College Administration

Susan B. Sisson, PhD, RDN, CHES, FACSM

Assistant Dean for Research
Associate Professor
Director, Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences
Director, Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Laboratory

Contact Information:

AHB 3068

(405) 271-2113 Ext. 41176


Post-Doctoral Fellow, Population Science Group, Physical Activity Epidemiology Laboratory, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, 2007-2009
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology, Health Psychology, University of South Carolina, 2006-2007
PhD, Exercise and Wellness, Arizona State University, Assistant Director Walking Research Laboroaty, Mesa, Arizona, 2006
MS, Exercise Science and Health Promotion, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, 2003
BS, Kinesiology and Health Studies, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma, 2000


NS 5233 Research Methods
NS 5553 Nutritional Epidemiology
NS 5823 Energy Nutrients
NS  5970 Seminar
AHS 6970 Seminar

Societies and Organizations:

Member, Alpha Eta Honor Society

Research Interests:

Dr. Sisson conducts her research in the Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Laboratory in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Research in the lab focuses on physical activity and sedentary behavior epidemiology and related risk behaviors such as the consumption of poor quality food. Other research interests include the influence of the physical and social environment on food consumption and physical activity behaviors and the impact of sedentary lifestyle on chronic diseases such as obesity as well as intervention development and evaluation to combat sedentary lifestyle and poor food choices. Children and disadvantaged populations are of particular interest.

Could your child's daycare diet be leaving him full, but malnourished? 

Dr. Susan Sisson, researcher at the College of Allied Health Department of Nutritional Sciences says the answer is “Yes.” 

Their study found many Oklahoma child care centers are providing plenty of calories in their meals, but not necessarily enough of the right nutrients for growing minds and bodies. 

And that may also contribute to childhood obesity.

Preschoolers Starving for Nutrition

Lab Website(s):


Recent funding, see CV for complete list

Project Title: Preschools, Parents and Physicians: Working Together to Curb Obesity in American Indian Children
Dates:  July 2015 to June 2016

The purpose of this project is to Understand knowledge, attitude, and beliefs about obesity prevention in young American Indian children from different stakeholders perspectives. Work collaboratively with stakeholders to develop an intervention to prevention obesity in American Indian children. This project is supported by Presbyterian Health Foundation.

Project Title: Healthy Child Care Environment & Child Health Comparison of Two Observation Tools
Dates: May 2013-June 2014
The purpose of this project is to determine the ability of current state wide child care assessments (Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale vs. ECERS) to predict obesogenic environments (Environment & Policy Assessment Observation, EPAO) & child behaviors. This project is supported by the Infants, Toddlers, Twos & Threes Center.

Selected Publications:

Selected publications, see CV for complete list 

  • Sisson, S.B., Smith, C.L., Cheney, M. Big Impact on Small Children: Child-Care Teacher’s Perceptions of their Role in Early Childhood Obesity Prevention. (2017). Child Care in Practice, in press.
  • Sisson, S.B., Kiger, A.C., Anundson, K.C., Rasbold, A.H., Krampe, M., Campbell, J.E., DeGrace, B., Hoffman, L.A. Differences in Dietary Intake of Young Children at Childcare and Home. (2017). Preventive Medicine Reports, 6(2017) 33-37. PMID: 5318345
  • Swyden, K., Sisson, S.B., Sheffield-Morris, A., Lora, K.R., Weedn. A., Copeland, K.A., DeGrace, B. Association Between Maternal Stress, Work Status, and Feeding Practices Among Preschool Children. (2017). Journal of Maternal and Child Health, doi:10.1007/s10995-016-2239-y. PMID: 28138826
  • Sisson, S.B., Stephens, L., Campbell, J.E., Lora, K.R., Arnold, S., Horm, D., Li, J., Stoner, J., DeGrace, B. Childcare Center Environment and Obesogenic Behaviors in Young Children. (2017). Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 1(17): 433-440. PMID: 27927584
  • Sisson, S.B., Li, J., Arnold, S., Lora, K.R., Stoner, J., DeGrace, B.,  Campbell, J.E., Horm, D., Stephens, L. Obesogenic Child Care Center Environment and Obesity in Preschool Children. (2016). Preventive Medicine Reports, 3(2016), 151-158. PMID: 4929137
  • Swyden, K., Sisson, S.B., Castle, S., Lora, K.R., Copeland, K., Child Care Status and Childhood Obesity: A Narrative Review of Literature. (2017). International Journal of Obesity, 41(1):1-12 PMID: 27811950.
  • Dennison, M., Sisson, S.B., Sheffield-Morris. Obesogenic Behaviors and Depressive Symptoms in Children: A Narrative Literature Review. (2016). Obesity Reviews, 17, 735-757. PMID: 27138864

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