Member of the Year Award

Members of the Research DPG of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, lead the future of dietetics by promoting the conduct and application of research related to food, nutrition and dietetics. Our members are a highly valued source for conducting, interpreting and applying research related to food, nutrition and dietetics. Each year, Research DPG honors one of its members who have provided significant and sustained work to advance the mission and goals of the Research DPG with the Research DPG Member of The Year Award.

2017-2018 Research DPG Member of the Year


Jennifer Hanson, PhD, RDN

Assistant Professor
Department of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health
Kansas State University


Dr. Hanson, assistant professor in the department of food, nutrition, dietetics and health was named the 2017-2018 member of the year of the Research Dietetic Practice Group (DPG) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Dr. Hanson’s current research focus is on child nutrition and behavioral health. According to Lauri Byerley, Past Chair of the Research DPG, Dr. Hanson was instrumental in overhauling and improving the group’s awards application, submission, and review process.  In addition to her work as awards chair, Hanson has served as a nominating committee member and as the nominating committee chair. We thank Dr. Hanson for all of her contributions to the Research DPG!