April 18, 2013
Cherell Johnson

Doisy College Graduate Leaders Serve Community with Expertise

In honor of Graduate Education Week, learn more about how faculty members serve as mentors and graduate students gain hands-on practice as nutritionists and dietetics while earning their degrees.

Doisy College of Health Sciences offers several post- baccalaureate programs including athletic training, health informatics, physician assistant, molecular imaging and therapeutics, nutrition and dietetics, and occupational therapy. For more information about the graduate programs offered through Doisy at the college's website.

Alyson Heller

Alyson Heller
Alyson Heller.

Alyson Heller, is a current student in the Nutrition and Dietetics Program with a concentration in nutrition and physical performance. Heller completed the dietetic internship at Saint Louis University in May 2012 and is a current member of the Alpha Eta Society. She is a registered and licensed dietitian, ACSM-certified health and fitness specialist, Serve-Safe certified, and certified in CPR and first aid with up-to-date AED training. Heller worked as a personal trainer and nutrition coach at Simon Recreation Center and later as a graduate assistant in the nutrition and dietetic department as a study coordinator. Under the direction of Ted Weiss, Ph.D.,'s NIH-funded study "Calorie Restriction, Exercise and Glucoregulation" to compare the diabetes-protective effects of losing weight by using calorie restriction vs. exercise, she provided weekly diet and exercise counseling to 18 middle-aged overweight adults who succeeded in losing approximately 7 percent of their body weight. Heller is currently working on her master's research project titled, "An Assessment of the Adequacy of Amateur Endurance Athletes' Post-Exercise Dietary Behaviors" and as a nutrition freelancer of nutritional services for Janet Brill, Ph.D.

Katherine Corder

Katherine Corder
Katherine Corder.

Katherine Corder, came to Saint Louis University into the dietetic internship program after receiving her bachelor's degree from Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. Corder continued into the master's degree program in nutrition and dietetics with a concentration in nutrition and physical performance with Weiss as her mentor. Corder currently has certifications as a registered dietitian and American College of Sports Medicine Certified health and fitness specialist. She is working on completing her master's research on the "Effects of Short-Term Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) Supplementation on Markers of Inflammation after Eccentric Strength Exercise" with an anticipated graduation date of May 18. Her study is supported by an award from DSM, Inc., which makes vegan omega-3 fatty acid (DHA) supplements, and she also received a $500 award from the nutrition and dietetics department to cover other study-related costs. Corder is also currently working as a clinical dietitian at Missouri Baptist Medical Center.

Edward Weiss, Ph.D.

Ted Weiss
Edward Weiss, Ph.D.

Edward Weiss, Ph.D., more commonly known on campus as "Ted," is an associate professor in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics. Weiss received his bachelor's and master's degrees in physical education (exercise physiology) from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, his doctorate in kinesiology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and did his postdoctoral training in geriatrics and nutritional science at Washington University. His primary research includes nutrition and exercise for weight loss, the prevention of diabetes and cardiovascular disease and the slowing of primary aging. Weiss has served as the committee chairperson on several thesis committees for graduating students from the nutrition and dietetics program and continues to contribute to University service in several areas including the Education Council and the Scholarship Committee for Doisy College of Health Sciences. For further information about Ted Weiss, view his CV.

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