Thesis Projects & Publications

Students completing Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition, combined with the Dietetic Internship or without, engage in a variety of thesis research projects in conjunction with the world-class faculty and staff at OHSU.

Thesis Projects

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

Melanie J. Boney

Agreement Between Physical Activity Measured by Actical Activity Monitor and as a Component of Total Energy Expenditure Measured by Doubly Labeled Water

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

 

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.

 

Candace Waynick

 Food Status of Households of Children with Special Care Needs

Chair, Elizabeth Adams, Ph.D., R.D.

 

Class of 2013

Megan Antosik

Associations of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone Concentrations Within the Normal Reference Range on Energy Expenditure, Macronutrient Oxidation, and Body Composition. 

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


Christopher S. Errante

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

Chair, Jackilen Shannon, Ph.D.


Sarah (Ziha) Gloeckner

Prevalence and Predictors of Food Insecurity in a Pediatric Population with Hemophilia

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

 

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.


Class of 2012

Anne Southworth, MS, RD

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

 

Jessica Peretti, MS, RD

Group Education for Children with Phenylketonuria 

Chair, Melanie Gillingham, PhD, RD

 

Tysen Cullen, MS, RD

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

 

Katie Geiger, MS, RD

Serum Vitamin D Among Children with Inherited Metabolic Disorders

Chair, David Koeller, MD

 

Ariela (Brodsky) Nielson, MS, RD

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

Chair, Cynthia McEvoy, MD 

 

Class of 2011

Emily Kennedy, MS, RD

The Effects of High Fructose Meal on Postprandial Substrate Oxidation

Chair, Melanie Gillingham, PhD, RD

 

Class of 2010

Danielle Podesta, MS, RD

Impact of a Low-Carbohydrate Diet versus a High-Carbohydrate Diet on Fasting Plasma Fatty Acid and Inflammatory Marker Concentrations

Chair, Diane Stadler, PhD, RD

 

Sarah Lowe, MS, RD

Risk of Fasting Induced Hypoketotic Hypoglycemia in Children with CPT1A Deficiency

Chair, Melanie Gillingham, PhD, RD

 

Stephanie Miksa, MS, RD

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

 

Christine Murphy, MS, RD

Breast Feeding Duration of Oregon African-American Women

Chair, Elizabeth Adams, PhD, RD

 

Annie Behrend, MS, RD

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

Chair, Melanie Gillingham, PhD, RD

 

Class of 2009

Svetlana (Zubkova) Didenco, MS, RD

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

Chair, Melanie Gillingham, PhD, RD

 

Melissa Kumagai, MS, RD

Acute Effect of High-and-Low Carbohydrate Meals on Postprandial Concentrations of Weight Regulation Markers

Chair, Diane Stadler, PhD, RD

 

Krista (Schaefer) Miller, MS, RD

SPARTA Pro: Dietary Protein Intake and Injury Rate Among High School Athletes

Chair, Diane Stadler, PhD, RD

 

Julie Smith, MS, RD

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

 

Julie (Feifers) McGuire, MS, RD

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

Chair, Jackilen Shannon, PhD, RD

 

Sarah (Bergman) Tesar, MS, RD

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

Chair, Melanie Gillingham, PhD, RD 

  

Class of 2008

Sherri (Fechter) Hall, MS, RD

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

Chair, Diane Stadler, PhD, RD

 

Anna Forester, MS, RD

Quercetin and Prostate Cancer: A Case–Control Study

Chair, Jackilen Shannon, PhD, RD

 

Erica (Strobl) Van Mieghem, MS, RD

Food Insecurity During Pregnancy and Its Relation to Birth Weight

Chair, Elizabeth Adams, PhD, RD

 

Mary Travis, MS, RD

Food Insecurity and Children With Special Health Care Needs

Chair, Elizabeth Adams, PhD, RD

  

Class of 2007

Natalia Bailey, MS, RD

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

Chair, Robert Martindale, MD

 

Stacey (LaVoie) Lamb, MS, RD

Normal Plasma Fatty Acid Concentrations Among Young Children With Phenylketonuria

Chair, Melanie Gillingham, PhD, RD

 

Yueh-Han Lin, MS, RD

Vitamin D and Thrombosis

Chair, Jackilen Shannon, PhD, RD

 

Class of 2006

Whitney (Silverstein) Ellersick, MS, RD

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, MS, RD

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

Chair, Victoria Warren-Mears, PhD, RD

 

Elizabeth Legg, MS, RD

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

Chair, Dorothy Hagan, PhD, RD

Publications

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

 

Thyroid Stimulating Hormone Concentrations within the Normal Reference Range are not Associated with Differences in Energy Expenditure, Macronutrient Oxidation or Body Composition

Megan Antosik
Poster presented at OHSU Research Week 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

 

Impact of Low vs. High Carbohydrate Diets on Fasting Fatty Acid and Inflammatory Marker Concentrations

Danielle Podesta
Poster preseted 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

Acute Consumption of Very Low Carbohydrate Meals Lowers Postprandial Concentrations of Glucose, Insulin, Leptin, and Ghrelin

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