2024 Symposium Keynote Speakers



February 9, 2024

Sarah-Jeanne Salvy, PhD

Sarah-Jeanne Salvy, PhD is Professor of Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and faculty in the Research Center for Health Equity. Dr. Salvy has expertise in Clinical and Experimental Psychology and her work focuses on multi-systemic dietary and physical activity interventions that can be widely disseminated and sustained. Research conducted in the Salvy Laboratory focuses on developing and implementing scalable and sustainable obesity and diabetes interventions across the life course. Much of this work focuses on environmental, intergenerational and social transmission, and seeks to understand how the world around us influences our behavior and overall health. Over the last nine years, Salvy and her colleagues have spearheaded the cultural tailoring and clinical implementation of behavioral obesity and diabetes interventions in economically, ethnically and racially diverse populations in Southern California and Central Alabama.

Jonathan A. Mitchell, PhD

Jonathan A. Mitchell, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition) at Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. The overarching goal of Dr. Mitchell’s research is to help prevent chronic diseases in later life, by focusing on energetic behaviors (sleep, diet, and physical activity) and their impact on body composition during growth and development. My lab includes the Unit for Energetic Behavior Research that conducts multidisciplinary epidemiological studies, using sensors to measure locomotor activity, advanced imaging to measure body composition, detailed nutritional assessment to measure energy intake and dietary behavior, geospatial methods to measure the neighborhood environment, and DNA collection for gene-behavior interaction analyses. In addition, my lab’s Unit for Optimizing Behavioral Interventions uses the Multiphase Optimization Strategy framework to design digital interventions to improve energetic behavior profiles in childhood.

Kelly Haws, PhD,

Dr. Kelly L. Haws is the Anne Marie and Thomas B Walker Chair, Professor of Marketing at the Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University. Dr. Haws studies consumer behavior, with a particular focus on issues related to consumer welfare and an emphasis on food decision-making and health-related issues and the underlying decision-making processes involved. In addition, she also studies responses to actions taken by firms intended to reward consumers as well as issues related to behavioral pricing.

Dr. Noble is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Georgia.

Emily Noble, PhD

Dr. Emily Noble is an associate professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at University of Georgia. Dr. Noble’s research uses animal models to investigate how the brain controls feeding behavior and energy balance. Her research also investigates the mechanisms by which nutrition affects the brain and cognitive function. Current research topics in include: Neuropeptides and the regulation of eating behavior; Brain glycogen and body weight regulation; Western dietary factors and cognitive function; The impact of early life nutrition on brain development and behavior