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Koch, Pamela
Executive Director/Associate Research Professor
Executive Director, Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy
Health & Behavior Studies

414 Russl

Educational Background

B.S. (Human Nutrition and Dietetics), Cook College, Rutgers University, 1988
M.S. (Applied Nutrition) Rutgers University, 1992
M.Ed. (Community Nutrition) Teachers College, 1998
Ed.D. (Nutrition Education) Teachers College, Columbia University, 2000

Scholarly Interests

Curriculum development and evaluation
Ecological issues related to food

Pam Koch coordinates the numerous research, education, and policy activities. She is the lead author on the three Linking Food and the Environment (LiFE) curriculum series books: Growing Food; Farm to Table & Beyond, and Choice, Control & Change and has coordinated the development, evaluation and dissemination of the LiFE curricula. She frequently presents professional development workshops about LiFE to teachers at National Science Teacher Association meetings. From 2009-2012 she headed the evaluation of the New York City Food & Fitness Partnership, a policy and system change initiative in central Brooklyn that works to make healthy choices the easy choices. Dr. Koch also collaborates with several other nutrition education efforts around New York City. She completed her BS and MS degrees in nutrition at Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey, and her EdD and RD from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Liquori, T, Koch, PD, Contento, IR, and Castle, J. The Cookshop Program:  outcome evaluation of a nutrition education program linking lunchroom food experiences with classroom cooking experiences.  Journal for Nutrition Education, 30:302-313, 1998

Koch, PA. A Comparison of two Nutrition Education Curricula:  Cookshops and Food and Environment Lessons (Doctoral Dissertation), 2000

Islas A, Contento IR, Koch PA,  Hagiwara, S., and  Barton A.C. Food choice criteria in elementary school age children incorporating ecological concerns.  Appetite. 34: 125, 2000

Barton, AC, Hindin, T, Contento, IR, Trudeau, M, Yang, K, Hagiwara, S. and Koch, PD. Underprivileged Urban Mothers' Perspectives on Science.  Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 38, 688-711, 2001

Contento IR, Koch PA, Calabrese Barton A, & Dadds M. Enhancing Critical Thinking: Impacts of a Food System Education Curriculum on 5th and 6th Graders. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 36(Supp 1), S61, 2004

Calabrese Barton A, Koch P, Contento I, Hagiwara S. From Global Sustainability to Inclusive Education: Understanding urban children’s ideas about the food system. International Journal of Science Education 27: 1163-1186, 2005.

Dadds M. Contento IR, Koch PA, Calabrese Barton A. Adolescent Perspectives on Being Overweight. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 37(Supp 1), S63, 2005

Rubenstein, H, Calabrese Barton, A, Koch, P, and Contento, IR. From Garden to Table: Rural or Urban Two Effective Strategies that teach students about where food really comes from. Science and Children 43(6), 30-33, 2006

Contento IR, Calabrese Barton A, Koch PA, Dadds, M. Childhood Overweight and Science Education. In Tobin K (editor). Teaching and Learning Science: A Handbook. Westport, Connecticut: Praeger, 2006

Koch PA, Calabrese Barton A, Contento IR. Growing Food: Linking Food and the Environment Curriculum Series. National Gardening Association: South Burlington, VT, 2007

Lee H, Contento IR, Sauberli W, Koch PA, Calabrese Barton, A. Using Science Education to Move Middle Schoolers toward More Healthful Food and Activity Choices: An Outcome Evaluation of Choice, Control, & Change (C3).  Journal of Nutrition and Education Behavior  39(4S), S96, 2007.

Koch P, Calabrese Barton A, Whitaker R, Contento I.. Choice, Control, & Change. Science Scope. Vol 31(3) 16-20, 2007

Contento IR, Koch PA, Lee H, Sauberli W, Calabrese Barton A. Enhancing personal agency and competence in eating and moving: Formative evaluation of a middle school curriculum, Choice, Control, and Change. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 39(Supp 2): S179-S186, 2007

Koch PA, Calabrese Barton A, Contento IR. Farm to Table & Beyond: Linking Food and the Environment Curriculum Series. National Gardening Association: South Burlington, VT, 2008.

Koch, P, Calabrese Barton, A, Contento, I, Crabtree, M. Farm to Table and Beyond: Helping Students Make Sense of the Global Food System. Science Scope. Vol 31 (9) 36-39, 2008.


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