MS Thesis and Capstone Projects

Thesis projects

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

Class of 2019

Hannah Wilson 

Evaluation of a nutrition risk screening tool to identify risk of malnutrition among newly admitted hospitalized patients in Lao PDR: a pilot study

Chair, Diane Stadler, Ph.D., R.D. 

Class of 2018

Natalie Gavi

Body Composition and Carnitine Status of Children Treated with the Ketogenic Diet for Intractable Epilepsy

Chair, Diane Stadler, Ph.D., R.D. 

Kathryn Attema

Impact of High-Complex-Carbohydrate and Low-Carbohydrate Diets and Resulting Weight Loss on Circulating Aclycarnitine Concentrations in Healthy Obese Adults

Chair, Diane Stadler, Ph.D., R.D. 

Katherine Schuette

Effect of a Feeding Protocol on Nutrition in the PICU

Chair, Joyanna Hansen, Ph.D., R.D. 

Class of 2016

Jessica Gutgsell

Diet Influence of Lactobacillus salivariuis salivarius UCC118 Colonization

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

Elizabeth Massey

Altered Activities and Shame Resulting from Children Experiencing Food Insecurity in Rural Oregon

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

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.

Sarah (Ziha) Gloeckner

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

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

Class of 2010

Christine Murphy

Breast Feeding Duration of Oregon African-American Women

Chair, Elizabeth Adams, PhD, RD

Danielle Podesta

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 

Class of 2009

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

None at this time

Reliability of a Malnutrition Risk Screening Tool for Hospitals in Lao PDR

Hannah Wilson

Poster presented at OHSU Research Week 2019

Prevalence and Characteristics of Malnutrition in Hospitalized Children in Lao People's Democratic Republic

Hannah Wilson

Poster presented at Oregon Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Educational Conference 2019

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

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

Danielle Podesta

Poster presented at the North American Association for the Study of Obesity Conference in 2010

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

Melissa (Kumagai) Nunez

Presented at Experimental Biology Conference in 2009

Capstone projects

Students completing the new non-thesis Master of Science in Human Nutrition will engage in a variety of capstone projects in conjunction with OHSU staff and faculty and members of the community. Please note that capstone projects completed prior to 2018 were completed as part of the Master of Clinical Dietetics, the former non-thesis degree program. 

Class of 2019

Lynnsey Bogash 

Effect of Registered Dietitian Involvement in Pancreatic Cancer Care Post Pancreatic Resection at Oregon Health & Science University

Mentor, Amanda Bryant, RD, CSO

Class of 2018

Sarah Tracy

Improving Bariatric Surgery Patients’ Adherence to Supplements, Lab Draws and Monitoring Micronutrient Deficiencies

Mentor, Bianca Wyatt, RD 

Class of 2017

Danica Hardwick

Acceptability of a volume based delivery system for enteral nutrition

Mentor, Jessie Pavlinac, MS, RD, CSR, LD

Jordan Sylvester 

A Look at Calcium Intake in a Pilot Study Assessing for Patellar Tendinopathy Development in Collegiate Men and Women Basketball Players

Mentor, Diane Stadler, PhD, RD

Class of 2016

Caitlyn Dempsey

The FOoD (Fatty acid Oxidation O Disorder) Kitchen: a cookbook

Mentor, Melanie Gillingham, PhD, RD, LD

Class of 2015

Ashley Hilbert

Impact of Weight Loss on Grip Strength in Head and Neck Cancer Patients Receiving Radiation Therapy

Mentor, Julie McGuire, MS, RD

Class of 2014

Kelly Falter

Assessment of Nutrition Education Handouts for Post-Renal Transplant Patients

Mentor, Maureen McCarthy, MPH, RD

Class of 2011

Kelly Martin

Overcoming Feeding Problems in Children with Cerebral Palsy: Experiences and Perceptions from Parents

Mentor, Elizabeth Adams, PhD, RD

Class of 2008

Eugenia Bezzerides

A Literature Review to Examine Potential Health Hazards of Soy Consumption

Mentor, Sonja Connor, MS, RD

Impact of Weight Loss on Hand Grip Strength in Head and Neck Cancer Patients Receiving Definitive Radiation Therapy

Ashley Hilbert, John Holland, Julie McGuire

Oncology Nutrition Connection. 2017; 24(4): 10-16
 

Assessment of Nutrition Education Handouts for Post-Renal Transplant Patients

Kelly Falter, Maureen McCarthy, Julie McGuire

Renal Nutrition Forum. 2015; 34(1): 1-6

Impact of Weight Loss on Handgrip Strength in Head and Neck Cancer Patients Receiving Radiation Therapy

Ashley Hilbert

Poster presented at the 3rd Biennial Oncology Nutrition DPG Symposium in 2016, Poster Award of Excellence for Research (winner)