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 in our community. Browse the list below in alphabetical order by researcher's last name and click researcher's name for more information (faculty profile or research group Web site).

Rachel Barkley, MS, RD, LD

Efforts involve conducting a qualitative study of children’s perception of dairy foods. Barkley is also a member of the research team for the KIDS study – a controlled randomized study of elementary school age children. The KIDS study is investigating the effects of dairy snacks on blood pressure and other outcomes such as body mass index and blood lipids.

Susan E. Carlson, PhD

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.

Heather Gibbs, PhD, RD

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.

Jeannine Goetz, PhD, RD

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.

Jill Hamilton-Reeves, PhD, RD, LD

Research by Hamilton-Reeves is aimed at determining biomarkers that will be predictive of the mechanistic effects of dietary intake on the pathogenesis of cancer, specifically genitourinary cancers. She is evaluating how green tea and soy are metabolized and distributed when consumed together as well their chemopreventive biologic mechanisms.

Debra Sullivan, PhD, RD

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.

Last modified: Dec 15, 2014