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The Intervention Lifestyle Olfert Research Lab is proud to partner with and receive funding from several state and federal agencies, including:

  • National Institute of Health (NIH)
  • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) – USDA/AFRI Grant no. 2014-67001-21851; USDA/AFRI Grant no. 2012-68001-1905
  • Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA)
  • Community Assessment and Education to Promote Behavioral Health Planning and Evaluation (CAPE) – CAPE I & II
  • West Virginia Clinical & Translational Science Institute (WVCTSI)


West Virginia University Partners

Faculty and Staff

  • College of Education & Human Services – Department of Learning Sciences and Human Development
    Amy Kennedy Root, PhD
  • Davis College – Division of Resource Economics and Management
    Cheryl Brown, PhD
  • Davis College – Reproductive Physiology Program
    Melanie Clemmer, PhD
  • Eberly College of Arts & Sciences – Department of Psychology
    Hawley Montgomery-Downs, PhD
  • School of Medicine – Department of Pediatrics
    Pamela Murray, MD, MSP
  • School of Medicine – Division of Exercise Physiology
    Paul Chantler, PhD
    Randy Bryner, PhD
    Mark Olfert, PhD
    Clinical Exercise Physiology support: Diane Gilleland & Jim Thomas
  • School of Pharmacy
    Diana Vinn, PharmD (currently at Ohio State University)
    Travis White, PharmD
  • School of Public Health
    Kim Horn, PhD (currently at George Washington University)
    Cecil Pollard, MS
    Nancy O’Hara Tompkins, PhD
  • WVU Medicine – Bariatrics Surgery
    Lawrence Tabone, MD
    Nova Szoka, MD

Research Centers

State Partners

National Partners

(in alphabetical order)

  • Onikia Brown-Esters, PhD, RDN
    Auburn University
  • Carol Byrd-Bredbenner, PhD, RDN
    Rutgers University
  • Gale Carey, PhD, RDN
    University of New Hampshire
  • Sarah Colby, PhD, RDN
    University of Tennessee – Knoxville
  • Lisa Franzen-Castle, PhD, RDN
    University of Nebraska
  • Geoff Greene, PhD, RDN
    University of Rhode Island
  • Tanya Horacek, PhD, RDN
    Syracuse University
  • Kendra Kattlemann, PhD, RDN
    South Dakota State University
  • Tanda Kidd, PhD, RDN
    Kansas State University
  • Anne Mathews, PhD, RDN
    University of Florida
  • Beatrice Phillips, PhD, RDN
    Tuskegee University
  • Virginia Quick, PhD, RDN
    Rutgers University
  • Karla Shelnutt, PhD, RDN
    University of Florida
  • Jesse Stabel Morrell, PhD
    University of New Hampshire
  • Jennifer Walsh, PhD, RDN
    University of Florida
  • Adrienne White, PhD, RDN
    University of Maine

College Food Insecurity - WISH4Campus Partners

  • Lanae Ball, PhD
    Appalachian State University
  • Elizabeth Wall-Bassett, PhD Western Carolina University
  • Diane Tidwell, PhD, RDN, LDN
    Mississippi State University
  • Carol Connell, PhD, RDN, LDN
    University of Southern Mississippi
  • Marueen Berner, PhD, MPP
    University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

CAPE Partners

  • Mark Skidmore, PhD
    Western Carolina University
  • Don E Elbrecht
    Mississippi State University
  • Stephan Goetz
    University of Southern Mississippi
  • Rachel Welborn
    University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
  • Full CAPE Team

  • The Cardiovascular Health Study Research Group (CHS)
  • Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS)