Welcome

Kim Spaccarotella, PhD

Lecturer
Biological Sciences

1000 Morris Ave.
Union, NJ 07083
Office:  C-138
Email:  kspaccar@kean.edu

Ph.D., Penn State, Nutritional Sciences

M.S., Kean University, Exercise Science

B.S., Ramapo College of NJ, Biology   



Welcome to Dr. Spaccarotella's website!  Browse the site to find resources for the classes you are taking with me, learn more about my research and find helpful links related to biology and nutritional sciences.

Research Interests:

  • Examining the relationships between diet, lifestyle factors and chronic disease risk.

  • Developing educational interventions and materials to increase nutrition knowledge and behaviors leading to a healthy lifestyle.

Classes Taught:

  • Biology 1000 (4 cr.), Kean University – Principles of Biology, lecture and laboratory

  • Biology 100 (3 cr.), Kean University  – Biological Concepts, lecture and laboratory

  • Biology 3200 (3 cr.), Kean University - Biology of Food in Health and Disease

  • Physical Education 5113 (3 cr.), Kean University - Application of Quantitative Methods and Computers in Exercise Science
  • Biology 106 (4 cr.), Middlesex County College - Human Biology, Biomedical Issues and Society

  • Biology 108 (4 cr.), Middlesex County College – Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology, lecture and laboratory  

  • Nutrition 456 (3 cr.), Penn State – Community Nutrition

  • Nutrition 360 (3 cr.), Penn State – Dissemination of Nutrition Information  

  • Biology Laboratory Assistant, Ramapo College of New Jersey Upward Bound Math-Science program

Selected Publications and Presentations:                   

Publications

Spaccarotella, K., Hartman, T., Kris-Etherton, P., Stone, W., Bagshaw, D., Fishell, V., Lawrence, F.  (2005).  The effects of walnut consumption on serum tocopherol in men at increased risk for prostate cancer.   FASEB J. A72.2. 

Spaccarotella, K., Kris-Etherton, P., Stone, W., Bagshaw, D., Fishell, V., Lawrence, F., Hartman, T. (April, 2006).  The effects of walnut consumption on factors related to prostate and vascular health in men at risk for prostate cancer.   Abstract and poster session presented at Experimental Biology, 2006, San Francisco, CA. 

Hartman, T., Ledikwe, J., Martin, K., Schaffer, M., Mauger, D., Murrary, T., Spaccarotella, K., Kronheim, L. (2007).  The associations between food, nutrition and physical activity and the risk of cancer of the mouth, pharynx and larynx and underlying mechanisms.  In Food, nutrition and the prevention of cancer:  a global perspective.  Washington, D.C.:  World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute for Cancer Research.

Hartman, T., Ledikwe, J., Martin, K., Schaffer, M., Mauger, D., Murrary, T., Spaccarotella, K., Kronheim, L. (2007).  The associations between food, nutrition and physical activity and the risk of cancer of oesophagus and underlying mechanisms.  In Food, nutrition and the prevention of cancer:  a global perspective.  Washington, D.C.:  World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute for Cancer Research.

Spaccarotella, K.  (2008).  Fast Food.  In The Encyclopedia of Obesity.  Sage Publications, Inc.

Fitzgerald, N and Spaccarotella, K.  (2008).  Computers and the Media.  In The Encyclopedia of Obesity.  Sage Publications, Inc.

Spaccarotella, K., Kris-Etherton, P., Stone, W., Bagshaw, D., Fishell, V., Lawrence, F, West, S, Hartman, T.  (2008).  The effects of walnut intake on factors related to prostate and vascular health in older men.  Nutrition Journal, 7:13.

Fitzgerald, N, and Spaccarotella, K.  (2008).  Barriers to a healthy lifestyle:  from individuals to public policy - an ecological perspective Journal of Extension.

Spaccarotella, K.  (2009).  Small steps, big benefits: using pedometers across the curriculum.  The Reporter, 80:1.

Spacarotella, K. (2010). The fit fridge for fit families.

Spaccarotella, K., Andzel, W.  Building a better beverage for recovery from endurance activity: a review.  (2011).  Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 25(11):3198-204. 

Spaccarotella, K., Andzel, W.  The effects of low fat chocolate milk on postexercise recovery in collegiate athletes. (2011).  Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 25(12):3456-60.

Yorkin, M., Spaccarotella, K., Martins-Biggers, J., Quick, V. and Byrd-Bredbenner, C. (2013). Accuracy and consistency of weights provided by home bathroom scales.  BMC Public Health, 13:1194.


ccarotella, K. and James, R. (2014). In search of a better bean: a simple activity to introduce plant biology. The American Biology Teacher, 76(5), 352-353.



Martin-Biggers, J., Spaccarotella, K., Berhaupt-Glickstein, A., Hongu, N., Worobey, J. and Byrd-Bredbenner, C. (2014). Come and get it: a discussion of family mealtime literature and factors affecting obesity risk. Adv Nutr, (5):235-247.


Martin-Biggers, J., Spaccarotella, K., Hongnu, N., Alleman, G., Worobey, J., and Byrd-Bredbenner, C. (2015). Translating it into real life: a qualitative study of cognitions, barriers and supports for key obesiogenic behaviors in parents of preschoolers. BMC Public Health, 15:189.


Yorkin, M., Spaccarotella, K., Martin-Biggers, J., Lozada, C., Hongu, N., Quick, V. and Byrd-Bredbenner, C. (2015). A tool to improve the accuracy of parent measurements of preschool child height. Advances in Public Health.


Martin-Biggers, J., Spaccarotella, K., Delaney, C., Koenings, M., Alleman, G., Hongnu, N., Worobey, J., and Byrd-Bredbenner, C. (2015). Development of the intervention materials for the HomeStyles obesity prevention program for parents of preschoolers. Nutrients.


Cheng, C., Martin-Biggers, J., Quick, V., Spaccarotella, K., and Byrd-Bredbenner, C. (2016). Validity and reliability of HOP-Up: a questionnaire to evaluate physical activity environments in homes with preschool-aged children. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 13:91.



Presentations

Spaccarotella, K.  Carbohydrates and fiber in health and disease.  Guest lecture presented at The Pennsylvania State University, Nutrition 100 class, May 2006.

Spaccarotella, K.  Walnut intake in prostate and vascular health.  Guest lecture presented at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, February 28, 2007.

Spaccarotella, K.  Developing printed materials for nutrition education.  Guest lecture presented at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, March 1, 2007.

Spaccarotella, K.  DRIs, RDIs, and Food Labeling.  Guest lecture presented at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, March 30, 2007.

Spaccarotella, K. Tech-Savvy Nutrition for Health Classes.  Lecture presented at the NJAHPERD Annual Convention, East Brunswick, NJ, February 26, 2008.

Spaccarotella, K., and Knezek, C. (April, 2014). Use of item analysis and online pre-/post-testing for assessment in general biology. Abstract and poster presented at Research Days, Kean University, Union, NJ.

Spaccarotella, K, & Ihionkhan, E. (April, 2014).  Web surfing for science: investigating college students’ abilities to evaluate web-based health and science articles and use the scientific method to write lab reports. Abstract and poster presented at Research Days, Kean University, Union, NJ.

Lewis, V, Baxter, V, Spaccarotella, K, & Andzel, W. (April, 2015).  College students’ knowledge of recovery beverage serving sizes. Abstract and poster presented at Research Days, Kean University, Union, NJ.

Garcia, A., Cerna, S., Lewis, S., & Spaccarotella, K. (April, 2016). Availability of nutrition resources for students and professionals in sports medicine and fitness. Abstract and poster presented at Research Days, Kean University, Union, NJ.

Barco, D., James, K., & Spaccarotella, K. (April, 2016).  Review of resources for and barriers to nutrition in medical education. Abstract and poster presented at Research Days, Kean University, Union, NJ.


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