Dr. Tonja Renae Nansel

Senior Investigator

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Dr. Tonja Nansel is a behavioral scientist with a central interest in integration of the behavioral sciences in healthcare practice to improve health and decrease the burden of illness. Her research examines individual, social, and environmental factors that influence health behavior change, with a primary focus on eating behaviors and disease management. She has developed effective behavioral intervention approaches delivered within the healthcare setting to promote optimal diabetes management behaviors and healthful dietary intake among families of youth with type 1 diabetes. In recognition of the critical public health need to improve approaches to promote healthful eating behaviors, her current research focuses on neurobehavioral influences on eating behaviors at critical developmental periods. Current and planned initiatives address determinants of eating behaviors and weight change during pregnancy and postpartum, how these intersect with parent feeding behaviors during infancy and early childhood, and the development of neurobehavioral response to food in early childhood. As a senior investigator in the NICHD's Intramural Research Program, her program of research has generated scientific contributions with direct application to important clinical and public health needs.

Selected Publications

Clinic-integrated behavioral intervention for families of youth with type 1 diabetes: randomized clinical trial.
Nansel TR(1), Iannotti RJ, Liu A.
Pediatrics. 2012 Apr;129(4):e866-73. doi: 10.1542/peds.2011-2858. Epub 2012 Mar 5.

Efficacy of a Behavioral Intervention for Pediatric Type 1 Diabetes Across Income.
Nansel TR(1), Thomas DM(2), Liu A(2).
Am J Prev Med. 2015 Dec;49(6):930-4. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2015.05.006. Epub 2015 Jul 29.

Greater diet quality is associated with more optimal glycemic control in a longitudinal study of youth with type 1 diabetes.
Nansel TR(1), Lipsky LM(2), Liu A(3).
Am J Clin Nutr. 2016 Jul;104(1):81-7. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.115.126136. Epub 2016 May 18.

Improving dietary quality in youth with type 1 diabetes: randomized clinical trial of a family-based behavioral intervention.
Nansel TR(1), Laffel LM(2), Haynie DL(3), Mehta SN(4), Lipsky LM(5), Volkening LK(6), Butler DA(7), Higgins LA(8), Liu A(9).
Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2015 May 8;12:58. doi: 10.1186/s12966-015-0214-4.

Long-term maintenance of treatment outcomes: diabetes personal trainer intervention for youth with type 1 diabetes.
Nansel TR(1), Iannotti RJ, Simons-Morton BG, Plotnick LP, Clark LM, Zeitzoff L.
Diabetes Care. 2009 May;32(5):807-9. doi: 10.2337/dc08-1968. Epub 2009 Feb 10.

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