Cindy Brattan Wolff, MPA, PhD, RD


Bio PicCenter for Healthy Communities (CHC), Director and Professor
Office: 25 Main St., Suite 101B
Phone: 530-898-5288
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Research Interests:
Projects related to the prevention and treatment of obesity and diabetes for individuals and communities, nutrition, and health education for preschool through Grade 12.

Recent Publications/Current Projects:

  • Roche A, Goto K, Zhao Y, Wolff C. “Bonding” and “bridging” social and cultural capitals: Perceived factors associated with family eating practices among Hmong, Latino and white mothers and fathers. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. (in press)
  • Morris J, Goto K, Wolff C, Bianco S, Samonte A. Get Cookin’: Investigating the effects of a six-week cooking intervention on cooking and dietary behaviors among low-income families. Californian Journal of Health Promotion. (in press)
  • Goto K, Whitten J, Giovanni M, Wolff C, Bianco S. Understanding possible roles of locally-grown ethnic produce in dietary practices and food cultures: An exploratory study. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. (in press)
  • Chen Q., Goto K, Wolff C, Bianco-Simeral S, Zhao Y. Correlations between children’s exposure to ethnic produce and their healthy dietary behaviors. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 17(2):383-388. (2015)
  • Goto K, Whitten J, Giovanni M, Wolff C. Consumer attitudes and behaviors regarding ethnic produce at farmers’ markets. Californian Journal of Health Promotion, 12(3):71-78. (2014)
  • Seipel B, Carlson SE, Bianco-Simeral S, Frigaard M, Wolff C, Goto K. The nutritional moral of the story: An examination of storybooks used to promote healthy food-choice behavior. Psychology and Education Journal, 51(3&4):30-41. (2014)
  • Chen Q, Goto K, Wolff C, Bianco-Simeral S, Gruneisen K, Gray K. Cooking up diversity: impact of a multi-component, multi-cultural, experiential intervention on food and cooking behaviors among K-2 students from low-income ethnically diverse families. Appetite, 80:114-22. (2014)
  • Voorhees J, Goto K, Wolff C. Overweight, hypertension, and fruit and vegetable consumption among Hmong and white middle school students. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 16:273-279. (2014)
  • Goto K, Ominami C, Song C, Murayama N, Wolff C. Globalization, localization and food culture: Perceived roles of social and cultural capital in healthy child feeding in Japan.  Global Health Promotion. Vol 21(1): 50–58. (2014)
  • Voorhees J, Goto K, Wolff C. Overweight, hypertension, and fruit and vegetable consumption among Hmong and white middle school students. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. 16:273-279. (2014)
  • Zhao Y., Goto K, Wolff C., Song C., Bianco-Simeral S. Relationships between children's food consumption and social and cultural capital levels among Latino, Hmong, and non-Hispanic white parents of K–2 children. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, 8(4):472-489. (2013)
  • Gerson A, Goto K, Wolff C, Giovanni M. Food, health, and values: the effects of attitudes and behaviors regarding sustainable food practices on overall diet quality among college students. Californian Journal of Health Promotion, 11(2):53-60. (2013)
  • Goto K, Waite A, Chan K, Giovanni M, Wolff C. Do environmental interventions impact elementary school students’ lunchtime milk selection? Journal of Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy, 35(2):360-376. (2013)
  • Zhao Y, Goto K, Wolff C, Song C, Bianco S. (2013). Relationships between children's food consumption and social and cultural capital Levels among Latino, Hmong, and Non-Hispanic White Parents of K–2 children. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, 8(4): 472-489. (2013)
  • Frigaard M, Wolff C, Goto K, Bianco-Simeral S, Fahey T. Identifying red flags: Using anthropometry measures to screen for elevated blood pressure risk in children. Infant, Child, & Adolescent Nutrition, 5(1):37-42. (2012)
  • McCarthy E, Wolff C, Bianco-Simeral S, Goto K. (2012) Promoting fruit and vegetable preferences among low-income Hispanic and white middle school students. Journal of Child Nutrition and Management, 336(2). (2012)
  • Evans K, Goto K*, Wolff C, Frigaard M, and Bianco-Simeral S. Teachers’ perceptions indicate success for Harvest of the Month Nutrition Education Program. Californian Journal of Health Promotion. 10(1):113-124. (2012)
  • Kopping D, Nevarez H, Goto K*, Morgan I, Frigaard M, Wolff C. A longitudinal study of overweight, elevated blood pressure and acanthosis nigricans among low-income middle school students. Journal of School Nursing. 28(3):214-219. (2012)

Recent Graduate Theses/Professional Papers:

  • Get Cookin’: The Impact of a hands-on cooking and nutrition education intervention on attitudes and behaviors toward cooking and diet choices among low-income adults.
  • The effects of social marketing, behavioral economics, and youth led In-store cooking demonstrations on low-income families’ selection of fruits and vegetables.
  • School farm stands impacts on fruit and vegetable preferences and self- efficacy among students from a low-income school.
  • Foodie University: Mindful eating in the classroom and at home.
  • How to connect agriculture to schools: Identifying barriers to school district purchase and use of California Specialty Crops