Faculty of the KU Department of Dietetics and Nutrition are currently engaged in significant research projects in a variety of areas of immediate public health concern.
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) intake during pregnancy and infancy and its effect on infant/child development including cognitive and visual acuity development is the primary research focus. A highly interdisciplinary collaboration with John Colombo and Kathleen Gustafson bridges work in this area across several independent research laboratories on different campuses at the University of Kansas. Learn more: Maternal and Child Nutrition and Development lab
Gibbs' research interest focuses upon nutrition education, with particular interest in nutrition literacy, or the capacity with which individuals can use nutrition information to make healthy dietary choices. Learn more: Nutrition Education and Literacy Laboratory
Providing nutrition expertise through a weight management program entitled Project RENEW (Recovering Energy Through Nutrition, Exericse and Weight Loss), Goetz's research has focused on helping to improve the quality of life and overall health of individuals with serious mental illness. The scope of her research has expanded to address food insecurity among this vulnerable population.
Hull's research explores the impact of the maternal environment on the health of mothers and their children. She's studying the impact of body composition during and following pregnancy on maternal and infant health outcomes and exploring interventions to encourage healthy gestational weight gain, among other projects.
Sullivan is evaluating the impact of dairy intake on the blood pressure and body composition of children in a large, school-based study. In addition, she provides nutrition expertise in collaboration on several studies with researchers from the Energy Balance Laboratory on KU's Lawrence campus.