Christopher Taylor, PhD, RD, LD
Professor of Medical Dietetics's and Family Medicine, The Ohio State University
Chris Taylor earned his Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics from Bowling Green State University and complete his masters and dietetic internship at Arizona State University. After completing his internship, he interned with the National Institutes of Health NIDDK Phoenix Epidemiology and Clinical Research Branch as a research assistant on several studies assessing obesity and diabetes among the Pima Indian population. He completed his PhD in human environmental sciences with an emphasis in nutrition sciences from Oklahoma State University. He is currently a Professor of Medical Dietetics, as well as Family Medicine, at The Ohio State University after joining the faculty in 2004.
Chris Taylor has spent 20 years exploring “how do lifestyle factors impact obesity and chronic diseases.” He also studies personal cultural factors that will impact disease. His two major focus areas include food patterning through large national surveillance data and the influence of personal factors on lifestyle behavior choice. Food patterning is not just about what nutrients we eat but, also, examining our broader food selection patterns.
Dr. Taylor explores cultural influences (eg, African Americans, Native Americans) as motivators of barriers to lifestyle behavior. His current efforts employ technology to more-efficiently assess the diet and to refer people over to available resources, such as registered dietitians. The direction is to work with the physicians and to identify which patients would be in need of counseling from the primary care clinic and link them to available dietary counseling in the community to improve health outcomes.
Chris Taylor currently reviews for numerous multidisciplinary and international peer-reviewed journals and served two terms on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. He has received extramural funding for his projects derive from the National Institutes of Health, US Department of Agriculture and the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality. He has served as the Chair of the Research Dietetic Practice Group and an Evidence Analyst for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and has also led a federal grants panel. In 2017, he received the SNEB President’s Award from Dr. Murimi during the Annual Conference in Washington, DC.