Professor of Medical Dietetics
Professor Family Medicine
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
306A Atwell Hall
453 W. 10th Ave.
Dr. Chris Taylor has spent 16 years exploring “how does lifestyle factors impact obesity and chronic diseases.” Specifically, what do we do, what do we eat and how does that impact our health status. He also studies personal cultural factors that will impact disease. His two major focus areas include food patterning and the influence of personal factors on lifestyle behavior choice. Food pattern is not just about what nutrients we eat, but our food selection patterns. His second area is factors that influence behavior change.
Dr. Taylor explores cultural influences (ex: African Americans, Native Americans) as motivators of barriers to lifestyle behavior. His current efforts employ technology to more-efficiently assess the diet and to refer people over to available resources, such as registered dietitians. The direction is to work with the physicians and to identify which patients would be in need of counseling from the primary care clinic and link them to available dietary counseling in the community to improve health outcomes.
Dr. Taylor currently reviews for numerous multidisciplinary and international peer-reviewed journals and currently serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. He has received extramural funding for his projects derive from the National Institutes of Health, US Department of Agriculture and the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality. He has served as the Chair of the Research Dietetic Practice Group and an Evidence Analyst for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, as well as being appointed to the Ohio Dietetic Association’s Research Task Force.
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