Senior Research Assistant Professor of Medicine
Carol DeFrancesco, MA, RD, LD is a Senior Research Associate of Medicine in the division of Health Promotion and Sports Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). She received her Bachelor of Science in nutrition from Oregon State University and her Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Reed College. She graduated with honors from both institutions and was a member of the Oregon State University women's basketball team. Ms. DeFrancesco completed her dietetic internship at Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in 1989. She joined the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Clinical Nutrition at OHSU, working with Dr. William E. Connor and Sonja L. Connor conducting omega-3 fatty acid research, counseling in the Lipid Disorders Clinic and editing the Lipid News. In 1999, Carol joined the Division of Health Promotion and Sports Medicine to direct ATHENA (Athletes Targeting Healthy Exercise and Nutrition Alternatives) an award winning, eating disorder and drug prevention program for female athletes. She coordinates PHLAME (Promoting Healthy Lifestyles Assessing More Effects), a research project studying health behavior change in fire fighters. Carol trained as a Motivational Interviewing trainer in 2000 under William Miller PhD and has since been an active member of the international network of Motivational Interviewing trainers. She teaches sports nutrition, yoga and motivational interviewing at OHSU. She has published more than 20 peer-reviewed articles and is an accomplished speaker and motivational interviewing trainer.