Brenda D. Bustillos

Major Brenda D. Bustillos

Chief, Education and Research, Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, TX

Research Director, US Military-Baylor Graduate Program in Nutrition, San Antonio, TX

Education and Certifications 

DrPH, Social & Behavioral Health, Texas A&M Health Science Center, School of Public Health - 2016
MS, Human Nutrition, Texas A&M University - 2006
BS, Nutrition & Food Science, Texas State University - 2003
Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management- Commission on Dietetic Registration - 2008

Biography  

Dr. Bustillos is currently the Chief of Education and Research in the Department of Nutritional Medicine at Brooke Army Medical Center. She recently completed her Doctoral degree and was inducted into the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health in May 2016. Prior to her doctoral program, she was Chief, Nutrition Care Division at Reynolds Army Community Hospital, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and then became Chief, Nutrition Care Division at General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Prior to joining the military, Dr. Bustillos worked as a contract dietitian and public health research assistant. She is currently a peer reviewer for the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Texas Public Health Journal, and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publication, Preventing Chronic Disease.

Outside of her professional duties, Dr. Bustillos enjoys life with her partner, Casey; competitive cooking; volunteer activities; and has a passion for the great outdoors.

Academic Interests and Research

Dr. Bustillos has numerous research and professional interests including, but not limited to, food insecurity among under-represented populations, public health nutrition and health disparities, program planning and evaluation, and curriculum development. Other interests include global hunger initiatives, food justice programs, and ecological and systems approaches to public health issues. She considers herself a qualitative researcher, but has experience with a number of quantitative methods to include factor analysis, hierarchical linear modeling (HLM), and structural equation modeling (SEM). 

Publications

  1. Bustillos BD, Sharkey JR. “I try to keep that sugar down.” Homebound Older Adults with Type 2 Diabetes (T2D): Barriers to Self-Management. Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics, 2016; In review.
  2. Bustillos BD, Sharkey JR. Development and implementation of a culturally and linguistically-centered nutrition education program for promotoras de salud (community health workers) to foster community health education and outreach in Texas border colonias. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, October 2015; 10:299-312.
  3. Sharkey JR, Bustillos BD, Umstattd Meyer MR, and Legg TJ. Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in the Older Adult. In Bernstein M and Munoz N (Eds.) Nutrition for the Older Adult. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning. 2015; 115-150.
  4. Bustillos BD, Sharkey J, Anding J, McIntosh A. Availability of healthier food alternatives in traditional, convenience, and non-traditional types of food stores in two rural Texas counties. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, May 2009; 109(5):883-889.

Presentations (Selected)

  1. Bustillos, B.D., Sharkey, J.R. Nutrition Resource Associations with Food Security Parameters among Mexican-Heritage Seniors: A Structural Equation Model Analysis. (poster) Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics, Food and Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE), October 2016.
  2. Bustillos, B.D. Research Award, Student Research Poster Session, Texas Medical Center (TMC) Medical World Americas Conference and Expo, April 28, 2015, Houston, Texas
  3. Bustillos, B.D., Sharkey, J.R. “I try to keep that sugar down.” Homebound Older Adults with Type 2 Diabetes (T2D): Barriers to Self-Management. Experimental Biology, Boston, MA (2015). Oral Session title- Aging: Risk factor modification for healthy aging, March 2015
  4. Bustillos, B.D. Research Award, Graduate Student Research Competition (poster), Texas A&M AgriLife Food and Nutrition Conference, Stealth Health: Reducing Sodium in Food and Diet, February 2015, College Station, Texas
  5. Bustillos, B.D. Delta Omega National Honorary Society in Public Health research poster presentation, American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting, November 2014, New Orleans, Louisiana
  6. Bustillos, B.D., Sharkey, J.R. Development of No Más Hambre (No More Hunger), an innovative promotora-driven nutrition education and skill-building curriculum to reduce the risk of hunger in Mexican-origin older adults in Texas border colonias. Experimental Biology meeting, San Diego, CA (2014). Oral Session title- Nutrition Education: Nutrition Education and Behavior Change, April 2014.
  7. Bustillos, B.D., Sharkey, J.R. Development and implementation of a culturally and linguistically-centered nutrition education program for promotoras de salud (community health workers) to foster community health education and outreach in Texas border colonias.19th Annual College of Medicine Graduate Student Organization Research Symposium 2014, April 2014.
  8. Bustillos, B.D., Sharkey, J.R. Development and implementation of a culturally and linguistically-centered nutrition education program for promotoras de salud (community health workers) to foster community health education and outreach in Texas border colonias. TAMHSC, School of Public Health (SPH), Public Health Week, SRPH Student Poster Contest, April 2014.
  9. Oxfam Hunger Banquet at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, Expert panel discussion: Addressing Hunger in Our Nation's Minority Populations, hosted by MSC's Carter G. Woodson Black Awareness Committee and the MSC Committee for the Awareness of Mexican American Culture, March 2014.
  10. Bustillos, B.D., Garza-Davilla, M., Sharkey, J.R. Promotoras Reducing Hunger in Mexican- origin Seniors. National Rural Health Association, 19th Annual Rural Multiracial and Multicultural Health Conference. Rural, Diversity, and Healthcare Reform: Challenges and Opportunities, San Antonio, TX, December 2013.
  11. Bustillos, B.D. Promotora Nutrition Empowerment Initiative: A culturally and linguistically- centered education program for Promotoras de salud (community health workers) to foster community health education and outreach in Texas border colonias. Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics, Food and Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE), October 2013.