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Valerie Duffy, University of Connecticut, USA

Valerie Duffy

Valerie Duffy(PhD, RD) offers a wealth of experience in food, nutrition, health promotion and public health nutrition. The Duffy Lab at the University of Connecticut has two main research interests. First, we attempt to understand variation in chemosensory perception in humans and how this variation influences food preference, dietary intake and health. More recently, we study how chemosensory variation influences responses to flavored cigarettes and e-cigarettes as well as bariatric surgery. Our ultimate goal is to understand how chemosensory variation influences our ability to follow a healthy diet and behaviors for the prevention of chronic disease and obesity. Second, we collaborate with community agencies across the state to promote healthy diets and healthy weights of children and their families, particularly those of economic disadvantage. Through involvement of undergraduate and graduate student research, we are investigating the effectiveness of community-based interventions to improve vegetable intake and level of physical activity of children.

Dr. Duffy and her students have numerous publications and presentations at national and international meetings. She has received several awards for excellence in teaching, research and service. Students who have trained with Dr. Duffy are advancing nutrition and health promotion through research, practice or public health leadership. Dr. Duffy has served as major advisor for and completed twenty-seven students in their Master degree and four students in their Doctoral degrees. She has served as associate advisor for numerous graduate students, and provides research experiences for many undergraduates in her research laboratory each year. She currently serves as major advisor for two Doctoral students, five Master students and seven undergraduate honors students.

More information: http://www.alliedhealth.uconn.edu/facultyandstaff/ValerieDuffy.php

 

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