We are delighted to feature the research/practice team of Drs. Jamie Zoellner and Kathleen Porter to R2R to SIPsmartER intervention which was recently added to the RTIPs repository.
Kathleen Porter, PhD, RD
Kathleen Porter is a PhD-trained, registered dietitian whose research focuses on the implementation and effectiveness of evidenced-based health education programs to reduce the risk for preventable diseases, including cancer, obesity, and diabetes.
She is a Co-I on an NIH/NCI R21-funded type 2 hybrid effectiveness-implementation trial assessing the implementation and effectiveness of SIPsmartER, an evidence-based intervention to reduce sugar-sweetened beverage intake when delivered by health department staff. Dr. Porter is also a leading team member on a project to develop and implement a middle-school version of SIPsmartER for rural middle schools. Previously, she was a key staff member on the effectiveness trial of SIPsmartER, where her research focuses on the implementation and utility of health and media literacy techniques and on the participant experience in the intervention. Dr. Porter’s doctoral work explored the distribution and implementation of nutrition education programs in 614 New York City public elementary schools. She also conducted several small, feasibility studies of cooking-focused nutrition education programs in urban afterschool and summer programs during her doctoral training. In addition to her research experience, Dr. Porter has over ten years of professional experience as a nutrition educator and evaluator.
Jamie Zoellner, RD PhD
Dr. Jamie Zoellner is an Associate Professor and Registered Dietitian in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia where she provides leadership for community-based health equity and obesity reduction initiatives.
She is the Associate Director of UVA Cancer Center Without Walls and working to expand the Cancer Center’s community-based research program in southwest and southside Virginia. Her research includes engaging medically underserved areas in community-based participatory research (CBPR) and discovering solutions to the causes and consequences of limited health literacy. She focuses on lifestyle risk factors (i.e., diet and physical activity) that have direct relevance to obesity and cancer prevention efforts. Dr. Zoellner has successfully lead the development and evaluation of SIPsmartER, a health literacy and behavioral intervention that has proven effective at reducing sugar-sweetened beverage consumption among adults in rural Appalachia. She is currently working in collaboration with four Virginia Department of Health Districts in Appalachia to test the adoption and implementation of the evidence-based SIPsmartER intervention into routine practice. She also provides leadership for advancing childhood obesity reduction initiatives in the Dan River Region. She has co-lead the development, implementation, and evaluation of an evidence- and family-based childhood obesity treatment program. This research involves developing the capacity of health and community systems in the Dan River Region to adopt and sustain evidence-based programs. Dr. Zoellner’s research program is funded by the National Institutes of Health the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. She is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics and serves on the journal’s Board of Editors, the Research Committee, the STATS Committee, and as an Evidence Analyst for the Academy's Evidence Analysis Library.