Laura Colosi
Extension Associate

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Current Activities

Current Professional Activities
Current work activities include evaluating New York State’s food stamp nutrition education program, Eat Smart New York, as well as working to improve evaluation methods for CCE programs related to parenting skills and family well being. 

Current Research Activities
Specific research interests include the application of systems thinking to the evaluation of education al and/or social welfare programs; parent and child well-being; the impact of welfare policies on children and families; and the importance of both father’s involvement and child support policies for children in single parent families.

Current Extension Activities
Extension activities include evaluating the New York State Nutrition Education Program,Eat Smart New York; and preparing research briefs on nutrition evaluation, models of program implementation and systemic approaches to program evaluation. Other work included preparing resources related to topics related to parenting and family well being for policymakers and Extension educators; reviewing evaluation instruments for extension educators; and coordinating several events a year to bring faculty research to extension educators via distance learning technology.


Biographical Statement
Laura Colosi joined the Department in 2002, her research and extension interests are in the area of families, social policies, and child well-being, with a particular interest in low income families;  as well as the evaluation of parenting and other programs at the local, state and national levels.

Courses, Websites, Pubs

Courses Taught
HD 456 Families and Social Policy

Related Websites
Parenting in Context

Cabrera, D., Colosi, L. and Lobdell, C. Systems Thinking. Evaluation and Program Planning, Spring 2008.