in the aim to combat increases in childhood obesity. In order to comply with these regulations, schools are serving new foods that students may not have tasted previously, and although these foods are healthier, children may not be receptive to the taste of these items, resulting in their lack of consumption.

Pham and Roe will use the funding to conduct phased research at the OSU Childcare Center. The project aims to provide preliminary data that may be used in obtaining funding for related research. 

The Behavioral Decision Making Initiative offers grants several times a year to faculty and graduate students, as well as undergraduates, to fund research at Ohio State that fosters new behavioral decision making research activity and collaboration.

The grant awarded to Pham and Roe is in the amount of $1,600 and is available for a period of 18 months. Only 50 percent of the proposals submitted during the application period during which Pham and Roe applied were chosen to be funded.  As part of the funding agreement, Pham or Roe will present their research at a talk hosted by Ohio State’s Behavioral Decision Making Initiative, which will be held at a date to be determined.

January 3, 2013