Jacqueline Beatty

Assistant Professor

Dr. Beatty is an Assistant Professor of Nutrition at Simmons University in Boston, MA. Before joining the Simmons Nutrition faculty, Dr. Beatty completed her postdoctoral work at the University of Rhode Island before going on to become an Assistant Professor of Health Science and the Health Science Internship Director at Stonehill College. Dr. Beatty has worked in the nutrition field as a clinical dietitian for both adults and pediatrics, specializing in nutrition support and eating disorders, and has also worked as a consultant dietitian for long-term care.

At home, Dr. Beatty is a proud mother of four, with two sons in college and two daughters in high school. She loves to listen to her sons' music performances in Boston and enjoys supporting her daughters in their love of dance.
 

Education

  • University of Rhode Island, PhD in Biological and Environmental Sciences
  • Bridgewater State University, MS in Physical Education
  • Framingham State University, BS in Food and Nutrition

License/Certifications

  • Registered Dietitian, Commission on Dietetic Registration
  • Licensed Dietitian, Board of Dietitians and Nutritionists, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Division of Professional Licensure
  • Certified Personal Trainer, American College of Sports Medicine

Area of Expertise

Dr. Beatty has gained experience throughout her career in various areas including clinical nutrition, eating disorders, sports nutrition, and chronic disease prevention through lifestyle health behaviors.

Courses

  • NUTR 215: Sports Nutrition
  • NUTR 360/560: Lifestyle Rx
  • NUTR 455: Nutrition, Fitness and Wellness
  • NUTR 461: Exercise Assessment and Prescription
  • NUTR 489: Nutrition Proposal Development

Community Engagement

  • College of Natural Behavioral and Health Sciences Racial Solidarity Group
    “Red” Workgroup - working towards the creation of a warm and welcoming environment for all members of the Simmons Community
  • Participant of Interprofessional Education Simulation Labs for Nutrition students as well as PT and Nursing.
  • Nutrition Faculty Department Coordinator of Guest Speakers for the Marion Mason Seminar Series: Invite guest speakers, coordinate talks with classes that match topics, and serve as the main contact for speakers
  • Nutrition Department Diversity Mentorship Leader
  • Early Career Faculty Community Member and Peer Mentor Partner
  • Fenway High School Career Day: Career Panel Discussion Participant
  • Active member of Race Matters Affinity Group, focused on supporting and retaining faculty of color at Simmons
  • Co-developing presentation for inpatient clinical dietitian preceptors in March-May 2023 on practical approaches to caring for psychiatric pediatric patients, focusing on language use, motivational interviewing techniques, and modified physical-focuses nutrition assessment

Research/Special Projects

Dr. Beatty has recently examined nutrition and physical activity habits in college students during the COVID-19 pandemic. She is currently in the process of launching a new research agenda which will investigate the presence of eating disorder triggers for students in nutrition and dietetics education. Dr. Beatty is also interested in studying biomarkers of chronic disease and body composition of individuals with reduced physical activity and various barriers to health and wellness.

Publications/Presentations

Beatty JA, Greene GW, Blissmer BJ, Delmonico MJ, Melanson KJ. Effects of a novel bites, steps, and eating rate-focused weight loss randomized controlled trial intervention on body weight and eating behaviors. J Hum Nutr Diet June 2020;33(3):330-341. doi:10.1111/jhn.12704

Beatty J, Melanson K. Examining changes in respiratory exchange ratio within an 8-week weight loss intervention. J Hum Nutr Diet May 2019. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jhn.12664

Beatty J, Greene G, Melanson K. A wearable alternate device provides an alternate measurement of free-living eating rate. J Nutr Diet 2018:1(2):107. https://www.omicsonline.org/open-access/a-wearable-device-provides-an-alternate-measurement-of-freeliving-eating-rate-107148.html

Beatty J. A matter of life or death: the importance of educating marathon runners on exercise-associated hyponatremia. Pulse 2016;35(3)5-9.

Beatty J, Greaney M, Melanson K. Emerging themes in healthcare workforce preparation course for culturally diverse students. (In Preparation)

DaSilva A, Abboud T, Beatty J. Assessing college student knowledge and health-related behaviors during the COVID- 19 pandemic. (In Preparation)

Abboud T, DaSilva A, Beatty J. Psychological health and behaviors in college students during the COVID-a9 pandemic. (In Preparation)

Beatty J, Borges A, Greene G, Melanson K. Examining weight-related eating behaviors within an 8-week weight loss intervention. Abstract #438405. Current Developments in Nutrition 2018;11(2): nzy048 https://doi.org/10.1093/cdn/nzy048

Beatty J, Green G, Melanson K. Validation of wearable device-measured free-living eating rate against self-reported eating rate. Abstract # 438448. Current Developments in Nutrition 2018;11(2): nzy048 https://doi.org/10.1093/cdn/nzy042

Multiple Sclerosis and the Mediterranean Diet: Fact or Myth? Talk given to adult patients with Multiple Sclerosis. MS Dream Center, Cranston, RI, October 18, 2018.

Beatty J, Borges A, Greene G, Melanson K. Examining weight-related eating behaviors within an 8-week weight loss intervention. Abstract #438405. Oral presentation given at the American Society for Nutrition Conference, June 9, 2018, Boston, MA.

Beatty J, Melanson K. Improved appetite ratings with addition of self-monitoring wearable device to an 8-week weight loss intervention focused in reducing eating rate. Poster presented by Kathleen Melanson at the American Society for Nutrition Conference, June 9, 2019, Baltimore, MD.

Beatty J, Melanson K. Relationships between energy expenditure and respiratory quotient in obese adults after a moderate 8-week weight loss intervention. Abstract #438462. Poster presentation at the American Society for Nutrition Conference, June 11, 2018, Boston, MA.

Beatty J, Green G, Melanson K. Validation of wearable device-measured free-living eating rate against self-reported eating rate. Abstract # 438448. Poster presentation at the American Society for Nutrition Conference, June 11, 2018, Boston, MA.

Beatty J, Mayette G, Greene G, Melanson K. Examining normative values in wearable device bite count data from a one-week free-living intervention. FASEB Journal April 2017;31:lb362 Abstract #9234.

Beatty J, Greene G, Melanson K. Lab-measured eating rate is associated with free-living energy intake and external eating. Abstract accepted for presentation at the Obesity Society Conference, November 2018, Nashville, TN.

Mayette G, Beatty J, Melanson K. Slower eating rate is associated with reduced energy intake in free-living settings. Abstract accepted for presentation at the Obesity Society Conference, November 2018, Nashville, TN.

Borges A, Beatty J, Greene G, Melanson K. Differences in eating behaviors among gender and age groups within an 8-week weight loss intervention. Abstract accepted for presentation at the Obesity Society Conference, November 2018, Nashville, TN.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND)
  • The Massachusetts Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (MAND)
  • The American Society of Nutrition
  • The International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals
  • The Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association
  • The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Research Practice Group
  • The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Sports and Human Performance Practice Group

Awards

  • Faculty Fund for Research Award for Research Proposal: Triggers within Dietetics Education for Students with and without an Eating Disorder History
  • Recipient with colleagues of Outstanding Faculty Service Award for participation in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Faculty Learning Community, 2019-2020
  • Postdoctoral Travel Award for American Society of Nutrition Conference, Baltimore, MD, June 2019
  • Professional Development Training Badge in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, April 2018
  • Nutrition and Food Science Travel Award for American Society of Nutrition Conference, Boston, MA, June 2018
  • Special Recognition Award for Scientific Poster: Mayette G, Beatty J, Melanson K. Slower eating rate is associated with reduced energy intake in free-living settings. Abstract accepted for poster presentation at The Obesity Society Conference, November 2018, Nashville, TN
  • Enhancement of Undergraduate Research Award for Experimental Biology Conference, Chicago, IL, April 2017