Faculty and Staff


Jennifer L. Temple, PhD, Principal Investigator

Dr. Temple is an Associate Professor in the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences and Director of the Nutrition and Health Research Laboratory. The primary research focus of our laboratory is to understand factors that influence ingestive behavior. Our current longitudinal study, the UB Study of Nutrition and Activity in Kids (UB-SNAK) aims to understand behavioral factors that predict excess weight gain in adolescents. Our previous work has also examined physiological and behavioral effects of caffeine intake in children and adolescents, gender difference in effects of caffeine, food reinforcement and sensory system influences on eating in adults, and the relationship between food reinforcement and weight change over time. Dr. Temple is the mother of three children, Rachel, William and Nathan, and when she is not chasing them around or at a hockey rink, she enjoys running, cooking, and reading.

Amanda Ziegler.

Amanda Ziegler, Project Coordinator

Ziegler has been the project coordinator for the Nutrition and Health Research Lab since July 2010. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Community Health and Health Behavior at UB, where she is passionate about childhood obesity and eating behavior research. Her current study is investigating the elements of adolescent eating autonomy and how they may be related to health. She is also a graduate of UB's Master of Public Health program and Accelerated Bachelor of Nursing program (BSN) and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University at Rochester.  She enjoys creating and eating tasty meals and in her spare time she also enjoys cycling, playing soccer and traveling.