Ellen Pudney

PhD, Health, Wellbeing, and Prevention

Entered the Program: 2017

Hometown:  Windsor, CT

Current program: PhD with a concentration in Health, Wellbeing, and Prevention

Education & Professional Training: 

  • Ph.D., Human Development and Family Sciences (ABD), University of Connecticut, expected May 2021
  • Graduate Certificate in College Instruction, University of Connecticut, December 2020
  • M.S., Nutrition and Dietetics, Northern Illinois University, May 2015
  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, June 2015
  • B.S., Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, August 2012

Research Interests:

  • The influence of public health messages on parenting practices and child outcomes
  • Parent-child communication about weight
  • Internalized weight bias and experiences of weight stigma
  • Food insecurity

Advising Committee:

  • Major Advisor: Rebecca Puhl
  • Associate Advisor: Linda Halgunseth
  • Associate Advisor: Marlene Schwartz

Degree Milestones:

  • Dissertation Defense: February 2021
  • Dissertation Proposal: April 2020
  • Comprehensive Exam: November 2019

Assistantship Experience:

  • Academic Advisor, HDFS Academic Advising Center, August 2020-Present
  • Research Assistant, UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, Fall 2017 – present
  • Primary Instructor, HDFS 2100 – Human Development: Infancy through Adolescence, Fall 2019 & Spring 2020
  • Primary Instructor, HDFS 2004W – Research Methods in HDFS, Spring 2018 & Spring 2019
  • Teaching Assistant, HDFS 2004W – Research Methods in HDFS, Fall 2017 & Fall 2018


  • Pudney, E. V., Himmelstein, M. S., Puhl, R. M., & Foster, G.D. (2020). Distressed or not distressed? A mixed methods examination of reactions to weight stigma and implications for emotional wellbeing and internalized weight bias. Social Science & Medicine, 249, 112854. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.112854
  • Pudney, E. V., Himmelstein, M. S., & Puhl, R. M. (2019). The role of weight stigma in parental weight talk. Pediatric Obesity. e12534. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijpo.12534
  • Misyak, S. A., Hedrick, V. E., Pudney, E., Serrano, E. L., & Farris, A. R. (2018). Reliability of a Market Basket Assessment Tool (MBAT) for use in SNAP-Ed healthy retail initiatives. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 50, 511–515. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2018.01.012


  • Christine N. Witzel Award, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 2020
  • Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, Graduate School, 2020
  • Best Published Paper Award, Human Development and Family Sciences, 2020
  • Summer Fellowship for Advanced Graduate Students, Graduate School, 2018 & 2020
  • 2nd Place Poster Competition Winner, Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy, 2019
  • Doctoral Student Travel Fellowship, Graduate School, 2019
  • Recognition for Excellence in Teaching, Provost of Academic Affairs, 2018 & 2019
  • L. Eugene Thomas Fund Award, Human Development and Family Studies, 2018-2019
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