Hollie Raynor, PhD, RD, LDN
Associate Dean of Research
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, Knoxville, 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, Knoxville, as an assistant professor in 2007. She also has an adjunct appointment in the psychology department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is currently a full professor and the associate dean of research for the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences.
HEAL Research Team
Chelsi C. Cardoso
Chelsi Cardoso is the research associate of the Healthy Eating and Activity Laboratory. She completed her bachelor’s of science in nutrition, as well as her master’s of science in Public Health Nutrition at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In addition, Chelsi is a registered dietitian and a certified diabetes educator. She has extensive experience in implementing behaviorally-intensive nutrition counseling, for both weight and diabetes management. In the past, Chelsi has been an adjunct lecturer teaching Nutrition Counseling at the undergraduate level in the Department of Nutrition at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Currently, she is managing a National Institutes of Health grant, which is a family-based, multi-component, behaviorally-intensive treatment program for childhood overweight and obesity. Her research interests include weight loss, weight loss maintenance, and obesity prevention in both children and adults.
Sarah’s research career started in community service and led her to receive her Master’s degree in Public Health. After graduation, she led a National Institutes of Health study focusing on health disparities and has almost a decade long of dedication to research focusing on Public Health in rural, Appalachian communities and Urban minorities.
Lauren Griffiths is a graduate research assistant in the Healthy Eating and Activity Laboratory. She received her master’s of public health in Behavioral & Community Health Science at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) in 2015. After graduation, she worked as a research associate at the LSUHSC School of Public Health where she coordinated a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded study investigating the social and molecular determinants of obesity in youth. In 2017, Lauren joined the LSUHSC Human Development Center where she designed, implemented, and evaluated a number of nutrition- and health-related programs. She was also a core faculty member for the Louisiana Leadership Education in Neuro-developmental and Related Disabilities (LA LEND) training program funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau from 2017-2019. Lauren is currently pursuing a PhD in community nutrition at the University of Tennessee.
Katie Bell is a graduate student in the Healthy Eating and Activity Laboratory. She received her bachelor’s degree in human nutrition and dietetics from Metropolitan State University of Denver. She moved from Colorado to Knoxville to pursue her master’s of science in public health nutrition as well as her master’s of public health in community health education. Additionally, she will take part in the dietetic internship at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, to become a registered dietitian. Her research interests include childhood obesity prevention and intervention.
Anna Jackson is a graduate research assistant in the Healthy Eating and Activity Laboratory. She received her master’s in science in Nutrition and Dietetic Internship from Appalachian State University in 2019. Anna is a registered dietitian. After graduation she worked as a clinical dietitian in critical care. Anna is currently pursuing a PhD in community nutrition at the University of Tennessee.