Department of Dietetics and Nutrition
33 years practice in clinical dietetics, health care administration, community nutrition and education.
Coaches dietetic interns through the nutrition care management section of the registration examination with the motto ‘preparing health providers who craft their own careers’.
Facilitates an interdisciplinary web-based graduate course that adds dietary and herbal supplements to health providers’ professional practice portfolios.
Participates with the American Dietetic Association Dietetics Practice Based Research Network to research and validate the Nutrition Quality of Life survey
Provides nutrition and lifestyle counseling for study participants adding lifestyle modification to gastric stimulation for obesity treatment; leads Transneuronix, Medtronics and Leptos support group meetings for industry & consults via e-mail.
Plans programs like Clinical Nutrition Seminar®, an annual continuing education symposium.
Serves on the School of Health Professions and School of Nursing Faculty Practice Committee.
Supervises students providing medical nutrition therapy in Telemedicine and other nutrition clinics. Ms. Baxter is an allied health specialist with KU HealthPartners, Inc.
Teaches class sessions in the Schools of Health Professions, Medicine and Nursing.
Volunteers with the Mid America Medical Reserve Corps and helps in recruiting underrepresented students into health professions.
Works with an alternative urban high school to rotate nutrition graduate students into teaching classes; organizing health fair exhibits, analyzing school menus and enriching family mealtimes.
Current research in obesity aims to measure cognitive restraint, disinhibition and susceptibility to hunger in obese individuals as part of an open-label, feasibility study of the peripheral sympathetic nerve stimulation system for weight reduction. Baxter is also working in personalized medicine to develop and implement a valid, reliable, and sensitive Nutrition Quality of Life survey that can be used to advance success in behavioral changes related to food.
Selected Current and Recent Research Projects
Susceptibility to Hunger Experienced by Persons with Implantable Gastric-Stimulation Devices for the Treatment of Severe Obesity
This study aims to measure cognitive restraint, disinhibition and susceptibility to hunger in obese individuals as part of an open-label, feasibility study of the peripheral sympathetic nerve stimulation (PSNS) system for weight reduction.
Cognitive restraint of eating, uncontrolled eating and emotional eating are measured using a Three Factor Eating Questionnaire [18-item version of the TFEQ] at the initial nutrition and lifestyles visit and 6-months post implant of the electrical pulse generator in the stomach. Electrical gastric stimulation is potentially an effective and safe option for treating severe obesity; however, a gap remains in reporting the nutritional aspects of PSNS research.
The Department of Dietetics and Nutrition is participating with the Kansas University Center for Gastrointestinal Nerve and Muscle Function and the Division of GI Motility Disorders in this investigation.
Phase II Psychometric Analyses of the Nutrition Quality of Life Survey Validation Study
The long-term aim of this project is to develop and implement a valid, reliable, and sensitive Nutrition Quality of Life (NQOL) survey that can be used to advance success in behavioral changes related to food.
The NQOL survey is designed to be a patient-centered assessment and outcome survey, in the public domain, to be used by health care providers and patients to assess the impact of dietary factors and changes on a patient's nutrition-related quality of life. The patient/provider can use the Nutrition Quality of Life survey to improve communication, to target patient-specific treatment, provide heightened insight to patients struggling to accommodate change, and improve patient adherence to recommended dietary strategies. Registered dietitians are among those who would use this instrument in nutrition diagnosis and intervention.
The University of Kansas is collaborating with 16 diverse sites and investigators who participate in the Dietetics Practice-Based Research Network of the American Dietetic Association including the primary site at the National Education and Research Center for Outcomes Assessment in Healthcare (NERCOA) Northeastern University, Boston.
Outstanding Dietetic Educator Award - Area IV Dietetic Educators of Practitioners - 2004
Marquis Who’s Who in American Education®, 6th & 7th editions, 2004 - 2007
Marquis Who’s Who of American Women®, 21st edition, 2000
Outstanding Dietitian for Kansas – Kansas City 1997
Recognition of Service Award, American Dietetic Association House of Delegates, 1991 – 1994
Distinguished Dietitian for Kansas – 1988
Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year – Kansas City 1981
Distinguished Teaching Award: Baxter was awarded the 2009 Stata Norton Distinguished Teaching Award which recognizes demonstrated excellence in teaching and outstanding contributions to the profession.
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