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Beathard, Karen Instructional Associate Professor, Didactic Program in Dietetics Director


Dr. Beathard's research program aim is to participate in interdisciplinary collaborations that investigate the role of nutrition in overall health and cognitive performance. As a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN), her expertise and interests are in the application of dietary interventions to prevent, reduce, and manage complications associated with obesity-related complications associated with obesity-related chronic disease. Most recent research has focus on the influence of various nutrients, including lutein and zeaxanthin, and foods on the impact of brain function, eye health, and cognitive performance.

Additional research interests are in mentoring relationships between dietetic students and RDNs. She is a co-collaborator in the RD Mentorship Program.

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  • Instructional Associate Professor