Research and Standards

FNCE 2018

457. Maximize Your Toolkit with These Science Evaluation Tools

Tuesday, October 23
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
CE: 1.5

Session Level 2 - Intermediate

By its nature, scientific research is not readily accessible and can be difficult to understand. Additionally, media headlines and articles on scientific research, regardless of the strength of the study, can generate significant buzz and can have a direct influence on Americans' beliefs and behaviors about food and nutrition. This indicates a need to use practical tools to improve the quality of future research as well as public communication and education. The first part of the session will explore four established tools that produce food- and nutrition-related systematic reviews and provide insight into how these tools can strengthen future nutrition research. The second part will focus on a new consumer-friendly tool that evaluates scientific research, and presenters will discuss results from a recent validation study of this tool. Attendees will learn how to apply this new tool in practice, which can improve their patients’ and clients’ education around nutrition research.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Need Codes:

  • 9020 - Evaluation and application of research
  • 9050 - Publication, communications of research outcomes
  • 9010 - Data analysis, statistics

Megan Meyer, PhD

Megan Meyer, PhD is the Director, Science Communication at the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation where she leads communications strategies to help consumers better understand food and nutrition related issues to a variety of audiences. In addition, Dr. Meyer oversees the execution and development of key educational campaigns and materials focused on issues specific to nutrition, food safety and food production. Dr. Meyer has a BS in Biology from Loyola University Maryland as well as a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology focused on nutritional immunology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to serving as a contributing author to FoodInsight, she has also written for US News & World Report, the Huffington Post and Wired and has been interviewed by Popular Science, Women's Health, Reader's Digest and the Washington Post.

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Carrie King, PhD, RDN, LD, CDE

Dr. King’s current research interests are in equipping current and future health care professionals to increase their research involvement, beginning with applying an evidence-based approach to practice, and translational research on culinary literacy. In addition to teaching research methods in the UAA DPD and an undergraduate program focused on increasing underrepresented minorities in biomedical careers, Dr. King mentors undergraduate students in their original research studies. Dr. King has investigated the research self-efficacy of RDN clinicians as an outcome of continuing professional education in evidence-based practice and the research outcome constructs (research self-efficacy, research outcome expectations, research interest and research involvement) of dietetics students. Dr. King’s research goals include identifying successful ways to facilitate greater research involvement for RDN clinicians.

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James Scott Parrott, PhD

I have over 25 years of experience working as a methodological and statistical consultant both within and outside the university setting in such areas as medical and healthcare research, international law, public health, evidence-based medicine, childhood obesity, urban poverty, education and international aid. My recent work has focused on evidence analysis methods, statistical modeling of intervention and outcome and evaluation studies, and inter-professional practice and collaboration. For the past nine years, I have worked as a professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey with appointments in the Departments of Nutritional Sciences, Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Department of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health. I currently am serving as the Director of the School of Health Professions Methodology and Statistics Support Team, a center within the school organized to facilitate faculty research and grant writing. I teach intro and advanced statistical methods and evidence analysis to masters and doctoral students. I have mentored over 50 masters and 12 doctoral students on the statistical analyses for their research projects and shepherded a number of these students toward publication in recognized journals.

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Megan Meyer, PhD

Megan Meyer, PhD is the Director, Science Communication at the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation where she leads communications strategies to help consumers better understand food and nutrition related issues to a variety of audiences. In addition, Dr. Meyer oversees the execution and development of key educational campaigns and materials focused on issues specific to nutrition, food safety and food production. Dr. Meyer has a BS in Biology from Loyola University Maryland as well as a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology focused on nutritional immunology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to serving as a contributing author to FoodInsight, she has also written for US News & World Report, the Huffington Post and Wired and has been interviewed by Popular Science, Women's Health, Reader's Digest and the Washington Post.

Presentation(s):

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