Developmental neuroscience: social and neurohormonal factors in the formation and disruption of attachment relationships.
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.
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.
My research interests are focused on the promotion of quality nutritional intake and healthy body weight and composition.
BS, MS, PhD, MPH
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.
Our laboratory seeks to understand the relationship between diet, obesity and the microbiome, and their impact on risk of colon cancer.
Recipient of the National Institutes of Health Merit Award
Consultant for Sevident Inc.