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Eric Hodges, PhD, FNP-BC

Associate Professor & Director, Biobehavioral Laboratory

Phone: (919) 966-0534
Email: eahodges@email.unc.edu
Specialty Area: Children’s Health

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

Office: 5110

Dr. Hodges is an Associate Professor in the UNC School of Nursing. His research focuses on the role of caregiver/infant-toddler dyadic responsiveness during feeding in the development of the young child's self-regulation of feeding, with a primary interest in the area of early childhood obesity prevention. The goal of his work is to understand developmental trajectories in this area from infancy through toddlerhood, with more recent research into influences of this period on later childhood. His studies have primarily involved longitudinal data and, due to their mixture of observational coding, anthropometric measurement, self-report questionnaires, and recent additions of body composition and qualitative interviews, are time-intensive and complex in regard to data management, coding, and analysis. Dr. Hodges’ recent research efforts are directed toward interventions to enhance feeding responsiveness and self-regulation during early childhood.

Dr. Hodges is also the Director of the Biobehavioral Lab (BBL) Core Facility at UNC School of Nursing, specializing in addressing the interface of biological and psychosocial factors that underlie individual responses to acute and chronic illnesses. In addition to its research efforts, the BBL is dedicated to training the next generation of biobehavioral nurse scientists and helping students at all levels of education increase their understanding of the intersections between biology and behavior.

Finally, in addition to his research background, Dr. Hodges is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner with experience in the demands of primary clinical care. This clinical background informs his thinking in the design and translational utility of measures of childhood feeding problems for both clinicians and families and shapes the perspective he bring to scientists and students who interact with my team in the BBL. He has experience mentoring both undergraduate and graduate students.

Books and Chapters, including pages

  • Fisher, J. O. & Hodges, E. A. (2006). Determinants and consequences of pediatric obesity: Comments on Chaput and Tremblay, and Ventura, Savage, May, and Birch. In R. E. Tremblay, R. G. Barr, & R. DeV. Peters (Eds.), Encyclopedia of early childhood development [online]. Montreal, Quebec: Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development; 2006: 1-7. Available at: http://www.child-encyclopedia.com/Pages/PDF/Fisher-HodgesANGxp.pdf

Refereed Papers/Articles

  • Hodges, E. A., Johnson Rowsey, P., Fowler, T., Kneipp, S., Woods-Giscombe, C., Foster, B., Alexander, R., & Kowlowitz, V. (in review). Bridging the Gender Divide: Facilitating the Educational Path for Men in Nursing. Journal of Nursing Education.
  • Munro, C. L., & Hodges, E. A. (2014). The power of philanthropy: Message from the president. Research in Nursing & Health, n/a-n/a. doi:10.1002/nur.21639
  • Hickey, K. T., Hodges, E. A., Thomas, T. L., Coffman, M. J., Taylor-Piliae, R. E., Johnson-Mallard, V. M., . . . Casida, J. M. (2014). Initial evaluation of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation nurse faculty scholars program. Nursing Outlook, 62(6), 394-401. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2014.06.004
  • Kneipp, S. M., Rowsey, P. J., Giscombe, C., Hodges, E. A., Fowler, T., & Alexander, R. (2014). Countering the influence of cultural hegemony on choosing a nursing career: A group-mentoring approach for student recruitment. The Journal of Nursing Education, 53(5), 296-299. doi:10.3928/01484834-20140408-02
  • Park, J., Thoyre, S., Knafl, G. J., Hodges, E. A., & Nix, W. B. (2014). Efficacy of semielevated side-lying positioning during bottle-feeding of very preterm infants: A pilot study. The Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing, 28(1), 69-79.
  • Finney, J. M., Hamilton, J. B., Hodges, E. A., Pierre-Louis, B. J., Crandell, J. L., & Muss, H. B. (2014). African American cancer survivors: Do cultural factors influence symptom distress? Journal of Transcultural Nursing : Official Journal of the Transcultural Nursing Society / Transcultural Nursing Society, doi:1043659614524251
  • Thoyre, S., Pados, B., Park, J., Estrem, H., Hodges, E. McComish, C., Van Riper, M., & Murdock, K. (2014). Development and content validation of the Pediatric Eating Assessment Tool (Pedi-EAT). American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 23, 1-14. doi: 10.1044/1058-0360(2013/12-0069)
  • Runfola, C. D., Zucker, N. L., Holle, A. V., Mazzeo, S., Hodges, E. A., Perrin, E. M.,…Bulik, C. M. (2014). NURTURE: Development and pilot testing of a novel parenting intervention for mothers with histories of an eating disorder. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 47(1), 1-12. doi: 10.1002/eat.22178
  • Robinson, J., Hodges, E. A., & Davison, J. (2013). Prostate specific antigen screening: A critical review of current research and guidelines. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/2327-6924.12094
  • DiSantis, K. I., Hodges, E. A., & Fisher, J. O. (2013). The association of breastfeeding duration with later maternal feeding styles in infancy and toddlerhood: A cross-sectional analysis. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 10(1), 53.
  • Wasser, H. M., Thompson, A. L., Siega-Riz, A. M., Adair, L. S., Hodges, E. A., & Bentley, M. E. (2013). Who’s feeding baby? non-maternal involvement in feeding and its association with dietary intakes among infants and toddlers. Appetite, 71, 7-15. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2013.06.096
  • Hoffman, E. R., Hodges, E. A., Propper, C., Zipkin, E. C., Bentley, M. E., Ward, D. S., . . . Bulik, C. M. (2013). Behavioral and psychophysiological responsiveness during child feeding in mothers with histories of eating disorders: A pilot study. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 1-14.
  • Hughes, S. O., Frankel, L. A., Beltran, A., Hodges, E. A., Hoerr, S., Lumeng, J., Tovar, A., & Kremers, S. (2013). Food Parenting Measurement Working Group: Consensus Report Pre-Conference Meeting. Childhood Obesity, 9(S1), S95-S102. doi: 10.1089/chi.2013.0032
  • Hodges, E. A., Johnson, S. L., Hughes, S. O., Hopkinson, J. M., Butte, N. F., & Fisher, J. O. (2013). Development of the responsiveness to child feeding cues scale. Appetite, 65(0), 210-219. doi:10.1016/j.appet.2013.02.010
  • Hodges, E. A., Smith, C., Tidwell, S., & Berry, D. (2013). Promoting physical activity in preschoolers to prevent obesity: A review of the literature. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 28(1), 3-19. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2012.01.002
  • Hoffman, E. R., Bentley, M. E., Hamer, R. M., Hodges, E. A., Ward, D. S., & Bulik, C. M. (2012). A comparison of infant and toddler feeding practices of mothers with and without histories of eating disorders. Maternal & Child Nutrition, no-no. doi: 10.1111/j.1740-8709.2012.00429.x
  • DiSantis, K. I., Hodges, E. A., Johnson, S. L., & Fisher, J. O. (2011). The role of responsive feeding in Overweight during infancy and toddlerhood: A systematic review. International Journal of Obesity, 35(4), 480-492. doi:10.1038/ijo.2011.3
  • Hodges, E. A., Kindermann, T., & Houck, G. M. (2009). Validity of the Nursing Child Assessment of Feeding Scale during toddlerhood. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 31(5), 662-678. doi: 10.1177/0193945909332265
  • Fisher, J. O., Butte, N. F., Mendoza, P. M., Wilson, T. A., Hodges, E. A., Reidy, K. C., & Deming, D. (2008). Overestimation of infant and toddler energy intake by 24-hour recall compared to weighed food records. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 88 (2), 407-415. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.2008.27309
  • Hodges, E. A., Hughes, S. O., Hopkinson, J. M., & Fisher, J. O. (2008). Maternal decisions about the initiation and termination of infant feeding. Appetite, 50, 333-339. doi:10.1016/j.appet.2007.08.010
  • Hodges, E. A., Kindermann, T., & Houck, G. M. (2007). Reliability of the Nursing Child Assessment of Feeding Scale during toddlerhood. Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing, 30 (3), 109-130. doi: 10.1080/01460860701525204
    Hodges, E. A. (2003). A primer on early childhood obesity and parental influence. Pediatric Nursing, 29(1), 13-16.
  • Hodges, L. C., Ganchorre, C., & Hodges, E. A. (1997). Career management.
    Investing in a master’s degree. MEDSURG Nursing, 6(5), 299-303.

Published Abstracts

  • Hodges, E. A., Schwartz, T. S., Perreira, K., & Bentley, M. E. (2011). Differences in maternal feeding responsiveness between Black and Hispanic mothers of infants. Southern Online Journal of Nursing Research, 11(2). Retrieved from http://www.resourcenter.net/images/SNRS/Files/2011/AnnMtg/AbstractProceedings/start.htm
  • Tidwell, S. R., Smith, C. R., Hodges, E. A., & Berry, D. (2010). Promoting physical activity in preschoolers to prevent obesity: A review of the literature. Obesity, 18, Supplement 2s, S133.
  • Hodges, E. A., Liu, Y., Johnson, S., Hughes, S. O., & Fisher, J. O. (2009). Responsiveness to child feeding cues: An observational scale. Southern Online Journal of Nursing Research, 9(2). Retrieved from http://www.resourcenter.net/images/SNRS/Files/SOJNR_articles2/Vol09Num02H.html#Hodges
  • Hodges, E. A., Liu, Y., Johnson, S., Hughes, S. O., & Fisher, J. O. (2008). Responsiveness to child feeding cues: An observational scale. Obesity, 16, Supplement 1, S273.
  • Hodges, E. A., Kindermann, T., Houck, G. M. (2008). Reliability of the Child Assessment of Feeding Scale during Toddlerhood. Southern Online Journal of Nursing Research, 8(2). Retrieved from http://www.resourcenter.net/images/SNRS/Files/SOJNR_articles2/Vol08Num02H.html#Hodges
  • Hodges, E. A., Fisher, J.O. (2007). Developmental progression in infant feeding cues during the first year. Obesity, 15, A203.
  • Hodges, E. A., Hughes, S., Hopkinson, J., & Fisher, J. O. (2006). Maternal and infant factors associated with maternal decisions to initiate feeding during the first year. Obesity, 14, A157.

Refereed unpublished oral presentations and/or abstracts

  • Hodges, E. A. & Propper, C. (September, 2014). A sociophysiological approach to understanding early childhood feeding and growth problems. Paper presented at the 2014 Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.
  • Downey, L. E., Hodges, E. A., Thompson, A. L., & Bentley, M.E. (2014, March). Breastfeeding cessation: Associations with maternal and infant characteristics among African-American first time mothers. Paper presented at the Breastfeeding and Feeding Conference: Forging Partnerships for a Better Tomorrow. Chapel Hill, NC.
  • Hodges, E. A. (February, 2014). Enhancing caregiver-infant communication to prevent obesity. Poster presented at the 2014 Southern Nursing Research Society Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.
  • Tully, K.P., Holditch-Davis, D., Brandon, D., & Hodges, E. A. (2013, March). The challenge of late preterm birth on realizing breastfeeding intentions. Paper presented at the Breastfeeding and Feminism Symposium: The Role of the Greater Community in Inspiring and Empowering Women to Breastfeed. Chapel Hill, NC.
  • Hodges, E. A. (2013, March). A comparison of methods to assess body composition in young children. Poster presented at the 2013 Southern Nursing Research Society Annual Conference, Little Rock, AR.
  • McComish, C., Thoyre, S., Hodges, E. A., Estrem, H., Pados, B., Park, J., & Murdoch, K. (2012, November). Creating interdisciplinary teams in research & teaching on pediatric feeding. Poster presented at the 2012 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.
  • Hodges, E. A., Schwartz, T. A., & Bentley, M. E. (2012, April). The relationship between maternal feeding responsiveness and infant growth trajectories. Poster presented at the 2012 International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Annual Meeting, Austin, TX.
  • Hodges, E. A., Wasser, H., Colgan, B., & Bentley, M. E. (2012, February). Developmental progression in feeding cues during infancy and toddlerhood. Paper presented at the 2012 Southern Nursing Research Society Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Ford, Y. & Hodges, E. A. (2012, February). Locating research participants otherwise lost to follow-up, with social networking media. Poster presented at the 2012 Southern Nursing Research Society Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Hodges, E. A., & Fisher, J. O. (2010, September). Association of knowledge of development with maternal feeding responsiveness in infancy and toddlerhood. Paper presented at the 2011 Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.
  • Hodges, E. A., Schwartz, T. A., & Bentley, M. E. (2010, June). Patterns of maternal feeding responsiveness during infancy. Paper presented at the 2010 International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Hodges, E. A. (2008, February). Developmental progression in infant feeding cues during the infant’s first year. Paper presented at the 2008 Southern Nursing Research Society Annual Conference, Birmingham, AL.
  • Hodges, E. A. (2006, September). Feeding dynamics in early childhood obesity. Paper presented at the Research Seminar Series, University of Texas School of Nursing at Houston, Houston, TX.
  • Hodges, E. A., Hughes, S. O., Hopkinson, J. M., & Fisher, J. O. (2006, July). Qualitative analysis of infant cues in the initiation and termination of feeding during the first year. Paper presented at International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.
  • Hodges, E. A. (2006, April). Qualitative analysis of infant cues in the initiation and termination of feeding during the first year. Poster presented at Fellows Day for the Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.
  • Hodges, E. A., & Houck, G. M. (2003, April). Hazards in the highchair: Patterns in early childhood feeding interactions. Poster presented at the 36th Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference/17th Annual Western Institute of Nursing Assembly, Scottsdale, AZ.

Invited presentations

  • Hodges, E. A. and Nix, W. (2015, February). Applications of real-time data capture for the behavioral and social sciences. Paper presented at the Odum Institute for Social Science Research Spring Seminar Series, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.
  • Tully, K.P., Holditch-Davis, D., Brandon, D., & Hodges, E. A. (2012, September). Maternal accounts of hospital practices associated with late preterm breastfeeding outcomes. Paper presented at the Birthing Center Breastfeeding Task Force, Duke University Children’s Hospital, Durham, NC.
  • Tully, K.P., Holditch-Davis, D., Brandon, D., & Hodges, E. A. (2012, July). Challenges to breastfeeding in late preterm mother-infant dyads. Paper presented at the School of Nursing, Duke University, Durham, NC.
  • Hodges, E. A. (2011, October). Dyadic feeding interactions in infancy and toddlerhood: Health implications. Paper presented at the Developmental Lunch series in Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.
  • Fisher, J.O., Disantis, K. I., Hodges, E.A. (2010, December). Responsive feeding in infancy and toddlerhood. Paper presented at the Infant and Toddler Feeding and Development Forum, Nemours Health and Prevention Services, Newark, DE.
  • Fisher, J. O., Hodges, E. A., DiSantis, K. I., & Johnson, S. L. (2010, February). Characterization and correlates of maternal responsiveness to infant hunger and satiety cues: an observational study. Paper presented at the International Conference for Infant Studies, Baltimore, MD.
  • Fisher, J. O., Hodges, E.A. (2009, May). Maternal responsiveness to infant cues for hunger and satiety. Paper presented at the Pediatric Academic Society Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD.
  • Hodges, E. A. (2008, January). Maternal responsiveness to feeding cues of infants and toddlers. Paper presented at the Seminar Series on Pediatric Nutrition, Center for Excellence in Pediatric Nutrition, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.
  • Hodges, E. A. (2006, November). Maternal feeding responsiveness in early childhood obesity. Paper presented at the College of Nursing, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR.
  • Hodges, E. A. (2006, November). Early childhood obesity: A role for maternal feeding responsiveness? Paper presented at the Neonatology Division, Department of Pediatrics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR.
  • Hodges, E. A. (2006, November). Career paths with a PhD in nursing. Paper presented at the Graduate School, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR.
  • Hodges, E. A. (2003, November). Early childhood development and risks to healthy development. Paper presented at the Building Blocks Video Conference on Healthy Early Childhood Development, Department of Human Services, Portland, OR.
  • Principal Investigator: Hodges, E. A., Enhancing caregiver-infant communication to prevent obesity. NIH/NICHD. 1 R21 HD082707-O1A1. (Pending), $350,000.
  • Co-Investigator: Hodges, E. A., Pilot of the Pediatric Eating Assessment Tool (Pedi-EAT) at NC Children's Hospital. Junior Faculty Development Award, PI: McComish, C., 2015-2016, $7500.
  • Co-Investigator: Hodges, E. A., Preliminary randomized trial of amber glasses to improve melatonin release, sleep, and mood. NC Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute, PI: Youngstrom, E., 550KR91417, 2015-2016, $33,623.
  • Principal Investigator: Hodges, E. A., Self-regulation of energy intake during infancy,
    NC Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute, 2KR601403, 2014-2015, $2000.
    Principal Investigator: Hodges, E. A., Enhancing caregiver-infant communication to prevent obesity, NC Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute, 2KR471307, 2013-2014, $2000.
  • Co-Investigator: Hodges, E. A., Mothers and others: Family-based obesity prevention for infants and toddlers. NICHD/NIH, PI: Bentley. M. E., 1R01 HD073237, 2012-2017, $2,981,380.
  • Co-Investigator: Hodges, E. A., Challenges to breastfeeding in late preterm mother-infant dyads, NC Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute, PI: Tully, K. P., 2KR251106, 2011-2013, $2000.
  • Principal Investigator: Hodges, E. A., Comparison of patterns of maternal feeding responsiveness and infant growth from infancy into toddlerhood, UNC-Chapel Hill Junior Faculty Development Award, 2011-2012, $7500.
  • Principal Investigator: Hodges, E. A., Growing together: Parenting in the early years, NC Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute, 2KR131003, 2010-2011, $2000.
  • Principal Investigator: Hodges, E. A., Maternal feeding responsiveness and risk of obesity from infancy through early childhood, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    Nurse Faculty Scholar Program, 2009-2012, $350,000.
  • Principal Investigator: Hodges, E. A., Maternal feeding responsiveness and risk of obesity from infancy through early childhood, NIH/NINR, 2009-2012, 1 K23 NR011459-01 (Priority Score: 20), 2009-2012, $350,000. *Award was to be funded, but I had to turn it down in order to receive RWJF NFS award.
  • Consultant: Hodges, E. A., Breaking the cycle of risk: Intervention for mothers with eating disorders, NIH/NIMH, PI: Bulik, C. M., 1R34MH080750-01A1, 2008-2011, $657,000.
  • Co-Investigator: Hodges, E. A., Dietary patterns and obesity risks among Latino infants and toddlers in North Carolina, UNC Center for Excellence in Children’s Nutrition, PI: Perreira, K., 2008-2010, $35,000.
  • Co-Investigator: Hodges, E. A., Dietary patterns and obesity risks among Latino infants and toddlers in North Carolina, UNC Program on Ethnicity, Culture, and Health Outcomes, PI: Perreira, K., 2008-2009, $12,000.
  • Principal Investigator: Hodges, E. A., Maternal feeding responsiveness during infancy and toddlerhood, UNC-Chapel Hill Clinical Nutrition Research Center, DK56350, 2008-2009, $24,458.
  • Postdoctoral Fellow: Hodges, E. A., Research Training in Maternal, Infant, and Child Nutrition, NIH/NICHHD, PI: Heird, W., T32 HD007445, 2005-2007.
  • Principal Investigator: Hodges, E. A., Early childhood feeding interactions, Student Research Award, The Northwest Health Foundation, 2004-2005, $3000.
  • Principal Investigator: Hodges, E. A., Early Childhood Feeding Interactions, Individual NRSA Research Training, Predoctoral Fellowship, NIH/NINR, 1F31 NR08651-01, 2003-2005, $38,020 annually
  • Predoctoral Fellow: Hodges, E. A., Risk Assessment and Intervention Research with Individuals and Families, Institutional NRSA Research Training, Predoctoral Fellowship, NIH/NINR, PI: Houck, G. M., T32 NR07061, 2001-2003.