Debby Demory-Luce, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.
No longer at
Baylor College of Medicine
B.S. Texas Christian University
M.S. Texas Woman's
Ph.D. University of Texas-School
of Public Health-Houston
Specialized Training: Dietetic Internship Veterans
Administration Medical Center-Houston
Behavioral Nutrition and Health
My research includes the investigation
of influences on the eating habits of young children
from understudied ethnic groups, food consumption patterns
of children, and nutrition education of primary care
Recent completed research projects include: 1) focus
groups to elicit health beliefs and food preparation
methods from Chinese-American caregivers of preschool-aged
children, and 2) a pilot study examining the effects
of acculturation (e.g., how immigrants adopt the behaviors
and beliefs of their new country) on the eating habits
and weight status of Chinese-American pre-school-aged
children in Houston. In addition, my research focuses
on the evaluation of food intake patterns among children
and young adults who participated in a long-term study
of cardiovascular risk factors in children.
I also write chapters for an electronic physician
reference library, UpToDate. Each chapter focuses on
current information and recommendations, geared toward
patient care, on nutrition-related areas for children
and adolescents. The information can be accessed by
general primary care providers through a CD-ROM or
on-line ( www.uptodate.com ).
Future studies will focus on assessing the health
status and eating patterns of Chinese-American families
in a larger study.
Nicklas TA, Demory-Luce D, Yang S-Y,
Baranowski T, Zakeri I, Barenson G. Children's food
consumption patterns have changed over two decades:
The Bogalusa Heart Study. J Am Diet Assoc (in press)
Demory-Luce, DK. Adolescent eating habits. In: UpToDate
version 12.1, Rose, BD (Ed), Wellesley, MA: UpToDate
Demory-Luce, DK. Fast food for children and adolescents.
In: UpToDate version 12.1, Rose, BD (Ed), Wellesley,
MA: UpToDate Inc; 2004.
Demory-Luce, DK. Vegetarian diets for children and
adolescents. In: UpToDate version 9.1, Rose, BD (Ed),
Wellesley, MA: UpToDate Inc; 2002.
Demory-Luce D, Nicklas T, Linares A, Ip M, Vu T,
Tsuei E, Feng H-J. Evaluating health beliefs of Chinese-American
parents of preschool-aged children. FACEB 2002;16:A977.
Demory-Luce DK. Organic food and children. In: UpToDate
version 8.3, Rose, BD (Ed), Wellesley, MA: UpToDate
Demory-Luce DK, McPherson RS. Nutrition knowledge
and attitudes of physician assistants. Top Clin Nutr