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Suzanne Domel Baxter, PhD, RD, LD, FADA, FAND

Making Change Happen

Dr. Suzanne Baxter wants to improve the accuracy of dietary research by “changing how researchers do their research.” An adjunct research professor in the College of Social Work at USC, Dr. Baxter focuses on methodological research concerning the accuracy of children's dietary recalls and on childhood obesity and nutrition.  
“Science progresses to the degree to which its instruments are precise,” Dr. Baxter said. “By looking at methods we use, we can change them to get more accurate information.” Some of Dr. Baxter’s studies explored the consistency of children’s accuracy in recalling what they’ve eaten and whether recall accuracy changes because of various factors, such as the time of the interview or how the questions are asked.  If researchers and practitioners know and use the most accurate methodologies, they’ll have a more accurate understanding of what children eat and children's nutrition issues.
Dr. Baxter also seeks to make lasting change through the Amy Joye Memorial Research Fund, which gives research grants in fields such as obesity prevention, dietary assessment, and fruit/vegetable gardening. Dr. Baxter led the effort to create this fund established through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation in memory of her former nutrition research project director at USC, Amy Joye, who suffered a medical tragedy.

Research Background

Trained as a Registered Dietitian and a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Nutrition, Dr. Baxter conducts methodological research to investigate the accuracy of children's dietary recalls.  Her research includes validation studies to compare observations of children eating school breakfast and school lunch to dietary intake reported by children during interviews, and then assesses children’s accuracy for recalling school-meal intake. By manipulating various aspects of the interview procedures, Dr. Baxter has identified methods that improve accuracy such as reporting-order prompts, interview modality, interview format, and retention interval. Different aspects of children's dietary recall accuracy have been investigated, including body mass index, social desirability, food insecurity, and consistency of accuracy over multiple recalls.  Dr. Baxter also conducts research to refute a relationship between childhood obesity and participation in school meals.  She has served as Principal Investigator on many competitive grants funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Professional Service

Dr. Baxter is a current and long-term member of the Board of Editors for the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is currently active at the national level in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as Treasurer for the Research Dietetics Practice Group, and as a member of the Philanthropy Council for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. She was previously active in the South Carolina Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as President-elect, President, Immediate Past-President, Scholarship and Awards Committee member, and Annual Meeting Committee member and Abstracts Chair. 

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