Experts Guide
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Nutrition, Diet & Exercise Experts

Monica Baskin, Ph.D.

Minority health and health disparities • Culturally relevant behavioral interventions for cancer prevention and control • Obesity prevention and treatment • Coping with sickle cell disease

Thomas Buford, Ph.D. 

Perserving the health and independence of older adults • Healthy aging • Physical activity and fitness and how it impacts aging and quality of life • Exercises and interventions to increase mobility in older adults 

Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, Ph.D. 

Nutrition • Cancer • Cancer survivorship • Women's health 

Mona Fouad, M.D., MPH

Minority health • Health disparities • Obesity and cancer

Amy Goss, Ph.D.

Nutrition • Obesity • Metabolism • Diabetes prevention and treatment • Ketogenic diet

Tara Harman, RDN 

Nutrition • Hunger and food insecurity • Nutrition education and health behaviors

Joanna Joly, M.D.

Heart failure • Cardiomyopathy • Pulmonary hypertension • Transplant cardiology • Mechanical circulatory support • Dietary veganism • Health and wellness

Suzanne Judd, Ph.D.

Cardiovascular disease and diet • Diabetes and diet • Dietary needs of athletes • Reducing health disparities in chronic disease • Diet and racial disparities in the risk of hypertension, kidney disease and stroke

Beth Kitchin, Ph.D., R.D.

Nutrition • Obesity • Diet myths • Nutrition's effect on bone health • Aging

Cora Lewis, M.D.

Hypertension • Hypertension in African Americans • Body composition

Courtney Peterson, Ph.D.

Meal timing • Circadian rhythms • Nutrition • Body mass index • Obesity research

Sandra Sims, Ph.D. 

Quality physical education programs • Integrated physical education and health education • Health & wellness 

Riley Thornton, RDN

Nutrition • Obesity • Wellness • Healthy eating habits • Debunking food myths

Anna Threadcraft, RDN

Nutrition • Obesity • Wellness • Healthy eating habits • Debunking food myths

Trygve Tollefsbol, Ph.D.

Epigenetics • Cancer origin • Diet and cancer prevention • Gene regulation • Underlying mechanisms of cancer and aging • Novel therapeutic approaches to cancer

Stephenie Wallace, M.D.

Childhood obesity — diagnosing and treatment • Adolescent health • Healthy habits for children

Holly Wyatt, M.D.

Obesity • Nutrition • Metabolism • Physical activity • Weight loss and regulation • Wellness • Endocrinology • Internal medicine