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Children's Nutrition Research Center - Faculty

Houston, Texas

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Children's Nutrition Research Center - Faculty
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Sheryl O. Hughes, Ph.D.

Sheryl O. Hughes, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Developmental Psychology, Baylor College of Medicine

E-mail: shughes@bcm.edu

Education

BA, Home Economics; Texas Christian University
MSW, Social Work; University of Houston
MA, Developmental Psychology; University of Houston
Ph.D., Developmental Psychology; University of Houston

Research Interests

My research focuses on the impact of parent-child interactions in the feeding context on the dietary intake and body mass index of children. My areas of expertise include parenting, feeding patterns, parental affect, and child temperament, including the measurement of these constructs in low-income populations.

I am currently the Principle Investigator on a study entitled “Feeding Patterns, Dietary Intake, and Overweight in Minority Families with Preschoolers”. This is an observational study conducted with Head Start families to determine the impact of parental emotional expression in feeding (e.g., giving threatening looks when the child does not eat, smiling at the child while serving vegetables) on children’s dietary intake. The results of this study will be incorporated into key messages disseminated to parents through the Just in Time Parenting series being developed by a multi-state team of Cooperative Extension Specialists. By teaching parents the best way to interact with young children around feeding, it is expected that parents will foster healthier eating among preschool children thus impacting the incidence of childhood obesity at an early age.

Representative Publications

Jaramillo SJ, Morales M, Hughes SO, Fisher JO, Nicklas TA. (2007). Interactive computerized fruit and vegetable preferences measure for preschoolers. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 38: 352-359.

Hughes SO, Patrick H, Power TG, Fisher JO, Anderson CB, Nicklas TA. (2006). The impact of child care providers’ feeding on children’s food consumption. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 28(2): 100-107.

Hughes SO, Anderson CB, Power TG, Micheli NE, Jaramillo SJ, Nicklas TA. (2006). Measuring feeding in low-income African-American and Hispanic parents. Appetite. 46(2):215-223.

Anderson CB, Hughes SO, Fisher JO, Nicklas TA. (2005). Cross-cultural equivalence of feeding beliefs and practices: the psychometric properties of the child feeding questionnaire among Blacks and Hispanics. Preventive Medicine. 41(2):521-531.

Patrick H, Hughes SO, Morales M, & Nicklas T A. (2005). The benefits of authoritative feeding: Caregiver feeding styles and children’s food consumption patterns. Appetite. 44(2):243-249.

Power TG, Steward C, Hughes SO, & Arbona C. (2005). Predicting patterns of adolescent alcohol use: A longitudinal study. Journal of Studies on Alcohol. 66(1): 74-81.

Hughes SO, Power TG, Fisher JO, Mueller S, & Nicklas T. (2005). Revisiting a neglected construct: Parenting styles in a child-feeding context. Appetite. 44(1): 83-92.

Feese M, Franklin F, Murdock M, Harrington K, Brown-Binns M, Nicklas T, Hughes SO, Morales M. (2003). Prevalence of obesity in children in Alabama and Texas participating in social programs. Journal of the American Medical Association. 289(14):1780-1781.

DiClemente CC, Carbonari JP, Montgomery RP, Hughes SO (1994). The alcohol abstinence self-efficacy scale. Journal of Studies on Alcohol. 55(2):141-148.

Power TG, McGrath MP, Hughes SO, Manire SH (1994). Compliance and self-assertion: young children’s responses to mothers versus fathers. Developmental Psychology. 30:980-9.

DiClemente CC, Hughes SO (1993). Stages of change profiles in outpatient alcoholism treatment. Journal of Substance Abuse. 2(2):217-235.

Hughes SO, Power TG, Francis DJ (1992). Defining patterns of drinking in adolescence: A cluster analytic approach. Journal of Studies on Alcohol. 53(1):40-7.

Nosek MA, Fuhrer MJ, & Hughes SO (1991). Perceived counselor credibility by persons with physical disability: Influence of counselor disability status, professional status, and the counseling content. Rehabilitation Psychology. 36(3):153-161.

Loveland KA, Landry SH, Hughes SO, Hall SK, McEvoy RE (1988). Speech acts and the pragmatic deficits of autism. Journal of Speech and Hearing Research. 31(4):593-604.

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