Department of Nutrition

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

ICAN-Thrive Lab Graduates

Penny Neal, RN, MSN, CPNP

Penny Neal TeamPenny is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner with extensive experience working with underserved populations. She received her B.S. in Biology from UTK, MS in Nursing from UTK and is currently working on her PhD in Nursing. Her research interests include school-based interventions for childhood obesity prevention and the metabolic syndrome in children.

Violet Lou

Violet is currently pursuing her PhD under the direction of Dr. Kavanagh. Her project will study knowledge of and attitudes about breastfeeding amoung university students. Violet will also repeat this research with unviersity students in China.

Jennifer Heidel

Jennifer Heidel TeamJennifer graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and also completed her Master’s degree in Public Health Nutrition and Dietetic Internship at UT. Her interests include maternal and child feeding, obesity prevention, weight loss and management, and school nutrition.

Jennifer Helvey

Jennifer Helvey TeamJennifer was a Graduate Research Assistant for the USDA Baby Mine Study (Phase 1) in the ICAN Lab. She graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition/Dietetics. Jennifer graduated with a Master’s degree in Public Health Nutrition in the summer of 2012 and completed the Dietetic Internship at UT. Jennifer has work experience with the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and the Public Education Department’s Student Nutrition Bureau in New Mexico.

Whitney Merola

Whitney received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Ecology with a concentration in Food, Nutrition, and Dietetics from Tennessee Technological University. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Public Health Nutrition with a concentration in Epidemiology. She will complete her Dietetic Internship in the summer of 2011 at UT. Her thesis project is entitled Social Marketing: Impact on Elementary School Students’ Selection and Consumption of Salad Bar Food Items.

Lindsay Miesel

Lindsay Miesel TeamLindsay is a Maternal and Child Health Nutrition Trainee and assistant in Dr. Spence’s lab. She is pursuing dual Master’s degrees in Public Health Nutrition and Public Health with a concentration in Community Health Nutrition and will also complete the Dietetic Internship. She graduated from Carson-Newman College (Jefferson City, TN) with a degree in Foods, Nutrition, and Dietetics. Her research interests include school nutrition interventions and socio-ecological approaches to combat childhood obesity.

Lizzy Miller

Lizzy Miller TeamLizzy earned her Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition Science from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and pursued a dual Master’s degree in Public Health Nutrition and Public Health with a concentration in Community Health Education. She completed the Dietetic Internship at UT in June 2011. Her research focuses on planning, implementing, and evaluating school-based nutrition interventions. Her area of interests include maternal and child health, and school and community-based interventions to prevent childhood overweight/obesity.

Angela Sberna

Angela Sberna TeamAngela was a Graduate Research Assistant for the USDA Baby Mine Study (Phase 1) in the ICAN Lab. She completed her undergraduate work in Dietetics at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She completed her Dietetic Internship and graduated from UT with a Master’s degree in Public Health Nutrition in the summer of 2012.

 

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