Amy T. Galloway

Research and Service Interests

  • Development of food preferences, picky eating, normal and disordered eating in children and adults
  • Parent and child food interactions
  • Sustainable and community food system research

Our Eating and Feeding Lab examines the developmental and contextual aspects of eating behavior using a life-span approach. My colleagues and I have studied eating behavior in non-human and human primates at various stages of life including the prenatal period, infancy, early childhood, middle childhood, adolescence, and across adulthood. The contextual influences we are interested in include parental feeding practices, socioeconomic position, and culture.

My interest in eating behavior connects with my community service focused on issues of sustainability. If human mental and physical health are essential elements of sustainable living, then understanding how to foster a preference for whole, less-processed foods across the socioeconomic spectrum would seem to be a vital step in achieving this goal. I enjoy working with Blue Ridge Women and Agriculture ( and an interdisciplinary team of researchers at Appstate focused on sustainable food (AppalFRESH - Appalachian Food Research for Equity, Sustainability, and Health).


  • NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2000-2003, Penn State, Developmental Psychology
  • Ph.D., 1998, University of Georgia, Biopsychology
  • Certificate, 1996, University of Georgia, Conservation Ecology & Sustainable Development
  • M.S., 1994, Bucknell University, Animal Behavior
  • B.A., 1991, Furman University, Psychology

Representative Publications

  • Galloway, A. T., Watson, P., Pitama, S., & Farrow, C. (2018). Socioeconomic position and picky eating behavior predict disparate weight trajectories in infancy. Frontiers in Endocrinology. https://doi: 10.3389/fendo.2018.00528
  • *Ellis, J. M., Galloway, A. T., Zickgraf, H. F., & Whited, M. C. (2018). Picky eating and fruit and vegetable consumption in college students. Eating Behaviors, 30, 5-8.
  • *Ellis, J. M., *Schenk, R. R., Galloway, A. T., Zickgraf, H. F., Webb, R. M., & Martz, D. M. (2018). A multidimensional approach to understanding the potential risk factors and covariates of adult picky eating. Appetite, 125:1-9.
  • *Rogers, C. B., Martz, D. M., Webb, R. M., & Galloway, A. T. (2017). Everyone else is doing it (I think): The power of perception in fat talk. Body Image, 20:116-199. doi: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2017.01.004.
  • *Ellis, J. M., Galloway, A. T., Webb, R. M., & Denise, D. M. (2016). Measuring adult picky eating: The development of a multidimensional self-report instrument. Psychological Assessment. Advance online publication.
  • *Ellis, J. M., Galloway, A. T., Webb, R. M., Denise, D. M., & Farrow, C. V. (2016). Recollections of pressure to eat during childhood, but not picky eating, predict young adult eating behavior. Appetite. 9758-63. doi:10.1016/j.appet.2015.11.020
  • *Pulley, C., Galloway, A. T., Webb, R. M., *Payne, L. O. (2014). Parental child feeding practices: How do perceptions of mother, father, sibling, and self vary? Appetite, 80, 96-102. doi:10.1016/j.appet.2014.05.001
  • *Horn, M. G., Galloway, A. T., Webb, R. M., & Gagnon, S. G. (2011). Child temperament and parental child feeding practices in siblings. Appetite, 57, 510-516. doi
  • *Payne, L. O., Galloway, A. T., & Webb, R. M. (2011). "May I have a cookie, too?'' Relationships between maternal feeding practices and child weight in siblings. International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, 6, e540-6.
  • Galloway, A. T., Farrow, C. V., & Martz, D. M. (2010). Retrospective reports of child feeding practices, current eating behaviors, and body mass index in college students. Obesity, 18, 1330-1335. doi: 10.1038/oby.2009.393.
  • Galloway, A. T., Fiorito, L. M., Francis, L., & Birch, L. L. (2006). "Finish your soup": Counterproductive effects of pressuring children to eat on intake and affect. Appetite, 46(3), 318-323.
  • Addessi, E., Galloway, A. T., Visalberghi, E., Birch L. L. (2005). Specific social influences on the acceptance of novel foods in 2-5-year-old children. Appetite, 45(3), 264-71.
  • Galloway, A. T., Fiorito, L. M., Lee, Y. & Birch, L. L. (2005). Parental pressure, dietary patterns, and weight status in girls who are "picky eaters". Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 105,541-548.
  • Galloway, A. T., Addessi, E., Fragaszy, D. M., Visalberghi, E. (2005). Social facilitation of eating familiar food in tufted capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella): Does it involve behavioral coordination? International Journal of Primatology, 26, 181-189.
  • Galloway, A. T., Lee, Y., Birch, L. L. (2003). Predictors and consequences of food neophobia and pickiness in young girls, Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 103(6), 692-698.
  • Fragaszy, D. M., Visalberghi, E., & Galloway, A. T. (1997). Infant tufted capuchin monkeys' behaviour with novel foods: Opportunism, not selectivity. Animal Behaviour, 53, 1337-1343.

* denotes student co-author

Title: Professor
Department: Department of Psychology

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-8945

Office address
312 Smith Wright Hall