JULIE M. METOS, PhD, RD

Curriculum Vitae Biosketch

JULIE M. METOS, PhD, RD portrait
  • Associate Chair, Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Family And Preventive Medicine
  • Assistant Professor, Nutrition & Integrative Physiology

Research

Research Summary

My research is informed by my work in community and clinical health and nutrition. Through collaborations with researchers in the College of Health, Behavioral Science and Health, and Family and Preventive Medicine, I am looking at the role of schools and national school health policies in preventing obesity. In the obesity prevention field, it is critical to develop models of best practice that are feasible in the school setting.

Research Statement

It is an exciting time to contribute to obesity prevention research.  My hope is that in the next two decades, we can bend the obesity curve so that children and adolescents can be physically and emotionally prepared for a healthy adulthood. I am especially interested in policy and systems approaches that reach those that are most affected by obesity.  I am also interested in how altering the built environment can influence energy balance and improve health.  It will take novel approaches to decrease obesity prevalence.  I enjoy research that helps determine which approaches make a difference.

Research Keywords

  • The built environment and relationship to health, Interest Level: 4
  • Policy approaches to health improvement, Interest Level: 5
  • Obesity prevention through the lifespan, Interest Level: 5
  • Health disparities in nutrition and physical activity, Interest Level: 5
  • Evaluation of community and clinical programs, Interest Level: 4

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • Sugar Babies Diabetes Prevention Program, Marion Eccles Foundation. PI: Julie Metos, PhD, RD. 01/01/2015 - present. Total project budget to date: $20,000.00
  • Sugar Babies Diabetes Prevention Program. PI: Julie Metos. 01/01/2015 - present. Total project budget to date: $25,000.00
  • Diabetes Prevention Program for Faculty and Staff, University of Utah Hospital Foundation, . PI: Co-PI with Timothy Graham, MD, Robin Marcus, PhD, PT, J. Robinson Singleton, MD. 01/2014 - 01/2016. Total project budget to date: $30,000.00
  • Exploring Unintended Consequences of Wellness Policies on Adolescent Food Choices, Vice President for Research Incentive Program Seed Grant. PI: Julie Metos, PhD, RD. 01/01/2014 - present. Total project budget to date: $30,000.00
  • Diabetes Prevention Program for Faculty and Staff, Sorenson Foundation. PI: Julie Metos. Co-PI(s): Timothy Graham, MD, Robin Marcus, PhD, PT, J. Robinson Singleton, MD. 01/01/2014 - 01/01/2015. Total project budget to date: $25,000.00
  • Wellness Program Developement, NuSkin. PI: Julie Metos, PhD, RD. Co-PI(s): Katherine Beals, PhD, RD, CSSD. 01/01/2013 - present. Total project budget to date: $12,000.00
  • Face of Fitness Nutrition Curriculum Developement. PI: Julie Metos, PhD, RD. 01/01/2012 - present. Total project budget to date: $6,000.00
  • Yes We Can! Obesity Reduction and Healthy Lifestyles Improvement for Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities. PI: Julie Metos, PhD, RD. Co-PI(s): Lauren Clark, PhD, RN. 01/01/2012 - present. Total project budget to date: $22,400.00
  • Online Course Developement Grant: Pediatric Nutrition, University of Utah Technology Assisted Curricilum Center. PI: Julie Metos, PhD, RD. Co-PI(s): Kristine Jordan, PhD, RD. 01/01/2009 - present. Total project budget to date: $5,000.00
  • Eat & Live Well: A Weight Management Program for Hispanic Adoloscents and Families. Florsheim Foundation: Initiatives in Child Health. PI: Julie Metos, PhD, RD. Co-PI(s): Nicole Mihalopolous, MD. 01/01/2007 - present. Total project budget to date: $15,000.00
  • Improving School Nutrition and Physical Activity in a Rural Setting- The San Juan School District in Southeastern Utah, Kellogg's Foundation. PI: Julie Metos, PhD, RD. Co-PI(s): Nedra Christensen, PhD, RD. 01/01/2006 - present. Total project budget to date: $25,000.00
  • Parents' Knowledge and Attitude Towards School District Wellness Policies, University of Utah College of Health Research and Creative Grant Competition. PI: Julie Metos, PhD, RD. Co-PI(s): Marilyn Nanney, PhD, RD. 01/01/2006 - present. Total project budget to date: $5,000.00
  • Pilot Testing Novel School Wellness Activities via Competitive Grants to School Districts, Actions for Healthy Kids, Primary Investigator. PI: Julie Metos, PhD, RD. 01/01/2005 - present. Total project budget to date: $25,000.00
  • U OF U NDPP. PI: METOS,JULIE MARIE. UT DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, 01/01/2015 - 06/30/2015. Total project budget to date: $4,900.00
  • NU SKIN 2013. PI: METOS,JULIE MARIE. NU SKIN INTL INC, 08/28/2013 - 09/25/2013. Total project budget to date: $12,000.00

Research/Scholarship Projects

  • Volume-Based Tube Feeding vs Time-Based Tube Feeding . PI: Carissa Christensen. 11/2016 - present.
  • I collaborated on an R-21 proposal to NIH-NIDDK entitled ‚ÄúReplacement of TV Ads to Improve Efficacy and Maintenance of Behavior Change in Diabetes Prevention Program(DPP) Participants‚ÄĚ. PI: Bryan Gibson. 10/2016 - present.