Investing in the profession by making research resources available for Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its members is a priority for the Foundation. Funding research will elevate the registered dietitian’s profile to the public by continuing to position the Academy and its members as the nutrition experts. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation understands the value of research conducted by registered dietitians and the importance of donors who help to move the profession forward with this research.
Nutrition Education Research Fellow
Congratulations Jenica Abram, MPH, RDN, LDN, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Nutrition Education Research Fellow!
This Fellowship supports a one year, full-time position to complete the development and validation of a checklist tool that identifies the strongest evidenced-based qualities incorporated into successful nutrition education programs. The tool, which is scheduled to be released in 2014, will be easy to use, beneficial to program planners and program evaluators and widely available for use.
On May 20-21, 2013, experts met for a two day workshop at Academy headquarters. The panel reviewed several nutrition education proposals and contributed rich discussion and face validity for the quality nutrition education checklist tool.
- Sandy Procter, Ph.D., RD, LD
- Maria Ali, RD, LD/N
- Donna McDuffie, MPH, RD, LN
- Megan Nechanicky, MS, RD
- Sarah Colby, Ph.D., RD
- Karen Chapman-Novakofski, Ph.D., RD, LD
- Amy Knoblock-Hahn, Ph.D., RD
- Margie Tate, MS, RD
- Amanda Birnbaum, Ph.D.
- Phyllis Crowley, MS, RD
The Fellowship is funded through an educational grant from ConAgra Foods Foundation.
Annual Research Fund
The Foundation is expanding research efforts to make dollars available on an annual basis to fund research being conducted by the Academy and its members. These dollars will allow the Foundation to quickly respond to the ever changing research needs of the profession. Since all dollars to this annual research fund will be made available for immediate disbursement, the Foundation believes this will allow for an even greater impact by providing consumers with the most relevant and accurate food and nutrition information and bringing more registered dietitians to the forefront.
Research Funded through the Annual Research Fund
To support research in the dietetics profession, the Foundation established the Foundation Food and Nutrition Research Endowment in 2001. Interest generated from the endowment funds member-conducted research on top issues identified by the Academy and the Foundation.
Research Funded through the Research Endowment
Named Research Funds
The Foundation has several named funds which support research. Each award has specific criteria governing its use and a separate review committee is appointed for each of these grants.
Last year, the Foundation made available more than $357,000 in support of research conducted by Registered Dietitians.