Children's Nutrition Research Center
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX, US


PhD from Tulane University
MPH from Tulane University
BS from Rochester Institute Of Technology

Honors & Awards

Hogan Memorial Lecture
Malcolm Trout Visiting Scholar Lecture Award
Patrick Series Lecture
2006 Food Update Foundation Academic Award
Kemper Healthy Lifestyles Lecture Series (Endowed lectureship)

Professional Statement

Theresa 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.

Selected Publications


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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.