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Elizabeth Metallinos-Katsaras, Ph.D., R.D.

Elizabeth Metallinos-Katsaras, Ph.D., R.D.

Elizabeth Metallinos-Katsaras, Ph.D., R.D.

Professor of Nutrition and Director, Didactic Program in Dietetics

Elizabeth Metallinos-Katsaras, Ph.D., R.D.


Dr. Metallinos-Katsaras' graduate work focused on the study of the effects of undernutrition on behavior and growth in children. She studied the effects of iron deficiency anemia on cognitive development and growth in preschool aged school. Her research interests have continued to be in the area of maternal and child health, with an emphasis on public health nutrition issues and nutrition surveillance. She has collaborated with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control to develop measures to identify groups of children who are at risk for being inactive and to assess the degree of food insecurity among nutritionally at risk families. Studies also include a validation of physical activity survey instrument, and an evaluation of a school-based physical activity and nutrition education program.


  • B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. University of California, Davis

Publications: Chapters

  • Metallinos-Katsaras E. Community Needs Assessment, IN: Nutrition in Public Health: A Handbook for Developing Programs and Services, 2nd edition. Editor: Sari Edelstein, Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2006
  • Gorman K, Metallinos-Katsaras E., Nutrition and the Behavior of Children IN: Nutrition In Pediatrics: Basic Science and Clinical Applications, 4th edition. Editors: Christopher Duggan John B. Watkins W. Allan Walker, 2007
  • Metallinos-Katsaras E., Kalin S., Interpreting Evidence-based Research- review of research types, definitions and statistical interpretations: Adult studies. IN: Nutrition in the Lifecycle; An Evidence-Based Approach. Editors: Sari Edelstein and Judith Sharlin, 2007.

Publications: Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • Metallinos-Katsaras E, Valassi-Adam E, Dewey K, Lonnerdal B, Pollitt E, Effect of Iron supplementation on Cognition in Greek Preschoolers. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Dec., 2004.
  • Metallinos-Katsaras E., Pepin LM, Barton TL., Effect of a pre-Exercise Meal's Glycemic Load on Satiety and Energy Intake after Moderate Intensity Aerobic Exercise in Adult Females. Topics in Clinical Nutrition, 2006: 21.3
  • Metallinos-Katsaras E., Freedson P, Fulton J, Sherry BL. The association between an objective measure of physical activity and weight status in preschoolers. Obesity Research, 2007: 15(3); 686-94.
  • Samuels EG, Martinez-Pedersen S, Pan JD, Foord-May L, Metallinos-Katsaras E., Is there Room for Improvement for as a Nutrition Education Tool? Topics in Clinical Nutrition, In Press


  • Must A., Metallinos-Katsaras E, Phillips S. Child Activity and Nutrition Surveillance Efforts: State-Level Data for the Data Action Cycle. Oral Presentation at the 132nd meeting of the American Public Health Association, Nov.8, 2004.
  • Metallinos-Katsaras E., Sherry BL, Kallio J, Food insecurity/insufficiency and overweight in children < 5 years, Poster presentation, Experimental Biology, San Francisco, April 1, 2006.
  • Metallinos-Katsaras E., Freedson P, Fulton J, Sherry BL The association between an objective measure of physical activity and weight status in preschoolers. Accepted for NAASO: The Obesity Society's Annual Scientific Meeting, October, 2006.