Dr. Forsythe conducts research in Maternal and Child Nutrition with special emphasis on children with developmental disorders including autism. Intestinal abnormalities and feeding problems secondary to autism indicate consequences for dietary inadequacy. Multiple medications prescribed to address autistic behaviors and related medical conditions have nutritional interactions leading to irregularities in brain nutrition. Dr. Forsythe examines complications of pregnancy related to nutrition also. She has presented to national and international groups on the outcomes for pregnant women who received or did not receive medical nutrition therapy during prenatal care and the effects on recovery rates after labor and delivery. The main audience for Dr. Forsythe is international. She worked with UNICEF and has published in Caribbean, Sri Lankan, Indonesian and Singaporean Journals.
In her teaching role, dietetic education holds strong interest for Dr. Forsythe who has gone through several accreditation cycles with The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). She has developed outcomes assessment strategies for the education of dietetic interns, training modules for dietetic preceptors, and distance learning on ‘Leadership and Evaluation’ for interns in remote supervised practice sites.
Hazel Forsythe considers service learning an important tool in community and international service research in nutrition. She creates opportunities for her graduate students to participate in international research projects and guides them on projects that provide community nutrition services to populations who would not otherwise participate in preventive community health.
- DHN 480 - Dietetics Pre-Professional Practice
- DHN 518 - Dietetics Leadership and Evaluation
- DHN 690 - Advanced Dietetics
- Maternal and Child Nutrition
- Non-Communicable Childhood Developmental Disorders
- Pre-conceptual and Pre-natal Nutrition Status and Post-natal Recovery