Dr. Mullins works to translate research into consumer programs promoting healthy eating. She has interest in evaluating current approaches to promotion of a healthy weight and program development using a multi-disciplinary approach and socio-ecological model.
As an active member of the Partnership for a Fit Kentucky, she collaborates with Kentucky Department for Public Health to facilitate environmental and policy changes that reduce risk of obesity. She works to strengthen local food systems and access to healthy foods. As a participant in Universities Fighting World Hunger, she works on campus and with other colleges and universities to incorporate hunger advocacy into academic and outreach programs. Dr. Mullins serves on the USDA Evaluation Subcommittee for Nutrition and Health. She has 15 years experience using quantitative and qualitative data for Extension program Evaluation.
Dr. Mullins received a B.S. in Dietetics with High Distinction from University of Kentucky and is a Registered Dietitian. Her M.S. in Food Science is from University of California - Davis and her Ph.D. in Nutrition and Food Science is from Kansas State University. In 1986, she was honored as Kentucky Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year and in 2002 as Outstanding New Extension Specialist. In 2003-04 she served as President of the Kentucky Dietetic Association. In 2009-11, she was Public Policy Coordinator for the Kentucky Dietetic Association.
- Kentucky School Nutrition Survey
- Programming for Families
- Consumer Menu labeling
- International Hunger & School Feeding
- NFS 603 - Advanced Community Program Development