Amanda McClain


Amanda McClain

Graduate Student
417 Savage
Division of Nutritional Sciences
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Curriculum Vitae
Biographical Statement:

My previous academic expertise is in creating, disseminating, and managing theory-based physical activity and nutrition interventions in middle and low-income adult populations.


My Masters thesis involved working with a low-income, urban middle school to document physical activity and physical fitness among approximately 75 African-American boys and girls.


After completing my M.S., I worked as a Research Associate for 5 years in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina (USC). I began my career at USC as a Health Counselor and Intervention Coordinator on an NIH R01-funded study (Heart Healthy and Ethnically-Relevant Lifestyle Program) that provided a community health center-based intervention to reduce CVD risk in low-income African American women. After completing the R01, I accepted a position as Intervention Coordinator for a randomized control weight loss trial (Lifestyle Education for Activity and Nutrition (LEAN) Study), and a short-term position as Group Facilitator for demonstration project (Health Mothers Healthy Kids) focusing on healthy eating behaviors in mothers and their toddler children.


Current Professional Activities:

International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (2012-Present)

Current Research Activities:

My dissertation research quantitatively and qualitatively investigates influences to food security in low-income, Mexican-origin mothers in New York State at risk of experiencing household and child food insecurity.

BS, University of Evansville, Sports Medicine, Biology, 2002
MS, The University of Memphis, Human Movement Science-Health Promotion, 2005

Courses Taught:

NS 1150- Nutrition, Health, and Society (Fall 2010, Winter 2013)

NS 1200- Nutrition and Health: Issues, Outlooks, and Opportunities (Spring 2013)

NS 2450- Social Science Perspectives on Food and Nutrition (Fall 2011, Fall 2012)

NS 4250- Nutrition Communications and Counseling (Spring 2011)

Administrative Responsibilities:

Co-President, Nutrition Graduate Student Organization, 2011-2012

Faculty Liaison, Nutrition Graduat Student Organzation, 2013-2014

Selected Publications:

See attached CV.

Selected Keywords:
food security, coping strategies, intervention, poverty, Mexican immigrants, mothers, young children, social capital, social epidemiology, health disparities, socioeconomic inequalities

The information on this bio page is taken from the CHE Annual Report.