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

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

Steve Douglas

Steve Douglas is a Post-doctoral Fellow in the Healthy Eating and Activity Laboratory. Steve received his doctorate in Nutrition Sciences, with a concentration in Ingestive Behavior and Human Clinical Nutrition, from Purdue University. His current research interests include 1) elucidating the interaction between meal timing and weight management in children and adolescents and 2) exploring novel methods for supplementing dietary intake data. Outside of the lab, Steve and his wife (Sarah) enjoy the outdoors and being active in their church.

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 Dietitian.  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.

 Lauren Griffiths

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 Neurodevelopmental 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

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.

Taylor Koenigs

Taylor Koenigs is a Graduate Research Assistant in the Healthy Eating and Activity Laboratory. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition-Dietetics at Auburn University in 2019. She is currently working to complete the MS/DI program at UT where she is studying Public Health Nutrition. She is planning on becoming a Registered Dietitian once she is completed with this program. Her research interest is obesity prevention in children.

Kecia Caldwell

Kecia Caldwell is a Graduate Research Assistant in the Healthy Eating and Activity Laboratory. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and Food Science with a concentration in Dietetics and a minor in Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University. She is currently pursuing her Master’s of Science in Public Health Nutrition. Kecia will begin her dietetic internship in the spring of 2020. Her research interests include obesity prevention, weight management, nutrition counseling, and calorie density.

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