Research Focus

Dr. Sullivan is evaluating the impact of dairy intake on the blood pressure and body composition of children in a large, school-based study. In addition, she provides nutrition expertise in collaboration on several studies with researchers from the Energy Balance Laboratory on KU's Lawrence campus. These projects include a YMCA afterschool daycare project to improve nutrient quality of afterschool snacks and increase physical activity of children, and several adult weight loss projects exploring the impact of weight loss on cancer risk. Dr. Sullivan is also engaged in studies designed to promote weight loss in adults with serious mental illness as well as those with intellectual and developmental delays. Keywords: nutrition interventions; diet intake assessment; obesity; energy balance