Kathleen Keller


Associate Professor of Nutritional Sciences


  • Health & Medicine

Focus Areas:

  • Nutritional Sciences


  • Keller is the director of Penn State's Metabolic Kitchen and Children's Eating Behavior Laboratory. She can answer questions around family/child nutrition during social isolation and schools' transitions to remote learning.
  • She is an expert in children's eating behaviors, food marketing, childhood obesity, and the neural mechanisms and genetic influences on taste preference in children.

​Kathleen Keller is an associate professor of nutritional sciences and the director of Penn State’s Metabolic Kitchen and Children’s Eating Behavior Laboratory. Her research involves understanding the effects of genes on children’s eating preferences and identifying the neural pathways involved with overeating and obesity. Additionally, she and her team conduct home-based interventions to help children consume more vegetables with the hope that this research can help develop new treatments for childhood obesity.

In The Media

Parents should avoid behaviors that put a lot of emphasis on food, such as using food consistently as a reward and, even, restricting kids' access to food, said Kathleen Keller, coauthor of the study and an associate professor in the department of nutritional sciences and food science at Penn State.

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