Koch, Pamela A. (pak14)

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

19 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, evaluation, and teacher professional development

• K–12 nutrition education, healthy school meals, school gardens, and wellness policy

• Sustainable food systems and agro-ecological food production

• Farm, food safety, child nutrition, food security, and nutrition education policy

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Articles and Chapters

Koch PA, Keeping nutrition education strong in our new presidential administration. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 49:1 (Editorial), 2017.

Burgermaster M, Gray HL, Tipton E, Contento I, & Koch P. Testing an integrated model of program implementation: the Food, Health & Choices school-based childhood obesity prevention process evaluation. Preventive Science, 18:71–82, 2017.

Bendelli LN, Gray HL, Paul R, Contento IR, & Koch PA. Associations among measures of energy balance related behaviors and psychosocial determinants in urban upper elementary school children, Appetite, 108(1), 171-182, 2017.

Koch, PA. Food, Learning, and Sustainability in the School Curriculum. In Sumner, J. (Ed.) Food, Learning and Sustainability: Sites for Resistance and Change, (Chapter 4) Palgrave MacMillan, 2016 ISBN 978-1-137-53904-5

Graziose MM, Koch PA, Wang YC, Gray HL, & Contento I.. Cost-effectiveness of a nutrition education curriculum intervention in elementary schools, Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Published online November 11, 2016

 Graziose MM, Gray HL, Quinn J, Rundle AG, Contento IR, Koch PA. Association Between the Built Environment in School Neighborhoods With Physical Activity Among New York City Children, 2012. Prevening Chronic Disease;13:150581, 2016 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5888/pcd13.150581

Gray HL, Contento IR, Koch PA, Di Noia J.Mediating mechanisms of theory-based psychosocial determinants on behavioral changes in a middle school obesity risk reduction curriculum intervention, Choice, Control, and Change. Childhood Obesity, 2016 May 4, doi: 10.1089/chi.2016.0003

Custodio-Lumsden CL, Wolf RL, Contento IR, Basch CE, PhD, Zybert OA, Koch PA, Edelstein, BL. Public Health Dentistry. 2016 Mar; 76(2): 136–142. doi: 10.1111/jphd.12122

Gray HL, Koch PA, Contento IR, Bandelli LN, Ang IY, Di Noia J. Validity and Reliability of Behavior and Theory-Based Psychosocial Determinants Measures, Using Audience Response System Technology in Urban Upper-Elementary Schoolchildren. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 48(7), 437-452, 2016. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2016.03.018.

Gray HL, Burgermaster M, Tipton E, Contento IR, Koch PA, Di Noia J. Intraclass Correlation Coefficients for Obesity Indicators and Energy Balance-Related Behaviors Among New York City Public Elementary Schools. Health Education and Behavior. 2016, Vol. 43(2) 172–181. DOI: 10.1177/1090198115598987

Feather A, Aycinena AC, Lovais G, Rundle A, Gaffney AO, Richardson J, Hershman D, Koch PA, Contento IR, Greenlee H. Food Environments are relevant to recruitment and adherence in dietary modification trials. Nutrition Research 35(6), 2015. DOI: 10.1016/j.nutres.2015.04.007

Crookes DM, Shelton RC, Tehranifar P, Aycinena C, Gaffney AO, Koch P, Contento IR, Greenlee H. Social networks and social support for healthy eating among Latina breast cancer survivors: implications for social and behavioral interventions. Journal of Cancer Survivors. 2015. doi: 10.1007/s11764-015-0475-6

Greenlee H, Ogden Gaffney A, Aycinena AC, Koch P, Conento I, Karmally W, Richardson EL et al. ¡Cocinar Para Su Salud!: Randomized Controlled Trial of a Culturally Based Dietary Intervention among Hispanic Breast Cancer Survivors. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 115:709–723, 2015.

Aycinena AC, Gaffney AG, Koch P, Contento IR, Karmally W, & Greenlee H. ¡Cocinar Para Su Salud!: Development of a culturally-based nutrition education curriculum for Hispanic breast cancer survivors using a theory-driven procedural model. Health Education and Behavior. 2016 May 13 1090198116642236. [Epub ahead of print]

Majumdar D, Koch PA, Gray HL, Contento IR, Islas-Ramos AL, Fu D. Nutrition Science and Behavioral Theories Integrated in a Serious Game for Adolescents. Simulation & Gaming. 1-30, 2015, DOI: 10.1177/1046878115577163

Gray HL, Contento IR, Koch P. Linking implementation process to intervention outcomes in obesity risk-reduction nutrition curriculum intervention for middle school students: Choice, Control & Change. Health Education Research, 30(2)248-61, 2015.

Bernard-Davila B, Aycinena AC, Richardson J Ogden Gaffney A, Koch P, Contento I, Sardo Molmenti C, Alvarez M, Hershman D, Greenlee H. Barriers and Facilitators to Recruitment to a Culturally Based Dietary Intervention Among Urban Hispanic Breast Cancer Survivors. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 2014 10.1007/s40615-014-0076-5

Majumdar D, Koch PA, Lee H, Contento IR, Islas-Ramos AL, Fu D. “Creature-101”: A Serious Game to Promote Energy Balance-Related Behaviors Among Middle School Adolescents.Games for Health Journal. 2(5): 280-290, 2013.

Tsurusaki BK, Calabrese-Barton A, Tan E, Koch PA, Contento IR. Using transformative boundary objects to create critical engagement in science. Science Education, 97;1-31, 2013.

Lee H, Contento IR, Koch PA. Process evaluation of a middle school obesity risk-reduction nutrition curriculum intervention: Choice, Control & Change. Journal of Nutrition Education & Behavior, 45:105-109, 2013.

Mallya A, Mensah FM, Contento IR, Koch PA, Calabrese-Barton A. Extending science beyond the classroom door: Learning from students’ experiences with the Choice, Control & Change (C3) curriculum. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 49: 24-269, 2012.

Contento IR, Koch P, Calabrese-Barton A. School-based Interventions for Overweight and Obesity Prevention. Book chapter in Akabas SR, Lederman SA, Moore BJ. (Eds.) Textbook of Obesity: Biological Psychological and Cultural Influences. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012 400-423

Eto K, Koch PA, Contento IR, Adachi M. Variables of the theory of planned behavior are associated with family meal frequency among adolescents. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 43:525-530, 2011.

Contento IR, Koch PA, Lee, H, Calabrese-Barton A. Adolescents demonstrate improvement in obesity risk behaviors after completion of Choice, Control & Change (C3), a curriculum addressing personal agency and autonomous motivation. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 110:1830-1839, 2010.

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

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

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

Rubenstein H, Calabrese-Barton A, Koch PA, 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.

Calabrese-Barton A, Koch PA, Contento IR, 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.

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

Liquori T, Koch PA, 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.


Non-peered reviewed publications

Burt KG, Koch PA, Uno C, and Contento IR. The GREEN Tool (Garden Resources, Education, and Environment Nexus) For Well-Integrated School Gardens. Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy at the Program in Nutrition, Teachers College, Columbia University. Research Brief, August, 2016.

Taparia H, Koch P. Real Food Challenges the Food Industry (online version title A Seismic Shift in How People Eat). The New York Times. November 8, 2015, page SR4.

Porter, KJ, Koch, PA, Peralta, R, Contento, IR. Expanding Nutrition Education Programs in New York City Elementary Schools. Understanding Practice to Inform Policy. Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy, Program in Nutrition at Teachers College, Columbia University. March, 2014.

Koch, P; Islas, A; Burgermaster, M; Gray, HL; and Gardner, K. Using Evaluation to Move Your Program to the Next Level. Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy, Program in Nutrition at Teachers College, Columbia University. April, 2014.


Curriculum Guides

Koch PA, Calabrese-Barton A, Contento IR. Growing Food: Linking Food and the Environment Curriculum Series. National Gardening Association: South Burlington, VT, 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 PA, Contento IR, Calabrese-Barton A. Choice, Control & Change: Linking Food and the Environment Curriculum Series. National Gardening Association: South Burlington, VT, 2010.

Koch PA. Art & Healthy Living. Studio in a School. New York, NY 2010

Koch PA, Contento IR. Food Day School Curriculum. Food Day, Center for Science in the Public Interest, Washington DC, 2011.

Koch, PA (advisor), Bhana, Hiershenee, Gordon, Erin, Rickards, Anna. Food Chemistry, i2 Camp, 2014.

Bhana, H, Koch, P, Uno, C, and Contento I. In Defense of Food Curriculum: A companion to the PBS documentary based on Michael Pollan’s best-selling book. Public Broadcasting System (PBS) Learning Media, 2015, available at: pbslearningmedia.org/collection/in-defense-of-food/

Pam Koch works at the intersection of sustainable food systems and nutrition education. She has written, evaluated, and conducted professional development for several curricula including: the Linking Food and the Environment (LiFE) curriculum series: Growing Food; Farm to Table & Beyond, and Choice, Control & Change; Food Day School Curriculum; In Defense of Food Curriculum; Art & Healthy Living with Studio in a School, and Seed to Plate with GrownNYC. Pam was part of the team who developed the Garden Resource Education and Environment Nexus (GREEN) Tool to create school gardens that are well-integrated into the curriculum and culture. She has led several evaluations including Edible Schoolyard NYC, FoodCorps, Wellness in the Schools, and New York City Food & Fitness Partnership. She is part of the School Food Focus team who is developing Recipes for Food System Change, professional development modules for school food service to procure more sustainable, regional, whole, and healthful foods. Pam contributed to Dr. Isobel’s Contento’s DESIGN Procedure for Nutrition Education. She is on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior and the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Board of Directors (2014–2017). Pam is part of the Environmental and Sustainable Education working group at Teachers College, is an organizer for the Food & Farm Justice Hub of the 2014 and 2017 People’s Climate March, and has been a member of Roxbury Farm CSA for over 20 years. Pam brings passion, dedication, and her flare for graphic design to all she does.



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