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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 and II
Topics in Public Health Nutrition
Obesity; Etiology, Prevention and Treatment 

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

Akabas, SR, Vannice G, Atwater JB, Cooperman T, Cotter R, Thomas L.  Quality Certification Programs for Dietary Supplements. JAcad Nutr Diet 2016;epub ahead of print. PMID:26795259

Kris-Etherton PM, Akabas SR, Douglas P, Kohlmeier M, Laur C, Lenders CM, Levy MD, Nowson C, Ray S, Pratt CA, Seidner DL, Saltzman, E. Nutrition competencies in health professional's education and training: a new paradigm.  Adv Nutr. 2015;6(1):83-7. PMID: 25593146

Kris-Etherton PM, Akabas SR, Bales CW, Bistrian B, Braun L, Edwards MS, Laur C, Lenders CM, Levy MD, Palmer CA, Pratt CA, Ray S, Rock CL, Saltzman E, Seidner DL, Van Horn L. The need to advance nutrition education in the training of health care professionals and recommended research to evaluate implementation and effectiveness. Am J Clin Nutr. 2014 May;99(5 Suppl):1153S-66S. PMID: 24717343.

Kushner RF, Van Horn L, Rock CL, Edwards MS, Bales CW, Kohlmeier M, Akabas SR. Nutrition education in medical school: a time of opportunity. Am J Clin Nutr. 2014 May;99(5 Suppl):1167S-73S. PMID: 24646826

Akabas SR, Chouinard JD, Bernstein BR. Nutrition and physical activity in health promotion and disease prevention: potential role for the dental profession. Dent Clin North Am. 2012 Oct;56(4):791-808. PMID: 23017551

Akabas SR. Preface to journal supplement "Soy Summit: Exploration of the Nutrition and Health Effects of Whole Soy". J Nutr. 2010 Dec;140(12):2288S. PMID: 20980655

Reinwald S, Akabas SR, Weaver CM. Whole versus the piecemeal approach to evaluating soy. J Nutr. 2010 Dec;140(12):2335S-2343S. PMID: 20980652

Gallagher D, Larson EL, Wang YH, Richards B, Weng C, Hametz P, Begg MD, Chung WK, Boden-Albala B, Akabas SR. Identifying interdisciplinary research priorities to prevent and treat pediatric obesity in New York City. Clin Transl Sci. 2010 Aug;3(4):172-7. PMID: 20718818

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.  PMID: 18541603

Akabas SR, Deckelbaum RJ.  Introduction to the symposium, Beyond Cholesterol: Prevention and Treatment of Coronary Heart Disease with n-3 Fatty Acids.  Am J Clin Nutr. 2008 Jun;87(6):1977S. PMID: 18541597

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.  PMID: 16841864

Deckelbaum RJ, Akabas SR. n-3 Fatty acids and cardiovascular disease: navigating toward recommendations. Am J Clin Nutr 2006; 84:1-2.  PMID: 16825674

Akabas SR, Dolins KR. Micronutrient requirements of physically active women: what can we learn from iron? Am J Clin Nutr 2005; 81:1246S-51S.  PMID: 15883459

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