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The Research Dietetic Practice Group (DPG) is an enthusiastic group of nutrition and dietetic professionals dedicated to improving understanding about the impact of food and nutrition on health and disease. The field of nutrition is multi-faceted—thus, DPG members have disparate research interests. However, the drive for evidence bonds usLearn more about the members of the Research DPG.


Diversity Resources

The Research DPG has started a page of resources related to diversity, equity, and inclusivity in nutrition and dietetics training, research, and practice. Access the resources here


House of Delegates Fall Meeting Update

Visit the HOD updates page for a summary of the HOD fall meeting on Accelerating Nutrition and Health Equity.


Election 2021

The RDPG Nominating Committee is pleased to present the slate of candidates for office for the 2021-22 year: 

Mary N. R. Lesser PhD, RD 

Andrea Arikawa, PhD, MPH, RD, LD, FAND
Nadine Mikati Ph.D., RDN, LDN

Nominating Committee member:
Jessica A. Alvarez, PhD, RD
Janet Antwi, PhD, RD
Tracey Ledoux, PhD, RD, FAND


Voting is now open through February 15th for both Academy and DPG/MIG representatives. Vote here


Congratulations to RDPG members on the national ballot:

Egondu Onuoha, MS, RDN, CDN, FAND

House of Delegates Speaker-elect
Karen Beathard, MS, RDN, LD, FAND 

House of Delegates Director
Lona Sandon, PhD, MEd, RDN, LD

Academy Nominating Committee - National Leader

Rebecca Brody, PhD, RD, LD

Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) - Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)

Lauri Byerley, PhD, RDN, LDN, FAND 

Nancy Hakel-Smith, PhD, RDN, LMNT

Upcoming Research DPG Webinar Series

Please join us for an exciting three-part webinar series called:

Understanding and Using National Dietary Data: What We Eat in America (WWEIA) & National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)

Important Registration Information: This series is COMPLIMENTARY for all Research DPG members. There is a new 2-step process for DPG webinar registration. Follow the Academy store link provided below. Once registered through the Academy store, you will receive instructions for the second step of registration through the WebEx platform.

Part One: WWEIA, NHANES – Data Essentials

1 CPEU (Level 2) requested
Date:  Wednesday January 20, 2021 
Time:  2:00 – 3:00 PM EST
Presented by:  Alanna Moshfegh, MS, RD, Research Leader, Foods Surveys Research Group, USDA

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand national dietary data collection in What We Eat in America, NHANES and key factors in using the data
  • Describe USDA’s Automated Multiple-Pass Method, the 24-hour recall instrument used to collect WWEIA, and the validation research that demonstrates its accuracy

Part Two: Dietary Database – Resources and Results

1 CPEU (Level 2) requested
Date:  Wednesday January 27, 2021 
Time:  2:00 – 3:00 PM EST
Presented by:  Donna Rhodes, MS, RD, Nutritionist, Foods Surveys Research Group, USDA

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand USDA’s Food and Nutrient Database for Dietary Studies, the Food Patterns Equivalents Database, and WWEIA Food Categories –files, structure, and accessibility -- to support understanding and analysis of What We Eat In America dietary intake data
  • Locate summarized dietary data tables and research briefs useful for dietetic research and practice

Part Three: Dietary Analysis – Practical Pointers

1 CPEU (Level 2) requested. 
Date:  Wednesday February 3, 2021 
Time:  2:00 – 3:00 PM EST
Presented by:  Suzanne Morton, MPH, MBA, Nutrition Research Scientist, American Society for Nutrition, and Contractor for Foods Surveys Research Group, USDA

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand WWEIA data files, structure, and accessibility
  • Examine data files set-up for statistical analysis and practical pointers for data analysis
Register for all webianars at https://www.eatrightstore.org/dpg-products. Please email questions to the RDPG webinar co-chairs at RDPGwebinars@gmail.com


Member Wins National Academy Award
Congratulations to RDPG members recognized with Academy national honors and awards!
Awards will be presented at FNCE® 2020.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Medallion Awards, given each year since 1976, honor Academy members who have shown dedication to the high standards of the nutrition and dietetics profession through active participation, leadership, and devotion to serving others in nutrition and dietetics, as well as allied health fields. Several awards are given each year to those members whose dedication to the Academy and service to the profession serve as an example to all. 

Medallion Award
David H. Holben, PhD, RDN, LD, FAND
The University of Mississippi

To have your accomplishments and awards recognized on the RDPG Member Recognition page, please send your award announcment to Brooke Wickman at bewickman12@gmail.com


Member Appointed as the Inaugural Dennis Bier, MD Young Career Editor of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

AJCN is pleased to announce that Kevin Klatt, PhD, RD has been appointed as AJCN’s inaugural Dennis Bier, MD Young Career Editor. Watch AJCN Academic Editor, Dr. Deirdre Tobias, interview him about his priorities for this new position.


Seeking Topics and Speakers for an Agriculture Webinar Series

The Research DPG is seeking help identifying topics and speakers for a webinar series on different facets of agriculture. If you would like to help or know of people who might, please contact our Fundraising and Webinar committees. 


Academy-Sponsored Webinar Series

Enhancing Diversity in the Dietetics Profession: Stories from RD/RDNs with Disabilities (Part 1) 

PDF of webinar slides available here.

Webinar transcript available here.

CPE certificate (watching recording, code 175) available here.

CPE certificate (if watched live) available here

Clicking the flyer below will redirect you to the YouTube link of the video.

Enhancing Diversity in the Dietetics Profession:  Stories from RD/RDNs with Disabilities (Part 2)

PDF of webinar slides available here

Webinar transcript available here.

CPE certificate (watching recording, code 175) available here

CPE certificate (if watched live) available here

YouTube link available here

Tips from the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) for Hiring RD/RDNs with Disabilities

PDF of webinar slides available here

Webinar transcript available here.

CPE certificate (watching recording, code 175) available here

CPE certificate (if watched live) available here

YouTube link available here.


For Research DPG webinars, visit our webinar page.


RDPG 2019-2020 Annual Report

The RDPG 2019-2020 Annual Report is available now.



Shelly DeBiasse, PhD, RDN, the RDPG Diversity Liaison and Kate Burt, PhD, RD were interviewed by Diversify Dietetics for their #InclusiveDietetics Facebook group and study. 

FREE WEBINAR: Available to members and non-members!
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"Demystifying Grad School" Webinar (1 CPEU).


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Please contact us at chair@researchdpg.org with any questions or concerns.