Nutrition and Dietetics Welcomes New Chair
Saint Louis University's Department of Nutrition and Dietetics in the Doisy College
of Health Sciences will soon welcome Ivis T. Forrester, Ph.D., M.P.H., RDN, LDN, as
department chair. Dr. Forrester has more than 20 years of leadership experience in
the dietetics profession, including serving as the director of two didactic programs
Dr. Forrester is currently an associate professor and director of the nutritional
sciences (dietetics) program at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. Her research
has included: sustainable food systems, prostate and colorectal cancer, valued-added
product development, health disparities of lifestyle and food-related chronic diseases,
and maternal and child nutrition (breastfeeding).
Dr. Forrester earned her Bachelor of Science in animal and poultry science and her
Master of Science in food and nutrition at Tuskegee University before going on to
the University of Missouri - Columbia to earn her doctoral degree in human nutrition.
I feel honored to join this prestigious university and to be the person to continue
leading the department in a tradition of excellence."
Ivis T. Forrester, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Over the course of her career, Dr. Forrester has been published in several professional
journals - including the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the Journal of the American Dietetic Association), Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, American Journal of Public Health,
Journal of Food Science and American Journal of Plant Science . She has secured funding from various agencies, including the Centers for Medicare
and Medicaid Services; U.S. Department of Agriculture; U.S. Department of Education,
Title III, CCRAA; and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
"Being the new chair of the Nutrition and Dietetics Department at SLU is exciting,"
said Dr. Forrester. "I feel honored to join this prestigious university and to be
the person to continue leading the department in a tradition of excellence. I look
forward to working with the administration, faculty, staff and students to continue
to produce graduates who will generate new knowledge and assume leadership roles in
the health care workforce."