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All graduates of the Department of Clinical Nutrition complete a thesis. Many student research projects go on to be published within a variety of peer-reviewed, profession journals. Below is a listing of recent theses published in ProQuest by graduate students organized from most recent to 2007 by their major faculty advisors. 

 Student Research with Dr. Mary B. Gregoire

 Impact of foodservice operational practices on patient satisfaction
Author: Brioni, Florencia Raquel
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2013. 1522690.
 
Comparison of recycling outcomes in three types of recycling collection units
Author: Andrews, Ashley
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2012. 1509824.
 
The Medical Nutrition Therapy Provided to Adult Patients Undergoing Hematopoietic Stem Cell
Therapy
Author: Habschmidt, Mary Grace
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2012. 1509892.
 
The influence of risk and resources managed on nutrition support registered dietitians' salaries
Author: Roosevelt, Hannah
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2012. 1517335.
 
Understanding Patient Satisfaction with Food Temperature
Author: Gebhardt, Miriam Elizabeth
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2011. 1495811.
 
Predictors of success in a combined Dietetic Internship/Master's of Science degree program
Author: Farkas, Erin
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2010. 1484952.
 
Academic medical center food and nutrition services employees' perceptions of respect and job
satisfaction
Author: Chmel, Elizabeth
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2010. 1485031.
 
Evaluating the effectiveness of the Patient Advocate Program in the Department of Food and Nutrition Services
Author: Barsamian, Angela M.
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2009. 1466382.
 
Hospital foodservice directors' current practices and attitudes toward sustainability: An application of the theory of planned behavior (TPB)
Author: Huang, Elisa
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2009. 1466386.
 
Customer satisfaction with and gross profit of a worksite cafeteria healthful options food station
Author: Kimathi, Amber N.
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2008. 1455122.
 
Comparison of patient comments based on food quality satisfaction in an acute care hospital setting
Author: Tranter, Michelle Ashley
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2008. 1455705.
 
Is a two-factor computerized nutrition screening tool valid and reliable for detecting adult hospital in patients at risk for malnutrition?
Author: Witowich, Gretchen Rebecca
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2008. 1455706.
 
Registered dietitians' knowledge, beliefs, premenstrual syndrome symptoms and omega-3 fatty acids intake
Author: Spellman, Emily Erin
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2007. 1442044.
 
 
Student Research with Dr. Linda Lafferty (retired)
 
Developing a methodology to validate the indicator statements in the 2009 Standards of Professional Performance for Registered Dietitians in Management of Food and Nutrition Systems
Author: Martin, Jenna Laree
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2010. 1485036.
 
The influence of risk and resources managed on dietetic practitioners' salaries
Author: LaBonte, Lacey Mae
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2010. 1484953.
 
 
Student Research with Dr. Kathy Keim
 
Core foods using food records and change over time in a type 2 diabetes sample
Author: Lorenzi, Lisa Marie
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2012. 1517650.
 
Malnutrition assessment in a hemodialysis population with the use of two assessment tools
Author: Lin, Annie Wen
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2012. 1514091.
 
Core and secondary foods of low income African Americans with type 2 diabetes pre and posti
ntervention
Author: Mang, Ellen
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2012. 1517334.
 
Core and secondary foods as a measure of diet quality in a type 2 diabetes sample
Author: Kerr, Kimberly Wade
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2011. 1493216.
 
Assessing diet quality of a type 2 diabetes sample using the Healthy Eating Index 2005
Author: Kinsella, Anne E.
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2011. 1493222.
 
Measured resting energy expenditure following orthotopic liver transplant
Author: Kintner, Jennifer G.
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2010. 1485035.
 
Variation in carbohydrate intake and stages of change to follow a controlled carbohydrate diet in
i ndividuals with type 2 diabetes mellitus
Author: Rodriguez-Leon, Maria Eugenia
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2010. 1484954.
 
Stage of change and health belief model constructs related to fluid restriction in maintenance
hemodialysis subjects
Author: Buka, Julia Rosemary
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2010. 1486217.
 
Controlling hyperglycemia in non-intensive care unit patients on parenteral nutrition
Author: Mountain, Vickie Petro
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2010. 1485657.
 
Consumption of dietary fat in a type 2 diabetes sample: A validation study of the Diet Habit Survey
Author: Barker, Anne Marie
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2010. 1485030.
 
Influences on carbohydrate intake and factual carbohydrate knowledge in a type 2 diabetes sample
Author: Gabrys, Kristin Elizabeth
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2010. 1485034.
 
Validating a single-item stage of change algorithm assessing inpatients' readiness to avoid high-fat foods
Author: Willis, Andrea Ruth
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2009. 1466233.
 
Validating a multi-item stage of change algorithm assessing inpatients' readiness to avoid high-fat foods
Author: Hammar, Molly Katherine
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2009. 1466231.
 
Development of a tool to assess diabetes diet stage of change and carbohydrate knowledge in a type 2 diabetes population
Author: Morgan, Mary Kenna
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2008. 1455702.
 
A comparison of two methods of insulin administration in critically ill patients receiving parenteral nutrition
Author: Buckler, Jennifer Ann
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2007. 1442983.
 
Assessing the perceived benefits and barriers towards fish consumption of RUMC cafeteria customers
Author: Clement, Jennie Adriana
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2007. 1442984.
 
Student Research with Dr. Heather  Rasmussen
 
The Impact of Starch-Entrapped microspheres on lipid metabolism
Author: Anderson, Elizabeth Ann
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2013. 1522661.
 
Knowledge, perceptions and use of probiotics and prebiotics in Rush University Medical Center healthcare providers
Author: Oliver, Laura
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2012. 1514089.
 
Impact of stearate-enriched plant sterol esters on gut microbiota and lipid metabolism
Author: Dubenetzky, Megan
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2011. 1495857.
 
Knowledge, use and perceptions of probiotics and prebiotics in Rush University Medical Center patients
Author: Betz, Melanie Victoria
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2011. 1493261.
 
Probiotics and Prebiotics: Knowledge, use and perceptions in adult patients at Advocate Christ Medical Center
Author: Van Vossen, Anne Marie
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2011. 1495812.
 
Student Research with Sarah J. Peterson
 
Aggressive versus traditional enteral nutrition prescription in medical intensive care unit patients
Author: Komjathy, Christine M.
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2010. 1486465.
 
Student Research with Dr. Susie W. Rockway
 
Effect of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) supplementation on lean body mass, body fat mass, and muscular strength in healthy, exercising women at risk of developing sarcopenia
Author: Diaz, Jessica R.
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2008. 1455701.
 
The effect of conjugated linoleic acid supplementation with resistance exercise and amino acid supplementation in aging women
Author: Jablonski, Krista
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2008. 1455026.
 
The effect of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and amino acid supplementation on muscular stength, lean body mass, and fat mass in aging women
Author: Munson, Stacey
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2007. 1442988.
 
Impacting muscular strength and body composition in women over 50: The effect of resistance exercise, branched chain amino acids and conjugated linoleic acid
Author: Hirsbrunner, Melissa S.
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2007. 1442985.
 
Impact of chitosan supplementation on plasma cholesterol and body weight in healthy, overweight and obese adults
Author: Reynolds, Valerie
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2007. 1446324.
 
 
Student Research with Diane Sowa__
 
Impact of nutrient intake (enteral or oral diet) on nutrition status in stroke patients admitted to the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (NSICU) and disposition at discharge
Author: Ilic, Rebecca Anne
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2013. 1522662.
 
Delivery of Bolus Enteral Nutrition to Increase the Proportion of Kilocalorie and Protein Intake in Hospitalized Patients
Author: Sims, Elizabeth Carolyn
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2012. 1513830.
 
Validating the indicator statements in the 2007 Standards of Professional Performance for Registered Dietitians in Nutrition Support
Author: Stang, Taylor K.
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2012. 1513866.
 
Comparison of a hypocaloric feeding protocol to predictive equations
Author: Schwartz, Liza Claire
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2010. 1486466.
 
Prealbumin and C-reactive protein in monitoring nutrition support
Author: Davis, Cassie Jo
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2009. 1466903.
 
Vitamin mineral herbal and other dietary supplement usage among hospitalized patients admitted to an urban medical center
Author: Hall, Lacey J.
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2009. 1466385.
 
Vitamin, mineral, herbal, and other dietary supplement usage among hospitalized patients admitted to an urban medical center
Author: Glew, Jacqueline Tobinson
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2007. 1441071.
 
 
Student Research with Dr. Christy C. Tangney
 
Comparison of Different DASH Indices and Prevalence of Hypertension Among a Midwestern Sample of Hispanic Adults
Author: Sarkar, Divyani
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2013. 1522769.
 
Childhood cancer survivors and adherence to the American Cancer Society guidelines on nutrition and physical activity
Author: Berdan, Chloe Ann
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2013. 1522771.
 
The Diet, Activity and Lifestyle (DIAL) study: Risk perception and physical activity in breast cancer survivors.
Author: Piazza, Cristina Nicole
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2012. 1517341.
 
The Diet Activity and Lifestyle (DiAL) Study: Risk Perception for Recurrence and Dietary Intake of Breast Cancer Survivors
Author: Winston, Rachel
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2012. 1514022.
 
Vitamin E intake of older black &white Americans using NHANES 2003-2006 population
Author: Toft-Dupuy, Tucker
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2011. 1496172.
 
Accuracy and failure rate of the Yamax Digiwalker 651 Pedometer and Omron HG-112 Pedometer in two samples
Author: Lynn, Kristyn Joanna
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2011. 1495949.
 
Quantification of Vitamin B12 intakes, serum concentrations and primary and secondary food sources of non-Hispanic white and non-Hispanic black older adults in National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2003-2006
Author: Nelinson, Janna Leanor Sylvia
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2011. 1495954.
 
Changes in resting energy expenditure in end state liver disease subjects following orthotopic liver transplantation
Author: Rifkin, Samantha. K.
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2011. 1495951.
 
Changes in body composition by bioimpedance spectroscopy following orthotopic liver transplant
Author: Romano, Devon Elizabeth
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2011. 1495858.
 
Vitamin B12 deficiency and functional disabilities in older age
Author: Oberlin, Breanna S.
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2010. 1485037.
 
Vitamin B12 adequacy and circulating folate concentrations among NHANES 2001--2004 participants
Author: Roehl, Kelly Anne
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2009. 1466388
 
Examination of circulating folate levels as a reflection of folate intakes among older adult supplement users and non-users in NHANES 2003--2004
Author: Vanderwall, Cassandra M.
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2009. 1466380.
 
Validation of the low-cost Omron pedometer against the gold standard models Yamax DigiWalker pedometer and the StepWatch step activity monitor
Author: Carlson, Kristine M.
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2008. 1460586
 
The effect of food security status, body mass index, and fruit and vegetable consumption among Producemobile patrons
Author: Redfearn, Kristin Rose
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2007. 1443492.
 
The development and validation of a diet quality score
Author: Zars, Christine
Publication info: Rush University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2007. 1442989.
 
Faculty members and clinicians within the department of clinical nutrition are involved in a wide range of studies in collaboration with faculty from neurological sciences, cardiology, geriatrics, health systems management, nursing, neonatology and pulmonary/critical care. Select a faculty member to read more about their interests and achievements:

 Kathy Keim, PhD, RD, LDN

 Heather Rasmussen, PhD, RD, LDN

 Christy Tangney, PhD, FACN, CNS

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Currently the faculty of the Department of Clinical Nutrition have many ongoing research studies and clinical trials.

For more information on other studies and research interests of the faculty, please visit our faculty and staff profiles.

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Photo caption: Elizabeth Sims, graduate student and dietetic intern, receiving a research award  from Dr. George Fitchett, Professor, Department of Religion & Health at the Rush University Research Forum.

 



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