Research and Standards

FNCE 2018

462. When Nutrition Is Trending: What Is Credible Science?

Monday, October 22
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
CE: 1.5

Session Level 2 - Intermediate

Nutrition research is the foundation for the advice RDNs communicate via counseling, presentations, published articles, social media, and other communications. For our advice to be trusted, there must be credibility in the conduct of the underlying nutrition research as well as in the accuracy of our interpretation and translation. Funding source is a common reason that research is critiqued as biased, but it’s important to understand other sources of bias that may occur in scientific research and publication or independent of the formal research process. In the current environment where many people claim to have nutrition expertise, RDNs must promote their role as trusted experts who critically examine and accurately translate nutrition research in the context of the broader literature on a topic. This session will help new and seasoned RDNs better promote sound science-based advice to all stakeholders.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Need Codes:

  • 1050 - Ethics
  • 1070 - Leadership, critical and strategic thinking
  • 9020 - Evaluation and application of research

Antigoni Pappas, MBA, RDN

Antigoni Pappas, MBA, RDN is Senior Manager, Consumer Nutrition for the American Heart Association’s Healthy Living Team. In this role, she oversees the development of nutrition education, wellness, and disease prevention initiatives for both health professionals and consumers.


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Cheryl Toner, MS, RDN

Cheryl Toner, MS, RDN is a consultant in the Washington, DC area with expertise in nutrition, communications, strategy, partnership development, food policy, and program management. Organizations consult with Cheryl to facilitate strategic dialogue, improve understanding and translation of nutrition science for the public, and develop and implement programs that engage food, health professional, and nutrition science communities around issues of common concern. In that vein, she completed a 3-year fellowship with the Nutritional Science Research Group in the Division of Cancer Prevention at the National Cancer Institute, where she supported a public/private initiative on “Enhancing Translation of Nutrition Science from Bench to Food Supply.” Currently, Cheryl coordinates health research for The Cranberry Institute, is a member of the California Walnut Commission’s Health Professional Network, and provides nutrition coaching to individuals in her private practice. Cheryl is actively involved in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as Past Chair for the Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition practice group. She earned a BS in nutrition at the University of Houston with a minor in Spanish, a MS in nutrition at Texas Woman’s University, and completed her dietetic internship at the Houston Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in Houston, TX.


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Emily Callahan, MPH, RD

An RDN consultant, Emily's core services include health and nutrition science and policy research and communication for consumers, academics, health professionals, and policymakers. Emily has translated health and nutrition information into continuing medical education courses, nutrition education curricula, in-person and webinar presentations, web articles, infographics, fact sheets, and more. She has also served as the primary author or as co-author on a number of peer-reviewed scientific publications and health-related reports and white papers, counseled patients, and delivered nutrition presentations to a variety of professional and consumer audiences. Previously, she managed a national nutrition initiative at the American Heart Association, which involved planning, executing, and collaborating on strategic initiatives related to nutrition policy and advocacy issues, consumer education and engagement campaigns, and scientific research translation and dissemination at national and local levels. She was also on staff at the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, providing project management and research support. She earned an MPH in Nutrition and a certificate in Interdisciplinary Health Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a BS in Dietetics (summa cum laude) from Miami University in Ohio. She has been credentialed as a Registered Dietitian since 2008 and is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


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Connie M. Weaver, PhD


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