(PhD and MS in Nutrition, Texas Woman's University; BS, Texas Christian University), Research Professor at the Institute for Families in Society, is a Registered Dietitian, Licensed Dietitian, Fellow of the American Dietetic Association, and Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Her primary focus is methodological research concerning the accuracy of children's dietary recalls; she also conducts research concerning childhood obesity and nutrition. Dr. Baxter was previously Assistant and Associate Professor at the Medical College of Georgia where she also completed a post-doctoral fellowship. At the beginning of her career, she worked in Texas at a residential school for handicapped children, in an out-patient clinic, for school food service, and for the WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) program. Dr. Baxter is currently Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on numerous competitive research grants funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). As Principal Investigator, she has completed competitive research grants funded extramurally by NIH and the US Department of Agriculture. She has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed research publications and several book chapters. She serves as a reviewer for numerous professional journals; she is a former member of the Board of Editors for the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, and is currently a member (since 2007) of the Board of Editors for the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Dr. Baxter is a former member of the Cardiovascular and Sleep Epidemiology (CASE) Study Section of the Center for Scientific Review for NIH. She serves as a reviewer for several Special Emphasis Panels at NIH as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She led the effort to create the Amy Joye Memorial Nutrition Research Award, an endowed fund established through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation in honor of her former nutrition research project director who suffered a medical tragedy. Dr. Baxter is a Past-President and past State Fundraising Liaison to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation for the South Carolina Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
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