"I applied to the University Scholars program after hearing about it from a friend of mine who participated last year. She spoke about how great it was to meet other students with similar goals in both research and academic respects. With the support of my research mentor, I constructed a project idea that catered to my areas of interest in regards to nutrition. While in this program, I hope to learn more about the research process while working with my laboratory on our study. In addition, I am excited to meet other students in this program and learn about their projects as well. This year I am applying to medical school and I hope to attend starting in the fall of 2012. In the meantime, my goals for this year include having a successful research trial and learning more about fiber integration in the diet via our study."
I am currently in my last year of undergraduate studies and I hope to graduate in the spring with a degree in Nutritional Sciences from the department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. Right now I am in the process of applying to medical schools and I am optimistic that I will be attending one next fall. I work in the clinical nutrition lab with Dr. Anne Mathews and our laboratory team. My primary research interest is behavior modification in relation to diet changes and fiber intake. In our study this fall, I am studying how increased fiber in the diet can affect a subject’s opinion on their satiety, disinhibition and dietary restraint.
- Eugene Chester Terzenbach Memorial Scholarship
- Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority
- Assistant Director of Gator Growl Hmecoming (2010)
- Divisions Director of Personnel for Florida Blue Key
- Programming Director for Jewish Student Union
- TA for Diseases of Eating and Organic Chemistry
In the past, I volunteered with the SHIP Program to bring health and nutrition education after school classes to Gainesville elementary schools. We came on a weekly basis to teach the students about healthy foods and good exercise habits. I volunteered at Shands hospital in the orthopedic institute where I helped with patient transport.
Hobbies and Interests
- Going to the beach, watching movies, going to arts festivals, working out and baking
Fiber Integration in the Diet and its Effects on Dietary Hunger, Disinhibition and Restraint over Time
My project will evaluate the effect of a nutrition intervention on the three constructs of eating behavior: dietary disinhibition, hunger and restraint, as assessed by the Eating Inventory (EI). The EI is a survey that evaluates these constructs of eating behavior and allows the researcher to identify a “disordered eating” mindset that may contribute to one’s propensity for overeating and obesity. I will conduct this evaluation as a substudy of a randomized prospective clinical trial that will examine the effect of fiber on energy intake and body weight. I will distribute the EI to 100 participants prior to beginning the intervention and again at end of the 8 weeks to investigate the changes in the three eating constructs due to the intervention. Subjects will be randomized to receive either a diet including 16g of Inulin or placebo for 8 weeks. Prior to the start of the trial, participants will have their weight, height, waist circumference and body composition measured as well as complete questionnaires about their nutrition and physical activity habits. Using the EI, the subjects’ change in mindset about food can be carefully studied and compared. I will be able to study eating behavior and attitudes through this tool and see how they are affected by the addition of fiber and a subsequent potential decrease in food intake. The results will show how restraint, disinhibition, and hunger are affected by the trial and if there is a correlation between higher scores in certain areas, higher BMI’s overall. I hypothesize that the dietary intervention will reduce disinhibition and hunger and increase dietary restraint, which may lead to improved long term weight management.