Thesis Projects & Publications

Students completing Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition, combined with the Dietetic Internship, engage in a variety of thesis research projects in conjunction with the world-class faculty and staff at OHSU.

Thesis Projects

Class of 2016

Grace Burlingame

Visceral Adiposity is Inversely Related to Dietary Intake of Fiber

Chair, Diane Stadler, Ph.D., R.D.

 

Nicole Choyce

Development and Evaluation of an Educational Tool to Count Protein for Adolescents and Young Adults with PKU

Chair, Joyanna Hansen, Ph.D., R.D.

 

Kayla (Gahuman) Guillory

A Comparison of the Digestion and Absorption of Medium-Chain Triglyceride (MCT;C8) and Triheptanoin (C7) in Patients with Long-Chain Fatty Acid Oxidation Disorders

Chair, Cary Harding, M.D.

 

Class of 2015

Melissa (Sailer) Hammons

Nutrient Intake and Body Composition in Children with Phenylketonuria

Chair, Cary Harding, M.D.

 

Madeline Kinzly

Physical Activity, Maternal Weight Gain, and Postpartum Weight Retention of Participants in the OHSU Pregnancy, Exercise, and Nutrition Study

Chair, Diane Stadler, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.

 

Guadalupe Lopez

Use of Defatted Breast Milk in Infants with Postoperative Chylothorax 

Chair, Melanie Gillingham, Ph.D., R.D.

 

Jeremy O'Neal

Vitamin D Supplementation Regimens for HIV-Infected Patients: A Historical Chart Review 

Chair, P. Todd Korthuis, M.D., Ph.D.

 

Jane Riebold

Carnitine Status of Children Treated with Ketogenic Diet for Intractable Epilepsy

Chair, Diane Stadler, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.

 

Amanda Rosenberg

The Impact of Nutrtion Education on Post-Surgical Weigh Maintenance and Glycemic Control Among Renal Transplant Patients 

Chair, Maureen McCarthy, M.P.H., R.D.N., C.S.R., L.D.


Class of 2014

Lucille H. Glaize

The Relationship Between Maternal Dietary Fat Intake, Glucose Control, and Infant Birth Weight in Women Participating in the OHSU Pregnancy Exercise and Nutrition Study 

Chair, Diane Stadler, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.

 

Cassie Graziano

Fruit and Vegetable Intake and Gestational Weight Gain in OHSU Pregnancy, Exercise, and Nutrition Study Participants 

Chair, Diane Stadler, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.

 

Joanna Helm

The Effects of an Acute Bout of Moderate Intensity Exercise on Plasma Amino Acids Concentrations in Adolescent Boys with Phenylketonuria (PKU)

Chair, Melanie Gillingham, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.

 

Class of 2013

Tysen Cullen

Association between Body Mass Index and the Development of New Onset Diabetes Mellitus or the Worsening of Pre-existing Diabetes Mellitus in Adults after Kidney Transplantation 

Chair, Maureen McCarthy, MPH, RD

 

Christopher S. Errante

Green Tea Supplementation Lowers IGF-I in Men at Risk for Prostate Cancer Versus Placebo

Chair, Jackilen Shannon, Ph.D.


Katie Geiger

Serum Vitamin D Among Children with Inherited Metabolic Disorders

Chair, David Koeller, MD

 

Christina (Germann) Johnson

The Effect of Dietary MCT and LCT Oils on Acyl Ghrelin and Relationships to Hunger and Satiety

Chair, Jonathan Purnell, M.D.


Jessica Mooney

Regularly Scheduled Artificial (IV) Hydration Among Head and Neck Cancer Patients Undergoing Radiotherapy-based Treatment

Chair, Diane Stadler, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.

 

Ariela (Brodsky) Nielson

Comparison of Plasma Vitamin E Concentration in Maternal Smokers and Non-Smokers and Matching Umbilical Blood Cord Pairs

Chair, Cynthia McEvoy, MD


Class of 2012

Emily Kennedy

The Effects of High Fructose Meal on Postprandial Substrate Oxidation

Chair, Melanie Gillingham, PhD, RD

 

Jessica Peretti

Group Education for Children with Phenylketonuria 

Chair, Melanie Gillingham, PhD, RD


Anne Southworth

A Single Session Nutrition Intervention in the Context of a Health Fair Might Positively Influence the Factors that Determine and Mediate the Dietary Behaviors of 4th-6th Grade Students 

Chair, Diane Stadler, Ph.D, RD

 

Class of 2011

Hebah N. Bensalamah

The Effects of Weight Loss Induced by a Melanocortin 4 Receptor Agonist on Plasma Fatty Acid Composition in Non-Human Primates

Chair, Melanie Gillingham, PhD, RD

 

Anne M. Behrend

Effects of MCT Supplementation on Exercise Tolerance in Patients with Long-Chain 3-Hydroxy Acyl-CoA Dehydrogenase (LCHAD) Deficiency

Chair, Cary Harding, MD

 

Class of 2010

Sarah Lowe

Risk of Fasting Induced Hypoketotic Hypoglycemia in Children with CPT1A Deficiency

Chair, Melanie Gillingham, PhD, RD

 

Stephanie Miksa

Change in Vitamin D Concentration in Obese Individuals After a 6 Month Weight Loss Intervention of High-versus Low-Carbohydrate Diets

Chair, Diane Stadler, PhD, RD

 

Sarah (Bergman) Tesar

Effects of Low-and-High Carbohydrate Meals on Postprandial Concentrations of Circulating Plasma Lipids

Chair, Melanie Gillingham, PhD, RD


Class of 2009

Svetlana (Zubkova) Didenco

Normal Plasma Vitamin E Metabolite Concentrations in Pregnant Women and Umbilical Cord Blood Plasma

Chair, Melanie Gillingham, PhD, RD

 

Julie (Feifers) McGuire

Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Inflammation, and Outcome in Men with and without Prostate Cancer

Chair, Jackilen Shannon, PhD, RD

 

Julie Smith

The Postprandial Excursion of Total and Undercarboxylatated Osteocalcin Following Low-versus High-Complex Carbohydrate Meals in the Healthy Weight Adult

Chair, Tracy Ryan-Borchers, PhD, RD

 

Mary Travis

Food Insecurity and Children With Special Health Care Needs

Chair, Elizabeth Adams, PhD, RD

 

Erica (Strobl) Van Mieghem

Food Insecurity During Pregnancy and Its Relation to Birth Weight

Chair, Elizabeth Adams, PhD, RD

  

Class of 2008

Anna Forester

Quercetin and Prostate Cancer: A Case–Control Study

Chair, Jackilen Shannon, PhD, RD

 

Sherri (Fechter) Hall

The Effects of High-and Low-Carbohydrate Diets on Urinary Calcium Excretion, Bone Turnover Markers, and Bone Quality

Chair, Diane Stadler, PhD, RD

  

Class of 2007

Natalia Bailey

Influence of Food Consistency on Spontaneous Caloric Intake Following Traumatic Brain Injury

Chair, Robert Martindale, MD

 

Stacey (LaVoie) Lamb

Normal Plasma Fatty Acid Concentrations Among Young Children With Phenylketonuria

Chair, Melanie Gillingham, PhD, RD

 

Yueh-Han Lin

Vitamin D and Thrombosis

Chair, Jackilen Shannon, PhD, RD

 

Class of 2006

Whitney (Silverstein) Ellersick

Comparison of Body Composition by Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry and Bioelectrical Impedance in Obese Individuals:  A Subanalysis of the Insight Weight Loss Study

Chair, Diane D. Stadler, PhD, RD

 

Clair Stephenson

Impact of a School-Based Nutrition Curriculum on Intake of Dietary Calcium among Adolescents

Chair, Victoria Warren-Mears, PhD, RD

 

Elizabeth Legg

Are Nutritional Beliefs Consistent with the Dietary Practices of Female Endurance Walkers?

Chair, Dorothy Hagan, PhD, RD

Publications

Normal Vitamin D Levels and Bone Mineral Density Among Children with Inborn Errors of Metabolism Consuming Medical Food-based Diets

Katie E Geiger, David M Koeller, Cary O Harding, Kathleen L Huntington, Melanie B Gillingham
Nutr Res. 2016 Jan; 36(1): 101-8.

 

Use of Automated Self-administered 24-hour Recalls (ASA24-2011) and Diet Quality Scores to Characterize Women who Met or Exceeded Weight Gain Recommendations during Pregnancy

Cassandra Graziano, Joyanna Hansen, Angela Horgan, Esther Moe, Maggie McLain, Linn Goldberg, Diane Stadler
Proc Food Sci. 2015; 4: 60-70

 

Body Mass Index and the Development of New-Onset Diabetes Mellitus or the Worsening of Pre-Existing Diabetes Mellitus in Adult Kidney Transplant Patients

Tysen J Cullen, Maureen P McCarthy, Michael R Lasarev, John M Barry, Diane D Stadler
J Ren Nutr. 2014 Mar; 24(2): 116-22

 

Change in Postprandial Substrate Oxidation After a High-Fructose Meal is Related to Body Mass Index in Healthy Men

Anne C Smeraglio, Emily K Kennedy, Angela Horgan, Jonathan Q Purnell, Melanie B Gillingham
Nutr Res. 2013 Jun; 33(6): 435-41.

 

Substrate Oxidation and Cardiac Performance During Exercise in Disorders of Long Chain Fatty Acid Oxidation

Annie M Behrend, Cary O Harding, James D Shoemaker, Dietrich Matern, David J Sahn, Diane L Elliot, and Melanie B Gillingham
Mol Genet Metab. 2012 Jan; 105(1): 110–15.

 

Impaired Fasting Tolerance Among Alaska Native Children with a Common Carnitine Palmitoyltransferase 1A Sequence Variant

Melanie B. Gillingham, Matthew Hirschfeld, Sarah Lowe, Dietrich Matern, James Shoemaker, William E. Lambert, David M. Koeller
Mol Genet Metab. 2011 Nov; 104(3): 261-4

 

Increased Vitamin E Intake is Associated with Higher α-tocopherol Concentration in the Maternal Circulation but Higher α-carboxyethyl Hydroxychroman Concentration in the Fetal Circulation

Svetlana Didenco, Melanie B Gillingham, Mitzi D Go, Scott W Leonard, Maret G Traber, and Cindy T McEvoy
Am J Clin Nutr. 2011 Feb; 93(2): 368–373

 

Normal Plasma Fatty Acid Concentrations Among Young Children with Phenylketonuria (PKU)

Stacey M Lavoie, Cary O Harding, Melanie B Gillingham
Top Clin Nutr. 2009 October; 24(4):333-340

Posters

Development of a Team-Based Intervention for Preventing Gestational Diabetes

Joyanna Hansen
Poster presented at the OHSU Early Childhood Health & Development Symposium in 2013

 

Green Tea Polyphenol Supplementation Reduces Igf-I In Men At High Risk For Prostate Cancer: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial

Christopher Errante
Poster presented at OHSU Research Week 2013

 

Regularly Scheduled Artificial (IV) Hydration among Head and Neck Cancer Patients Undergoing Radiotherapy-based Treatment

Jessica Mooney
Poster presented at OHSU Research Week in 2013

 

The Effect of Dietary MCT and LCT Oils on Acyl Ghrelin and Relationships to Hunger and Satiety

Christina Johnson
Poster presented at OHSU Research Week 2013

 

Body Mass Index and the Development of New Onset Diabetes Mellitus or the Worsening of Pre-existing Diabetes Mellitus in Adult Kidney Transplant Patients

Tysen Cullen
Poster presented at Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in 2013

 

Weight Loss Induced by Low-Carbohydrate or High-Carbohydrate Diets does not Imporve Serum 25(OH)D Concentrations

Stephanie (Miksa) Crabtree
Poster presented at the North American Association for the Study of Obesity Conference in 2010

 

Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Inflammation and Outcome in Men with and without Prostate Cancer
Julie (Feifers) McGuire
Oral poster presented at Linus Pauling Diet and Optimum Health Conference in 2009

 

Respiratory Quotient, Substrate Oxidation and Energy Expenditure After Consumption of Low versus High Carbohydrate Meals

Julie Smith, Sarah (Bergman) Tesar, Melissa (Kumagai) Nunez
Poster presented at Experimental Biology Conference in 2009