Research and Standards

FNCE 2018

474. Seal the Deal: Publishing Your Nutrition Research

Monday, October 22
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
CE: 1.5

Session Level 2 - Intermediate

In healthcare literature, nutrition studies are criticized for having high risk of bias, mainly stemming from poor rigor of study design and inappropriate use of statistical methods. This session will be focused on understanding the unique challenges of conducting nutrition research and how to publish high quality research papers. Attendees will receive information and resources on how to tackle the issue of risk of bias in nutrition research. An expert in publication will discuss important components of a research manuscript and some common pitfalls in manuscript preparation. An expert in statistics will discuss how to appropriately use statistical methods and document them in research articles. Attendees will learn about Academy resources that can help navigate nutrition research and publication process.

Research symposium session

Learning Objectives:

Learning Need Codes:

  • 1070 - Leadership, critical and strategic thinking
  • 9060 - Research development, design
  • 9050 - Publication, communications of research outcomes

Deepa Handu, PhD, RD, LDN

Deepa Handu, PhD, serves as a Senior Scientific Director for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Evidence Analysis Library. She has methodological expertise in conducting systematic reviews and quantitative analysis in the field of nutrition. In her position at the Academy, she has led the development of systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines, and conducted research to improve evidence-based methods.. Dr. Handu previously has served as the DI Director at Hines VA Hospital, Director of the Master's program at Benedictine University, and Assistant Professor at Loyola University. Dr. Handu’s research interests lie in the areas of evidence-based methods/research methodology, public health nutrition, youth overweight/obesity, and diabetes. Her work has been published in refereed journals, she has published a book on Research Methodology, and has delivered numerous professional presentations. Dr. Handu earned her Ph.D. in Human Nutrition from Michigan State University.


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Teresa Marshall, PhD, RDN, FAND

Dr. Marshall joined the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1991. She is a registered dietitian and a professor in the Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry. In 2016, she was appointed the Michael W. Finkelstein Centennial Professor of Teaching. Dr. Marshall coordinates and teaches the nutrition curriculum within the College of Dentistry. She also directs the Evidence Based Dentistry curriculum for second- and third-year dental students and also serves as Director of the Student Reseach Program. Dr. Marshall's research interests focus on nutrition, oral health and systemic health. Current research efforts include diet, growth, and oral health in young children, nutrition and oral health in the elderly, as well as investigation of evidence based practice competency and clinician behaviors. She has a number of publications, is a member of several professional organizations and currently serves as the Research Editor for JAND. She was recently awarded The American Dental Association/American Association for Dental Research Evidence-Based Dentistry Team Faculty Award.


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Jeffrey Harris, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., R.D., L.D.N.,C.N.S., FAND

Dr. Harris is originally is from Southern California. He earned his B.A. in Biology at the University of California at San Diego, his M.P.H. in Nutrition and Health Education, and Dr.P.H. in Preventive Care at Loma Linda University, School of Public Health. Dr. Harris is a registered dietitian nutritionist and teaches courses in research design, obesity, nutrition counseling, medical nutrition therapy, and advanced human nutrition. Jeff has served as a research design and statistical consultant and taught medical school courses. He has written a number of professional publications on research design and statistics. Jeff had his own nutrition practice for 13 years. Dr. Harris has been a faculty member at West Chester University since 1983.


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Linda Snetselaar, PhD RDN FAND LD

Dr. Snetselaar is an Epidemiology Professor and Associate Provost at the University of Iowa, and Editor in Chief of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has authored 148 peer-reviewed articles, numerous books and chapters, and more than 120 invited presentations. As Principal or Co-Principal Investigator on research grants, she has studied the Women's Health Initiative, diet in children, diet in renal disease, nutrition in the medical school curriculum, nutrition counseling, childhood obesity, nutrition in cancer prevention, NuVal scoring system, and brief motivational interviewing for BMI. She was on the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Women's Health Research, and a Reviewer for the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015. She has reviewed countless grant proposals for NIH. She was Secretary-Treasurer for the Iowa Dietetic Association, Chair of the Academy's Council on Research, and Director of the Academy's Dietetic Practice-Based Research Network.


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