Children's Nutrition Research Center
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX US
Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas United States
- Baylor College of Medicine (Office)
Children's Nutrition Research Ct
1100 Bates Street, Ste 6072
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: (713) 798-7087
- PhD from Tulane University
- 01/1987 - New Orleans, Louisiana United States
- MPH from Tulane University
- 01/1980 - New Orleans, Louisiana United States
- BS from Rochester Institute Of Technology
- 01/1979 - Rochester, New York United States
Honors & Awards
- Hogan Memorial Lecture
- Missouri University (04/2010)
- Malcolm Trout Visiting Scholar Lecture Award
- Michigan State University (05/2008)
- Patrick Series Lecture
- Louisiana State University (06/2007)
- 2006 Food Update Foundation Academic Award
- Kemper Healthy Lifestyles Lecture Series (Endowed lectureship)
- Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles and Nutrition. Missouri (09/2016)
Professional StatementTheresa A. Nicklas, DrPH, is Professor of Pediatrics at the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics. Her current research interests focus on looking at eating patterns that are associated or predictive of obesity and chronic disease risk factors between childhood and young adulthood. She is also studying the environmental influences on eating habits of preschool children. Dr. Nicklas has published more than 270 scientific papers, 20 book chapters and 6 monographs. Her areas of expertise are cardiovascular health and nutritional epidemiology, dietary assessment, child nutrition, and health promotion and chronic disease prevention.
- Theresa A. Nicklas, Carol E. O'Neil "Prevalence of Obesity: A Public Health Problem Poorly Understood." AIMS Public Health. 2014 June 20; 1 (1): 109-122.
- Theresa A. Nicklas, Carol E. O'Neil, Victor L. Fulgoni III "Snacking Patterns, Diet Quality, and Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Adults." BMC Public Health. 2014 April 23; 14 (388): 1-14. Pubmed PMID: 24754905
- Susan L. Johnson, Sheryl O. Hughes, Xiangqin Cui, Xuelin Li, David B Allison, Yan Liu, L Suzanne Goodell, Theresa Nicklas, Thomas G Power, Kirstin Vollrath "Portion Sizes for Children are Predicted by Parental Characteristics and the Amounts Parents Serve Themselves." American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2014 January 29; 99 (4): 763-770. Pubmed PMID: 24477036
- Theresa A. Nicklas, Tuan Nguyen, Nancy Butte, Yan Liu "The Children in Action Pilot Study." International Journal of Child Nutrition and . 2013 November 25; 2 (4): 296-308.
- Theresa A. Nicklas, Carol E. O'Neil, Victor L. Fulgoni III "Relationship Between Snacking Patterns, Diet Quality, and Risk of Overweight and Abdominal Obesity in Children." International Journal of Child Nutrition and . 2013 August 31; 2 (3): 189-200.
- Theresa A. Nicklas, Lisa Jahns, Margaret Bogle, Deirdra N. Chester, Maria Giovanni, David M. Klurfeld, Kevin Laugero, Yan Liu, Sandra Lopez, Katherine L. Tucker "Barriers and Facilitators for Consumer Adherence to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans: The HEALTH Study." Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2013 July 17; 113 (10): 1317-1331. Pubmed PMID: 23871110
- Theresa A. Nicklas, Yan Liu, Janice E. Stuff, Jennifer O. Fisher, Jason A. Mendoza, Carol E. O’Neil "Characterizing lunch meals served and consumed by pre-school children in Head Start." Public Health Nutrition. 2013 May 24; 16 (12): 2169–2177. Pubmed PMID: 23701867
- Corby K. Martin, Theresa A. Nicklas, Bahadir K. Gunturk, J. B. Correa, H. R. Allen, C. Champagne "Measuring Food Intake with Digital Photography." Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. 2014 January ; 27 : 72-81. Pubmed PMID: 23848588
- Oikonen M, Laitinen TT, Magnussen CG, Steinberger J, Sinaiko AR, Dwyer T, Venn A, Smith KJ, Hutri-Kähönen N, Pahkala K, Mikkilä V, Prineas R, Viikari JS, Morrison JA, Woo JG, Chen W, Nicklas T, Srinivasan SR, Berenson G, Juonala M, Raitakari OT "Ideal Cardiovascular Health in Young Adult Populations From the United States, Finland, and Australia and Its Association With cIMT: The International Childhood Cardiovascular Cohort Consortium.." J Am Heart Assoc. 2013 2 (3): e000244. Pubmed PMID: 23782922
- Nicklas TA, O'Neil CE, Fulgoni VL "Diet quality is inversely related to cardiovascular risk factors in adults.." J. Nutr.. 2012 December ; 142 (12): 2112-8. Pubmed PMID: 23077187
- Nicklas TA, O'Neil CE, Stuff JE, Hughes SO, Liu Y "Characterizing dinner meals served and consumed by low-income preschool children.." Child Obes. 2012 December ; 8 (6): 561-71. Pubmed PMID: 23181922
- Deshmukh-Taskar PR, Nicklas TA, O'Neil CE, Keast DR, Radcliffe JD, Cho S "The relationship of breakfast skipping and type of breakfast consumption with nutrient intake and weight status in children and adolescents: the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999-2006.." J Am Diet Assoc. 2010 June ; 110 (6): 869-78. Pubmed PMID: 20497776
- Nicklas TA, O'Neil CE, Stuff J, Goodell LS, Liu Y, Martin CK "Validity and feasibility of a digital diet estimation method for use with preschool children: a pilot study.." J Nutr Educ Behav. 2012 November ; 44 (6): 618-23. Pubmed PMID: 22727939
- O'Neil CE, Nicklas TA, Zanovec M, Kleinman RE, Fulgoni VL "Fruit juice consumption is associated with improved nutrient adequacy in children and adolescents: the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2003-2006.." Public Health Nutr. 2012 October ; 15 (10): 1871-8. Pubmed PMID: 22443678
- Tuan NT, Butte NF, Nicklas TA "Body mass index distribution affects discrepancies in weight classifications in children.." Pediatr Int. 2012 April ; 54 (2): 256-65. Pubmed PMID: 22168359
- ACSH Board of Scientific and Policy Advisors
- Member of the Nutrient-Rich Foods Speakers Bureau
- American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- Active Member of the American Institute of Nutrition
- Active Member of the American Society of Clinical Nutrition
- Increasing Vegetable Intake in Children - #1R21HD073608-01A1
- $379,500.00 (07/01/2013 - 06/30/2015) Grant funding from National Institute of Health, National Cancer Institute
- The goal of this study is to test the feasibility of an innovative approach to increase the amount of vegetables consumed by preschool children who are predominantly low-income AA and HA. The primary endpoint will be changes in V consumption in HS with the hypothesis that a PUPPET intervention will increase vegetable consumption in preschool children.
- Prevention of Obesity and Related Diseases - #6250-51000-053
- $158,397.00 (10/01/2011 - 09/30/2012) Grant funding from USDA/ARS
- The goal of this research involves a detailed investigation of the relationship between eating patterns and obesity in children and young adults.
- Validation of Digital Diet Method for Use with Preschool Children - #R01 CA142919-01A1
- $2,090,050.00 (01/01/2012 - 12/31/2015) Grant funding from National Institute of Health/National Cancer Institute
- The goal of this study is to modify the Remote Food Photography Method for use with Preschool children in Head Start who come from low-income families.
- Nutritional Consequences of Substituting Beef Protein with Various Nutrients and Food Sources - #National Cattlemen's Beef Associ
- $165,289.00 (12/15/2011 - 12/15/2012) Grant funding from National Cattlemen's Beef Association
- The proposed research will address several key research questions that will provide critical information for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee. This will be an opportunity for NCBA to build a solid foundation of evidence on the role of beef and animal protein in healthy dietary patterns; especially those based on typical American diets.
- The Role Rice Plays in Achieving a Healthy Diet and Promoting Public Health Benefits - #The Rice Foundation
- $115,411.00 (01/01/2012 - 12/31/2012) Grant funding from The Rice Foundation
- The overall goal of this research is: To provide credible scientific support for whole grain brown rice and enriched, fortified white rice as a “quality carbohydrate” and a “superior grain” with outcomes that demonstrate the positive role rice can play in achieving a healthy, balanced diet; one that meets the main principles set forth in the US Dietary Guidelines for Americans and provides a public health benefit.
- The Effects of Breakfast on Neuropsychological Functioning - #34987-I
- $1,252,893.00 (07/01/2011 - 08/31/2015) Grant funding from Ferrero
- The goal of this study is to evaluate the effects of: a) consumption of breakfast versus no breakfast; and b) consumption of breakfast in two subgroups of children, those at nutritionally at risk versus healthy children, ages 8-10 on short-term neuropsychological functioning.
- Understanding the Role of Breakfast and Snacking Patterns in Chronic Disease Risk - #Kellogg's Corporate Citizenship
- $72,000.00 (12/01/2011 - 11/30/2012) Grant funding from Kellogg's Corporate Citizenship Fund
- The goal of the proposed research is twofold: 1) to look at patterns of breakfast, RTE cereal, and snacking consumption and disease risk and, 2) to determine the independent effects of breakfast, RTE cereal, and snacking on disease risk after controlling for correlated components in the diet and health behaviors.
- Unscrambling the Research: Eggs, Healthy Lifestyle, and Health Outcomes - #Egg Nutrition Board
- $100,000.00 (11/01/2010 - 11/30/2012) Grant funding from Egg Nutrition Board
- The goal of the proposed research is twofold: 1) to examine egg consumption patterns in relationship to nutrient intake and disease risk, and 2) to determine the independent effects of egg consumption patterns on disease risk after controlling for covariates, including, but not limited to correlated food components in the diet and health behaviors.
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