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Dr. Renee E. Cole

Dr. Renee E. Cole

Major Renee E. Cole
Faculty, Graduate Program in Nutrition

Education and Certifications

PhD, Nutrition Science, Syracuse University, NY, Nutrition Sciences, 2006.
US. Military Dietetic Internship Consortium, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, DC, 2006.
MS, Nutrition Science, Syracuse University, NY, Nutrition Sciences, 1998.
BS, Biochemistry, University of Scranton, PA, Biochemistry, 1988.
Certified Health Fitness Specialist (HFC) American College of Sports
Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management - Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Certificate of Training in Child & Adolescent Weight Management - Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics


Dr. Cole currently serves as an Associate Professor for the US Military-Baylor University Graduate Program in Nutrition at Joint Base San Antonio - Fort Sam Houston, Texas: Dr. Cole serves two additional functions within the Academy of Health Sciences: Graduate School Research Council Co-Chair and Assistant Dean for Research. Dr. Cole also volunteers her services as a Lead Evidence Analyst for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Dr. Cole joined the Army Reserves in 1984 as a medic and received a ROTC commission to the Medical Service Corps in 1988. Dr. Cole held various roles during her Army Reserve career: Medical Platoon Leader, Personnel officer (S-1), Plans Officer (S-3), Supply Officer (S-4), Detachment Commander, and a Medical Team Chief for a Training Battalion. She was mobilized for two years assisting Soldier deployments at Fort Dix, NJ, and Fort Drum, NY.

In 2005, Dr. Cole transitioned to active duty in the Army Medical Specialist Corps and became as a Registered Dietitian in 2006. She was stationed at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, TX as the Chief of Outpatient Nutrition (2006-2007) and then served as the Research Director and Dietetic Internship Site Coordinator (2007-2009) for the Graduate Program in Nutrition. In 2009, Dr. Cole moved to the Academy of Health Sciences to assume her current duties. Dr. Cole deployed to Afghanistan 2011-2012 and served as the Human Protections Administrator for the Joint Combat Casualty Research Team to assist healthcare providers in conducting research in the deployed setting.

Dr. Cole enjoys shaping future military dietitians, claims her hobby as "research", and loves to travel and spend time with her family. Her favorite quote is "What you do in life, echoes in eternity" by Marcus Aurelius, and coincides nicely with her personal view of 'leading by example' in all aspects of her life.

Academic Interests and Research

Dr. Cole teaches Research Methods 1 & 2 and mentors students through the development of their Master's research project protocol. Her research interests encompass adult and child weight management as well as prevention and treatment of the co-morbidities associated with overweight and obesity.


Eckard C, Cole RE, Lockwood J, Torres D, Williams C, Harrison S. Prospective Histopathologic Evaluation of Lifestyle Modification in Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD): A Randomized Trial. Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology. 2013:6(4):249-259. doi:10.1177/ 1756283X13484078.

Cole RE, Boyer K, Spanbauer S, Sprague D, Bingham M. Effectiveness of Prediabetes Nutrition Shared Medical Appointments-Prevention of Diabetes. Diabetes Educator. 2013 May-Jun;39(3):344-53. doi:10.1177/0145721713484812.

Kieffer A, Cole RE. Weight Change, Lifestyle, and Dietary Behavior in the US Military's Warrior in Transition Units. US Army Med Dep J. Oct-Dec 2012:6-13.

Cabrera J, Wilks E, Barber N, Symons J, Blankson K, Cole RE. Multidisciplinary intervention with sibutramine: assessing successful weight loss predictors in military adolescent dependents. Military Medicine. 2012;177(3):308-314.

Staudter M, Dramiga S, Webb L, Hernandez H, Cole RE. Effectiveness of pedometer use in motivating active duty and other military healthcare beneficiaries to walk more. US Army Med Dep J. 2011 Jul-Sep:108-119.

Cole RE, Horacek T. Effectiveness of the 'My Body Knows When' Intuitive Eating Non-Dieting Weight Management Pilot Program. AJHB. 2010;34(3):286-297.

Cole RE, Horacek T. Applying PRECEDE-PROCEED to Develop an Intuitive Eating Non-Dieting Approach to Weight Management Pilot Program. JNEB. Mar/Apr 2009;41(2):120-126.