Spotlight: Graduate Assistants

Clinical Nutrition Graduate Student Spotlights
(L-R) Perrin Tamblyn, Karen Smith, Eddie Han, Jan Claussen, Kristi Edwards

Every year four graduate students who are enrolled in the Clinical Nutrition Masters/Internship program at the University of Memphis join the department of Clinical Nutrition as graduate assistants (GA’s).

This training program is managed by Karen Ringwald-Smith, RD, MS, LDN the nutrition project manager. These students work directly with a nutritionist who acts as his/her mentor and supervisor for the year.

In addition to providing direct patient care, the GA’s participate in nutrition related activities such as health fairs, group nutrition classes including yoga/ nutrition and Mommy and Me, and National Nutrition Month projects. The graduation assistantship is also grounded in research and evidence based practice; GA’s participate in all stages of the evidence based practice/ research process with the ultimate goal of sharing the findings with other health care providers.

Jan Claussen Jan Claussen

Determining the feasibility of including taste evaluations as part of the nutrition assessment in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and observing changes in their taste throughout cancer treatment therapy
Kristi Edwards Kristi Edwards

Determining the feasibility of including smell evaluations as part of the nutrition assessment in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and observing changes in their smell throughout cancer treatment therapy
Eddie Han Eddie Han

Evaluation of 24 hour recalls to determine food consumption patterns and identify if there are macronutrient and micronutrient deficiencies in the diets of pediatric cancer patients from Brazil and Guatemala. Data obtained will be utilized for the development of low literacy educational materials focusing on how to improve dietary intake using local resources.
Perrin Tamblyn Perrin Tamblyn

Assessing body composition in pediatric oncology patients using bioelectrical impedance, body mass index, neck circumference, and ideal body weight.
Katelyn Hart Measuring hydration status using the bioelectrical impedance analysis and evaluating factors that may impact a patient’s hydration status with sickle cell anemia
Cara Hedges Testing feasibility and reliability of a nutrition knowledge questionnaire in college students
Camilla Ruark Vitamin E status and dietary intake in patients with sickle cell disease
Whitney Sheffield Evaluation of Tanita scale as a more effective method for evaluating the body composition in children undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation
Laura Steele Nutrition management of treatment-induced hyperglycemia in patients with ALL