Eric Hodges Receives Grant For Investigating Infant Feeding Practices

Assistant professor Eric Hodges, PhD, FNP-BC, earned a grant from the North Carolina TraCS Institute for his proposal “Enhancing Caregiver-Infant Communication to Prevent Obesity.”

He intends to research how well teaching American Sign Language to infants, commonly known as baby sign language, enhances a child’s ability to indicate to their caregivers whether they are hungry or full. Improved communication could prevent parents from overfeeding their children and may reduce the possibility that the child will become obese.