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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 University-Houston
Ph.D. University of Texas-School of Public Health-Houston  

Specialized Training: Dietetic Internship Veterans Administration Medical Center-Houston

Behavioral Nutrition and Health Promotion

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 providers.

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.

Representative Publications:

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 Inc; 2004.

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 Inc; 2001

Demory-Luce DK, McPherson RS. Nutrition knowledge and attitudes of physician assistants. Top Clin Nutr 1999;14:71-82.


 

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