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Faculty & Staff

MS Teaching Faculty

Sharon R. Akabas, Ph.D.Sharon R. Akabas, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Institute of Human Nutrition
Director, MS in Nutrition Program, Institute of Human Nutrition


B.S. Oberlin College
M.A. Teachers College, Columbia University
M.S. Columbia University, Institute of Human Nutrition
Ph.D. Columbia University, Institute of Human Nutrition


Special Studies I & II
Readings in Human Nutrition: Obesity; Etiology, Prevention and Treatment
Essentials of Nutrition Counseling and Medical Nutrition Therapy

Research Interests

Dr. Akabas’ primary interests are in education of health professionals about the importance of nutrition as a modality in disease prevention and treatment. She works with professionals from almost all healthcare sectors to develop programs and curricula that focus on childhood obesity. These collaborations include organizing symposia for practicing health care professionals, working with community groups to develop obesity prevention programs, and working with a wide range of groups to identify, understand and lessen bias towards overweight children and adults.

Recent Publications - Pubmed

Deckelbaum RJ, Leaf A, Mozaffarian D, Jacobson TA, Harris WS, Akabas SR. Conclusions and recommendations from the symposium, Beyond Cholesterol: Prevention and Treatment of Coronary Heart Disease with n-3 Fatty Acids. Am J Clin Nutr 2008; 87:2010S-2S.

Akabas SR, Deckelbaum RJ. Summary of a workshop on n-3 fatty acids: current status of recommendations and future directions. Am J Clin Nutr 2006; 83:1536S-8S.

Deckelbaum RJ, Akabas SR. n-3 Fatty acids and cardiovascular disease: navigating toward recommendations. Am J Clin Nutr 2006; 84:1-2.

Akabas SR, Dolins KR. Micronutrient requirements of physically active women: what can we learn from iron? Am J Clin Nutr 2005; 81:1246S-51S.

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