Elizabeth MacQuillan, PhD, RDN, CHSE

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Elizabeth MacQuillan

Program Director, Applied Food and Nutrition DPD Program; Assistant Professor

Grand Valley State University

Elizabeth (Libby) MacQuillan, PhD, RDN, CHSE earned her doctoral degree in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences from Western Michigan University (WMU) in 2017. Her dissertation is titled Birth Record Analysis of Gestational Diabetes: Applications for Intervention Planning. In her doctoral program, she earned high honors for both research and teaching efforts, receiving the All-University Graduate Teaching Effectiveness Award in 2016 and the All-University Graduate Research Excellence Award in 2017. She is the first Registered Dietitian in the U.S. to earn the Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator credential from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.
Elizabeth has worked clinically as both a registered dietitian and a lactation consultant. Her research interests include spatial analysis of nutrition-related health outcomes, maternal-infant nutrition, and pedagogical advancements in the clinical education of registered dietitians, such as the use of simulation. Her work has been published in the journals Public Health Reports, Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Journal of Community Health, and Spatial and Spatio-temporal Epidemiology. She has also presented her research at the recent national meetings of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, and the American Public Health Association.


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