Jaimie Davis; Ph.D., RD
Dr. Davis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on designing and disseminating nutrition, physical activity, and behavioral interventions to reduce obesity and related metabolic disorders in overweight minority children and adolescents. Dr. Davis has a strong background in nutrition, physical activity, body composition assessment, and metabolic testing in pediatric populations. Earlier, she was an Assistant Professor at the Keck School of Medicine at USC in Los Angles, CA. While at USC, Dr. Davis developed and tested a culturally tailored nutrition intervention, focusing on reducing added sugar and increasing dietary fiber, for overweight Latino adolescents. She has also recently developed and is in the process of testing a community nutrition and gardening curriculum for low-income minority youth. She has written numerous papers examining the role that dietary intake, specifically added sugar and dietary fiber, plays on adiposity and metabolic profiles in overweight Latino children. She has also conducted numerous clinical randomized controlled trials to examine the effects of diet and physical activity interventions on adiposity and related metabolic disease risks. Dr. Davis has examined the effects of diet and physical activity behaviors on cancer biomarkers, such as circulated sex hormones, fat depots and inflammatory pathways. She has also explored how diet interacts with genes and how these interactions influence metabolic disease risk. She is currently conducted and testing the effects of a school and community based garden, nutrition, and cooking interventions on reductions in obesity and metabolic disease risk in minority youth. She is currently conducted and testing the effects of a school and community based garden, nutrition, and cooking interventions on reductions in obesity and metabolic disease risk in minority youth. Dr. Davis earned a Ph.D. degree in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Texas in Austin, TX, and has been a Registered Dietitian for over ten years. She is also a certified personal trainer and group exercise instructor.