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

  • Associate Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine
  • Director, Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition, School of Medicine
  • Director, Dietetic Internship, Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition, School of Medicine
  • Director, Curriculum Development: OHSU-Lao Nutrition Education & Research Partnership, AA.OHSU Global Southeast Asia
  • AA.OHSU Global Southeast Asia
  • Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition, School of Medicine


Dr. Stadler received a BS in Special Studies with an emphasis in Genetics and Development from Davidson College, an MS in Nutrition Science from Virginia Tech, and a PhD in Human Nutrition from the University of Iowa. She completed a post-graduate fellowship at the Kennedy-Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins Hospital and focused in nutritional interventions for children with developmental disabilities and/or gene disorders. She worked with dietetic interns at the University of Iowa and directed the Nutrition Science and the Coordinated Masters Programs at the University of Utah before joining the faculty at OHSU in 2000.
Dr. Stadler is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition at OHSU.  Her clinical work and research has focused on dietary interventions for the treatment and prevention of disease including:
•    Nutritional rehabilitation of severely malnourished children in Zambia, Africa
•    Nutrition education and growth monitoring of infants and young children at risk for malnutrition in the rural mountainous region of eastern Honduras
•    Dietary treatment of children with rare genetic disorders
•    Use of extremely high fat ketogenic diets for children with severe, unresponsive seizure disorders
•    Comparing the health risks and benefits of very low-and high-complex carbohydrate diets for weight loss in obese adults
•    School-based interventions for diabetes prevention

Education and training

    • B.S., 1982, Davidson College
    • M.S., 1986, Virginia Polytechnic Institute
    • Ph.D., 1996, University of Iowa
  • Fellowship

    • International Nutrition Fellow, University of Zambia Teaching Hospital, 1985
    • Nutrition Fellow, The Kennedy Institute and Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1985-1986
    • USDA Nutrition Fellow and Graduate Research Assistant, University of Iowa, 1989-1992, 1992-1995
  • Certifications

    • Registered Dietitian, Commission on Dietetic Registration
    • Licensed Dietitian, State of Oregon

Memberships and associations:

  • American Society for Nutrition (ASN), Associate member, 1996-present
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, member 1997-present
  • Portland Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (PAND), member, 2003-present
  • Oregon Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (OAND), member, 2000-present
  • Association of Nutrition Departments and Programs (ANDP), Secretary, 2019-present

Areas of interest

  • Maternal, Infant & Child Nutrition, Global Nutrition, Clinical Nutrition Research

Honors and awards

  • Excellence in Education Award for Excellence in Teaching, OHSU School of Medicine, 2016
  • Published Research Award, Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group, 2015
  • John A. Resko Faculty Research Achievement and Mentoring Award, OHSU School of Medicine, 2014
  • Outstanding Dietitian of the Year, State of Oregon, Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, 2017
  • Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim Award for International Exchange in Nutrition, Dietetics and Management, Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Foundation, 2017
  • Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim International Lecturer, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Food & Nutrition Conference and Exhibition, Washington, DC. October 2018
  • Transforming Vision into Action Award, Council on Future Practice, Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, 2018


Selected publications

  • Hansen, J, Stadler, DD. Nutritional Genomics: Exploration of Personal Genetic Testing in the Classroom. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2019
  • Stadler DD, Musser ED, Holton KF, Shannon J, Nigg JT.  Recalled Initiation and Duration of Maternal Breastfeeding Among Children with and without ADHD in a Well Characterized Case-Control Sample.  J Abnorm Child Psychol. 2016;44:347-355.
  • Graziano, C*, Hansen J*, Horgan A, Moe E, McLain M, Goldberg L, Stadler D.  Use of Automated Self-Administered 24-hour recalls (ASA-24) and Diet Quality Scores to Characterize Women Who Met or Exceeded Weight Gain Recommendations during Pregnancy.  Procedia Food Science. 2015;4:60-70
  • Kambale KJ, Ali ER, Sadiki NH, Kayembe KP, Mvumbi LG, Yandju DL, Boivin MJ, Boss GR, Stadler DD, Lambert WE, Lasarev MR, Okitundu LA, Mumba Ngoyi D, Banea JP, Tshala-Katumbay DD*.  Lower sulfurtransferase detoxification rates of cyanide in konzo: Atropical spastic paralysis linked to cassava cyanogenic poisoning.  Neurotoxicology. 2017; 59:256-262.
  • Lowensohn R, Naze C, Stadler D. Current Concepts of Maternal Nutrition. Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey.  2016;71:413-426.
  • Spencer, PS, Mazumder R, Palmer VS, Lasarev MR, Stadnik RC, King P, Kabahenda M, Kitara DL, Stadler D, McArdle B, Tumwine JK and the Oregon-Uganda Nodding Syndrome Research Team.  Environmental, dietary and case-control study of Nodding Syndrome in Uganda: A post-measles brain disorder triggered by malnutrition? J Neurol Sci.  2016; 369: 191-203
  • Musser, E.D., Willoughby, M., Wright, S., Sullivan, E., Olson, B., Stadler, D., Nigg, J.T., & Steiner, R.D. Maternal pre-pregnancy body mass index and offspring attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: a quasi-experimental sibling comparison, population-based design. J Child Psychol and Psychiatry.2017;58:240-247
  • Ockene JK, Ashe KM, Hayes RB, Churchill LC, Crawford SL, Geller AC, Jolicoeur D, Olendzki BC, Basco MT, Pendharkar JA, Ferguson KJ, Guck TP, Margo KL, Okuliar CA, Shaw MA, Soleymani T, Stadler DD, Warrier SS, Pbert L Design and rationale of the medical students learning weight management counseling skills (MSWeight) group randomized controlled trial.  Contemp Clin Trials, 2018:64:58-66.
  • Cummings, JR, Rasprasith, S., Stadler, DD. Clinical Nutrition in a low-resource setting: Lao PDR. Support Line, Dietitians in Nutrition Support Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Accepted for publication, February 2020. 


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