Research

Faculty in our department are dedicated to finding innovative solutions to reduce the risk of obesity and chronic disease in our state and around the world. Through their research, our faculty contribute to evidence-based practices in the profession of dietetics and human nutrition. Browse our faculty publications.

Recently, we have received funding awards through national competitive processes from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; National Institute of Food and Agriculture; United States Department of Agriculture; National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute; Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension; American Livestock Breeds Conservancy; and Centers for Disease Control.

We have gained notoriety with programs, such as Food Accessibility; Plate It Up Kentucky Proud; Children, Youth and Families at Risk; Home-based MicroprocessorsSuperfund Community Engagement Core; and Nutrition Outreach and Behavioral Internet Weight Loss.


Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate students have opportunities to gain research experience to prepare them for graduate and professional schools. They learn about the full process of research through a class project where they select their own research topic, develop a grant and appropriate study tools, complete the research and data analysis, and prepare a 15-page journal article and professional poster. Additionally, students have opportunities to gain research experience by working with faculty members in state-of-the-art food and nutrition assessment labs and in the community.