I graduated from Cornell University with BS and MS degrees in Nutrition and completed my dietetic internship at Yale-New Haven Hospital. I then stayed on as a clinical nutrition specialist (RD) working in a variety of nutrition specialties. After a few years, I moved to Boston for a dual Doctor of Science degree in nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. I have been at Simmons since 2000 and teach both undergraduate and graduate courses while maintain research collaboration at the Harvard School of Public Health where I am an Adjunct Professor.
I am currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Nutrition and a panelist for the U.S. News and World Reports Best Diet rankings. I have previously been on a Technical Expert Committee at the United States Department of Agriculture to evaluate scientific evidence on dietary patterns and health outcomes.
I believe in preparing students for a fast paced and quick changing work place. In that light my teaching focus on providing students with the most updated technical knowledge, skills for critical thinking, problem solving, as well as locating and evaluating scientific information.
Nutrient Metabolism (NUTR 311)
Medical Nutrition Therapy (NUTR 334)
Advanced Topics in Preventive Nutrition (NUTR 453)
I am interested in studying how diet influence risk of developing major chronic diseases. My research centers on various approaches to examining the entire diet as a whole and its association with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and obesity. This also include evaluating whether adhering to current dietary recommendations does indeed lower the risk of developing chronic diseases. I collaborate with the Harvard School of Public Health and my work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health. Many o f the results were published in premier medical and nutrition journals and I have given research presentations nationally and internationally.
Soda Linked to Hip Fractures in Women
Soda consumption remains high in the United States, and hip fractures in the elderly can impact quality of life in a major way, therefore, prevention is important. Professor Teresa Fung recently published one of the first studies on soda consumption and the increased risk of hip fractures in postmenopausal women. Professor Fung answered our questions about her research.