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Dr. Jennifer Harris is associate professor at the University of Connecticut as well as a director of marketing initiatives at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. Her research examines the impact of exposure to food marketing, particularly on children and adolescents. Dr. Harris’s findings have been used by the health community, parents, and policymakers to improve the food marketing environment that surrounds children. She received her B.A. from Northwestern University; M.B.A. in Marketing from The Wharton School; and PhD in Social Psychology from Yale University. Her dissertation research demonstrated the automatic effects of food advertising on snack food consumption and food preferences among elementary school children and young adults. For eighteen years, Dr. Harris worked as a business executive where she gained experience in consumer marketing functions. Later, she launched a marketing consulting firm specializing in marketing strategy. Dr. Harris’s research focuses on marketing and public health, with an emphasis on effects of food marketing on behaviors, attitudes, and motivation in children and adults. She has conducted extensive research to quantify the amount and types of food marketing viewed by youth and its impact on their health. Versed in the psychological and behavioral effects of marketing on children’s and teen’s diets, Dr. Harris’s current research focus includes targeted marketing of black and Hispanic youth; the extent and impact of marketing to youth on mobile devices; and the effects of food marketing on what and how parents feed their babies and young children.