Chairman, Reza Hakkak, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition, Department of Pediatrics, and College of Public Health. He is Chairman of the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition. His current research interests are influence of diet and nutrition on cancer prevention, obesity and breast cancer links, nutrition education, and interactions of food and drug metabolism.
Tina Crook, Ph.D., R.D., L.D., is an Associate Professor and Director of the Dietetic Internship in the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition. Her research and clinical interests include pediatric nutrition with an emphasis on the influences of diet and physical activity in the development of childhood obesity, body composition in childhood and its relationship to later obesity, and children with special health care needs.
Josh Phelps, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition. His research interests include factors influencing food choices, eating habits, food availability, food access, and physical activity; policy impact/policy effectiveness; history of reductionist approaches to nutrition health/well-being; population-based versus individual-based approaches to addressing nutrition health and nutrition health-related issues; modes/approaches of community-based nutrition education.
Lesley Jones, MS, RD is an Instructor in the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition. Mrs. Jones’ clinical interests include educating future dietetics professionals as well as the promotion of nutrition education in our elementary classrooms.
Christi Arthur, M.S., R.D., CNSC, CSP, L.D., is an Instructor in the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition. Her research and clinical interests include nutrition support, nutrition and growth in neonates, donor breast milk use, and nutrition in the adult critical care population.
Erick McCarthy PhD, RD, LD is an Instructor in the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition and Assistant Director of the Dietetic Internship. His research and clinical interests are in the areas of nutrition education, chronic disease prevention, physical activity promotion and food service management.
Polly A. Carroll, M.A., R.D., L.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition. Her research and clinical interests are in food allergies and community wellness screening programs, as well as in human resources and clinical management.
Amanda Wells Dawson, M.S., R.D., L.D., is an Instructor in the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition. Her research and clinical interests are in energy metabolism and geriatric nutrition. She also has a special interest in nutrient databases and analysis systems.
Stephany Parker, Ph.D. is adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Dietetic and Nutrition and she is a nutritional anthropologist who has been engaged in health equity research for over 20 years. She has worked with interdisciplinary teams to develop award winning programming such as the Eagle Adventure and Diabetes is not Our Destiny SNAP-Ed programming in Oklahoma. Dr. Parker has also provided technical assistance to Tribal Nations and workgroups across the country in relation to nutrition and health outcomes, theory-based programming, policy, systems and environmental change.
Behjatolah M. Karbassi, Ph.D., is an assistant Professor in the Departments of Pathology and Dietetics and Nutrition. He is a molecular biologist with extensive experience in tumor biology and tumor immunology. His research interests include; role of carbohydrate in tumor metastasis, relationships between energy imbalance and cancer progression and cancer prognosis, cancer vaccine and immunotherapy.
Rosemary Rodibaugh, Ph.D., R.D., L.D., is Assistant Professor in the Department of Dietetic and Nutrition and she is the Extension Nutrition Specialist with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. Dr. Rodibaugh’s main research interest is nutrition education.