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School of Human
Environmental Sciences

102 Erikson Hall,
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY
tel: (859) 257-3887

Ingrid Richards Adams

Ingrid Adams 

Associate Extension Professor - Nutrition and Weight Management

(859) 257-7480

Curriculum Vitae  

Ph.D.  Iowa State University Nutritional Sciences and Family & Consumer Sciences Education

M.S. The Ohio State University  Family & Consumer Sciences Education and Nutrition

B.S. The Ohio State University  Family & Consumer Sciences Education and Nutrition

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Dr. Adams’ research focuses on the evaluation of prevention and treatment interventions related to nutrition and weight management and the development and dissemination of best practice guidelines. She works with populations who are disproportionally affected by obesity and chronic diseases for the purpose of designing effective and culturally appropriate interventions. Her research in critical thinking has led to the development and implementation of a critical thinking model to empower individuals to make healthy lifestyle changes. She has published this model and methods for assessing critical thinking in nutrition settings.

Dr. Adams received the Distinguished Research Award from The African American Studies and Research Program at the University of Kentucky in recognition of exceptional contributions to research and scholarship on the human condition. She was also recognized by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as an Everyday Hero Award for her work with the Kids Eat Right Campaign.

She is Chair of the Family and Consumer Sciences Initiative: Making Healthy Lifestyle Choices. The goal of this initiative is to improve the quality of life for individuals and families in Kentucky by focusing on diet and nutrition; obesity and weight management; and health literacy for chronic disease. She assumes leadership and serves on the following committees:

  • Chair – Growing Healthy Kids in Kentucky
  • Membership Chair – Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Research Dietetics Practice Group
  • Chair – American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Obesity Prevention Community of Practice
  • Co- Chair – eXtension, Family Food and Fitness Community of Practice
  • Board of Directors and Grants Co-Chair – Health Equity Network. Lexington, KY
  • Evaluation of the effectiveness of self-management training in type 2 diabetes
  • Perceptions of African Americans regarding healthy eating and physical activity
  • The use of a critical thinking approach to bring about behavior changes related to nutrition and physical activity
  • Effectiveness of the 2010 Dietary Guideline messages in fostering healthy lifestyle choices
Extension Emphases
  • Nutrition and weight management
  • Adult and childhood obesity
  • Self-management of diabetes and other chronic diseases
  • Health disparities
  • Curriculum development and program evaluation
Professional Membership
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Kentucky Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
  • American Association of Diabetes Educators
  • American Evaluation Association
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