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Nutritional and Metabolic Doctoral Training Faculty

Dympna GallagherDympna Gallagher, Ed.D.

Professor of Nutritional Medicine



BA - 1985, National University of Ireland (NUI), Maynooth, Ireland
MA - 1990, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York
Ed.D - 1992, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York 


Research Interests

Dr. Gallagher is Professor of Nutritional Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, and Director of the Human Body Composition Core Laboratory of the New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center. Her research focuses on energetics and body composition, and the effects of body weight and body composition on health risk throughout the life cycle. Dr. Gallagher's scientific interests fall into the following categories: (a) resting energy expenditure at the organ/tissue level; (b) the composition of weight change in elderly, during growth and development (beginning at birth), and during intentional weight loss (lifestyle intervention and bariatric surgery induced); (c) the understanding of race differences in body composition; and d) the validation of new body composition measurement instrumentation/techniques.

For a complete list of publications click here - Pubmed

Recent Publications

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;3(4):172-7. PubMed PMID: 20718818.

Davidson LE, Wang J, Thornton JC, Kaleem Z, Silva-Palacios F, Pierson RN, Heymsfield SB, Gallagher D. Predicting Fat Percent by Skinfolds in Racial Groups: Durnin and Womersley Revisited. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2010 Aug 2. [Epub ahead of
print] PubMed PMID: 20689462.

Hull HR, Thornton J, Wang J, Pierson RN Jr, Kaleem Z, Pi-Sunyer X, Heymsfield S, Albu J, Fernandez JR, Van Itallie TB, Gallagher D. Fat-free mass index: changes and race/ethnic differences in adulthood. Int J Obes (Lond). 2010 Jun 8. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 20531353.

Gallagher D, Thornton JC, He Q, Wang J, Yu W, Bradstreet TE, Burke J, Heymsfield SB, Rivas VM, Kaufman R. Quantitative magnetic resonance fat measurements in humans correlate with established methods but are biased. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2010;18(10):2047-54. Epub 2010 May 6. PubMed PMID: 20448539.

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