A Resource for All Members: The Academy's Current Research Priorities

A Resource for All Members: The Academy’s Current Research Priorities

Join our speakers as they unveil the 2020-2025 Academy Research Priorities.

  • Release Date: December 8, 2020
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Date: December 8
Time: noon - 1 p.m. (Central time)

Join Dr. Garner and Dr. Sauer as they unveil the 2020-2025 Academy Research Priorities. Through an effort led by the Academy’s Council on Research, the speakers will share the outcomes of a 2-year process that was undertaken to gather member-driven research ideas and to define the Academy’s research priorities for the coming decade. These research priorities are not just for researchers! They can be used in a variety of dietetic settings and across career levels- from students to experienced nutrition professionals. A brief description of each priority and practical applications will be discussed during this webinar.

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CPE Level: 1

Performance Indicators:

  • 3.2.1 Advocates for, and participates in, activities that support advancement of the profession.
  • 4.1.3 Aligns work with organization policies, strategic plan and mission statement.
  • 3.1.7 Participates in the development of the organizations strategic plan, mission and vision.
  • Defines appropriate measurements and evaluations for establishing benchmarking and best practices.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand how the Academy research priorities impact ALL RDs, NDTR, RDs-in-training, and the future of our profession
  2. Discuss how the Academy research priorities were developed and can be applied across a variety of settings.
  3. Explain how attendees can help to generate knowledge to advance the profession through their work and studies.


Jennifer Garner

Dr. Jennifer Garner is a Registered Dietitian and Assistant Professor of Food and Nutrition Policy at The Ohio State University. Leveraging mixed methods, Dr. Garner evaluates community-based interventions designed to reduce food insecurity and chronic disease risk among low-income families. Specifically, she explores whether current diet and health disparities can be reduced via food assistance programming and policy reform, and evaluates the nutritional, health, economic and social impacts – for consumers, farmers, and the broader community – of programs designed to connect low-income households to healthy foods via the local food system. In addition to conducting research, Dr. Garner serves as Past Chair and Public Health Representative for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Council on Research and as Chair of the Academy’s Research Priorities and Strategies Development Task Force. In 2017, she was awarded Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year by the New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Kevin Sauer

Kevin is a professor in the department of food, nutrition, dietetics and health at Kansas State University and Co-Director for the Center for Food Safety Research in Child Nutrition Programs. His research agenda and teaching program specializes in the administration of food and nutrition services. A Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Sauer is the recent past chair of the Commission on Dietetic Registration. He is a past Director at-Large on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Board of Directors and the current President-Elect.

  • Release Date: December 8, 2020