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Theresa A. Nicklas, DrPH

Baylor College of Medicine, Texas

Theresa A. Nicklas is professor of pediatrics at the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics. Prior to moving to Baylor, she was chair and professor of the Department of Food and Nutrition, North Dakota State University for 2 ½ years.

Over the last 14 years, Dr. Nicklas has lead the dietary studies of the Bogalusa Heart Study and continues to be an active consultant for this study. The Bogalusa Heart Study, which began in 1973, is an epidemiologic investigation of the early natural history of cardiovascular disease and the environmental determinants in a biracial pediatric population. She was chairperson of the school-nutrition intervention working group of the multi-centre Child and Adolescent Trial for Cardiovascular Health, which comprises 96 schools across four states. She was also principal investigator of a four-year NIH grant focusing on increasing high-school students’ fruit and vegetable consumption. One of her current research interests is looking at eating patterns that are associated with or predictive of obesity from childhood to young adulthood. She is also studying the environmental influences on eating habits of preschool children.

Dr. Nicklas has published more than 250 scientific papers, six book chapters and five monographs. She is author of the American Dietetic Association position paper on Dietary Guidance for Healthy Children Ages 2-11 Years and she served on the 2005 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. Her areas of expertise are cardiovascular health and nutritional epidemiology, child nutrition, and health promotion and chronic-disease prevention.

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