Name: Katie Eliot, PhD, RD, LD
Department: Nutrition and Dietetics
Research Focus: Best practices in healthcare student education; food choices and dietary behaviors.
Current Research Project 1
Title: Perceptions of the Effectiveness of Cultural Competence Training Among Nutrition and Dietetics Students
Example Research Questions:
- What are nutrition and dietetics students' perceptions of the effectiveness of their training in cultural competence?
- Are there differences in perceptions of their training in cultural competence among junior dietetic students, senior dietetic students and dietetic interns?
- What experiences do students perceive as contributing to increased cultural competence?
Example Data Collection Strategies: The Cultural Attitudes and Awareness Survey (CAAS) was distributed to junior and senior students from Didactic Programs in Dietetics and to dietetic interns in the Midwest. The CAAS included questions related to the relevance and adequacy of cultural competence training in dietetics education programs, including specific curricular components and extracurricular experiences.
Objective: The purpose of this study was to determine student perceptions of the effectiveness of cultural competence training in dietetic education programs.
Background: Registered dietitians who provide culturally competent healthcare are of paramount importance to our increasingly diverse nation’s health. Research suggests the need for improvements in the delivery of cultural competence training to nutrition and dietetics students. Therefore, it is important to assess how future registered dietitians are being prepared to become culturally competent practitioners.
Role: Primary Investigator
Current Research Project 2
Title: Meal Planning Behaviors of Working Adults
Example Research Questions:
- What is the nutrient quality of the evening meal in families who plan their meals in advance? How does this compare to families who do not plan their meals in advance?
- What is the best time frame for planning of meals in advance to promote meximum nutrient quality of meals?
Example Data Collection Strategies To evaluate meal planning behaviors, the researchers created the “Meal Planning Behaviors” survey. This 16-item survey asks questions regarding demographics, household grocery shopping and meal planning behaviors. To assess dietary intake, the National Institutes of Health By Meal Screener will be used to determine fruit and vegetable consumption.
Objective: The purpose of this study is to identify meal planning behaviors practiced by working adults.
Background: Families who eat meals together have a more positive relationship with food and healthier diets. Meals require planning which may be a factor in the promotion of the nutrient content of the meal, especially fruit and vegetable intake.
Role: Co-Primary Investigator
- Kahle, L., Kelly, P., Eliot, K., Weiss, E. (2013). Acute sodium bicarbonate loading has negligible effects of resting and exercise blood pressure but causes gastrointestinal distress. Nutrition Research. Accepted.
- Breitbach, A., Sargeant, D., Gettemeier, P., Ruebling, I., Carlson, J., Eliot, K., Kienstra, K., Zeibig-Blessing, E. (2013). From Buy-In to Integration: Melding and Interprofessional Initiative into Academic Programs in the Health Professions. Journal of Allied Health Professions, 42(3):e67-e73.
- Murphy, M, K Eliot, R Heuertz, E Weiss. (2012) Whole beetroot consumption acutely improves running performance. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 112:548-551.
- Wunderlich, R, C Cavallo, P Gettemeier, K Eliot. (2011) Evaluation of a Pilot Study for a Capstone Course: Integrative Interprofessional Practicum Experience. Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice, 9:1-4.
- Bemben, MG, MS Witten, JM Carter, KA Eliot, AW Knehans, DA Bemben. (2010). The Effects of Supplementation with Creatine and Protein on Muscle Strength Following a Traditional resistance Training Program In Middle Aged and Older Men. J Nutr Health Aging, 14:155-159.
- Eliot, KA, AW Knehans, DA Bemben, MS Witten, J Carter, MG Bemben. (2008). The Effects of Creatine and Whey Protein Supplementation on Body Composition in Men Aged 48-72 Years During Resistance Training. J Nutr Health Aging. 12:208-212.