Department of Nutrition

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

HEAL People

Hollie Raynor, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N.

Hollie Raynor is the Director of the Healthy Eating and Activity Laboratory. She has training in the fields of Nutrition and Clinical Psychology. She received her Master’s degree in Public Health Nutrition from the University of Tennessee, her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University at Buffalo, and completed her pre-doctoral internship and her post-doctoral fellowship, both with an emphasis in Obesity Research, at Brown Medical School. Following her fellowship she was promoted to an assistant professor of research in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown Medical School and was based in the Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center . She joined the Department of Nutrition at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville as an assistant professor in 2007. She also has an adjunct appointment in the Psychology Department at the University of Tennessee.  She is currently a Full Professor in the Department of Nutrition and the Interim Assistant Dean of Research for the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences.

Curriculum Vita

Hannah Grider

Hannah Grider is a Graduate Research Assistant in the Healthy Eating and Activity Laboratory. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences, concentration in Dietetics, from the University of Tennessee at Martin. She is currently pursuing her Master’s of Science in Public Health Nutrition and completing the Dietetic Internship. Her research interest includes obesity prevention and intervention in adults.

Genevieve Prushinski

Genevieve Prushinski is a Graduate Research Assistant in the Healthy Eating and Activity Laboratory. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics and Psychology at Bradley University.   She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Public Health Nutrition.  In addition, she will be participating in the dietetic internship at UT to become a Registered Dietitian.  Her interests include self-regulation, eating disorders, and mindful/intuitive eating. As a future Registration Dietitian, she hopes to work at an eating disorder treatment center.

Grace Hawkins

Grace Hawkins is a Graduate Research Assistant in the Healthy Eating and Activity Laboratory. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Dietetics at Miami University in Ohio in May of 2018. She is currently pursuing her Master’s of Science in Public Health Nutrition. Her research interests include weight management and nutrition counseling. In addition, she will be participating in the Dietetics Internship at UT to become a Registered Dietitian.

Priscila Benitez-Doria

Priscila Benitez-Doria  is a Research Assistant in the Healthy Eating and Activity Lab.  She is a student in the Nutrition-Dietetics program at the University of Tennessee.  Raised in Los Angeles, CA she moved to Knoxville TN to pursue higher education.  She plans on pursing a Dual-Master’s Program in Nutrition and Public Health and become a Registered Dietician.  She is passionate about working with the Spanish speaking population, as well as underserved communities.  Her research interest includes diabetes, weight loss, obesity prevention and intervention in children and adults.

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