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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.


Open Positions to Serve the Research DPG

The Research DPG is seeking volunteers to serve in executive committee roles. Please contact Nancy Emenaker, Chair-Elect, to express your interest in an open position with the RDPG.

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Student Representative

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Meet Your New 2020-2021 Research DPG Executive Committee Members

Chair-ElectMaria Morgan-Bathke, PhD, RD, CD
Maria is an Assistant Professor and Dietetic Internship Director in the Nutrition and Dietetics Department at Viterbo University. She also serves as a Research Collaborator at the Mayo Clinic. Maria previously served on the Research DPG as Treasurer.

Treasurer: Pao Ying Hsiao, PhD, MS, RD, LDN
Pao Ying is an Associate Professor in the Department of Food and Nutrition at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Pao Ying recently spoke at this year’s FNCE® in Philadelphia with two other Research DPG members describing her role and innovative approaches as a Dietetics educator to Generation Z students.

Nominating Committee: Kellie E. Mayfield, PhD
Kellie is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition at Georgia State University in the Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions. She also serves as an Affiliate Faculty Member for the Partnership for Urban Health Research and Gerontology Institute.

HOD Delegate: Kim Beals, PhD, RD, CSSD, LDN
Kim is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition at the University of Pittsburg in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. She also serves as the Director of the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory at the Warrior Human Performance Research Center. In addition to her RD, Kim also completed certification in both Adult Weight Management and Sports Dietetics and is a certified Level 2 Anthropometrist.

Maria, Pao Ying, Kellie, and Kim will take office on June 1, 2020. We also thank Ashley Vargas (Past-Chair), Maria Morgan-Bathke (Treasurer), Mary Lesser (Nominating Committee), and David Holben (HOD Delegate) who will be transitioning out on May 31, 2020.

Congratulations to RDPG members elected to national positions! 

Kevin Sauer, PhD, RDN, LD, FAND (Kan.)

Susan Roberts, DCN, RDN, LD, FAND (Texas)

Elections 2020 - Project Vote

Every year the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recognizes the Dietetic Practice Group with the highest percentage of members who voted in the Academy elections by providing one free FNCE® registration. The Research DPG finished 1st in our Academy Project Vote category and 3rd of 33 DPGs and MIGs. A member was randomly selected to receive the free FNCE® registration. Congratulations to Charlene Compher, PhD, RD, CNSC, LDN, FADA, FASPEN, from the University of Pennsylvania! Thank you to our members who participated in elections! 


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.

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

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

PDF of webinar slides available here

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CPE certificate (watching recording, code 175) available here

CPE certificate (if watched live) available here

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For Research DPG webinars, visit our webinar page.


RDPG 2018-2019 Annual Report

The RDPG 2018-2019 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. 

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