Department of Nutrition

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

HEALTHE Research Team

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Elizabeth (Betsy) Anderson Steeves, PhD, RD
Dr. Anderson Steeves is an Assistant Professor in the Public Health Nutrition program and Director of the HEALTHE Lab. She is a Registered Dietitian and holds a doctoral degree in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She completed her Master’s in Public Health Nutrition and Dietetic Internship at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is interested in community-based interventions to reduce health disparities and prevent obesity among under-served populations and in conducting research to examine how social and physical (built) environments influence food purchasing and consumption behaviors of youth and adults.

 

Graduate Research Assistants

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Erin Riley
Erin completed her Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics at the University of Dayton. She is currently pursing a Master’s of Science in Public Health Nutrition and will then complete the dietetic internship to become a Registered Dietitian. Her research interests include obesity prevention and treatment, health promotion, and nutrition education.

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Addy Grier-Welch
Addy completed her Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics and minor in Health Promotion at Michigan State University. She is currently pursuing a dual Master’s of Science in Public Health Nutrition and Master’s of Public Health followed by the dietetic internship to become a Registered Dietitian. Her research interests include the promotion of health education and equal food access to underserved populations and creating environments that are conductive to the development of healthy grocery purchasing habits.

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Ruth Zegel
Ruth was born and raised in Franklin, Tennessee. She completed her Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition at the University of Mississippi. She is currently pursuing her Master’s of Science with a concentration in Public Health Nutrition and will then complete a Dietetic Internship to become a Registered Dietitian. Ruth’s research interests include food purchasing influences and behaviors among college students, food access in rural populations, and eliminating health disparities.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

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Riley Self
Riley is currently a senior studying nutrition at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. After graduating with a Bachelor of Health and Human Sciences in Nutrition Dietetics, she hopes to pursue her masters and become a Registered Dietitian.  Go Vols!

Join the HEALTHE Lab!

 There are many opportunities to work with the HEAL lab as an undergraduate or graduate student, or as a community partner. To learn more about these opportunities contact Dr. Anderson Steeves at:

Elizabeth (Betsy) Anderson Steeves, PhD, RD

Assistant Professor
Department of Nutrition
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Jessie Harris Building, Room 301C
Email: eander24@utk.edu
Office phone: 865-974-6254

 

 

 

 

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