Dietary Assessment Unit

The Dietary Assessment Unit provides dietary assessment services and expertise in all steps of dietary assessment including data collection, coding, data cleaning, data management and dietary data analysis. The Unit is equipped to collect and process food records, 24-hour dietary recalls, food frequency questionnaires, brief assessment tools and other dietary intake and behavior questionnaires.
The Unit holds a license for the Nutrition Data System for Research (NDSR) developed by the Nutrition Coordinating Center, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN which offers standardized dietary data collection methodology and allows for quality-controlled data entry and nutrient calculations. The Dietary Assessment Unit has an OpScan 6 optical mark reader (OMR) scanner from Scantron Corporation and is set up for automated processing of food frequency questionnaires. The Dietary Assessment Unit also offers training and maintains a centralized, consistent and high standard of quality-controlled dietary data collection services.

Cheryl H. Gilhooly, PhD, MPH, RD
Provides administrative and scientific leadership to the Dietary Assessment Unit. Advises on dietary assessment methodology;oversees training and quality control of administration, collection and interpretation of dietary intake data; and manages standardized methods of data collection and data entry. Assists in the development of new methodology and training tools; dietary assessment sections of new protocols; and necessary manual of procedures.

Ning Qiao, MS, Data Analyst
Hannah Meier, RD, Research Coordinator
Meaghan Reardon, RD, Research Coordinator
Nathan McBeath, Budget and Administrative Assistant