December, 2021
Meet the CAF SIG
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Have you met the Children and Families SIG leadership team?

We wanted to take this opportunity to introduce the SIG leadership team and highlight our new members who have joined this year.

We look forward to seeing and meeting with you in-person or online at the upcoming Annual Meeting. Remember to submit your abstracts by December 17th.

Happy Holidays!


Taniya Nagpal, PhD

Co-Chair, CAF SIG
Current Position: Assistant Professor 
Location: Brock University, Canada 

Your research interest: Everything maternal and newborn health with a particular passion for physical activity during pregnancy, prevention of weight bias, prenatal healthcare delivery, obesity in pregnancy, health promotion, public health.
Where would you love to travel for a future ISBNPA conference? England! 

Your favorite research article from 2021: 
Pearl, R. L., Puhl, R. M., Lessard, L. M., Himmelstein, M. S., & Foster, G. D. (2021). Prevalence and correlates of weight bias internalization in weight management: A multinational study. SSM - population health13, 100755.

Your favorite TV show, movie, or book and why. Harry Potter series – I am still waiting for my letter to Hogwarts. I love the wizarding world and the characters! 
Sanne Veldman, PhD

Co-Chair, CAF SIG
Position:  Postdoctoral Researcher @ Child & Adolescent Public Health Research & Innovation (CAPRI) 
Location: Amsterdam UMC, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 

Your research interest:
I am interested in health and development in early childhood with a special focus on motor development and 24-hour movement behaviors. What factors influence movement behaviors and development, how do they influence each other and how can health and development be promoted.  

Where would you love to travel for a future ISBNPA conference? 
It would be great if we would go to South America. 

Your favorite TV show, movie, or book and why. 
My favorite book is The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay. 
Alexandra Jackson PhD, RDN, CDCES

Newsletter, CAF SIG
Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate 
Location: Washington State University, Washington, US 

Your research interest: Finding ways to promote positive eating behaviors across the lifespan with a focus on how we think and feel about our bodies and working with Indigenous communities. 

Where would you love to travel for a future ISBNPA conference? Europe, New Zealand or Australia – or well - anywhere outside of the US! 

Your favorite research article from 2021: 
Alleva, J. M., & Tylka, T. L. (2021). Body functionality: A review of the literature. Body Image36, 149–171. 

Your favorite TV show, movie, or book and why. My favorite movie is National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. We watch it every holiday season, but I love it any time of year!  
Alissa Burnett, PhD

Newsletter, CAF SIG
Position: Lecturer in Nutrition Sciences  
Location: Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia 

Your research interest:
My research focuses on the prevention of childhood obesity through investigating the parental factors (feeding practices and parenting styles) that influence the dietary intake and eating behaviours of children. 

Where would you love to travel for a future ISBNPA conference? 
Anywhere in Europe! 

Your favorite research article from 2021: 
Somaraki, M., Ek, A., Sandvik, P., Byrne, R. and Nowicka, P., 2021. How do young children eat after an obesity intervention? Validation of the Child Eating Behaviour Questionnaire using the Rasch Model in diverse samples from Australia and Sweden. Appetite, p.105822.

A fun fact about yourself. 
I enjoy scuba diving.
Richard Tyler PhD, FHEA

Webinar, CAF SIG
Position: Lecturer in Physical Activity & Physical Education 
Location: Edge Hill University, England, UK 

Your research interest:
My research focuses on the broad areas of 24h activity behaviours, motor competence, physical fitness and physical literacy in children. In particular, I am interested in modifiable factors that may affect these areas and how these areas affect healthy growth and development. 

Where would you love to travel for a future ISBNPA conference? 

Your favorite research article from 2021: 
Ma, J., Hogan, M.J., Eyre, E.L.J. et al. Enhancing the implementation and sustainability of fundamental movement skill interventions in the UK and Ireland: lessons from collective intelligence engagement with stakeholders. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act18, 144 (2021).  

Your favorite TV show, movie, or book and why. 
The Big Bang Theory – it’s easy to watch when your brain is fried from a busy day (and it’s great!).   
Eloise-kate Litterbach 

Social Media, CAF SIG
Position: PhD Student and Research Assistant 
Location: Deakin University, Melbourne Australia 

Your research interest: 
My interests include exploring child and infant nutrition and related behaviours among disadvantaged families. I am particularly interested in better understanding the use of screens (eg. TV and devices) during family mealtimes, family behaviour change and participatory research. 

Where would you love to travel for a future ISBNPA conference?  
Anywhere that isn’t my dining room bench!!! 

Your favorite research article from 2021: 
Glanz, K.; Metcalfe, J.J.; Folta, S.C.; Brown, A.; Fiese, B. Diet and Health Benefits Associated with In-Home Eating and Sharing Meals at Home: A Systematic Review. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 1577. 

A fun fact about yourself. In my spare time, I like to learn new tricks with my hula hoop. 

The next ISBNPA CAF SIG annual webinar will include lightning talks on Navigating Hybrid Academia.
How does this impact our work and teaching? What about conferences? We aim to discuss do’s and don’ts, tips and tricks, barriers, stories, ideas for future directions, and anything in-between. 
The webinar will be scheduled for March/April 2022!  
Please get in touch if you are interested in sharing your knowledge and experiences of either, i) hybrid teaching and learning, ii) hybrid conferences/presentations, or iii) hybrid research.

To get in touch, e-mail Tanya Nagpal at
Watch this space for more details 

The ISBNPA CAFSIG committee is currently looking for new members! 
If you are interested in joining or learning more about the SIG, contact Tanya Nagpal at

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