Graduate Program Faculty

Maria Boccia, Ph.D.

Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences

Gradute Program Director for FSC

Education:

  • Ph.D.
  • D.Min.
  • MA, NT

Areas of Interest and Research:

Developmental neuroscience: social and neurohormonal factors in the formation and disruption of attachment relationships.

Background:

Prior to coming to Baylor, Maria L Boccia conducted biomedical research, studying the neuroscience of attachment and maternal & sexual behavior. In addition, she was the Director of Graduate Programs in Counseling at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte, where she taught and directed the training of Masters students in Christian counseling. She has also held faculty appointments at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and Oklahoma Baptist University. She has several advanced degrees, including an MA in New Testament from Denver Seminary, a Ph.D. in Zoology from University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a D.Min. in Marriage & Family Therapy from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She is a licensed marriage & family therapist (MFT) in Texas and North Carolina, a Texas MFT supervisor, American Association of MFT clinical supervisor, and a certified Christian sex therapist.

 

M.K. (Suzy) Weems, PhD, RDN, CSSD, LD, FAND

Professor of Family and Consumer 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

Background:

My professional experiences span wellness, weight management, diabetes care, eating disorders, cardiovascular health and sports dietetics. My work in the area of sports nutrition has been with athletes at the pediatric level as well as those with NCAA Division I premiere teams to increase player performance.

As a consulting dietitian for small hospitals and extended care facilities across Texas, I had extensive experience working in geographical, cultural, ethnic, and socio-economic diverse venues.

My education includes a Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University, and a Masters and Ph.D. in Nutrition from Texas Tech University. I am a registered nationally by the Commission on Dietetic Registration and licensed in Texas as a dietitian. I currently hold Board Certification as a Specialist in Sports Dietetics.

My volunteer service includes being on the Texas State Board of Examiners of Dietitians, Chair of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Ethics Committee, past chair of the American Dietetic Association (now the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) Legislative and Public Policy Committee, past affiliate delegate and past president of the Texas Dietetic Association.

 

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.