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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.


Elections 2020 - Project Vote

Save the date! Academy elections will be open February 1-15. To encourage participation, the Academy's Project Vote campaign will award the DPG with the highest percentage of voters a free FNCE® registration to be awarded to a lucky member!



Council on Future Practice Names Top Innovators

The Council on Future Practice announced the top two innovators from the 11th Innovations in Nutrition Dietetics Practice and Education session at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo™, including RDPG's own Tracey Ledoux, PhD, RDN, FAND for “Eye to the Future: Developing the Next Generation of Nutrition Professionals.” Learn more here


Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Award and Grant Recipients

The Research DPG would like to congratulate Mary-Jon Ludy, PhD, RDN, FAND, the RDPG's Council on Research Liaison, for being recognized with the Marie and August LoPresti, Sr. Faculty Development Award. The full list of award and grant recipients can be found in the December 2019 issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 


Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Scholarship Recipients

The Research DPG would like to congratulate Research DPG members who were recognized with scholarships from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. The full list of scholarship recipients can be found in the December 2019 issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  


RDPG Students and Professionals Recognized by the Academy 

Congratulations to RDPG members recognized in the September 2019 issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics!

Recognized Young Dietitian

  • Eliza Short, RD (AZ)
  • Maria Morgan-Bathke, PhD, RD, CD (MN)
  • Khawhlah S. Al-Muhanna, MS, RDN (OH)
  • Andrea Moosreiner, MPH, RD (WI)

Outstanding Dietetics Student

  • Flaminia Aceranti (CT)
  • Hannah Wilson, BS (GA)
  • Brooke Wickman, MS, RD (MN)
  • Emily K. Kuettel (NY)
  • Dimitra K. Thomopoulos (PA)
  • KayLeigh Kaiser (TX)
  • Hillary Nason (WA)

Outstanding Dietetics Educator

  • Sarah Couch, PhD, RDN (DPD, University of Cinncinati)
  • Hope Barkoukis, PhD, RDN, LD, FAND (CPD, Case Western Reserve University)
  • Merel Kozlosky, MS, RD (DI, National Institutes of Health)

Outstanding Dietitian

  • Esther F. Myers, PhD, RDN, FAND (International Affiliate)
  • Ingrid Lofgren, PhD, MPH, RD (RI)
  • Nicole Brown, MS, RDN, LD, ACSM EP-C (VA)

Emerging Dietetics Leader

  • Colleen M. Tewksbury, PhD, MPH, RD, LDN (PA)


Members Win National Academy Awards
Congratulations to RDPG members recognized with Academy national honors and awards!
Awards will be presented at FNCE® 2019.

Medallion Award
Dr. Karen Chapman-Novafokski, PhD, RD, LDN
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Excellence in Practice Award
Dr. Susan Steck, PhD, MPH, RD, FAND
University of South Carolina


Academy Honors Breakfast at FNCE®

Dr. Joann McDermid (right) is pictured here with Medallion Award winner, Dr. Karen Chapman-Novakofski (left) at FNCE® 2019. 


RDPG 2018-2019 Annual Report

The RDPG 2018-2019 Annual Report is available now.


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