Biographical Sketches of Planning Committee Members
Regan L. Bailey, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., is associate institute director for the Institute for Advancing Health through Agriculture and professor of nutrition at Texas A&M University. She previously served as a professor of nutrition science at Purdue University, and as a nutritional epidemiologist and director of career development at the National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements. Dr. Bailey completed her dietetic internship and M.S. in Food and Nutrition from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Bailey received her Ph.D. in Nutrition Science from the Pennsylvania State University and her M.P.H from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. Her research focuses on improving the methods of measuring nutritional status to optimize health. She utilizes nationally representative survey data to characterize the American dietary landscape, to identify the optimal methods for assessment of biomarkers of nutritional status, and to understand how dietary intakes relate to health outcomes. Dr. Bailey worked to develop the first models combining nutrients from foods and dietary supplements to estimate total usual intake. Her work was used to inform the calcium and vitamin D Dietary Reference Intakes and the National Academy reference values. Dr. Bailey has used these models to identify differences in nutritional exposures by gender, race, ethnicity, life stage, and income, suggesting the need for population-specific interventions and policy. She has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed scientific publications. Dr. Bailey served on the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for American Advisory Committee, and as chair of the Data Analysis and Food
Pattern Modeling Subcommittee. She was a member of National Academy of Medicine’s 2021 Committee on Scanning for New Evidence on Riboflavin to Support a Dietary Reference Intake Review.
Carol J. Boushey, Ph.D., M.P.H., is associate research professor, Epidemiology Program, at the University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center and holds an adjunct professor position in the Nutrition Science Department, Purdue University. She specializes in evaluating dietary exposures with an emphasis on technology, diverse racial/ethnic groups, and dietary patterns associated with health or risk for disease. Dr. Boushey is involved with the dietary assessment methods used with the Multiethnic Cohort representing five ethnic groups (Japanese American, Hawaiian, non-Hispanic White, African American, Hispanic/Latino). She has participated in two National Academies committee reports addressing the process used to establish and optimize the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Dr. Boushey was appointed to the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and assumed the Chair of the Dietary Patterns Subcommittee. She focused on foods and nutrition for her undergraduate degree at the University of Washington (UW) which included a semester at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Her dietetic internship combined with a Masters of Public Health included medical rotations in Hawaii and a Public Health rotation with the Louisiana Department of Health. Her Ph.D. degree from UW focused on dietary intake and risk for disease through the interdisciplinary nutrition program and the epidemiology program.
Clare Corish, Ph.D., is a professor of clinical nutrition & dietetics and the programme director for the MSc in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics at the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science, at the University College Dublin. She is a CORU registered dietitian and has a long-standing commitment to nutrition research activities, particularly in disease-related malnutrition and malnutrition in the older person. Dr. Corish is an active member of the Irish Nutrition & Dietetic Institute (INDI) and the Nutrition Society holding several leadership roles in the past including INDI president and chair of the Nutrition Society Irish Section. She was a member of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland Public Health Nutrition subcommittee from 2012–2021 and has served on a number of expert committees over many years. Dr. Corish is a member of the Editorial board of the U.S. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the U.S. Association for Nutrition journal, Nutrition Today, and the Australian journal Nutrition and Dietetics as well as being a peer reviewer for many high impact nutrition journals.
Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili, Ph.D., R.N., FASPEN, FAAN, FGSA, is the associate dean for interprofessional research and development and a professor of nursing in the College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP), with courtesy appointments in the nutrition science department and School of Biomedical Engineering at Drexel University. She is a geriatric nurse scientist and her research focuses on integrating nutrition and novel technologies to improve health outcomes and quality of life for older adults with acute and chronic conditions across the care continuum. Recognizing the need to improve the measurement of nutritional intake, Dr. DiMaria-Ghalili led a team of engineers on the research and development of a patented wireless device to track and monitor fluid intake. Dr. DiMaria-Ghalili serves as the principal investigator of the Cell2Society Aging Research Network (Cell2Society), a Drexel Area of Research Excellence (DARE) initiative, where she leads a team working to create a novel ecosystem for the pursuit of use-inspired aging research. Dr. DeMaria-Ghalili is a Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing, a recognition from the National Hartford Center for Gerontological Nursing Excellence. She is a fellow in the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), and a recipient of the ASPEN’s Dudrick Research Scholar Award and of the ASPEN’s Distinguished Nutrition Support Nurse Service Award. Dr. DiMaria-Ghalili has previously presented on nutrition during care transitions at a National Academies workshop.
Elbert S. Huang, M.D., M.P.H., is professor of medicine and public health sciences and director of the Center for Chronic Disease Research and Policy at the University of Chicago. Dr. Huang is an international leader in the study of diabetes in older people. Older people are a highly heterogeneous group, with the sickest frequently excluded from clinical trials. Using techniques from health economics, simulation modeling, and analysis of real-world data, Dr. Huang has characterized the heterogeneity of the older diabetes population, the modern natural history of disease, and illustrated the impact of patient health status on the benefits of glycemic control. This research has directly influenced care guidelines that now emphasize (1) individualization of glycemic goals by health status, (2) the role of patient treatment preferences, (3) the clinical importance of hypoglycemia, and (4) management of geriatric conditions. Dr. Huang is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation. He received his A.B., M.D., and M.P.H. from Harvard and came to the University of Chicago in 2001. Dr. Huang has previously served as a panelist for the National Academy meeting on Multiple Chronic Conditions and Clinical Guidelines.
Gordon L. Jensen, M.D., Ph.D., became senior associate dean for research and professor of medicine and nutrition at the Larner College of Medicine, University of Vermont in 2016. From 2007–2015 he served as professor and head of nutritional sciences at Penn State University and professor of medicine at the Penn State College of Medicine. He was at Vanderbilt University Medical Center from 1998–2007 where he was director of the Vanderbilt Center for Human Nutrition and professor of medicine. He received his M.D. from Cornell University Medical College and his Ph.D. in nutritional biochemistry from Cornell University. He completed residency training in Internal Medicine and fellowship training in Clinical Nutrition at New England Deaconess Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He is a past president of the American Society for Nutrition (ASN), a past president of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), and a past chair of the Association of Nutrition Programs and Departments. He served two terms as a member of the Food and Nutrition Board. His research interests have focused on the impact of nutritional status on health and functional outcomes in older persons. He has authored more than 205 journal articles, reviews, and book chapters.
Heather H. Keller, Ph.D., R.D., FDC FCAHS, is the Schlegel Research Chair in Nutrition & Aging at Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging and a professor at the University of Waterloo. She is an internationally recognized expert in geriatric nutrition, assessment, and treatment. Research areas focus on nutrition risk and malnutrition identification and treatment across care sectors; improving nutrition care processes and implementing screening and other best practices; supporting food intake of diverse groups living in the community, including those living with dementia; and improving hospital and residential food and promoting food intake and the mealtime experience in these settings. Dr. Keller is a founding member and past chair/co-chair (2009–2018) of the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force. She was accepted into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2018 and is a Fellow of Dietitians of Canada. Dr. Keller trained at Western University (Ph.D., Epidemiology & Biostatistics), McGill University (MSc Human Nutrition) and University of Guelph (BASc, Human Nutrition).
Diana C. Mitchell, M.S., R.D., received her graduate degree in nutrition from The Pennsylvania State University and is a registered dietitian with membership in the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics and the American Society for Nutrition. She currently serves as an associate research professor and the director of the Diet Assessment Center in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University where she has been for more than 30 years. In this role she is responsible for managing
all external and internal research studies with dietary outcomes, including funding acquisition, proposal development, budget administration, and manuscript development. Her research interests include developing, validating, and improving various diet assessment methodologies, dietary patterns, diet quality, and population-based dietary exposure research. For more than 22 years, she has coordinated the diet assessment for the Geisinger Rural Aging Study, a longitudinal study of 20,000 older adults residing in Pennsylvania. This project has provided the expertise in developing and refining methodology to assess diets in older adults that has led to over 30 publications highlighting dietary intake methodology, diet quality, and diet as it relates to other health outcomes.
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