Kameron Moding, PhD

Research Interests

Infant and child temperament; parent-child interactions; feeding practices; food preferences and eating behavior; obesity risk


I joined the Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the fall of 2019. Prior to that, I received my PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Pediatrics/Section of Nutrition at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. My research is centered on the role of individual differences, such as temperament and self-regulation, in promoting healthy eating patterns and growth trajectories in early childhood. In addition, I am interested in whether child characteristics evoke parenting practices that support optimal growth and developmental outcomes. My research involves laboratory observations of child behavior and parent-child interactions during play and feeding contexts. To date, my work has focused on infancy and early childhood, which are influential periods for shaping long term food preferences and dietary patterns.

In the News

Purdue News
Do pouches put the 'squeeze' on infant and toddler nutrition?
Medical Xpress
Researchers compare nutritional value of infant and toddler foods

Selected Publications

  • Moding, K.J., & Fries, L.R. (2020). Feeding practices demonstrated by parents of toddlers: A observational analysis of breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Appetite. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2020.104825

  • Moding, K.J., Bellows, L.L., Grimm, K.J., Johnson, S.L. (2020). A longitudinal examination of the role of sensory exploratory behaviors in young children’s acceptance of new foods. Physiology & Behavior. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2020.112821

  • Hepworth, A.D., Moding, K.J., & Stifter, C.A. (2020). A laboratory-based assessment of mother-child snack food selections and child snack food consumption: Associations with observed and maternal self-report of child feeding practices. Food Quality & Preference. doi: 10.1016/j.foodqual.2020.103898

  • Moding, K.J., Ferrante, M.J., Bellows, L.L., Bakke, A.J., Hayes, J.E., Johnson, S.L. (2019). Nutritional content and ingredients of commercial infant and toddler food pouches compared to other packages available in the United States. Nutrition Today, 54(6), 305-312. doi: 10.1097/NT.0000000000000385

  • Stifter, C.A., & Moding, K.J. (2019). Temperament in obesity-related research: Concepts, challenges, and considerations for future research. Appetite, 141, 104308. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2019.05.039

  • Anzman-Frasca, S., Paul, I. M., Moding, K. J., Savage, J. S., Hohman, E. E., & Birch, L. L. (2018). Effects of the INSIGHT obesity preventive intervention on reported and observed infant temperament. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 39(9), 736-743.

  • Johnson, S. L., Moding, K. J., Maloney, K., & Bellows, L. L. (2018). Development of the Trying New Foods Scale: A preschooler self-assessment of children’s willingness to try new foods. Appetite, 128, 21-31.

  • Moding, K. J., Augustine, M. E., & Stifter, C. A. (2018). Interactive effects of parenting behavior and regulatory skills in toddlerhood on child weight outcomes. International Journal of Obesity, 43, 53-61.

  • Moding, K. J., Ferrante, M. J., Bellows, L. L., Bakke, A. J., Hayes, J. E., & Johnson, S. L. (2018). Variety and content of commercial infant and toddler vegetable products manufactured and sold in the United States. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 107, 576-583.

  • Moding, K. J., & Stifter, C. A. (2018). Does temperament underlie infant novel food responses?: Continuity of approach-withdrawal from 6 to 18 months. Child Development, 89(4), e444-e458.

  • Stifter, C. A., & Moding, K. J. (2018). Infant temperament and parent use of food to soothe predict change in weight-for-length across infancy: Early risk factors for childhood obesity. International Journal of Obesity, 42, 1631-1638.

  • Moding, K. J., & Stifter, C. A. (2016). Stability of food neophobia from infancy through early childhood. Appetite, 97, 72-78.

  • Moding, K. J., & Stifter, C. A. (2016). Temperamental approach/withdrawal and food neophobia in early childhood: Concurrent and longitudinal associations. Appetite, 107, 654-662.

  • Doub, A. E., Moding, K. J., & Stifter, C. A. (2015). Infant and maternal predictors of early life feeding decisions: The timing of solid food introduction. Appetite, 92, 261-268.

  • Stifter, C. A., & Moding, K. J. (2015). Understanding and measuring parent use of food to soothe infant and toddler distress: A longitudinal study from 6 to 18 months of age. Appetite, 95, 188-196.

  • Moding, K. J., Birch, L. L., & Stifter, C. A. (2014). Infant temperament and feeding history predict infants’ responses to novel foods. Appetite, 83, 218–225.

Book Chapters

  • Johnson, S. L., Moding, K. J., & Bellows, L. L. (2018). Children’s challenging eating behaviors: Picky eating, food neophobia, & food selectivity. In L. C. Lumeng & J. O. Fisher (Eds.), Pediatric food preferences and eating behaviors. New York: Elsevier.


  • 2016-2019, Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Pediatrics/Section of Nutrition, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

  • 2016, Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University

  • 2013, M.S., Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University

  • 2010, B.A., Psychology, Colorado College

Courses Recently Taught

  • HDFS 346: Research Design and Program Evaluation

  • HDFS 590C: Research in Child Obesity


  • 2018-2020: Principal Investigator. An integrated approach to examine caregiver feeding persistence in offering vegetables to infants and toddlers. USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)/ Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI)

 Kameron Moding
Assistant Professor

Human Development & Family Studies

(Pronouns: she/her/hers)

(PhD, The Pennsylvania State University)

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