Graduate Program Faculty

M.K. (Suzy) Weems, Ph.D., RD, CSSD, LD, CFCS

Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences

Graduate Program Director for Nutrition Sciences

Education:

  • Ph.D., Texas Tech University
  • M.S., Texas Tech University
  • B.S., Baylor University

Associations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Research:

Working with public policy and a special interest in children and adolescents health as it relates to nutrition and life style.

 

Janelle M. Walter, Ph.D., RD, C.F.C.S.

Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences

Nutrition Sciences Program Coordinator

Education:

  • Ph.D., Iowa State University
  • M.Ed., University of Houston
  • B.S., University of Houston

Nutrition Sciences:

  • Nutrition
  • Food Science/Advanced Food Science
  • Meal Management
  • Life Cycle Nutrition
  • Experimental Foods
  • Methods of Teaching Family and Consumer Sciences

Areas of Interest and Research:

  • Food Science
  • Food Acceptability
  • Barriers to Home Food Preparation
  • Adolescent Eating Behaviors

Associations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

 

LesLee K. Funderburk Ph.D, RD, CSSD, CSCS

Assistant Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences

Nutrition Sciences

Education:

  • Ph.D. University of Washington
  • MS, Central Michigan University
  • BS, Eastern Washington University

Associations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) - Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) - National Association of Sports Commissions

Courses:

  • Research Methods
  • Nutrition Education and Counseling
  • Life Cycle Nutrition

Research:

My research interests are focused on the promotion of quality nutritional intake and healthy body weight and composition.

 

Leigh Greathouse, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences

Nutrition Sciences

Education:

BS, MS, PhD, MPH

Background:

Dr. Leigh Greathouse is an Assistant Professor of Nutrition Sciences at Baylor University. Before coming to Baylor, Dr. Greathouse received her masters degree in exercise and sports nutrition from Texas Woman’s University. She went on to obtain a Ph.D. In molecular carcinogenesis at University of Texas and MD Anderson Cancer Center, where she studied the effects of early life exposure to dietary and environmental xenoestrogens on development of reproductive tract disease. Dr. Greathouse continued her research in cancer prevention at the National Cancer Institute, where she completed her masters in public health at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and postdoctoral fellowship in cancer prevention. While at the NCI, her research was focused on the impact of obesity and the microbiome on lung cancer risk. At Baylor, she continues this research where her laboratory focuses on understanding how the relationship between diet, obesity and the microbiome impact risk for colon cancer.

Research:

Our laboratory seeks to understand the relationship between diet, obesity and the microbiome, and their impact on risk of colon cancer.

Accomplishments:

Recipient of the National Institutes of Health Merit Award

Consultant for Sevident Inc.