I am a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. I joined the Milken Institute School of Public Health in Spring 2014 as a Visiting Assistant Professor and transitioned to Assistant Professor in Spring 2016. Before joining the GW faculty, I was post-doctoral fellow in the Intramural Program at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive, and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). I continue to hold an appointment as a Special Volunteer at the National Institutes of Health.
My primary research interest is in studying the metabolic and health effects of added sugars and low-calorie (artificial) sweeteners. I am currently the PI of two NIH funded studies to examine the consumption and health effects of low-calorie sweeteners. I also recently completed a career development grant (KL2) funded study to evaluate determinants of caffeinated sugar-sweetened beverage consumption in children and to explore whether their removal from the child diet may induce withdrawal symptoms (KL2 Award).
In addition to ongoing research studies, I have remained highly productive in publishing. This is evidenced by publishing 7 peer-reviewed manuscripts since the last annual review. I have also made significant teaching and administrative contributions within our department and school. These have included directing the BS in Nutrition Science undergraduate degree program, developing the BS in Nutrition Science/MPH in Public Health Nutrition dual-degree program, contributing to the development of a PhD program in Exercise Physiology and Applied Nutrition, and transitioning an additional BS in Nutrition Science course to a WID.
My academic service included serving on the EXNS Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, as well as two School-wide undergraduate committees (Undergraduate Program Committee; Undergraduate Planning and Practice Commitee), and regularly participate in student recruitment and retention focused events.