University of California 4-H Youth Development Program
University of California 4-H Youth Development Program
University of California 4-H Youth Development Program
University of California
University of California 4-H Youth Development Program

Larissa L. Leavens

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4-H Data Systems Analyst
California State 4-H Office
2801 Second Street
Agriculture & Natural Resources
Davis, CA 95618-7774
(530) 750-1334
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Specialty

Evaluation, Program Monitoring, Data Management

Bibliography

Peer Reviewed

  • Shilts MK, Reed ML, Leavens L, Ontai L, Lanoue L, Styne D, Townsend MS. Development of a Medical Center Kiosk to Promote Pediatric Obesity Risk Reduction. J Nutr Behav Educ. 2017:49, 7S:S122

  • Sutter, C., Ontai, L., Shilts, M., Leavens, L., Davidson, C., Shijo, J., & Townsend, M.S. (Oct. 2012). Parenting and Childhood Obesity: Connections through Self-Regulation. Paper Presentation at National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference.

Non-Peer Reviewed

  • Townsend MS, Shilts MK, Diaz Rios K, Leavens L, Panerella K. Primero los Vegetales...Ahora y Antes. [10-item Spanish language retrospective pictorial assessment of child vegetable behaviors in the family environment.] Design: M. Reed. University of California Cooperative Extension. Copyright Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. January 2019.

  • Shilts MK, Leavens LL, Trujano J, Lanoue L, Ontai L & Townsend MS. Design: Reed ML. (2018). Setup a Healthy Kids iPad Kiosk Guidebook. University of California Davis. Available at http://townsendlab.ucdavis.edu/evaluation-research-tools/validation-research/

  • Shilts MK, Townsend MS, Leavens LL, and, Ontai, LL. Computer specialist: Reed, ML. Translation: Diaz Rios LK, Zavala G, Romero L. Healthy Kids Website for Spanish Speakers. Developed with programming expertise from UCD CAES Dean’s Office. © 2018, Regents of the University of California. Available at http://healthykids.ucdavis.edu/

  • Townsend MS, Shilts MK, Diaz Rios K, Leavens L, Panerella K.  Focus on Veggies…Now and Then.  [10-item retrospective pictorial assessment of child vegetable behaviors in the family environment.] Design: M. Reed.  University of California Cooperative Extension. Copyright Regents of the University of California.  All rights reserved. December 2018.

  • Shilts MK, Panarella K, Leavens LL, Kenyon V, Diaz-Rios K, Davidson C, Lanoue L, Townsend MS. Feasibility of an EFNEP Intervention Delivered in 3 Medical Clinics: Preliminary results. 9th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference Abstract 2017.

  • Shilts MK, Panarella K, Leavens LL, Kenyon V, Diaz-Rios K, Davidson C, Lanoue L, Townsend MS. Feasibility of an EFNEP Intervention Delivered in 3 Medical Clinics: Preliminary results. 9th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference Abstract 2017.

  • Panarella K, Shilts MK, Diaz-Rios K, Ontai L, Leavens L, Davidson C, Townsend MS. EFNEP in a Medical Clinic: Customizing 8 lessons. National 2016 EFNEP Coordinator’s Conference Arlington, VA.

  • Panarella K, Shilts MK, Kenyon V, Leavens L, Davidson C, Townsend MS. EFNEP in a Medical Clinic: Recruitment of Participants. National 2016 EFNEP Coordinator’s Conference Arlington, VA.

  • Shilts MK, Townsend MS, Davidson C, Leavens LL. Focus on Activity. [9 -item pictorial assessment of child activity behaviors in the family environment including screen and video game time and physical activity]. Design: M. Reed. University of California Cooperative Extension. Copyright Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. May 2016.

  • Townsend MS, Sylva K, Shilts MK, Davidson C, Leavens L. Designer: Reed M. Translation: Diaz Rios K, Espinoza M, Zavala G. Niños Sanos [45 items reflecting 23 behaviors and 12 determinants of obesity for low-literate Spanish speaking parents of preschool children]. The Regents of the University of California, 2016. http://townsendlab.ucdavis.edu

  • Shilts MK, Davidson C, Leavens L, Sitnick SL. Graphic Designers: Reed M, Shijo J, Chao LK. Translation: Diaz Rios LK, Espinoza M, Zavala G. Metas Para Niños Sanos [10-page parent magazine style booklet using ‘guided goal setting’ for low income Spanish speaking parents]. University of California Cooperative Extension. May 2016.

  • Leavens L, Reed M, Mc Murdo T, Donohue S, Schneider C, Townsend MS. EFNEP Food Tracker Certification Video Recording Guide for Nutrition Educators. University of California Cooperative Extension. 2014. ©Regents of the University California. Available at http://efnep.ucanr.edu/ 

  • Sutter C, Ontai L, Shilts, MK, Leavens, LL, Davidson, C, & Townsend, MS. (Nov. 2013). Parenting and School Readiness in Low-Income Families: What Can Be Gained from Examining Everyday Contexts of Interaction and Children's Self-Regulation. Nat. Council on Family Relations 75th Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.

  • Sutter, C., Ontai, L., Shilts, M., Leavens, L., Davidson, C., & Townsend, M.S. (April 2013). Childhood Obesity and School Readiness: A Shared Developmental Pathway? Poster Presentation at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Conference.

  • Townsend MS, Donohue S, Leavens L, McMurdo T. Food Tracker...What I Ate Yesterday Observation Report. [VersionS, March 2013, 10-page form to provide feedback to educator on quality of 24-hour diet recall, group format.) Accompanies data collection tool, Food Tracker Instruction Guide. University of California Cooperative Extension. Graphic designer: M Reed.

  • Townsend MS, Shilts MS, Leavens L, Davidson C, Lamp C, Johns M, Ontai L. Instruction Guide: Healthy Kids [Child Obesity Risk Assessment Tool]. Version 1.0. Includes questionnaire items, photographic content, determinant of obesity, potential questions from clients and suggested responses from staff. Accompanies data collection tool, Healthy Kids. copyright 2011 Regents of the University of California. Available at http://Townsendlab.ucdavis.edu  Accessed 7.22.2011.

  • Ontai L, Townsend MS, Davidson C, Leavens L, Sitnick S, Shilts M, Schneider C, Lamp C. Instruction Guide: My Child at Meal Time [Child Feeding Assessment Tool]. Version 1.0. Includes questionnaire items, photographic content, potential questions from clients and suggested responses from staff. Accompanies data collection tool, My Child At Meal Time. Copyright 2011, Regents of the University of California. Available at http://Townsendlab.ucdavis.edu  Accessed 7.22.2011.

  • Townsend MS, Sylva K, Shilts MK, Davidson C, Leavens L, Sitnick SL, Design: Chao LK. Healthy Kids: Pediatric Obesity Risk Assessment Tool. [45 items reflecting 23 behaviors and 12 determinants of obesity identified in our research.] University of California Cooperative Extension. 2011. Copyright 2011, Regents of the University of California. Available at http://Townsendlab.ucdavis.edu

  • Shilts MK, Davidson C, Leavens L, Sitnick SL, Townsend MS. Design: Shijo J. Goals for Healthy Kids: A Participant Workbook to Facilitate Guided Goal Setting. University of California Cooperative Extension. 2011. Available at http://.Townsendlab.ucdavis.edu

  • Shilts MK, Davidson C, Leavens L, Sitnick SL, Sylva K, Ontai L, Townsend MS. Feasibility of a Guided Goal Setting Intervention Designed to Reduce Risk of Pediatric Obesity in Low-Income, Ethnically Diverse Families. 6th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference Abstract 2011.

  • Ontai L, Sitnick SL, Sylva K, Leavens L, Davidson C, Townsend MS, Design: Chao LK. My Child at Meal Time [a parenting tool to assess risky behaviors around child feeding]: University of California Cooperative Extension, 2009. Copyright 2011, Regents of the University of California. Available at http://Townsendlab.UCDavis.edu

  • Lenna Ontai, PhD, Stephanie Sitnick, MS, Kathryn Sylva, MFA, Larissa Leavens, Christine Davidson, Mical Kay Shilts, PhD, Marilyn S. Townsend, PhD, RD. My Child At Mealtime: Development and validation of a tool to assess risk for parenting behaviors associated with pediatric obesity. 9th Annual Conference of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity Program and Abstracts 2010; P055:300.

  • Shilts M, Davidson C, Leavens L, Sitnick SL, Sylva K, Ontai L, Townsend MS. Feasibility of "Guided Goal-Setting" to reduce risk of pediatric overweight among low-income families: preliminary results. 9th Annual Conference of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity Program and Abstracts 2010; P022:277.

  • Marilyn S. Townsend, PhD, RD, Kathryn Sylva, MFA, Christine Davidson, Larissa Leavens, Stephanie L Sitnick, MS, Mical Kay Shilts, PhD, Lenna Ontai, PhD. Healthy Kids: Development and initial validation of a risk assessment tool for pediatric obesity prevention among Head Start participants. 9th Annual Conference of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity Program and Abstracts 2010; P064:306.

  • Shilts M, Davidson C ,Leavens L, Sitnick SL, Sylva K, Ontai L, Townsend MS. Adaptation of the "Guided Goal-Setting" Strategy to a Low-Income Family Environment to Reduce Risk of Pediatric Overweight. 8th Annual Conference (Portugal, Europe) of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity Program and Abstracts, June, 2009.

  • Townsend MS, Sylva K, Shilts M, Sitnick SL, Davidson C, Leavens L, Ontai L. Guided Goal Setting to Achieve Behavior Change Associated with Healthy Weight Maintenance among Low-income Mothers and Children-Year 1 (Poster). National Research Initiative Conference June 25-6, 2009. Baltimore, MD.

  • Davidson C, Leavens L, Townsend MS. Walkfit. Theory-driven primary prevention intervention promoting physical activity by incrementally increasing steps per day and marketing materials.

    Accessed at efnep.ucdavis.edu  Published May 2009.

  • Shilts MK, Davidson C, Leavens L, Sitnick S, Sylva K, Ontai L, Shijo,J, Chao LK, and Townsend MS. Goals for Healthy Kids. University of California, Davis. 2009.

  • Ontai L, Sitnick S, Sylva K, Leavens L, Davidson C, Townsend MS. Graphic designer: Chao LK.  My Child at Meal Time: a Parenting Tool to Assess Risky Behaviors Around child Feeding. April 2009.  Access at http://townsendlab.ucdavis.edu April 30, 2009.

  • Banna JC, Townsend MS, Davidson C, Leavens L, Metz D, Martin A. Administering Lista de hábitos alimenticios, the SNAP Food Behavior Checklist for Spanish speakers: Instruction Guide. Public Health Institute, California Department of Health Services, 2008. Available at www.TosendLab.UCDavis.edu

  • Davidson C, Leavens L, Townsend MS. Walkfit. Theory-driven primary prevention intervention promoting physical activity by incrementally increasing steps per day. Student magazine. Published November 2008.

  • Davidson C, Leavens L, Townsend MS. Walkfit. Theory-driven primary prevention intervention promoting physical activity by incrementally increasing steps per day. CD-rom. Published November 2008.

  • Davidson C, Leavens L, Townsend MS. Walkfit. Theory-driven primary prevention intervention promoting physical activity by incrementally increasing steps per day. Instruction manual. Published November 2008.

  • Townsend MS, Davidson C, Leavens L, Chao LK, Johns M, Farfan-Ramirez. WalkFit: A theory-driven intervention for adolescents to increase mean daily steps to improve physical activity levels while reinforcing CA content standards.  Food and Nutrition Extension Educators Abstracts and Program, 2008 Annual Meeting. Atlanta, Georgia July 18-23, 2008.

  • Banna J, Leavens L, Davidson C, Townsend MS. Administering the University of California On the Go! De Prisa   [Physical activity (PA) assessment for low-income communities]. Instruction Guide [English & Spanish, 21 pages, contains 6 constructs.] University of California Cooperative Extension, 2008. Available http://townsendlab.ucdavis.edu Accessed Feb 15, 2008.  

  • Townsend MS, Sylva K, Davidson C, Leavens L, Sitnick S. Graphic designer: Chao LK.  Healthy Kids: a Pediatric Obesity Prevention Risk Assessment Tool.  April 2009.  Accessed at http://townsendlab.ucdavis.edu April 30, 2009

  • Townsend MS, Leavens L, Davidson C, Kaiser LL.  Administering the Fruit and Vegetable Inventory:  Instruction Guide.  University of California Cooperative Extension, 2007.  

  • Joy, A., Davidson, C., Leavens, L., McMurdo, T. FSNEP Staff Guidebook for Successful Program Delivery. California Food Stamp Nutrition Education Program, 2007. Available at http://fsnep.ucdavis.edu/administrative/FSNEPTrainingManualFINAL2007.pdf

  • Townsend MS, Leaven L, Davidson C, Kaiser LL.  Administering the Fruit and Vegetable Inventory:  Instruction Guide.  University of California Cooperative Extension, 2007.  Available at http://townsendlab.ucdavis.edu.

  • Townsend MS, Davidson C, Leavens L, Metz D, Martin A.  Administering the Food Stamp Program Food Behavior Checklist:  Instruction Guide.  Public Health Institute, California Department of Health Services, 2006.

  • Townsend MS, Davidson C, Leavens L, Metz D, Martin A.  Administering the Fruit & Vegetable Checklist:  Interview Guide.  Public Health Institute, California Department of Health Services, 2006.  

  • Townsend MS, Davidson C, Leavens L, Metz D, Martin A.  Administering the University of California Food Behavior Checklist with Supplemental Questions:  Instruction Guide.  University of California, Cooperative Extension, 2006.

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