Beth Olson’s work focuses on breastfeeding support to low-income and working women, and the role of the family environment on the feeding of infants and children. Beth has been the principal investigator or co-investigator on research grants from USDA, Medicaid and the Kellogg Foundation.
As an Extension Specialist, she provides support to University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension’s Family Living Programs for nutrition and health. She has developed lessons on pregnancy and infant feeding that are used by Extension and other programs across the country. Beth was a member of the USDA working group for the development of MyPyramid for Preschoolers.
Beth is currently a member of the USDA multi-state project, “An Integrated Approach to Prevention of Obesity in High Risk Families,” and has been a grant reviewer for the USDA Human Obesity National Research Initiative. She is a member of the American Society for Nutrition, The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior, and the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation.
Prior to her work in Wisconsin, Beth was a faculty member at Michigan State University where she was the State Nutrition Specialist, and served as Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Chair. She also worked for the Kellogg Company in Battle Creek, Michigan, in Global Research and Development and Kellogg USA. Beth earned her Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin, and M.S. and Ph.D. in nutrition from the University of California, Davis.