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James E. Painter, PhD, RD

Eastern Illinois University

With his PhD in Human Resource and Family Studies from the University of Illinois and his Master's Degree in Food and Nutrition from Oklahoma State University, Registered Dietitian James Painter has conducted numerous studies in the field of Food Pyschology and Mindless Eating, including work with Brian Wansink, author of the popular book Mindless Eating.

Dr. Painter has been involved in the study of food science at the university level for almost 20 years and is presently the Chairman of the School of Family and Consumer Sciences at Eastern Illinois University and a member of several professional associations including The American Dietetic Association and The Society for Nutrition Education.

Dr. Painter has given presentations in countries worldwide to a variety of professional, civic, public, and private groups including groups such as Apicius (the Culinary Institute in Florence Italy) and the National Soybean Research Lab in Bophal, India.

Over the years, he has also made headlines with projects like The Nutrition Analysis Tool and Portion Size Me. His popularity may be due to his simple, common-sense approach to building a healthy food culture. His talks are straight-forward, thought-provoking, intuitive, and entertaining.

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