Carolyn Sutter

Carolyn Sutter


Social-Emotional, Family, School, Culture/Neighborhood/Society, Health & Mental Health

Life Phases
Early Childhood, Middle Childhood, Adolescence/Emerging Adulthood

Research Profile


Research Interests
My research interests focus on social factors and interactions related to the development of childhood obesity from early childhood through adolescence. This includes considering how parenting and parent-child interactions relate to nutritional outcomes and developing obesity (particularly in early childhood) as well as the role of peer relationships in shaping dietary choices in middle childhood and adolescence. I am also intrigued by the way these associations might differ across populations that are socioeconomically and ethnically diverse.

Selected Publications

Sutter, C., Nishina, A., & Adams, R.E. (2015). How You Look Versus How You Feel: Associations between BMI z-score, Body Dissatisfaction, Peer Victimization, and Self-Worth for African American and White Youth. Journal of Adolescence, 43, 20-28. doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2015.05.002

Sutter, C., Nishina, A., Scherr, R.E., Zidenberg-Cherr, S., & Ontai, L.L. (2015). Sharing, Trading, Stealing: The Role of Peers in Shaping Foods Available at Lunchtime. Journal of Early Adolescence. Advance online copy. doi: 10.1177/0272431614566949

Scherr, R.E., Linnell, J.D., Smith, M.H., Briggs, M., Bergman, J., Brian, K.M., Dharmar, M., Feenstra, G, Hillhouse, C, Keen, C.L., Nguyen, L., Nicholson, Y., Ontai, L., Schaefer, S.E, Spezzano, T., Steinberg, F.M., Sutter, C., Wright, J.E., Young, H.M., & Zidenberg-Cherr, S. (In press). The Shaping Healthy Choices Program: Design and Implementation Methodologies for a Multicomponent, School-Based Nutrition Education Intervention. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior46 (6), e13-e21. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2014.08.010